Wednesday, May 7, 2014

StencilGirl Guest Designer Amy Bowerman from Plucking Daisies


Hey there StencilGirl!  Amy from Plucking Daisies here to share an Altered Dresser tutorial using the latest and greatest stencils from StencilGirl Products.  I was over the moon excited to be invited to guest design for StencilGirl and couldn't be happier with the first installment of what will be an ongoing dresser altering project.

Altered Dresser with StencilGirl Stencils | Pluckingdaisies.com

Whenever I alter furniture I like to take it one drawer at a time.  You never know when creative inspiration will strike!  My Alice in Wonderland Dresser took about 6 months of
procrastinating  er...pondering.  This time I already have StencilGirl stencils lined up and ready to conquer the remaining drawers.  I'm a little iffy about the sides so my suggestion box is open to creative ideas :)

Altered Dresser with StencilGirl Stencils | Pluckingdaisies.com

I picked this baby up on the side of the road last year and it has sat in my basement studio looking dull for far too long.  I can't resist free storage, but when one creates in a dark basement it's important to brighten things up when you can.

Altered Dresser with StencilGirl Stencils | Pluckingdaisies.com

Here's what my roadside dresser looks like AFTER the StencilGirl treatment.  Bye-Bye boring 80's dresser.  Hello gorgeous!



It didn't take long to pretty up this piece of furniture with a little help from new StencilGirl stencils from Andrea Matus deMeng, Carolyn Dube and Jessica Sporn!

Altered Dresser with StencilGirl Stencils | Pluckingdaisies.com

I love to alter furniture but HATE to prime.  I want to get right to the good stuff painting, inking, and creating.  With new Chalky Finish Paint from DecoArt there's no need for priming, sanding or use of power tools of any kind (I don't DO power tools).  You can even use it on cheapo lacquered furnishings of the 70's and 80's(like my little dresser here).

How to Alter a Dresser with StencilGirl Stencils


A little bit of Chalky Finish paint goes a loooong way, not to mention it goes on like butta' and works great with stencils!  I still have more than half the jar and only the two sides left to paint.  Not too shabby eh?
Altered Dresser with StencilGirl Stencils | Pluckingdaisies.com

STEP 1:  Give your drawers a base coat of Chalky Finish paint in color of choice (I used Everlasting).
*TIP* Apply at least 3 coats if you don't want the original color of your dresser to show through.  This paint dries quick so you'll only need about 10-15 min between coats.

Altered Dresser with StencilGirl Stencils | Pluckingdaisies.com

STEP 2:  Stencil Abigail and Eve in black paint.  I used chalkboard paint just in case I ever want to draw on their heads...it's always good to have options :)

Altered Dresser with StencilGirl Stencils | Pluckingdaisies.com

Isn't Eve gorgeous?  My friends think she looks like the girl from the Robert Palmer "Addicted to Love" video.  It's true, I'm "addicted" to her.
STEP 3:  Add a graphic edge to your drawers with the Borders 9J Stencil and black paint

Altered Dresser with StencilGirl Stencils | Pluckingdaisies.com

STEP 4:  Fill in the white space between the faces with marbled paints (I used Distress Paint) carefully applied with a makeup sponge through the Scribble Scratch Handwriting Stencil. You can find more information on this technique HERE.

Altered Dresser with StencilGirl Stencils | Pluckingdaisies.com

STEP 5:  Add select words from Carolyn Dube's Uplifting Words stencil with Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste applied with a palette knife.

Altered Dresser with StencilGirl Stencils | Pluckingdaisies.com

STEP 6:  Seal your work with Creme Wax. (2 coats will do the trick)

Altered Dresser with StencilGirl Stencils | Pluckingdaisies.com

STEP 7:  To add a touch of sparkle I die cut Stars from Tim Holtz mirrored sheets and adhered them with my new favorite adhesive Liquid Fusion.

