Some of you may remember the dresser makeover I did for my daughters’ room. Well due to space issues and because I’m trying to cram more furniture in the master bedroom than is necessary, we have switched dressers with our daughters. They now have a big dresser and my husband and I have their smaller dresser that fits in the closet. Like I said I’m trying to cram lots of furniture into the smallish master bedroom. In this post I’ll be sharing How to Refinish a Dresser Using Stencils.
The butterflies and flowers worked great for their room, but I felt the need for something that would suit our room. I love the dressers with lettering stenciled across the drawer fronts, so I decided to design my own stencil that would reflect that style, and also be a great fit for the master bedroom.
I chose the 3rd verse in chapter 6 of Song of Solomon and made a repeating stencil with those sweet words. The SVG and JPEG cut file of this repeating stencil is available for personal use in my Resource Library, which is an email subscriber bonus.
The first thing I did with the dresser was sand it a bit to get a fresh surface to paint on. There were parts that reached the bare wood, but most of the paint was still on when I painted it again. I actually only gave it one coat of blue paint, trying to let both the white underneath and the parts where the sander took it to the bare wood, shine through some.
After the blue paint was dry, I stenciled the Song of Solomon verse on the drawer fronts. I used my Cricut Explore and the reusable Show-Offs Stencil Blanks to cut the stencil.
The dresser pulls are actually from our kitchen cabinets. We’ll be going to open shelving, so we won’t be using the pulls, so I decided to put them on this dresser. They were spray painted white.
What do you think of them? I honestly don’t know if there’s an etiquette for cabinet pulls or dresser pulls, is there even a difference? Can they be used interchangeably? I thought about dry brushing blue paint on the pulls so they blend in, so the words can stand out more, what do you think?
On the stencil application, I stenciled the entirety of the stencil, then I moved the stencil to where the first row overlapped the third row, and stenciled the second and third row again. The left side of the stencil also overlaps with the right column of the applied stencil.
I hope this makes sense because of course I neglected to take in-process pictures. I also chose to start the stencil in the middle on some of the drawer fronts to change it up a bit. After the stenciling was finished, I sealed the entire dresser with wax.
I hope you have enjoyed this dresser makeover!
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A little about the stencil and printable designs on Repurposing Junkie:
I started using stencils on furniture in 2015. 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.
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 free on my blog and in my Etsy shop. I have since closed up my Etsy shop and opened a new shop, that offers a variety of cut files that can be made into stencils.
In my shop, I offer wall stencil cut files, and border stencil cut files, both of which are great for wall and furniture embellishments. I also have a lot of monogram/alphabet stencil cut files for personalization projects. Plus lots more stencil cut file designs to check out in my shop, and plenty more to come.
I design all the stencil cut files and printables that I offer on my blog, and in my shop, using my own hand drawn elements, or fonts that can be found on my resource page, or a combination of both.
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 several repurposed pieces using stencils:
You can check out the stenciled projects here. I usually 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 several projects using ceiling fan parts, spindles, old frames, plaques, and furniture. Some of my favorite repurposing projects are the ceiling fan blades to airplane repurpose, the angels made from hinges and spindle parts, and transforming a kitchen table using stencils, and these are just a few of my favorite repurposing projects.
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