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Stenciling Old Furniture is a Great Way to Give New Life to an Old Piece

Good morning my stencil savvy crafters!  Have you noticed that garage sales, yard sales, and moving sales seem to be in full swing lately?  We at  Cutting Edge Stencils certainly have noticed!  It’s pretty hard not to get excited about those yard sale finds especially if you have an eye for not only what something is but what it has the potential to be.  Put your imagination to good use and just think what a little bit of paint and a fun stencil design can do to that old piece of furniture you’ve just spotted at a recent moving sale.  The possibilities are endless, right?  So today’s Stencil Stories is here to provide you that much needed inspiration to upcycle those fab finds.

What is Upcycling?

We hear this buzz word a lot but what exactly does it mean? Wikipedia defines it as is the process of converting  useless products into new materials or products of better quality.  In other words, it’s taking the stuff that’s no longer needed or wanted and giving it new life as something that is either useful or creative. If you’re like me, you probably have a lot of old stuff just lying around your house. It’s not doing anything but taking up space, but you’re either too busy (or lazy), sentimental or just have more important things to deal with.  Well if you’re looking for a little inspiration, here are two great ideas for transforming some old furniture.

Stencils and paint can upcycle old furniture! http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/craft-furniture-stencils.html

Meet Jen, the crafty DIYer and one of the bloggers behind the blog Delightful Deets.  Jen happened to hit up a moving sale about a year and half ago where she purchased a desk/hutch.  She fell in love with the piece immediately but not so much with the color.  It was painted black and silver and the paint was scratched and chipping.  For the past year and half she’s been using it as a computer desk. Does this whole story sound way to much like what I had spelled out above?  Finally she spotted our Moroccan Tiles Stencil and her creative light bulb lit up!  Jen provides the deets on how she upcycled her piece on her blog.  To get this look Jen used Benjamin Moore’s mascarpone AF-20 and water drops 659. She says, “I love how it turned out!”  We do too!  PS. Jen is running a $50 Cutting Edge Stencils giveaway on her blog right now so hop on over and enter!

Use the Moroccan Tiles Stencil to transform an old hutch like this! http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/moroccan-tiles-wall-pattern.html

But before you run off, I want you to meet Sheila.  Sheila is a fab furniture fixer-uper and the blogger behind Plum Doodles.  She has no fear of stenciling and I’m sure you remember a couple of her projects like these upcycled chairs, stenciled rug, or this cabinet makoever.  Well recently, Sheila found a tiny little end table that was in desperate need to be upcycled. Check our her blog for all details on how she managed to transform this lovely piece.  She used Farmhouse Paint in Blue Dazzle and White Ash and then stenciled the upper part of the table using the Peony Stencil. And here it is!  A gorgeous little upcycled end table with the perfect girly flair!

Upcycle an old end table using the Peony Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/flower-stencil-damask.html

Do you have an old piece of furniture that could be upcycled? We’d love to hear thoughts in the comments below.

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Thanks for reading, and happy stenciling!
Michelle and the Cutting Edge Stencils Crew

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