In this post I’ll be sharing How to Refinish a Stereo Cabinet using Stain and Stencil.
This a fantastic stereo cabinet, that has found a home in our living room.
We love listening to songs on it, dancing and singing our little hearts out.
The only thing that doesn’t work so well is the record player.
I had refinished it a while back, but wasn’t quite satisfied with the brown painted lid.
It needed something more, and of course my mind immediately went to stencils.
I really wanted something to do with music, and I thought a quote or excerpt from a song would be nice, and settled upon the chorus from “Blessed Assurance”.
That was as far as I got in my planning though.
When I refinished this curbside coffee table, it inspired me to redo all the furniture in the living room for a matching set look.
I’m happy to say I finally refinished this piece as well.
The cabinet was carried outside, and I took the orbital sander to it with low grit sandpaper, which took off most of the finish to give it this look below.
I then took a piece of 120 grit to the cabinet top.
It worked great to take off the rest of the paint and old stain under the paint, as well as smooth the surface.
There were places on the lip of the cabinet top that I couldn’t reach with the orbital sander, so I hand sanded there.
I then took a piece of 220 grit sandpaper over the entire piece before staining.
Minwax Dark Walnut Stain was applied to the cabinet top.
Then I stenciled the Blessed Assurance excerpt on the top of the cabinet.
I made this stencil using my Cricut Machine using the font Tingler Script and I purchased these beautiful corner embellishments from this Creative Market Shop.
After it was stenciled, I took a piece of 220 grit sandpaper, and distressed the lettering. Then I applied more stain where sanded.
After the stain was dry, I applied 3 coats of polyurethane, letting it dry and sanding between coats.
I also ended up repainting parts where the sander had scuffed the cabinet.
Then I distressed the painted part of the cabinet.
Do you like the after look? Do you have a favorite song or poem that you would consider putting on a piece of furniture? I would love to know what you think!
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A little about Repurposing Junkie:
I started using stencils on furniture in 2015, just a few months after the blog began. I had given a white table a makeover, and painted it orange to be an accent table in the living room. Even with the bright color, the table was missing something. I applied a stencil that I had bought at one of my favorite craft stores to the table to give it that something extra and sure enough it really made the table stand out.
After seeing the transformation the table took by adding the stenciled flowers, I was hooked on stenciling. I loved how adding just a bit of detail made the piece stand out and took it to a whole new level.
Adding this detail and seeing the results was all I needed to be convinced that stenciling was the way to go, and thus began my love for all things stencil.
I love how a stencil design can add detail and beauty to furniture, wall art, clothes, mugs and other accessories, walls, floors and so many other things.
It’s fantastic how easy it is to make something beautiful become exquisite and eye catching just by adding a stencil overlay.
After stenciling for a while, I started designing my own stencils in 2016 to cut on my awesome Cricut Explore. It took some time and learning but it was so rewarding being able to cut my own custom designs right in my home, and use them on repurposed and DIY projects.
I went on to write some tutorials on cutting stencils using the Cricut machine:
–How to Make Extra Large Stencil Oversize Stencils in Cricut Design Space Using the Meeting and Overlapping Methods
I also wrote a few tutorials on designing your own stencils and the tools needed to create and make stencils using the Cricut:
Creating Stencil and Printable Designs:
After getting comfortable with cutting stencils on the Cricut and learning how to create my own stencil designs, I began offering stencil cut files for cutting machines on my blog.
I have found a passion for design and strive to create unique and fun designs that can be used in a variety of settings, such as home decor, furniture, wall art, fashion design, accessory items, and so much more.
My eye has always been drawn to the details, patterns, and embellishments in such things as home decor and clothing, so it’s a real joy for me to become part of the design process of such things.
Stencils are a great and easy way to add that something special to a piece whether it’s repurposed furniture or wall art or a brand new canvas or wall.
I share on my blog how I’ve transformed repurposed pieces using stencils:
I like to add stencils to furniture and wall art pieces.
Some of my favorite stencil projects include refinishing a curbside table, upcycling a piece of canvas wall art, and making an extra large stenciled wall art piece, just to name a few of my favorite stencil projects.
I also have some repurposing projects that I hope are fun and inspiring. I love taking old “junk” and turning it into something completely different:
You can check out the repurposing projects here. I have projects using ceiling fan parts, old frames, and furniture.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I hope you take your time and look around, and I hope you find the blog posts, projects, tutorials, stencil cut files and printables resources to be useful and helpful in your DIY projects.