Using a stencil on wood furniture isn’t uncommon, but when you want a little extra, you can get a peek-a-boo design/pattern that is quite pleasing to the eye when you apply it to the drawer sides. I call it eye candy! Here’s how I do it.
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How To Stencil On Wood Furniture With Chalk Paint
After recently beaching the wood this antique Chifforobe, I decided it needed a little something special, but I didn’t want to take away from the beauty of the wood. I’ve done this method before on other pieces, and I really like the look. It’s super easy, and since I already had chalk mineral paint on hand, I just used what I had, and it turned out great. Here’s how I did it.
How To Stencil On Wood Furniture… Peek-A-Boo Drawers
STEP 1 Find a stencil with the pattern you love.
STEP 2 Add a small amount of paint to a styrofoam plate.
STEP 3 Lay the stencil over the area you want to apply it to. Using painter’s tape over the stencil allows you to get the size you want without damaging the stencil—no need to cut the stencil to fit. That’s just the way I DO it.
Use Minimal Paint When You Stencil On Wood Furniture
STEP 4 With a mini foam roller, apply the paint to the roller. I only use a light coat. Too much paint can cause the paint to bleed under the stencil. I can’t emphasize this enough. Less is more. If you need to apply a second coat for full coverage, it’s okay. Personally, I like a light stencil with the wood showing through the design.
Pro-Tip For Stenciling On Wood
After applying the paint to the roller, offload the paint on the roller to another surface before applying over the stencil to make sure you don’t have too much paint. This will minimize the bleeding and give you a crisp, clean look.
STEP 5 Remove the stencil immediately after applying the paint and allow it to dry. Repeat on the next drawer.
STEP 6 Use a 220 abrasive sanding pad to distress the stencil pattern after it was dry to give it a worn look. But this is optional. Since the drawers were a bit tighter than I would like, it worked out well. No worries if the drawers rub a bit. It just looks like the drawer sides were naturally worn from sliding them in and out. That’s just extra character in my book!
The Results Of Adding A Stencil On Wood Drawers
I like the look of a stencil on wood, and this one is a winner on my antique chifforobe. It’s subtle but adds a feminine touch. The peek-a-boo surprise makes me happy every time I pull out a drawer.
Thanks for joining me today, and I hope you enjoyed this fun DIY stencil project. Let me know what you think about it in the comment section below. I always love hearing from you.
Until the next project… xo, Do