I love my neighbor Chris Saavedra. A beautiful, fabulously charming woman whom I enjoy spending time with.
This year, Chris began re-doing old furniture to sell at craft fairs. So what a perfect time to introduce her to the art of stenciling.
She went NUTS! Just about every piece she produced was embellished with a stencil design that made the piece even more special.
This coffee table project was one of my favorites. She painted the base and legs white, painted the top brown then added one of our stencil designs to the very center. It came out so beautiful that I nearly lugged it home for myself! Isn’t it just sweet?
She did well at the craft fair with some pieces selling for as high as $150.00
I love seeing what other people do with my designs and their ideas for painting finishes on furniture. It gives me new inspiration!
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Handcrafted and re-purposed, re-finished items, are all the rage these days. Etsy, Artfire and Bonanza are known as great on-line market places to find them. But so are craft fairs, trade shows and galleries.
Some people are able to make a living at the craft and many use stencils to decorate their items.
Mike makes lazy-susans. He sells them at various shows and craft fairs and has done well with his creations. He was delighted when he used our Grapes Border Stencil to add grapes to this large lazy-susan.
I’ve created many “new” items from old ones using plaster stencils and molds. One example is this beautiful wooden box that I did with our Raised Plaster Bennington Frieze Stencil and a plaster molded piece.
Not only was it fun and rewarding, it was also profitable since I sold it for $45.00!
A few years ago, I found this awesome (but broken) table at the dump and hauled it home, re-doing it with plaster stencils and paint. That free item fetched $75.00.
So if you’re thinking about getting in to this very popular business, consider adding stencil designs to your items to create more interest and to fetch a higher price.
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There are just days where a stencil designer has to do something extraordinary to give herself a sense of true satisfaction.
My latest entertainment session wound up costing me hours in clean up work on the computer but I loved every single second of the task.
Peacocks in decorating are all the rage these days so I took that cue and created my own large, peacock stencil.
The fun part came when it was time to plaster and paint it!
My personal plans for this intense stencil design is to do it on canvas over a mural background then hang it as the focal point in my master bathroom
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