Do you have an old nightstand you just don’t know what to do with or maybe you stumbled across one at an antique store, flea market or garage sale? Before you turn your nose up at that chipped paint, think about giving it a second chance. There are some truly unique and spectacular stenciling methods you can employ on this type of furniture.
- Prep – Remove any handles and sand where it is needed. Apply an even but thick coat of a quality all-purpose sealer using a foam brush and allow this to dry completely.
- Paint – Everything should be painted a base color before you begin stenciling any designs.
- Stencil – You can buy stencils at a craft store or make your own. The most important rule to stenciling is to allow one color to dry completely before laying the stencil over what you have just painted so you don’t smear your work. This may take a little patience but even if the paint is a little tacky, it will affect the result if you try to lay a stencil over it.
- Finish – To make sure that your hard work is well protected, seal the piece with a few coats of varnish, preferably satin finish. Fasten back on any handles that you previously removed.
Stencils can be used to create any kind of look, blend with a theme or add a focal point. This method is great on any type of furniture and ideal for kids rooms and nurseries.
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