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Jazz Up An Old Dresser Using A Chinoiserie Stencil

Stencil Patterns Can Make Old Furniture Look Like New!

Welcome back, my Cutting Edge Stencils friends.  Paint can do wonders for blah and bland furniture. But there are more things you can do besides just slapping on a fresh color. Furniture stencils are a great way to enhance a piece of furniture.  Today we’re sharing how to turn trash to treasure using our Secret Garden Toile Stencil.

Cutting Edge Stencils shares how to paint and stencil an old dresser using the Secret Garden Toile Stencil. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/garden-toile-stencil-chinoiserie-wallpaper.html

Erika, our in-house craft guru, is known for her furniture makeover projects. A good friend of hers was about to toss this dresser but before she did she offered it to Erika. Erika scooped it. While it was plain, it had a ton of potential.

A dresser before its stenciled makeover. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/garden-toile-stencil-chinoiserie-wallpaper.html

The dresser had been painted using Benjamin Moore’s Coral Reef 012. Erika chose to keep the pretty coral color. The first thing she did was clean off the dresser using a cleaner. Then she lightly sanded to remove any debris. Now she was ready to start stenciling!  She browsed our large collection of stencils and chose the Secret Garden Toile pattern.

The Secret Garden Toile Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/garden-toile-stencil-chinoiserie-wallpaper.html

The Secret Garden Toile Stencil was inspired by the oriental chinoiserie design. It is particularly popular in wallpaper designs, and now is easy and affordable to replicate thanks to this repeating stencil.  It’s also perfect for furniture projects just like this! Erika planned to add pattern to the drawer fronts so she taped off the surrounding area with blue painter’s tape.

Learn how to paint and stencil an old dresser using the Secret Garden Toile pattern from Cutting Edge Stencils in Coral. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/garden-toile-stencil-chinoiserie-wallpaper.html

Erika applied spray adhesive to the back of the stencil. We like to use Sticky Note spray adhesive which can be purchased on Amazon. Then she placed the stencil on the front of the dresser. For the stencil color, Erika mixed a bit of Benjamin Moore Coral Reef with Navajo White to create a soft pink hue. She used a 4″ dense foam roller to paint the pattern.

Learn how to paint and stencil an old dresser using the Secret Garden Toile pattern from Cutting Edge Stencils in Coral. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/garden-toile-stencil-chinoiserie-wallpaper.html

She made sure she rolled off any excess paint on a piece of paper towel.  Too much paint will cause the design to bleed. Then she painted the entire pattern on to the dresser. Once the entire design was painted, Erika lifted the stencil back to reveal the pattern.

Learn how to paint and stencil an old dresser using the Secret Garden Toile pattern from Cutting Edge Stencils in Coral. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/garden-toile-stencil-chinoiserie-wallpaper.html

Erika had to pick up the stencil and reposition it to complete the pattern across the front.

Learn how to paint and stencil an old dresser using the Secret Garden Toile pattern from Cutting Edge Stencils in Coral. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/garden-toile-stencil-chinoiserie-wallpaper.html

Learn how to paint and stencil an old dresser using the Secret Garden Toile pattern from Cutting Edge Stencils in Coral. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/garden-toile-stencil-chinoiserie-wallpaper.html

Here is the stenciled dresser before she removed the painter’s tape.

Learn how to paint and stencil an old dresser using the Secret Garden Toile pattern from Cutting Edge Stencils in Coral. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/garden-toile-stencil-chinoiserie-wallpaper.html

The sides of the dressers had rectangle insets. Erika wanted to carry the pattern onto the sides. She taped off the sides of the inserts and then painted the Secret Garden Toile stencil.

Learn how to paint and stencil an old dresser using the Secret Garden Toile pattern from Cutting Edge Stencils in Coral. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/garden-toile-stencil-chinoiserie-wallpaper.html

Erika painted the pattern and removed it to reveal a stenciled inset.

Learn how to paint and stencil an old dresser using the Secret Garden Toile pattern from Cutting Edge Stencils in Coral. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/garden-toile-stencil-chinoiserie-wallpaper.html

The dresser came with white colored knobs.  Erika chose to paint the knobs in metallic white so they had a bit of a shimmer. She placed them back onto the dresser.  Something as simple as this can drastically change the look of the dresser.

Learn how to paint and stencil an old dresser using the Secret Garden Toile pattern from Cutting Edge Stencils in Coral. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/garden-toile-stencil-chinoiserie-wallpaper.html

Are you ready to see how Erika’s stenciled dresser turned out? Here it is!

Learn how to paint and stencil an old dresser using the Secret Garden Toile pattern from Cutting Edge Stencils in Coral. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/garden-toile-stencil-chinoiserie-wallpaper.html

Erika managed to give this old piece of furniture a fresh new look with a pretty paint color and classic stencil pattern.

Learn how to paint and stencil an old dresser using the Secret Garden Toile pattern from Cutting Edge Stencils in Coral. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/garden-toile-stencil-chinoiserie-wallpaper.html

Learn how to paint and stencil an old dresser using the Secret Garden Toile pattern from Cutting Edge Stencils in Coral. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/garden-toile-stencil-chinoiserie-wallpaper.html

Tell us, what stencil would you use to makeover an old piece of furniture? Leave us a comment below, we’d love to read your thoughts!

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Thanks for reading and happy stenciling!

Michelle and the Cutting Edge Stencils Crew

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