How to Stencil Furniture

Hello friends! Thank you for the awesome feedback on last week’s post! If you missed it, I shared our foyer update! A simple board and batten entry room project that is functional and inviting. You can check it out here! Have you ever looked at a dresser or similar piece of furniture and imagined it prettier? I love to transform boring pieces into something more interesting! The furniture in your home can make bold statements about your personality. This dresser was a freebie I picked up from a friend a couple years ago. I thought I would try something new and stencil furniture. Here is how the dresser looked when I got it:

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Dresser Before

I painted it white, and then sanded it in areas and applied stain to give it a reclaimed look:

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Dresser after white washing

Not the best picture, but you get the idea!

After enjoying this version of the dresser for a couple of years, I decided to spruce it up a bit. My vision for this piece was funky, to incorporate soft color and stenciling to make it a unique piece. Alright, get out my paint!

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I love a great paint brush, one that allows me to paint odd corners and intricate crevices. You guys- I found the most awesome brush and I use it for all of my paint projects and I will forever and ever! The brush is angled, perfect for capturing a smooth finish on my projects. Buying cheap brushes and throwing them away after one or two uses is silly! A great brush can last a long time- completely worth the investment! And as far as being lazy, I learned my lesson the hard way. A good brush can make a HUGE difference on any project. Washing takes minutes, a small price to pay for the outcome. Okay, enough talking about brushes!

Here is the list of supplies you will need for this project:

  • Paint- you choose, funky colors or neutrals!
  • Brush(es)- see the link above (I love Wooster!)
  • Roller brush
  • Paint pan
  • Stencil
  • Towels to collect drips
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Painting the Drawers


Here are pictures of the drawers being painted bright white. Each drawer received three coats, to really make sure the white is solid and bright.

I painted the sides of the dresser a bright blue. There is no brightly colored furniture in our home, so I figured why not?! I used Ultra White by Behr. Love the color! To really accent the dresser, I painted the top surface and the bottom legs black. To make the drawers pop, I painted dresser pulls black.

Confession time: I stink at taking pictures! Sometimes when I am so engrossed in a project, I forget to pick up my camera and snap pictures. I promise to get better on this detail, my friends! For now, please bear with me!

As the dresser was near completion, I felt like it was missing something. Have you ever experienced this during a project? It was looking good, but did not have the pizazz I had hoped. I decided to try my hand at stenciling.


The stencil was purchased at Hobby Lobby. If I am honest, I did not spend a lot of time deciding on the stencil- I knew I wanted wispy and thin lines, with no specific shape. I taped the stencil on the dresser and…

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Applying the Stencil

…moved it around so that eventually, each drawer had part of the design and it was connected.

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Stencil Finished!

I am not an artist by any stretch, but I felt this stencil provided a unique artistic flair to this piece! Here is the final product:

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The finished product!

Looking for other cool furniture painting ideas? I painted stripes on a dresser!

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So share with us, have you taken the brave leap and used a stencil on your furniture?

Join me next week as I share 5 secrets to painting furniture perfectly!