Stencil Makeover! Fast Furniture Fix-up with Stencils

Stencil Makeover! Fast Furniture Fix-up with Stencils


stenciling furniture with tribal batik stencil

It’s easy to give secondhand furniture new life with a stencil makeover, transforming someone else’s trash into your very own treasure. We have a wide range of Furniture Stencil Patterns that are perfectly proportioned for stenciling drawers, tabletops, shelves, and cabinets.

With many people downsizing, moving, or redecorating, it’s easy to find super inexpensive furniture pieces on Facebook, in yard sales and thrift stores. Many times you can even find it set out on the curb or listed for FREE!

See how we transformed this free Ikea pine chest into a chic statement piece with a splash of paint and our very popular Tribal Batik Furniture Stencil.

Furniture Stencil Supplies

Steps for a Furniture Stencil Transformation 

Step 1: Start with a clean piece of furniture. Simple Green is a great overall cleaner and degreaser for furniture.

paint furniture for stencil project

Step 2: Paint just the drawers with 2 coats of black latex paint and let dry.

Step 3: Measure to find the center of drawers and mark with pencil. Tape off areas that you don’t want to stencil. Begin with the pattern positioned in the center of each drawer.

Step 4: Use white paint to load and off-load a stencil brush. Be sure to remove excess paint on to paper towels by brushing in a circular motion to avoid paint bleed under the stencil. 

stencil tribal batik furniture stencil

Step 5: Use the same swirling motion to apply the paint through the stencil openings. Generally white paint over a dark color will require at least 2 passes of paint.

Step 6: Reposition the Tribal Batik pattern stencil to continue the pattern by aligning the pattern elements over previously stenciled elements. This gives you perfect stencil registration. Continue stenciling to complete the pattern on each drawer before moving to the next drawer. 

DIY furniture stenciling how to

Step 7: Protect your stenciling, if desired, by applying a coat of wax or a water-based polyurethane.

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Happy furniture stenciling from Royal Design Studio!

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