Altered Dresser with StencilGirl Stencils | Pluckingdaisies.com

STEP 8:  The top of the dresser was painted with Chalky Finish paint "Treasure".  I'm in love with this color!  Again, no need to prime...just paint it right on!

Altered Dresser with StencilGirl Stencils | Pluckingdaisies.com

That's one coat up top...not too shabby!  I could have left it as is but I wanted a nice solid look.
STEP 9:  Once top coat is dry use Everlasting with the Uplifting Words Stencil.

Altered Dresser with StencilGirl Stencils | Pluckingdaisies.com

STEP 10:  Add a literal "Splash" of color by splatter painting the stenciled dresser top with Distress Paint.

Altered Dresser with StencilGirl Stencils | Pluckingdaisies.com

Now the only thing that's left to do is decide which StencilGirl stencils to use on the remaining drawers.  I'm thinking some Andrea Matus deMeng Birds and Blooms how about you?

Altered Dresser with StencilGirl Stencils | Pluckingdaisies.com

I hope you enjoyed this Altered Dresser Tutorial.  I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions on what StencilGirl Stencils to use on the remaining drawers in the comments below.   Stop by and visit me at Plucking Daisies for more updates on the StencilGirl Dresser.
You can also find me  here ...
Have a creative day!

Amy Bowerman is a Mixed-Media Artist who has been creating since she could hold a crayon. She shares her adventures in art on her blog Plucking Daisies by showing others how to create through in depth project tutorials.


20 comments:

  1. Great way to add new life into an upcycled project. Love it!

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  2. The dresser looks awesome, I love what you've done with your stencils

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  3. Fabulous and fun Amy!! Can you come redo my studio furniture? I've been "pondering" for two years on several pieces!! 😉

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  4. @Kirsten Reed I would love to!! Although we would probably wind up playing more than "pondering" :)

    Amy*

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  5. OH OH OH.. .AMY!!!! This is fantastic and so eclectic. You have shown us something very cool here. What fun.

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  6. OH.MY.GOSH!
    Amy, this is an AMAZING project!! Wow! Wow! Wow!

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  7. awesome project and a great tutorial. Thanks Amy!

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  8. Wow what a transformation. I love the stencilling and what a fabulous idea to use them to alter a cupboard . This will look great in your craft space. Brilliant, Tracy x

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  9. OMGoodness Amy, you have created a masterpiece, I love the stencils you have used and the colour on the top is divine! If it was my storage I would never get further than the gorgeous top drawer and the top itself so I would probably leave the other drawers quite plain, but after seeing your amazing Alice creation I guess plain may not be your style - so more of the same with some other Stencil Girl stencils would be lovely. I will have to have a look and see what else they do. Anne x

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  10. Wow! That stencil ink sure changed up that dresser! I love it! Super job! I really like the background marbling stencil!

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  11. Stunning way to take this piece from roadside to a piece of art!!

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  12. Thanks so much everyone for all of the kind words!

    Amy*

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  13. Amy this is incredible. What a fabulous way to make your studio bright and inspirational! Love it!

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  14. Jaw droppingly amazing Amy! Love the way you've managed to get the marbled paint effect around the outside of those gorgeous heads so accurately and using the fab stencil too. That must have taken a lot of work to achieve. This already looks so much better and I can't wait to see where you go with the rest. Jenny x

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  15. @JennyMarples doing the background was surprisingly easy! I simply changed makeup sponges every time I moved the stencil and put the faces back on once dry to touch up areas where paint got on the black and for the white I just went in with a square brush...easy peasy :)

    Amy*

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  16. That dresser is absolutely beautiful! Years ago I stenciled a dresser with a tulip design, it was a find on the side of the road, still looks good, but now I can see a new look for it, hmmmmm.

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  17. Such a cool custom piece by Amy with loads of beautiful SG designs. Love it!

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  18. This is just amazing. I love altering old, worn out pieces of furniture. Thanks for the inspiration! I loved what you did with this piece of furniture!

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