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.
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 :)
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.
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!
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?
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.
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 :)
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 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.
STEP 5: Add select words from Carolyn Dube's Uplifting Words stencil with Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste applied with a palette knife.
STEP 6: Seal your work with Creme Wax. (2 coats will do the trick)
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.
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!
That's one coat up top...not too shabby! I could have left it as is but I wanted a nice solid look.
STEP 10: Add a literal "Splash" of color by splatter painting the stenciled dresser top with Distress Paint.
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?
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.
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.