How To Use Stencils For A Look You’ll Love

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How many of you use stencils?  I love to create my own stencils to use on my furniture, etc. and have done this several times before. You may remember my clock and these great coordinates pillows but today I am using stencils on a sofa table.

 

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Creating And Using Stencils

This is a post for the Furniture Refresh Challenge and boy did this table need an update.  I love this challenge and I thank Michele from The Shelstring Blog and Sue from A Purdy Little House for putting this together and making the nice graphics for us to use.  It is hard work and time consuming to maintain a challenge every month.

 

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I have always loved this table but the green bottom part just wasn’t what I wanted any more.  You know I have been trying to lighten and brighten our home and this was the perfect opportunity to make over this dark table.

 

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The theme for this month’s Furniture Refresh is acrylic paint.  We are supposed to use acrylic paint somewhere on our project.  I didn’t want to paint the legs with acrylic paint so I thought that stencils would be the perfect solution.  And they would add something special to this table.

Supplies Needed

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Chalk Paint – I used Rustoleum’s new Chalky Finish Paint in Linen White

Acrylic Paint – I used black Anitas All Purpose Acrylic Paint 

Stencils Or a Silhouette Cameo to create stencils

Stencil Brush

Paint Brush

Sanding block

Getting Started

The first thing I did was dust off the table and clean it up.  Then I gave the bottom portion a couple of coats of the chalk paint.   This paint covered nicely but I felt it need a few coats.

 

Creating your own stencils and using them to update your furniture is a budget friendly way to create a whole new look you will love! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I sanded in between coats to help create a smooth finish.

Then I created the stencils using my Silhouette Cameo.  It is really easy to make your own stencils if you have a machine like this.  The Cricut would do the same thing.

I swore in my last stenciled post, the Irish Blessing Table that I would never use the vinyl to create stencils again.  But I tried it this time and it worked like a dream.  I am not sure why I had such troubles before.

The three stencils I made this time were simple and easy.

They were:

  1. live simply.
  2. dream big.
  3. laugh lots.

I used Times Roman font and tried to make them all about the same size in length and height.  It is easy to manipulate the size with the Silhouette Software.

I was able to cut them all out of a 12 x 12 sheet.  This is the screen shot from my Silhouette program.

 

Creating your own stencils and using them to update your furniture is a budget friendly way to create a whole new look you will love! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

The cut settings were set to vinyl and I had the blade set on 2.

After weeding out the letters I stuck them carefully to the table starting with the center stencil.  This helps to get things centered.

 

Creating your own stencils and using them to update your furniture is a budget friendly way to create a whole new look you will love! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

The black acrylic paint was perfect for this part of the project.  Remember with stencils to always wipe most of the paint off your brush after you load it each time.  It is easy to get it under the stencil if you have too much paint.

Let the paint dry completely then sand and distress if you like that look. I like the distressed look so I went for it.

 

 


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What It Looks Like Now

 

Creating your own stencils and using them to update your furniture is a budget friendly way to create a whole new look you will love! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Creating your own stencils and using them to update your furniture is a budget friendly way to create a whole new look you will love! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

The wood top against the white linen paint really brightened it up and gave this table a whole new look.

 

Creating your own stencils and using them to update your furniture is a budget friendly way to create a whole new look you will love! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Creating your own stencils and using them to update your furniture is a budget friendly way to create a whole new look you will love! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

This new table looks much better in the space than it did before and I am in love with it1

If you like it be sure to pin it for later!  And Follow Michelle James Designs on Pinterest!

 

Creating your own stencils and using them to update your furniture is a budget friendly way to create a whole new look you will love! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Be sure to stop by everyone’s blogs and check out their acrylic paint makeovers as well.  Here are all of the before pics.

 

Creating your own stencils and using them to update your furniture is a budget friendly way to create a whole new look you will love! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I am excited to see what they look like now.  The links are below.  Have fun and enjoy!

Shelstring Blog

A Purdy Little House

Makin My Apartment A Home

As always, thank you for stopping by today!  I always appreciate it.

Michelle

 

Michelle

12 Comments

  1. Carolann

    This turned out so beautiful! I love the stencil too. The Rustoleum paint is a dream. I can’t wait to use it again! Love this Michelle.

    06 . 04 . 2017
    • Michelle

      You are right Carolann. The Rustoleum paint was a dream to work with. I have two more colors that I can wait to use! I am happy that you like my table!

      06 . 04 . 2017
  2. Peggy Stolley

    Sarah! Super cute!

    06 . 04 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thanks Peggy! I like the table much better now!

      06 . 04 . 2017
      • Peggy Stolley

        Why does my comment say “Sarah?!” Lol! I think it was, ” Aaaah!” originally.

        07 . 04 . 2017
        • Michelle

          I figured that is what it was supposed to be or “sweet”. I knew you weren’t calling me Sarah. LOL!

          07 . 04 . 2017
  3. Sue Purdy

    This hall table is amazing, and I have to get one of those Silouette’s so I can make my own stencils too. I love this idea so much, and the white chalk paint on the legs is just perfect. Wonderful job. Pinning.

    06 . 04 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Hi Sue! Thanks so much! I was a last minute decision to use this table for the challenge but I am glad I did! I love the way it turned out!

      06 . 04 . 2017
  4. Sue

    I have a sofa table like this so your stenciled project gives me a lot of inspiration. The stencils on the table is really different and I was surprised to read you made them, and then I remembered you have the nice silhouette machine.

    07 . 04 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Yes. I do love my Silhouette machine. You probably need one too Sue!

      08 . 04 . 2017
  5. Susie

    Lovely table makeover, Michelle. You have such great ideas. Love this!! Susie from The Chelsea Project

    27 . 04 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thank you Susie! This was a super last minute project and I am in love with it now!

      27 . 04 . 2017

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