How To Stencil Furniture In 2 Easy Steps

Want to learn the quick easy way to stencil furniture? I can show you in two easy steps and the products that will give you a clean design every time!
How To Stencil Furniture In 2 Easy Steps

Knowing how to stencil furniture the right way is essential in creating a clean design for your furniture makeovers. Let me help you take all the guesswork out of it. I found this new product and just had to try it out. The easiest stencil project I have ever done! I ain’t kidding. Literally, two steps, and that’s it.

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How To Stencil Furniture The Easy Way – Before

How to stencil furniture in two easy steps.

Product List:

Below is a list of the products that I used to create this look. Click on the products to find where you can purchase them.

I started my furniture makeover in the usual way with a quick cleaning with Dixie Bell’s White Lightning, followed by 2 coats of BOSS in the clear. When in doubt, I use BOSS. Especially if I’m using a light color in my design, it’s just better to be safe than sorry, and stains can be a Debbie Downer for real.

Paint Before Stenciling Furniture

Of course, I started this project out with a totally different design in mind. But hey, I roll with the flow. I’ve found that as a creator, it’s best to let your mind lead your hands. Most of the time, it’s for the best. I call this the creative process. It goes something like this!

  1. This project is going to be awesome!
  2. Hmmm, this project is a bit tricky.
  3. This looks like crap.
  4. I’m crap!
  5. Maybe?
  6. I nailed it! Best stencil furniture project ever!

I know your laughing because you know exactly what I’m talking about. You’re welcome!

I used these three beautiful colors to create a blended look before adding the stencil.

Step #1 Peel and Stick Furniture Stencil

The stick-style stencil comes in a roll. It is so simple. You roll out the amount you need for your design and stick it on your painted furniture. You will want to make sure that your paint is fully cured. I waited a whole 24 hours to be sure because some adhesives on tape can cause damage to your paint. It’s just the best.

Step #2 Peel And Stick Furniture Stencil

With a stiff, flat brush, apply the Decor Wax with a circular motion to cover the open areas on the stencil. I added one coat to this project, but if you want the design darker, you can certainly go over it a second time to darken the design. You might even want to add a second color for a really cool look. I haven’t tried that yet, but I have plans to. Gently remove the stick-style stencil.

I have never been able to stencil furniture this easy and with no bleeding! Such a crisp, clean design. I contribute that to using the decor wax. The wax is thick enough that it won’t sneak up under the stencil. I got the same perfect result every time I used it.

The Results Are Stunning!

Dding this stencil to this antique buffet was just the right look I was going for.
This is what it looks like when you stencil furniture.
The easiest way to add a stencil to your painted furniture.

That’s what I’m talking about! Easy furniture makeover when you stencil furniture. What do you think? Would you add this to your next furniture makeover? I’d love to hear your thought. Please drop me a comment below. 

Until the next project… xo, Do

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  • Hi Do,
    I have this same stencil and same decor wax. We must have the same taste in style. I love the way you blended the colors on the bottom of this piece. How do you do that? I would like to try the 3D stenciling some time and paint over it. Waiting for that perfect piece of furniture to come around. Thank you for sharing this.

  • This tutorial will be available in The Art Of Painting Furniture next month. 🙂 Great minds think alike.

    xo, Do

  • I recently purchased two solid wood panel door to create my own French Country Barn doors. I purchased three stencils online to create the look I want ( in my head, anyway!! LOL) . I plan on using texture to give the stencils a raised effect ( I used this process on my guest bedroom walls and was quite thrilled with the results), then will glaze them and had gold leaf paint to several areas to try and create a vintage French look. Anxious to start!
    I love your use of stencils on this piece! So elegant! You are an inspiration to me! Someday, I hope to be able to do this and make enough money so I can quit m 7-6 day job and create! My artistic soul needs to create

  • Love the detail you added to this plain front and YES to sticky stencils. Love them. So easy to use and the results are so clean, right! Have a super day my friend. 🙂

  • Hi Do! Love your projects; I have a pinterest page with just your name on it! Can this stencil be used again once cleaned off? Does the wax dry without smearing; or do you top coat over it? Thanks for your help and all your ideas!!

  • Hi Jackie! I’m honored that you follow my work. Well, it doesn’t really feel like work. 🙂 The stencil was still very sticky after using it once. I’m certain it would work again especially if you’re using the wax. The wax dried super fast and didn’t smear. The wax goes a LONG way! It only took a little bit on the end of a stiff brush to apply. There is no reason to use a top coat as long as you’re using Dixie Belle paint as your base. The wax is permanent. So fun!

    xo, Do

  • Totally agree my friend! It changed my mind about stencils on furniture. Enjoy your day too. 🙂

    xo, Do

  • Thank you for the kind words, Linda! 🙂

    You painted a beautiful picture and it sounds amazing. I’d love to see it when you’re done. As far as my business, it’s my labor of love. It’s a lot of hard work but the rewards of just interacting with people like you make this all worth it. You inspire me to continue to create. It’s a lonely business, but just knowing that someone appreciates what you do is sometimes enough. Have a fantastic day my friend.

    xo, Do

  • Good Morning!
    I feel less alone when I am painting one of my abstract canvases, or working on a furniture re-do! I find such comfort and fulfillment in my soul when I am painting. Your work, of of course, speaks for itself ( amazing, creative, stunning, etc, etc) but it’s your personality that drew me in. Your enthusiasm and vivaciousness is contagious! I look forward to all your future projects and learning as much as I can from you. Have a jujuee day!

  • What a sweet thing to say, Linda! I do enjoy what I do and sharing it is kinda like therapy… if that makes sense. Much like you, I find great comfort painting. I appreciate your kindness more than you know.

    Have a blessed day. 🙂

  • Does the wax smudge or come off? Does it beed to be sealed?

  • Its really an informative article about stenciling of furniture. I’m sure it would work for my crafting. Thanks!!

  • You’re so welcome! 🙂 Happy painting!

    xo, Do

  • Hi Sheila,

    The wax is amazing to work with. Once it’s dry it will not come off. Hope this helps.

    xo, Do

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