March 21, 2016

DIY Easy Furniture Or Wall Stencil Tutorial

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 I’ve always been a little squeamish when it comes to stenciling. So I asked my husband (who’s a world-class painter) to show me how he does it. It was easy to do and I wanted others to see how easy it is to do, so I decided to make this easy furniture or wall stencil tutorial. You should definitely try this, especially if you have a hard time with making a mess or smudging your stencil color. There are great tips and tricks in this furniture or wall stencil tutorial to help you achieve a flawless finish, without making a mess.

Furniture or Wall Stencil Tutorial

I first tried steniling on this corner piece I found at a thrift store. It turned out amazing!

I then tried stenciling on the drawers of an antique vintage vanity. I’ve always wanted one, but was never going to pay 600$ and up for one. So I found one on Craigslist that needed to be refinished. My husband and I went to get it and paid only 100$ for it. In this furniture or wall stencil tutorial, I’m only showing the stenciling process that I used on the drawers, but you can use this guide too for stenciling on your walls, or any other piece of your choosing.

Furniture or Wall Stencil Tutorial

What you’ll need for stenciling a wall


  1. Water-based paint for wall base color
  2. Oil-based paint for stenciling color
  3. Stencil
  4. Foam paint brush or foam roller
  5. Mineral Spirits (Paint thinner)
  6. Q-tips or a rag
  7. Painters tape
  8. Paint brush and roller for wall base color application

 

What you’ll need for stenciling furniture


  1. Water-based paint for base coat
  2. Oil-based paint for stencil color
  3. Non-yellowing clear top coat protecting finish(optional)
  4. Primer(if your piece isn’t finished yet)
  5. Stencil
  6. 120 grit sand paper or similar(for sanding primer and clear top coat)
  7. Paint thinner
  8. Painters tape
  9. Q-tips or a rag
  10. Foam paint brush or foam roller
  11. Paint brush or roller to apply primer and base coat
  12. Tack cloth(for primer and clear top coat)

Skip this step for wall stenciling and if your piece is already painted.

I first sanded all the drawers down lightly with a sander and I used 120 grit paper. I then dusted and used a tack cloth to remove all the dust particles. Doing this will help your primer to adhere better and give your piece a smoother finish. I don’t have a photo for this. Sorry, it’s very easy to do though.

Furniture or Wall Stencil Tutorial

If you already painted your walls, skip this step. You really don’t need to use a primer on your walls unless you’re trying to paint a light color over a dark color. Also skip this step if your piece is already painted.

I then painted the drawers with 2 coats of primer, I’m a 2+ coat kind of gal. You could get away with only doing 1 coat.  I gave each coat a light sanding. Then dusted and used a tack cloth to remove any excess dust particles. Sanding and using a tack cloth on your primer helps your primer and paint to adhere better and will give the finished piece a smoother finish.

Furniture or Wall Stencil Tutorial

PLEASE NOTE: BE SURE TO USE A WATER-BASED PAINT FOR THIS STEP!

I then used a black semi-gloss water-based paint for my stenciling base color(you can use it in any color and finish) I did 3 coats. Letting each coat thoroughly dry before applying the next coat.

Furniture or Wall Stencil Tutorial

PLEASE NOTE: BE SURE TO USE AN OIL-BASED PAINT FOR THIS STEP!

Choose your stencil paint color. I used Rust-oleum’s silver metallic oil-based paint. I use oil-based paint because if you used a water-based paint as your base color, then if you smudge your stencil color it can easily be fixed. Just by dipping a q-tip, rag, or whatever you like into paint thinner and cleaning up your edges and smudges. Doing this works great, because it won’t mess up you base paint.

Furniture or Wall Stencil Tutorial

Choose your stencil and tape it down with painter’s tape, where you want it.

Furniture or Wall Stencil Tutorial

Lightly dip your sponge brush or foam roller into your paint. Dab off any access on to a rag or paper towel. Trust me you don’t want a lot of paint on your brush or foam roller. Less is best.

Furniture or Wall Stencil Tutorial

Starting at the edge of your stencil lightly dabbing your brush or lightly rolling your foam roller, filling in your stencil.

Furniture or Wall Stencil Tutorial

When you’re finished gently lift up your stencil. You may notice that there are some smudges. Don’t worry. If you used a water based paint for your base color and an oil based paint for your stencil color you can easily fix it by dipping a q-tip, rag, or whatever you like into your paint thinner and clean up your edges and smudges. It works great because it won’t mess up your base color and it’s easily forgivable.

Furniture or Wall Stencil Tutorial

See how great this trick works! If you’re stenciling on a wall, that’s it you’re finished!

Stencil tutorial

This step is optional. I do suggest doing this step if your piece will be in a high traffic area and if it will be receiving lots of hands on activity.

I did 3 coats of the Rust-oleum water-based non-yellowing clear gloss. I gave each coat a light sanding before applying the final coat. I also dusted and used a tack cloth to remove any excess dust particles. Make sure each coat is thoroughly dry before sanding. Do NOT sand your final coat. You can use an epoxy, clear furniture wax, or a lacquer for your clear protecting top coat. Just make sure you follow the instructions appropriately. I’ve seen several tutorials that say to use a polyurethane. I do NOT recommend using a polyurethane, because this can cause your piece to yellow! Polyurethane should only be used on wood and stained wood. I’ve even tested polyurethane that says it’s non-yellowing and it still caused my practice project to yellow. I don’t want to see anyone putting all that time and effort into a project for it to turn yellow.

Furniture or Wall Stencil Tutorial

Here’s the final product.

Furniture or Wall Stencil Tutorial

Try my diy easy furniture or wall stencil tutorial. It’s especially easy for you stencil first timer’s or even if you have a hard time smudging. Let me know how this furniture or wall stencil tutorial worked for you. I’ll be revealing the tutorial for the vanity next week, so stay tuned!

If you’re wondering how I got that awesome antique look on my vanity then you can find out by trying this DIY Easy How To Antique Glaze Furniture Using Glaze, Dark Wax, Or Stain. It’s easy to do, inexpensive, very detailed, and I give you all the information you need. Try it out and let me know how it worked for you. Enjoy!

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