Joni McDonald is a creative little thing. Full of fun and lots of ideas. It even comes across in her emails to me.
Discovering plaster stencils has added to her creative side by giving her yet one more medium with which to create.
She pondered, she plotted and planned, she calculated and experimented, and she finally came up with just the right solution for her new need to embellish. She used a plaster stencil on her metal mailbox! Now what a novel idea and Joni is just the gal to come up with it.
Giving it a pretty patina paint finish, she then added the plaster stencil and painted it copper gold. Lovely isn’t it? Now, just imagine the oohs and aaahs coming from her mailman (or lady) the next time they deliver the mail. Joni delivers them some “beauty and originality!”. Joni graciously let me share this adorable project with you and for that, we all thank her! (Bowing to your greatness Joni!)
Melinda re-did her dining room in a gray palet which is very modern and updated. But those lower panels needed something extra special.
She used our Raised Plaster Flores Panel Stencil with metallic silver paint over the darker gray paint color. Not only did it add a wonderful pattern to the panels, the metallic paint gave it an extra dose of glam!
Here’s what she said about the project:
“Your stencil is amazing and my project turned out GORGEOUS. I had planned to do a dimensional border, silver on cream walls above plain gray panels. But realized that the stencil is exactly the right size for the panels themselves. So instead I did silver paint on gray chalk paint. The result is incredible. Thanks so much”
Remember that all of our Raised Plaster Stencils can also be used with paint for any project you have in mind.
I have had this dresser for many many years, I painted pink and blue for my oldest daughter when she was small, years before I even knew I would be doing this now. We dragged it across the ocean when we moved from the UK to Canada and it has been many colours and even lived in the garage, all alone and forgotten. It is is now resplendent in Fusion Mineral Paint Ash and Brushed Steel. I used a stencil from my favourite stencil designer Victoria Larsen Stencils. I cannot bring myself to sell this piece, sentimental fool that I am!
The combination of the two gray colors is not only striking, but makes this piece so elegant!
The stencil design adds just the right amount of detail to this dresser. I can see why she doesn’t want to sell it!
Wouldn’t this also be an exquisite treatment for a focal wall?
Then using light pressure, dip your stencil brush in to darker gray paint, wipe off the excess and swirl the bristles over the stencil openings.
Turning the stencil each time you repeat it, gives that pretty random effect.
I painted the cabinet trim, the same darker gray paint to match then used the same stencil with joint compound to create a raised design on the cabinet door front. I added black paint to the joint compound to pre-color it.
Simply use a plastic scraper, or even a credit card to smooth the compound over the stencil openings.
Gently un-tape the stencil and peel it back to reveal the raised design. Now, let it dry completely.
I added a cute new handle that I got from Hobby Lobby, moving it to the upper edge of the door for more convenience. Now it’s an adorable storage unit that I will put in my work room!
I then cast and applied plaster ornaments from our plaster molds to the top. Simply choose your favorite! White glue works fine to adhere them, just be sure to prime both sides first.
Once everything was dry, I painted the entire box with cream colored latex paint then mixed dark brown paint with translucent wall glaze and brushed it over the entire surface. Make sure to get your bristles in to all the little crooks and crannies!
With a wadded, old terry towel, begin wiping off the excess glaze, allowing it to remain in the recesses.
Once everything is dry, give it a good coat of clear sealer and it’s ready to give as a gift!
Brenda Foster loves design and like me, sees a blank wall as a new canvas!
Using our Raised Plaster Wisteria Stencil with pastel paints instead of plasters, she stenciled the whole back side of her shed with wisteria vines, dripping with lovely lavender blossoms. What a wonderful “garden” theme!
I love how she allowed the stenciled vines to trail and cover the surface as if they were actually growing from a live plant, seemingly coming right out of the soil!
This certainly makes me look at my garage door differently all of a sudden!