Stencil Ideas - Stenciled Furniture

Freshen up your Furniture with Stencils!


Sometimes we come across people who absolutely LOVE the look of a stenciled wall, but are skeptical about the time, effort or perhaps even the skill level that they ‘think’ might be required to complete a beautiful featured wall or whole room treatment. Well, we get it. It is not always easy to wade into uncharted waters, which is why we want to draw your attention towards our beautiful Furniture Stencil Collection! The smaller scale of our furniture stencils makes them ideal for even beginners to create beautiful works of art without requiring a huge time commitment. Once you take the furniture stencil plunge though, you will discover for yourself that stenciling is such a creative piece of cake you may become addicted!


Furniture might be the best place to start for stencil-newbies, but even seasoned stencil pros can take a piece of painted furniture to a whole new level. For inspiration, let’s take a look at some simple and even more elaborate ways that some of our very talented Royal Design Studio Stencil Stockists have used our Furniture Stencils paired with Chalk Paint from Annie Sloan to freshen up some old furniture pieces with stenciled style.



Vicki Shoemaker of 3 Oaks Studio and Tami Fandrei of Patina Home and Garden both used our Paris Postage Stamp stencil combined with the Paris Postmark stencil to give a unique vintage look to their furniture/accent pieces. The Scrollallover stencil tops the table on the left. Its gracefully curving, asymmetrical design is as perfect for stenciling tabletops as it is for walls.



Shades of yellow: English Yellow Chalk Paint looks super pretty paired with Pure White Chalk Paint in the photos above. Creative Finishes studio, Carter’s Cottage as well as Patina Home and Garden show how beautifully anyone can revamp a boring old dresser and make it look stunning with this sunny color. All of these pieces feature stencil patterns from our Moroccan Stencil Collection, including the popular Chez Sheik furniture stencil, Arabesque Moroccan stencil, and Moroccan Arches stencil. This highlights how well ethnic inspired stencil patterns can work with many traditional furniture pieces and add an exotic touch to any decorating scheme.


Deborah Walz of Peinture Studios shows how incredibly creative you can get with stencils on her furniture pieces painted with Chalk Paint for both her studio and home! We love how she reimagined a plain piano for spring with the colorful addition of our Barka Flower African Stencil. In her hands even plain old sawhorses are turned into a work of art with a creatively clever patchwork treatment using a wide variety of Royal Design Studio stencils.

The two bottom pictures show the SAME dresser with two different stencil treatments. We don't know HOW she could bear to paint over either one as they are both stunning by themselves. On the left the Small Primitivo Lace Furniture stencil seems to be the perfect pattern for the drawer fronts. On the right she combined the Lisboa Tile stencil with the African Tribal Batik Furniture stencil-an inspired paring that seems perfect together!


Stencils don’t have to always go on wood furniture, though, as Helen Phelps of Patina Home shows us. The Fabric Damask stencil pattern is so pretty on these soft, fluffy pillows stenciled with Chalk Paint®. Chalk Paint is ideal for fabric stenciling too! Simply thin it slightly with water so that it absorbs into the fibers.



Chalk Paint® even works for stenciling on glass! Ole and Inga "reverse stenciled" our Moorish Trellis stencil on glass to provide a decorative touch on a bedside table. Imagine the possibilities with this stencil technique used not just on tabletops but the insides of glass cabinet doors as well. 


OK, so you HAVE to be inspired now to freshen up some furniture around YOUR house, right?? To help you get started, we are offering a 20% discount on our entire Furniture Stencils Collection through June 15th, 2014. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity and create something beautiful of your own! And as always, be sure to share your gorgeous stencil projects with us, we would love to see and share YOUR works of art here or on our Royal Design Studio Facebook Page!

Paint and Stencil Pretty Table Tops!


Topping off a table with stencils is a great weekend DIY furniture painting project! It's an easy design transformation for stencil newbies and the stenciling pros know it's a quick and effective way to add unexpected interest to table tops of any shape and size. We've rounded up some of the latest projects from some of our Royal Design Studio stenciling friends that showcase inspired ideas for your home!



Kris from Driven by Decor stopped in her tracks when she spied a friend's stunning stenciled table project. Using the Circle of Life African Stencil from the African Stencils Collection, the pattern was stenciled with Sherwin-Williams latex paints and given two coats of polyurethane for protection. It's a beautiful conversation starter for a dinner gathering! If you like the haute African Tribal Patterns that have been taking over design, be sure to take a look at our Raven + Lily Designer Stencils Collection, too!



Dana Corriel frequently uses our stencils to transform painted furniture and sells them in her cute Etsy shop, Three Teaspons of Vintage. When it came to her home, she used the Moorish Fleur de Lis Moroccan Stencil to pattern the tops of her nightshands with a three color scheme. Looks perfect, doesn't it?



