20 DIY Cabinet Door Makeovers with Furniture Stencils

20 DIY Cabinet Door Makeovers and Painting Ideas with Furniture Stencils from Royal Design Studio

Do you have some cabinets hanging around that are looking old, dumpy and dated? More and more savvy homeowners are opting to put money back in their wallets and paint their old ones instead of replacing them. And you can do the same! If you’re tired of opening the same old cabinet doors for years on end, or the wood is worn and tired, we have a solution! You can easily add new life with a little color and character to old doors simply by painting and stenciling them. Still on the fence? Check out these 20 DIY ideas using Furniture Stencils to create beautiful raised patterns and colorful designs. These cabinet makeovers are sure to open you up to the benefits of stenciling!

20 DIY Cabinet Door Makeovers and Painting Ideas with Furniture Stencils from Royal Design Studio

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Our most popular stencil seen on cabinets is our Micah Classic Panel Furniture Stencils and Toulouse Classic Panel Furniture Stencils. When this design in raised with Wood Icing, it gives the piece depth and texture. The raised pattern will make your guests think your cabinets are custom carved and will want to touch them! It feels good to have gorgeous home décor, doesn’t it? 20 DIY Cabinet Door Makeovers and Painting Ideas with Furniture Stencils from Royal Design Studio

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The Italian and French designs of our Firenze Classic Panel Furniture Stencils and Parisian Urn Classic Panel Furniture Stencils are perfectly sized to be painted onto cabinet doors. The classic Old European artisan design that you were envisioning for your furniture is made easy and it’s all DIY!

If you’re a lover of the classic European look, then you’ve got to watch our Italian Villa Damask Stenciled Wood Cabinet Door video tutorial! Click play to watch now! 

Better Homes and Gardens is a huge fan of stenciling DIY décor. Furniture stencils make it simple and affordable to update your kitchen cabinets without replacing them. Watch their video tutorial on how to use our Arrow Outline Stencil to add some pretty pattern to otherwise boring white cabinetry by clicking the play button now! 

Gilding and stenciling can create a gorgeous look for both traditional and contemporary furniture. In this video tutorial, we show you how to use our Butterfly Kisses Furniture Stencil, Royal Stencil Size, and Silver Leaf to add antique gilded details to the wood door. Click play to watch! 

20 DIY Cabinet Door Makeovers and Painting Ideas with Furniture Stencils from Royal Design Studio

A sure-fire way to decorate with vintage furniture stencils is to also distress the wood to look more worn. Refreshed Design used Chalk Paint® Dark Wax by Annie Sloan along with our Acanthus Damask Furniture Stencil to highlight the grooves and distressed edges of these antique cabinet doors.

20 DIY Cabinet Door Makeovers and Painting Ideas with Furniture Stencils from Royal Design Studio

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Nature elements and motifs look beautiful on cabinetry and never go out of style. Our Provence Olive Border Stencils add a Tuscan feel to wood doors, similar to those you’d find at a winery. For décor reminiscent of the Dutch Indies, you can emboss our Baby Ferns Furniture Stencils with Wood Icing and metallic paint. A similar look can be done with our Oriental Brocade Flower Stencil. BONUS: Change up your cabinetry with an unexpected color, like Florence Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan!

20 DIY Cabinet Door Makeovers and Painting Ideas with Furniture Stencils from Royal Design Studio

Bland white cabinets are a thing of the past. Patterns, especially exotic designs that invoke wanderlust, are seen in the trendiest interiors including cabinet doors! You can easily mimic the look of Moroccan doors like Nomadic Decorator did by using Wood Icing to raise the pattern of our Star Diamonds Moroccan Stencil. Our Modern Moroccan Furniture Stencil is also a nice touch when you are decorating with a global style. These gorgeous doors are begging to be thrown open to see what’s inside!

20 DIY Cabinet Door Makeovers and Painting Ideas with Furniture Stencils from Royal Design Studio

Can you believe that these pictures are of the SAME cabinet?? My Patch of Blue Sky wanted to switch things up a bit after stenciling her cabinet doors with our modern Circling Allover Stencils. She grabbed her go-to Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and our San Bartolo Medallion Stencil, envisioning a completely different look. What a transformation!

20 DIY Cabinet Door Makeovers and Painting Ideas with Furniture Stencils from Royal Design Studio

If you’re looking for a completely custom look, we recommend using custom Modello® stencils. These stencils work great for cabinets because they can be sized and styled any way you envision! My Patch of Blue Sky was able to create a rust patina finish as well as a small medallion pattern on her cabinets thanks to custom stencils.

Before you run off with your favorite stencil, check out these cabinet painting tips:

  • The Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® that we sell is the ideal paint for cabinet door upgrades! It will bond to previously painted and finished surfaces without sanding, stripping or priming. All you need to do is clean your surfaces well and they are ready to paint!
  • For embossed stenciled effects we highly recommend Wood Icing. Simply trowel this high build, fast drying and hard-wearing material through any stencil to create a raised effect. When dry, simply sand and paint over.

Painting and stenciling can update cabinet doors without the need for a full replacement, and now you’ve seen that to be true! Are you now inspired to use Furniture Stencils for your own cabinet doors? We’d love to see how your DIY stencil projects turn out! Email us at projects@royaldesignstudio.com, share them on our Facebook Page, or you can even Instagram your projects and tag us with #royaldesignstudio


4 Comments

Royal Design Studio
Royal Design Studio

March 11, 2016

We’re happy to help, Snigdha! After sanding down the cabinets’ high gloss finish, our Royal Stencil Cremes will apply beautifully. Paint doesn’t adhere to high gloss, but you can use high gloss paint to stencil after you have sanded down the original high gloss finish. You can also apply Annie Sloan Clear Wax to protect it and give it a shine.

Snigdha Mehta
Snigdha Mehta

March 11, 2016

Appreciate your guidance. I am a beginner and hence these basic questions.Will the Royal Stencil Cremes work for stencil on oil painted cabinets after light sanding? What should I use to bring back the gloss to match the rest of the cabinet.

Royal Design Studio
Royal Design Studio

March 10, 2016

Hey there Snignha! If your cabinet doors have oil based high gloss paint, then you will need to sand down the shiny gloss areas so that the new paint can adhere.

Snigdha Mehta
Snigdha Mehta

March 10, 2016

Thanks for sharing these beautiful ideas for cabinet door makeover. They are very inspiring. I have bland white cabinets painted with high gloss spray paint. I would like to stencil the doors and drawer fronts. What kind of paint do you recommend for stencil over high gloss paint. I don’t want to strip the existing paint. Will I need to sand the doors?

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