Chica and Jo
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Chica and Jo



Stenciled dresser

by: Chica

Stenciled dresser
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Last fall, I picked up a simple little dresser at a yard sale because I saw great potential in this five-dollar wonder. I cleaned it up and painted it a pretty shade of blue with just enough grey in it to make it soothing, and added some bright white knobs to the drawers.

stenciled dresser

As happy as I was with the transformation, it still needed something more. I struggled for a while to come up with an idea, but I was finally inspired when I spotted a Kaleidoscope stencil by Americana. The design would be perfect to accent the drawer pulls! I grabbed some white paint and a sponge dauber and I was set.

stenciled dresser

I started by using some masking tape to attach the stencil to the drawer front, centering the design on the hole from the knob.

stenciled dresser

Then I used a teeny tiny bit of white paint on the dauber and pounced it onto the stencil. The key to a sharp stenciled image is to use just the slightest bit of paint at a time, and apply several coats if needed.

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When the design was covered, I carefully peeled away the stencil. There’s no need to wait for the paint to dry, and the stencil will actually come off easier if you don’t wait.

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I just love the design pop that this stencil gives!

stenciled dresser

I repeated the stenciled design on both sides of each drawer, then put the knobs back on.

stenciled dresser

I think this simple touch made the dresser so unique and modern. Now instead of being a subtle piece of furniture in the corner, it’s a fun addition to the room with its own personality.

stenciled dresser

It’s amazing what a little paint can do!

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And guess what! Our friends over at Kirkland’s have featured this stenciled dresser on their site as part of their new Pinning Parlor! Kirkland’s is kicking off their new Pinning Parlor with a “Pin + Win Promotion” that you should definitely go check out. The Pinning Parlor, a gathering place for inspiration on, offers visitors the chance to pin beautifully styled photography, DIY projects, and design tips to their own Pinterest boards for a chance to win. Each week of the four-week promotion, one lucky entrant will win a $2000 prize pack from Kirkland’s and Formica├é┬« Flooring. They’re adding new inspiration to the Pinning Parlor each week, so be sure to check back often for more inspiration and more chances to win!

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9 comments so far:

  • 1
    Heather F. 04/13/2012 at 5:01 pm

    I absolutely love this project! I will be looking for a used dresser to do this project on for some extra storage space in my home. LOVE IT!

  • 2
    Chica 04/13/2012 at 5:55 pm

    Thanks, Heather! The dresser was a disaster when I bought it at the yard sale. I wish I had taken a “before” picture, but it was so bad I wanted to paint it right away :)

  • 3
    HawaiianLibrarian 04/13/2012 at 7:12 pm

    Amazing color choices, paint job, and stencilling! You inspire me.

  • 4
    Heather R. 04/14/2012 at 12:40 am

    New to your blog, and delighted to meet you- love what you’ve done with this! Too many times, both in books and in blogs, you see the impossible makeover of an impossibly wonderful piece of furniture (like, “I stenciled this mehndi design on this Moroccan bazaar find, a 17th century blah-de-blah chest/dresser that I found for ONLY the equivalent of $1500…” or, “look how I painted this pre-Edo era Japanese staircase chest in celadon!” ) Love the simplicity, and reach-a-bility of this, and your other projects- thank you! This is something that I’d proudly have in my home, AND not feel like it was always in “danger” due to having, oh I dunno, a couple of real-life kids, and a cantankerous dog and cat. :o)

  • 5
    Chica 04/14/2012 at 9:23 am

    Thanks for your nice comments, Heather. Welcome to our site and we hope you stick around! We always try to make our projects approachable and doable, and as I’m sure you’ve seen, we always give you as many directions, photos, and tips as we can. Enjoy!

  • 6
    Anna 04/15/2012 at 12:32 pm

    Wow!!! just stumbled upon your blog, so many great ideas and clear concise directions…love this dresser, I have an old dresser in my craft room that houses stamps…you just provided some great inspiration!!will let ya know how it turns out….Please keep posting, love your blog

  • 7
    Chica 04/15/2012 at 5:34 pm

    Anna, we’re glad you found us and hope you stick around a while! We’d love to see how your stamp dresser comes out after you spiff if up. :)

  • 8
    Laurie 05/15/2012 at 8:13 pm

    I have a small dresser very similar to yours. I never got any further than applying a white primer paint. You have inspired me to get back to work on it. I love the color blue that you used. Do you know what paint company and color you used?

  • 9
    Chica 05/15/2012 at 8:23 pm

    Laurie, I’m so happy to have inspired you to finish your dresser! And lucky for you, I do still have the can from my paint. It’s VERY old, but has a label with what looks like a formula on it, so maybe you can get it made. Here are the details from the label:

    Lowes Valspar
    Laura Ashley Base 4
    1412 Navy 6
    101-36 102-37 113-28 115-34

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