I was recently asked to try out a stencil from Royal Design Studio, and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to spruce up our little old cabinet we currently use as a guest room bedside table. (It was going to make its way to the garbage before long, but maybe now its life will be spared.) This belonged to my husband back in the day, and it is just a cheap particle board cabinet which I attempted to paint several years ago. The paint was chipping off in places and the hardware didn’t line up properly with the holes, so it was loose. To sum it up, this piece was begging for a makeover.
For this project, I used the Small Chez Ali stencil and the 2-inch stencil brush. I absolutely love the pattern!
I found two paint samples in the “oops” section at Lowe’s for 50 cents each (sidenote: did you know there was an “oops” section in the paint department? Returned paint is marked way down.)
I liked both colors, but neither of them were exactly what I was looking for, so I mixed them and loved the result. It ended up being a robin’s egg/turquoise shade.
First I lined up my stencil so the pattern would be somewhat centered, then taped it down. Tip: If the stencil is hanging off the edge and you have nothing to tape it to, use a roll of tape and stick it underneath the stencil, adhering it from the bottom.
I opted to stencil just the top and the door.
I’ve never used a stencil for furniture, so this was a really fun project for me. I love this pattern, and I found the stencil to be the perfect size for smaller projects like furniture, fabric, artwork, etc. It’s easy to clean, and their stencil brushes make it really easy to apply the perfect amount of paint in the correct way in order to avoid blurry edges or bleeds. Just be sure to blot most of the paint off of your brush before applying it. I got impatient and had a few drips because I used too much paint. Don’t do this! You’ll get a much better result by using very little paint. This cabinet was a perfect candidate for a “practice piece” – but now I’m thinking of all of the other options for this stencil. Curtains? Wall art? Accent pillows? There are so many possibilities!
Royal Design Studio has tons of fun stencils to choose from, including larger wall stencils too.
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Disclosure: I received this stencil for free to review. All opinions are 100% my own.