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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Adding Decorative Stencil to Dresser

The other day I shared with you my french provincial dresser makeover. I dubbed her the Diva Dresser because of all the changes she pushed me to make. But, in the end I really liked what she wanted.

One of the tutorials that I promised you was how to add the decorative stencil on the top of the dresser.

I used the wrapping paper decoupaged on the side to help me create the design.

I scanned a section of the leftover wrapping paper and enlarged the scan 500% of the original size.

I opened the scan in Photoshop (but you could probably use any editing software.)


And cropped in on one quarter of the medallion.

In Photoshop, under Mode, I chose Image Size.

Then I changed the size of my image to the size that I wanted the stencil to be. In my case, I wanted it to be about 6 inches x 6 inches.

Then I printed out the design onto paper and added a few flourishes to the edges.

Using a soft pencil (#2 will work fine), I rubbed the edge of the pencil on the back of my printout until all of the back side of my stencil was covered.


Then I cut around my stencil and laid it onto the top of the dresser. Pressing firmly, I traced around all the edges of my design.

When you remove the printout, you should be left with your design in pencil transferred to the surface. (I use this technique all the time to transfer type and other designs onto an object.)

I chose to work with a sharpie pen and traced the design.

Then filled in my design with the marker.

Because I knew I was going to glaze over my stencil, I didn't mind that you could see the pen marks. If I wasn't going to glaze over my design, I probably would have use flat black acrylic paint instead.


Then I proceeded to glaze many colors of blue/gray over my dresser.

Until I was left with this!


I put one stencil in each back corner. And love how easy it was to do. And of course how beautiful it looks!

Do you have anything you want to add a sharpie stencil too? Maybe something you can monogram? I encourage you to try it!

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At October 13, 2010 at 12:32 PM , Blogger Midwest Cottage said...


At October 13, 2010 at 12:37 PM , Blogger Stacey@StuffbyStace said...

Wow! Thanks so much for sharing. I've been wanting to paint a damask stencil onto a small shelf but didn't want to pay the money for the stencil for such a small project. I am going to try this one out! :)

At October 13, 2010 at 2:57 PM , Anonymous Christine said...

Wow, this was really clever! I have my old dresser when from when I was a baby. I might have to use your idea!

At October 13, 2010 at 3:01 PM , Blogger Jessica of Amaretto Vineyard said...

Oh my gosh - FABULOUS!!! Simply fabulous! I loved the piece when you first posted it but had NO idea that you pulled the stencil itself from the wrapping paper, let alone that you did it with a Sharpie! UH-MAY-ZING!

At October 13, 2010 at 3:57 PM , Blogger Sawdust and Paperscraps said...

Oh, you are so smart! Love it.

At October 13, 2010 at 8:26 PM , Blogger Stephanie said...

Wow, you make it look so easy. Thanks for sharing with us how to do it.

At October 14, 2010 at 8:42 AM , Blogger Green Willow Pond said...

Thank you for sharing that tip. I've wondered how to make a stencil without a cricut or lots of hand cutting. Problem solved! It looks great.

At October 14, 2010 at 3:05 PM , Blogger Michelle @ Dream Home DIY said...

Have I mentioned just how much I adore this dresser? well I do!!

At October 14, 2010 at 6:08 PM , Blogger pozypeacock said...

Thank you so much for taking the time out to make this tutorial. Love the detailed photos. I bet you had so much fun doing this too!It looks great!

At October 15, 2010 at 6:59 AM , Blogger Debbie said...

That is something else...turned out fantastic. I would never take the time and effort like you have...but it sure pays off...what a pretty dresser.

At October 16, 2010 at 9:37 AM , Blogger Claire said...

This is beautiful-soooo creative!!!

At October 16, 2010 at 10:30 PM , Blogger Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Oh wow, you have blown me away. Just lovely and so so clever!

At October 23, 2010 at 4:43 PM , Blogger Pamela said...

Beautiful dresser!

At February 10, 2011 at 3:33 AM , Blogger Vintage Home said...

fun project and love love the colour!


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