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How To Paint Pattern on Wood Table: Transform a Chest with Chalk Paint® & Furniture Stencils

An afternoon of stenciling can transform an ugly duckling old wooden dresser into a beautiful swan! This stencil how-to combines Chalk Paint® decorative paint from Annie Sloan with a fast stencil finish using our Moroccan stencil, Moorish Fleur de Lis. Originally posted on the Annie Sloan Unfolded blog, this stenciled furniture project by Debbie Hayes is the perfect stencil project for beginners and seasoned stencilers alike. Bonus! This project also features a one time use vinyl stencil from our sister pattern company Modello Designs.

Furniture Stenciling: French Menu Lettering Stencil

While we love the flexibility of dining tables with leaves, the leaves themselves,however, always pose a dilemma... you see, we typically only use our leaves during the holidays. This means that while the tabletop is being used and abused, the leaves are stored away, staying pristine...and when we drag them out to use, they TOTALLY: a) don't match b) make us realize how much wear our tabletop has sustained throughout the year! Problem solved! We simply paint and stencil the leaves to coordinate, but not match, the tabletop. This allows us to pick up a fun accent color that we might not want for every day use and get a little creative with our painted furniture! 

Creative Coloring & Antiquing with Stencils

Stenciling with a single color of paint can be fast and easy, but we have an easy way for you to take your wall stencil projects up a notch by adding soft layers of metallic color with our Royal Stencil Creme collection of stencil paints. Each of the stencil layers shown below is beautiful unto itself, and the amount of color layering that you do is a matter of personal taste-and time! Our goal is to show you that layering colors of the Royal Stencil Creme paints is an easy and effective way to build up a subtle but rich look in your stencil projects.

Stencil How to: Playing Dress Up with Stencils

Did you love playing "dress up" as a little girl? Well, even BIG girls can play dress up-with stencils! We thought it would be super fun to show you how to combine one of our new wall stencils from the Bari J Stencil Collection, the Sew Fun Dress Form, with some of Bari J.'s actual fabric designs for Art Gallery fabrics. This is a fabulous mixed media wall stencil project that can use things you already have around your studio or craft room-OR have fun shopping for just the right fabrics and notions. No sewing machine required-just lots of creativity!

Stencil How-to: Patterned Parlor Chairs

It's two, two, two stencil patterns in one! This stencil tutorial shows you how to use small allover stencils from our Furniture Stencils Collection to dress up our super adorable Bari J Parlor Chair stencil. We are loving the whimsical patterns in our Bari J Stencil Collection, and this two-part chair stencil, with its large chair cushion layer, is perfect for this pattern in pattern stencil technique! We chose bright colors to compliment our "Granny Chic" look, and mixed the colors around on the chairs for lots of a variety. 

Stencil How-to: Ombre Chevron Stripe Pattern

This stencil tutorial combines two hot trends-chevron stripes and an ombré paint finish to create a gradated shades of gorgeous teal for a one-of-a-kind stenciled feature wall. Using a large Chevron Stripe wall stencil from our Modern Stencils Collection makes easy work of creating a zig-zag chevron pattern. We also have some tips to make your roller stenciling clean and crispy (as opposed to messy and drippy)-so read on and let's get stenciling!

Stencil How-to: Create a Drop Shadow Effect for a Crowning Touch

Go little Queenie! This stencil how-to shows you how to create a fun, random stencil pattern with an easy dimensional effect using crown stencils from our Wall Art & Motifs Stencil Collection. Use a combination of two colors of stencil paint with a nifty stencil shift to give some POP to your stencil patterns.

Sparkle up Chalk Paint™ with Stencil Cremes™

Our Metallic Royal Stencil Cremes-the IDEAL stencil paints-now come in 18 delicious colors. Can you guess what else comes in a wide range of delicious colors? If you guessed Chalk Paint™ from Annie Sloan-you win! We've found that these shimmery little beauties coordinate beautifully with the Chalk Paint™ decorative paints from Annie Sloan, as well as regular latex paints, and so we've been playing around with some stencil patterns and Chalk Paint™ color combinations to inspire you!  

Chalk Paint™ Tutorial-Part 1

Chalk Paint™ can be applied over almost all previously finishes furniture surfaces without sanding, stripping, or priming. Simply clean and paint with Chalk Paint™, wax, and lightly distress to create a beautiful hand painted furniture piece with an elegant Old World look.

Chalk Paint™ Tutorial-Part 2

In this video Annie Sloan, the creator of Chalk Paint™ furniture paint, share how to do a two-color distressing technique using Chalk Paint and Soft Wax Clear.You can see Annie's furniture painting technique in action here, which allows you to create a beautiful French look with a slightly distressed finish.

Chalk Paint™ Stenciled Floor Cloth

Painted and stenciled floorcloths have a rich history - used in homes throughout England and the United States prior to the invention of linoleum, they were often made from recycled canvas ship sails. For a quick and easy alternative floor covering for a trade show, Melanie created this amazing stenciled vinyl floorcloth using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on the BACK side of some pre-cut vinyl.

Basic Stencil Tools and Supplies

Stenciling is an inexpensive avocation that requires but a few important basic stencil tools and supplies to ensure a successful result. Good quality stencil brushes are the most important tools that you will need and use. Royal Design Studio offers a complete line of Signature Stencil Brushes made to Melanie Royals' exacting specifications.
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