Lovely Lace! Creative customer Cheryl Udell stenciled herself a super pretty lacy stenciled table top with our ever-popular Skylar's Lace Floral Stencil and Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. Bonus? "The stencil hides the big crack on the table top I had to fill," she shares. Pretty AND functional? Perfect combo. 



Brandi from Don't Disturb this Groove had a plan: create a stenciled table top for her teen to use in her bedroom - and by create, we mean start from scratch! Using an old wooden board, she installed both brackets and short legs to create a low coffee table. Using a stencil brush, she stenciled the Small Spanish Lace Furniture Stencil with the Antique Gold Stencil Creme her daughter chose. Stencils are Teen Tested, Mother Approved!



Ana Simpson of Texas' Home Renaissance is a stenciling pro. She not only designs home, but also creates many incredible stenciled finishes, including this stenciled coffee table she painted with the Hollywood Squares Stencil. The geometric pattern fits quite nicely with the lines of the table, doesn't it?


Stenciling a wall, ceiling or floor makes a big impact, but so can small projects like these stenciled table tops. We hope you've enjoyed these stencil ideas for your furniture re-dos! 


Here are more ideas to top off a table with Stencils!

Stencil DIYs With the Haute and Trending Otomi Patterns


Globally inspired tribal elements are a huge design trend this year. No matter where you look, clothes, accessories, home furnishings or home décor – you are sure to find these patterns in one form or another. One of these haute and trending global textile patterns is that of the ‘Tenango textiles’ embroidered by the Otomi Indians in Mexico and thereby more popularly known as ‘Otomi textiles’. We also fell in love with the nature inspired, fun and whimsical Otomi patterns and thought how cool would it be to be able to transfer it to almost! We designed the Otomi stencils so that these beautiful patterns could be transferred to your walls, tables or wherever else you wanted instead of limiting its availability to fabrics and textiles.

We tried these stencils on one of our favorite Ikea products – the Ikea Hack. This DIY will let you create something exotic out of a mere $8 table! We also tried stenciling the Otomi pattern on fabric and the outcome was a fabulous looking table runner that would otherwise cost you at least a couple of hundred bucks!



Supplies for the Otomi Ikea Hack DIY:


Step 1: Start with painting the four legs of the Ikea hack with pure white chalk paint using a foam roller. Also, paint the table top with Napoleonic Blue chalk paint.

Step 2: Place a 1 ½” inch painters tape centered on all four vertical surfaces of the table’s legs. Now, using a stencil brush, paint the edges of the legs with Napoleonic Blue chalk paint to create a border on all four sides.

Step 3: Once the paint is dry, remove the tape and stencil the pure white chalk painted area of the legs with stencil ‘C’ of the Sari Border Stencil Collection. Repeat this for all four sides of all the legs.

Step 4: Similarly, use stencil ‘A’ from the Sari Border Stencil Collection to stencil the edges of the blue table top with the Pure White Chalk paint.

Step 5: Define the center of the table by finding the intersection point of the two diagonal lines of the table top (this will help center the stencil pattern). And finally, use the Pure White chalk paint to stencil the table top with the beautiful Otomi Furniture Stencil!

Ta-da! Easy breezy and gorgeous both at the same time, isn’t it?!



Let’s take a quick look at how easily the Otomi stencil can also make any normal looking table runner or throw into a gorgeous conversational piece. 



Supplies for the Otomi table runner DIY:


Step 1: Tape around the edges of the table runner to give it a defined border and find its center in order to properly center the stencil pattern.

Step 2: To secure the stencil on the fabric and to avoid any potential bleeds, use spray adhesive and place the stencil on the fabric. Now, using a large stencil brush stencil with the Champagne stencil crème we made earlier. 

Step 3: Repeat step 2 for the entire length of the fabric that you are using and once the stencil crème’s have dried off, remove the tape. That's it. Super easy.



We hope the above DIY’s have inspired you to create your own works of stenciled art and we would love to see and share your projects with our community of stencil enthusiasts! So be sure to share what you create with our stencils. 

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Indian Stencils DIY Projects on Paint + Pattern

Last month Paint + Pattern featured art, crafts and architecture from the beautiful country of India, while we at Royal Design Studio launched a new and gorgeous Indian Stencils Collection.

Our talented contributors, Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky and Deb Trombley of India pied-a-terre, used some of these new stencil patterns to share a few amazing DIY’s with our readers. Here is a quick look at their creative ideas that came through the prettiest tables, powder room ceilings, nooks, and doors created by them. 


