How to Stencil: Create a Carved Wood Effect with Stencils and Wood Icing™

 

You can transform a boring flat door panel with the look of intricately carved wood with a few simple steps. All you need is a great furniture stencil design from Royal Design Studio, Wood Icing Textura Paste, Chalk Paint®, stain and some sandpaper.

 

How to Stencil Tutorial: Create a Carved Wood Effect with Stencils and Wood Icing™ - Royal Design Studio Furniture Stencils

Wood Icing Textura Paste™ is a heavy-bodied, water-based acrylic product that allows you to build up a high relief when troweling a raised pattern through a stencil. It dries and cures to an extremely hard surface, and it takes additional coloring with both paint and stain very well. These qualities make it ideal for creating a durable raised stencil design on furniture, with unlimited decorating options. It can be stenciled directly onto already painted surfaces, and also bare or unfinished wood. Once it has been stained it is hard to tell the difference between real carved wood and a Wood Icing™ stencil design.

 

Check out just how easy this process is in this video and then read on for the detailed directions above.

 Stencil Supplies

How to Stencil Tutorial: Create a Carved Wood Effect with Stencils and Wood Icing™ - Royal Design Studio Furniture Stencils

Dimensional Stencil with Wood Icing™

Center the Villa Damask Furniture Stencil in the door panel and tape in place. Use a palette or taping knife to spread the Wood Icing on in a thick, even layer, about 1/8” thick. Hold the taping knife at a low angle. Apply the Textura Paste in the same manner you would “ice a cake”.

Use a larger trowel, such as the Japanese Trowel from Royal Design Studio to smooth and even out the Wood Icing Textura Paste™

The Textura Paste™ should be allowed to dry overnight to a hard, crispy surface. The following day sand to remove any high ridges and further smooth out the stencil pattern. Use 120-grit sandpaper and a sanding block for best results.

PRO TIP! The Wood Icing Textura Paste™ sands VERY easily, so take care not to sand too hard and wear down your raised stencil pattern too much. We recommend that you do this step outside and wear a dust mask. Remove all excess dust with an old brush and/or rag before proceeding on to the next steps.

How to Stencil Tutorial: Create a Carved Wood Effect with Stencils and Wood Icing™ - Royal Design Studio Furniture Stencils

Paint and Distress Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan

Paint the door panel overall with two coats of Graphite Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and a Chalk Paint Furniture Painting Brush. Allow the paint to dry between coats and for a couple of hours after the final coat.

Distress the cabinet door and raised stencil pattern by lightly sanding with 320-grit sandpaper. Focus the sanding mainly on the raised areas of the stencil and the frame of the door to achieve a natural distressing effect. The sanding will expose areas of the raw wood on the door and also some of the Textura Paste through the Graphite Chalk Paint®.

Wipe all over with a damp cloth to remove any excess dust.

How to Stencil Tutorial: Create a Carved Wood Effect with Stencils and Wood Icing™ - Royal Design Studio Furniture Stencils

Stain and Seal Stenciled Door

These final layers will stain the exposed wood and Wood Icing Textura Paste™, tone and antique the Graphite Chalk Paint®, and help to seal and protect the surface.

Stain & Seal is a water-based gel stain that is designed for wood and furniture staining, but can also be used for stenciling and as a glazing and toning layer over other decorative surfaces. When used alone, it dries VERY quickly. So Slow Super Extender is designed to work with Stain & Seal to create a more translucent staining medium with a long open time. It can be added as needed at up to a 1:1 ratio.

Mix Van Dyke Brown Stain & Seal at a 1:1 ratio with SoSlow Super Extender. Use a chip brush to brush all over the cabinet door panel.

Use cheesecloth to work the stain into the exposed wood and Textura Paste areas and to smooth the stain out evenly over the surface. Finish by dragging a clean area of the cheesecloth across the door panel lengthwise in long even strokes.  Allow to dry and apply a second layer of stain to further deepen the color and overall toning effect. Allow to dry.

You can further protect your door panel by apply 1-2 thin coats of Annie Sloan Clear Wax or a suitable water-based urethane.

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13 Comments

Royal Design Studio
Royal Design Studio

October 18, 2016

Hello Sngdha – Great question! No, you cannot mix any type of metallic paint into a medium such as Wood Icing. It will just absorb the mica flakes in the metallic completely kill the shine.

Sngdha Mehta
Sngdha Mehta

October 14, 2016

I have an ebony (alomst black) stained wood mirror frame. I would like to create similar embossed/ carved wood effect with metallic cream colors such as gold, silver and bronze. My question is: do I have to paint over the pattern after the wood icing has dried with metallic creme colors or can I mix the creme colors with wood icing (kinda like tinting) prior to applying it on the frame?

Royal Design Studio
Royal Design Studio

May 16, 2016

Hey there Susan – You can definitely use Wood Icing on your walls to create the raised stencil pattern effect. We love that technique! And our stencils also work great with fabric. Browse through our How to Stencil tutorials and they will show you that you still use the off-load method to paint on your stencil design. :)

Susan
Susan

May 15, 2016

Hi, I love this idea and your stencils are AMAZING, can’t wait to build up a stock of my own.
I’ve two questions.
Can you use the Wood Icing on Walls to create that raised texture? It’s blowing my mind a little bit, as I’ve been wanting to treat our bathroom with some kind of design pattern and these look exactly like what I’ve imagined.
Will the stencils work on Fabric? I can’t imagine why not, but thought I’d ask advice, if you have promo videos on that technique. Have people set them up like a silk screen or tapped the paint into the stencil? So, rather than drag the paint over it, as in the Wood icing or a silk screen, with fabric, do they tap the paint over the design?
Just curious how to keep the paint from bleeding past the design edges.
Thanks.

Royal Design Studio
Royal Design Studio

January 11, 2016

Hello Karla – Yes you can use Wood Icing with any of our stencils. We love using it to create beautiful raised pattern with our designs.

Karla T
Karla T

January 10, 2016

Can you use the icing with any stencil?

Melanie Royals
Melanie Royals

December 21, 2015

Hello Wayne. Yes you can stencil with the Wood Icing over the stained door and then add an additional layer of stain to stained the raised stencil image.

wayne
wayne

December 20, 2015

how can you do this to a cabinet door thats already finished with stain

zain
zain

December 12, 2015

Question : What is the thickness of the stencil because I really like proper embossed patterns to show on the panels the thicker the better , how could I achieve that ?

Melanie Royals
Melanie Royals

October 05, 2015

Hi Kyra, so happy to have inspired your stenciling creativity! Yes, you can absolutely use Royal Stencil Cremes to paint or stencil over Wood Icing. You could simply just replace the stencil and color the design areas you wish after the Wood Icing dries and you sand it smooth.

Kyra
Kyra

October 02, 2015

Is one able to paint the wood icing different colors? I am working on an damaged magazine holder and have an Arts & Crafts stencil I want to use and your tutorial has made my creative side go into overdrive! I’d like to paint the stencil in roses and green and was going to use Royal stencil creams, but will it work over Wood Icing? Should I re-position the stencil before adding color? I would seal entire piece after all color was added.
Thanks! Love your site. :)

Royal Design Studio
Royal Design Studio

September 18, 2015

Hello Marti! Great question! Carefully pull it off right away. Then, let it dry overnight before lightly sanding down any ridges. Hope that helps!

Marti W
Marti W

September 16, 2015

When do you pull off the stencil when using wood icing? Before it drys, after it drys, or soon after troweling the icing on?

Thanks

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