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Huge selection of classic stencils for elegant home decor.

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Michelle Cavanaugh decided to give this old curio cabinet a new, updated look with silver paint and our Raised Plaster Parkland Posey Stencil.

She first added the raised stencil to the upper sides of the cabinet then painted the entire cabinet with silver paint.

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The raised design gave it even more decorative appeal. I love the elegance this piece now has and obviously, Michelle is very proud of it. I can see why!

The question “can you use plaster stencils with paint?” comes up all the time. The answer is Absolutely! We use our plaster stencils with paint regularly. What you will simply find is that our plaster stencils will be the most durable, high quality painting stencils you have ever owned!

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We’ve all had worn furniture in our lives that we probably left behind or disposed of in some way or another. But Barbara is my kind of gal. A “Rescue Artist”!

This poor little occasional table really needed help. And Barbara was just the gal to give it new life!

She started by painting the top black and then using our Raised Plaster Brassio Frieze Stencil with just metallic paint over the top made it super elegant and just so darned sweet! A coat of light colored paint at the rim of the top, pedistal and legs gave it an awesome new look. Notice how she painted the tips of the legs black? That gives it a coordinated look that is quite smart!

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Any of our plaster stencils can be used with paint rather than dimensional products. You’ll just find it to be the most durable, high quality paint stencil you’ve ever owned!

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I found a cute little folding table for my patio at the thrift store. Just $4.00!

I took it home, cleaned it up and spray painted the top black.

I then added a spray pattern of gray/ blue.

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Then patterns of metallic gold

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After it was all dry, I taped the stencil in place at the edge of the table, allowing only part of the pattern to be visible on the edge of the table.

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A 1/2″ stencil brush and black acrylic paint were used to add the stencil design to the table. For this project, I used our Raised Plaster Leaf Panel Stencil.

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Remove the stencil, by gently peeling it back, to reveal the pretty new stencil design.

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The black design against the muted colors of the top of the table making for a striking new look!

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Give it a coat of exterior sealer for outdoor use.

It’s never ceased to amaze me how you can take a thrift store find and turn it in to something really awesome with just paint and a stencil design!

Now, it’s a part of my yard decor and is something I use regularly and just love!

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It started out as a dump site find. Solid wood, round, with a single broken leg. Now, how could I resist? I hauled it home and surveyed the damage.

A little wood glue and clamps over night fixed the broken leg and I was ready to get started!

I gave it a good sanding with my electric palm sander and primed it top to bottom.

I then added raised plaster stenciling with wood putty to the sides of the top.

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Once dry, I painted the entire table jet black and hand painted the raised designs with metallic gold craft paint.

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Using our Raised Plaster Astana Medallion stencil with standard acrylic paints. Yes, you can certainly use any of our raised plaster stencils with just paint.

I centered the stencil on the round top and gave it a gorgeous design.

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The table legs and trim also go a lick of gold metallic paint to finalize a beautiful make over of this table.

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Now, it looks like a super expensive piece you might find in a specialty shop!

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Our friend Julie McDowell from Dandelions and Poppies shares a new piece she just did with our Raised Plaster Swirls Wallpaper Stencil.

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Here’s what she said:

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!

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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?

Any old piece of furniture can be given a brand new life with paint and stencils.

I purchased this old cabinet at the thrift store for under $10.00 and it sat in my garage for two years waiting for the perfect stencil design.

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It was in great shape, but it was really ugly!

So I gave it a light sanding, a coat of primer and then painting it with Behr’s Billowy Clouds gray paint.

I used our Raised Plaster Douceur Frieze Stencil. I wanted to do a random wallpaper effect over the top and sides.

Simply tape the stencil in place.

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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.

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Turning the stencil each time you repeat it, gives that pretty random effect.

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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.

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Simply use a plastic scraper, or even a credit card to smooth the compound over the stencil openings.

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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!

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Julie McDowell from the Furniture Painting University has a way of really adding a Wow factor to the furniture make overs she does.

Whether it’s decoupage, paint or faux finishes or stenciling, she creates furniture pieces that are unique and beautiful.

Here, she used our Raised Plaster Vine Medallion and Mold Stencil set to add beautiful medallions to the front of this chest.

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The stencil set includes the medallion stencil and a round plaster mold to create the inner medallion you see attached in the center.

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With the stenciled medallion done in white and the plaster medallion painted the same color she painted the chest, the look is so elegant!

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Would you like to learn how to make over pieces like this? Join the FurniturePaintingUniversity.com where for a very small monthly fee, you will open up a world of professional techniques, ideas, inspiration and even articles on selling your creations!

If you’ve ever thought of creating a side-line business of painted furniture, this is the place to start your new business!

See her beautiful hand painted art on Etsy: DandelionsnPoppies

 

 

I love all things “home decor” and that’s what my blog is all about. Not just stencils or stenciling.

With that in mind, I couldn’t wait to share this incredible make over by my new friend and customer Chris Rees.

First, let me tell you a little about Chris. She’s a visionary who sees things much differently than the rest of us do. Especially when it comes to home decorating. Not only that, she’s incredibly creative! She looks at something and sees a different purpose, a different color, a different slant on what something was meant for.

I have to tell you, she really blew me away with these make overs!

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Step one: Common, iron tea cart.

Step two: Fill with polished rock, add a luscious red sink and accessories, a rustic water fixture and Wha La! The COOLEST bathroom sink cabinet (can you call it a cabinet?)  I’ve ever seen! And how cool she used the tea cart handle as a towel rack! 

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Look how adorable this bathroom came out!

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Now, would WE have ever thought of such a clever use for a tea cart? Me, I would have seen a plant potting cart, maybe a roll around cocktail station, but this gal turned it in to something so wildly elegant!

Now, check THIS one out! See that sink in the photo below? You’re never going to believe this, but it’s a light cover turned upside down! REALLY????? Who would have thought.

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 Here’s what she said about it:

 ” The interesting thing is that this sink bowl is actually something that I came across on our property as we were left with a mix of junk and treasures (ton of it). It is either a reverse lighting lamp or belongs to a ceiling fan light.  I really don’t know, but the measurements were right for the drain so I painted it with Turquoise glass paint, fired it in my oven and well, read about plumbers putty.  Really never unclogged a drain before building two sinks?  My kiddos could not reach the top of the original so whats a Mom to do?”

Clever and creative, she saw a need for a lower sink area for her children and solved the problem in the cutest, most clever way!

On my knees, I bow to your greatness Chris!

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It was just an outdated wood box I found at a thrift store, but I was about to give it a great new life as a Christmas gift for a special friend.

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I used joint compound on our Raised Plaster Diamond Panel Stencil on the top of the box after giving it a healthy coat of primer.

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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.

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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!

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With a wadded, old terry towel, begin wiping off the excess glaze, allowing it to remain in the recesses.

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Once everything is dry, give it a good coat of clear sealer and it’s ready to give as a gift!

 

If you have thought of starting a furniture painting business, or currently struggle with the one you have, do I have news for you!

Julie McDowell of Dandelions and Poppies can help you with ideas and techniques you might not have thought of.

Her creative, elegant make overs are one of a kind beauties that you can learn from, get ideas from and even copy if you like!

Like her Facebook Page to learn more about this spectacular teacher and creative artist!

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