Debbie has a knack with upcycling things that can be easily found around the house,  at small local businesses or from discounted craft markets. To decorate this metal riser she found at a local importer, she used our Small Paisleys Furniture stencil along with various colors of the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. The best part about this project is that it is well suited for a beginner as well as a pro. To learn more about how you can create your own metal or wooden stools, see the full DIY post - A Chalk Paint® Project Served Up with Stencils.



In another project, Debbie shares how you can Brighten Up A Bathroom With Ceiling Stenciling. It’s a great DIY project that anyone can easily use to decorate bathroom spaces in their own homes and add some pizzazz. For this project she used our specially customized 3” stencil brush, Pearl Oyster Stencil Crème and the lovely Indian Paisley Damask Stencil from the new India Stencil Collection. 



If you are looking to take up something big and bold, Deb’s two part project of Transforming a Closet space into an Exotic Reading Nook might just be the right one for you. Part 1 of this DIY covers the process of stenciling the wooden bench while Part 2 shows how you can stencil on a silk fabric using Royal Stencil Cremes. She picked an assortment of Indian and Moroccan stencils including the Rani Paisley Damask Stencil and the Taj Tile Border Stencil to complete this project. If you have such extra spaces and corners in your house, check out the full DIY to get ideas as to how you could make best use of those unused areas. 



And just like her, if your house too revels in exotic décor, this Inspired by Saris: A Shimmery DIY Stenciled Door might be a great source of inspiration to decorate plain doors. For this project, Deb used a variety of patterns from our new India Stencil Collection along with various colors of the Royal Stencil Cremes. Be sure to check out the entire post to learn how she got the door to look so pretty and unique!



Last but certainly not the least, we at Royal Design Studio just love the intricate patterns of henna. For the sake of variety and fun, we conjured up a little project in our studio using something besides our stencils. We wanted to play with the beautiful henna patterns of India so we did a DIY Henna-Inspired Shirts with Tee Juice Pens project. It actually turned out to be a great discovery to transform plain T-shirts into something beautiful and exotic! See how easy it is to make simple tee's look great through this DIY. 


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Wonderful Wall Motif Stencil Ideas


Stencils are the chameleons of the design world - they easily adapt to any decor style, color scheme and pattern placement. One of the most versatile ways to use a stencil is as a Wall Motif. A Wall Motif is a singular stencil treatment that can be organically placed in any pattern designation and is adaptable to any surface. Create stencil art with single accents or stenciled randomly across a wall to create an allover stencil pattern - the beauty is that you decide the pattern placement and finish! Royal Design Studio has a Wall Art & Motif Stencils Collection as well as many other stencils that would work perfectly as well. Let's take a look at a few inspiring projects with wall motifs!


Random Motif Stencil Placement on Feature Wall | Wall Motif Ideas by Royal Design Studio
Victoria Lace Doily Stencil | Wall Motif Stencil Ideas
A stenciled spot motif stencil finish is perfect for feature accent walls, furniture, flooring, fabrics and more!  You can repeat to create an allover pattern stencil design and if creating a random design, you can cluster the pattern as well as stencil a single design in another - all on the same wall! 
Allover Stenciled Wall Motif Ideas | Royal Design Studio
Wall Motif Ideas by Royal Design Studio
Stenciling with Multiple Colors | Stenciled Wall Motif Ideas

The patterns also look great stenciled in different paint colors using our stencil brushes and stencil cremes as well as combining it with decorative paint treatments! We share a great tip for using either pieces of tape or stenciled proofs on paper to lay out your wall motif stencil design on the wall starting to stencil in the Stencil How To: Create a Drop Shadow Effect for a Crowning Touch. If you cut the tape the same size as the stencil, you can easily fine tune the placement of your pattern before you start, ensuring stencil success!


Stenciled Wall Motif Ideas | Royal Design Studio
Stenciled Focal Points on Furniture | Stencil Motif Ideas
Wall and Furniture Stencil Motifs | Royal Design Studio Stencil Ideas


Whether using a one layer or multi-layered design, a stencil offers multiple pattern possibilities to create creative yet structured custom wallpaper looks or as a strong singular focal point. Even if using a pattern from the Allover Damask Stencils Collection, you can use one of the single designs within the repeat pattern to create a random motif as well. All the stencils are multi-purpose and enable anyone to become highly skilled at adapting the patterns to fit the right project time and again. We hope we've inspired your creativity today. Be sure to send in those amazing stencil projects to us!


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Stencil Yourself a Tres Chic Coffee Table

Coffee tables are a dime a dozen, right? Not so fast! A gorgeous stenciled coffee table is an easy way to add unexpected panache with color and pattern. It's also one of the best ways to pair fashion with function in your living room. With an almost seemingly endless array of coffee table options, you can create your own one-of-a-kind piece with stencils from Royal Design Studio!  Sarah from Offbeat + Inspired had this same inspiration when she decided upon transforming a garage sale find for her living room - and she shows you exactly how to get creative coffee table style with stencils!

