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Friday, June 20, 2014

Lace Stenciled Dresser

I received a stencil to review but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

{How to stencil dresser drawers}

When I saw this lace stencil I knew I wanted to put it on a dresser!

My husband originally painted this dresser over 5 years ago to go in our son's room before he was born. We recently got him a new dresser, and I got to try something fun a girly on this one. Here's what it looked like before.

I painted the dresser and drawers first with a dark gray chalky paint. When two coats were dry I set the stencil down on the front of the drawer. This is the small Fleur de Lace Stencil from Royal Design Studio.

I used a very light gray paint color (that pretty much looks white) for the stencil and used a foam roller to apply it. I'm not sure if it was because I was outside in the sun, or because I needed to wash my stencil more often, but bits of dried paint started peeling off of the stencil and getting stuck to the roller, making the stenciled paint kind of bumpy. I fixed this later just with a light sanding, but maybe I would have been better off using a stiff stenciling brush instead of trying to roll it on.

Anyway, as you finish one section, lift up the stencil and lay it down again, lining up the registration marks. Repeat with more paint. 

After all the stencil paint is dry, I made some necessary touch ups with the dark gray paint and a small paint brush.

For a top coat, I brushed on a clear varnish but satin polycrylic would work great too. When the drawers went back in it all looked so cool! What do you think of the stenciled dresser?

Just looking around on the Royal Design Studio site will give you lots of ideas. Even stenciling only the top of a coffee table or one wall in a room can make it so much more interesting.

Do you have a piece of furniture that would look great with a stencil update? What would you paint?

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  1. I love it! The lace looks great and I love the colors! I won a stencil from them last year that I've yet to use. I think I need to fix up the coffee table I tried to redo but failed.

  2. This is gorgeous! I'm always afraid to do any sort of stenciling because I am notoriously messy and can't get clean lines. Yours looks fabulous.

  3. Awesome DIY project using the Fleur de Lace stencil from Royal Design Studio :) Great job!!

  4. I LOVE RDS! And the stencil you have is beautiful. I love the after!

  5. I love the colors you used. The stencil is pretty. It really transformed that dresser into something beautiful.

  6. I love this... the stencil and the colour. So beautiful

  7. That is pretty darn cool, I adore it.

  8. how soon can I expect this to be delivered to my house???? It is awesome!!!! hugs Jean

  9. I love the design and color, great makeover!

  10. Gorgeous! I haven't dared try stencils yet but you've convinced me... next project for sure!

  11. the dresser is really really nice. I love to put a stencil on furniture pieces that I paint but also sometimes have a hard time with them, especially when they have these little pieces that flip back or bend. I am always unsure what I should use to paint them with and I have tried the roller, stencil brush, paint brush etc. In the end it always seems to work out sometimes with error. You did a really nice job on your dresser.

  12. This is one of my all-time favorite projects of yours!