(Disclosure: Cutting Edge Stencils sent me a free stencil in exchange for this post. Even so, all opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links.)
Happy Friday, friends! I cannot waittttt to show you all of the furniture pieces I've been working on this week (5 pieces in total -- yes, I'm exhausted)! My favorites, though, are these mid-century dressers:
I got ahead of myself and forgot to take a picture of them with the hardware, but you get the idea.
a simple bright white from Behr
Semi-Gloss White from Rustoleum and spray Polycrylic to seal and protect them
Stencil: Herringbone Craft Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils
Top Coat / Sealer: General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat
(which I sprayed with my Earlex HV5500 paint sprayer
After painting the entire piece with General Finishes Driftwood, I took the top two drawers from each piece and stenciled them! I've used Cutting Edge Stencils for my DIY Paisley Drum Table
, The Stenciled Bookshelf
, and The Paisley Painted Cedar Chest
, so to say I love their stencils is an understatement. When I saw this stenciled dresser on Pinterest
with only the top drawer stenciled, I knew I had to do the same technique on these mid-century cuties!
(Note: make sure you put the drawers in the dresser to confirm that they are in the right spot. You don't want to stencil the wrong drawers.)
I wanted the main part of the stencil to go through the middle, so I measured each drawer and made a small pencil mark at the middle.
After this point, I was up to my eyeballs in white paint and a stencil, so I stopped taking pictures. It's easy peasy, though, so bear with me!
Carefully line up your stencil. I used painter's tape to keep it in place.
Pour a little bit of white paint on a tray or plate (I used a foam plate).
I suggest using a small foam roller to paint on the stencil. Roll the roller in paint like you normally would, and then "unload" (roll) it a bit on an empty plate or cardboard. It seems silly to do this, but it will help the paint go on evenly and will prevent bleed-through under your stencil.
If the stencil doesn't cover your entire drawer, wait until the first section dries and then move on to the rest.
When I finished stenciling, I wasn't sure if I liked the stark contrast between the gray and white. I decided to distress the white a bit to tone it down. I loved it!
I distressed it even more after that picture, and I was finally happy with the result! I finished both pieces with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat to seal and protect the paint.
While I failed to take a picture of them, the original hardware was gold and the paint was worn off. I painted them a bright white and sealed them with spray Polycrylic.
What do you think!?
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