Sarah found this nondescript table at a local garage sale. After trudging it home, she found that it was hard to decide in which room it would fit in perfectly. To make matters worse, she wasn't fully pleased with any of the paint finishes she kept trying on it. Once she spied the Small French Floral Damask Stencil from the Allover Damask Stencils Collection though, it was all over. She says of the table, "Frankly, it’s uninteresting and doesn’t have a whole lot of character...I knew this design would make my coffee table anything except boring".

Sarah first started by painting the piece with Paris Gray Chalk Paint® on the legs and Old White Chalk Paint® on the table top. Then, using a stencil brush with the Smoked Oyster Stencil Creme, she stenciled in the damask pattern. With this method, she was able to avoid paint bleeds.  "I’ve not had much stenciling experience, but I have made a mess before when the paint bled or the stencils didn’t seem to line up correctly. Thankfully, I didn’t have any of those issues this time around. My strongest recommendation, however, has to be the stencil brush. If you are going to do any kind of stenciling, buy one of these  so you can avoid the headaches I’ve experienced from using other brushes." Thanks, Sarah! Please be sure to visit her incredible stenciled coffee table tutorial.

After distressing the painting and stenciling, she finished off her coffee table with Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax followed with a light coat of Soft Dark Wax. The coffee table now oozes sophistication and is a unique piece that personalizes and adds character to the living room. Sarah loves her table -- not bad for the table's Plain Jane beginnings! Tell us, are you now inspired to makeover that drab furniture piece you haven't known what to do with?

Photographs by Laura Lee Photography

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Light Up a Lampshade with Stenciling: Flea Market Style


Are you looking for a quick and colorful pick-me-up for a certain spot in your home? Something that won't cost a fortune yet will reward you for a very small investment of your time? Stenciling a drum lampshade is a super easy DIY project you can do to transform a lamp you may already have. Or, if you're the type who's on the hunt for adventure and bargains, consider a trip to your local thrift shop to find the perfect trash to treasure candidate.

That's what Flea Market Style Magazine did. And  with the help of Royal Design Studio, some white spray paint, and our Small Fleur de Lace stencil on a drum shade, they turned a cast-off lamp base into a pretty showpiece.


We stenciled this paper drum shade in our studio in two easy steps!

  1. Use a foam roller to base coat the outside of a paper lampshade with Chalk Pain®t decorative paint in Pure White. This will give you a great surface to work on, especially if the paper shade is dirty or made from a shiny material like this one was.
  2. Starting at the back, run a piece of tape along the seam and begin the stencil pattern there using Peacock Fancy Stencil Creme. Continue to repeat the pattern around the shade using the built in registration marks. When you get back to the seam, remove the tape and place it on the OTHER side to protect the area where you originally began your stenciling.

Set up a nice little vignette with your "new" lamp on a tabletop to "turn on" the style!!



3 Tips for Easy Furniture Updates

There you are driving along in your car when you spot a potential furniture piece on the side of the road. Your heart starts racing, you come to a complete stop, rush out to bring the newly loved piece home, all the while wondering how someone didn't see the potential it had for a wonderful transformation. Now as you look at it in your garage, you're stuck with how exactly to tackle this furniture makeover project. Does this sound familiar? Oh, it happens to all of us! We've rounded up three easy tips to get your creative juices flowing and get that piece on its way to Then and Wow!


Use Stencil Creme paint to update furniture hardware fast!


1) Hardware - You can change the hardware out but what if you can find the right fit and color?  Or, you really like the existing hardware but it just needs a little sprucing up?  Paint it! One of my fave products is Royal Design Studio's Stencil Creme Paints. Not only are they great for stenciling, but they are also fantastic to highlight furniture details and change the color of the hardware. The metallic colors shimmer enticingly, are durable and you can wash out your tools with soap and water. It's a win-win-win.



2) Adding + Subtracting - Take stock of what you need in your home and tackle the piece with these requirements. Want more shelf space? Take out the large bottom drawer and hardware and leave a now-open space to store books easily. Add a backing to an open bookshelf, like The Sagens did below, and create a more custom and structured bookcase.  Making minor adjustments can be an easy DIY project and help create a piece that looks great and works perfectly in your home.



3) Stencils - We all know paint can change a piece overnight. But stencils? Ohhh, stencil patterns can make a world of difference! They can be an unexpected splash of color and design on the back of a bookcase, on the drawers (and inside!) or take an overlooked piece like a blah black TV tray and make it a conversation piece. You can mix and match designs as well as play with scale and color combinations. The creative world is your oyster when it comes to stencil possibilities!


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