So, you have a piece of furniture, a cabinet door, a kitchen island and you want to make it stand out but you’re not sure what to do.   Here’s an easy and beautiful way to embellish your piece without breaking the bank 🙂

Before:

After Painted in Dixie Belle French Linen and Drop Cloth:

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I painted this trunk with Dixie Belle’s French Linen and highlighted it with Dixie Belle Drop Cloth for some added interest.  But, this was not enough to make this trunk look special.  I decided to add some raised stencils to it.  When doing a raised stencil, you need to pay attention to the type of stencil you are using.  Flimsy, thin stencils leave room for mistakes and uneven edges.   I prefer to purchase thicker stencils that are laser cut.   The Flimsy ones are usually bright blue in color and usually cost only a few dollars, so keep in mind…. you get what you pay for when it comes to stencils.   The stencil I used in this project, I purchased from Michael’s Craft Store and the brand is Artminds.   I explain the differences in the LIVE Facebook video I have included in this blog.  (see video link above).   Below  you’ll see the products I used, and each one that is in blue are my affiliate links to that exact product.  It doesn’t cost you anymore, but they give me a thank you credit for any purchases made which allows me to bring these tutorials to free of charge.  I thank you for your support and selecting to shop my links 🙂  HUGS!!

Products I used for this:

Dixie Belle French Linen (rich tan color)

Dixie Belle Drop Cloth (cream color)

Sand paper :  I use 320 or higher (or a well used sheet of 220)

Rubber Spatula

Dixie Belle Mud (in white)

Artminds Stencil

Krylon Easy Tack Adhesive:

Step One:  Spray Krylon Easy Tack (or your preferred stencil adhesive) to the back of the stencil

Step Two:  Place stencil to the desired location on your piece.

Step Three:  Using the spatula, apply Mud across the stencil (like icing a cake).  Try to be smooth and make sure you cover all the details so you don’t have any paint under the Mud showing.  Don’t worry about being completely smooth, we will be sanding the Mud after it dries to get a smoother finish.

Step Four:  As soon as you have your Mud spread across your stencil, remove the stencil from the top and the bottom….pulling straight out so you don’t smudge up your finished design.  Make sure you remove it slowly and remove it while the Mud is still wet.

Step Five:  Let the Mud dry over night.  Then you can use a sheet of 320 – 400 grit sand paper to sand your Mud smooth in circular motion.  Using a small sheet of the sandpaper allows you to just sand the Mud without scuffing up your paint.   Wearing a mask is recommended during this part so you are not breathing in the dust / powder that you will get from the sanding.    I use a dry paint brush to dust the area of any powder / dust that was created from the sanding.

 

Step Six:  Clean off the area with a damp paper towel to make sure you don’t have any dust left behind.

Step Seven:  If you wish to paint the raised stencil, then lay the stencil back onto your area you just made the raised stencil at.  The stencil will protect the paint underneath so you are just painting the Mud design you have made.  I prefer to paint that are with a stencil sponge (dobber) type applicator.  Apply the paint thinly, so you don’t get paint seeping under your stencil.

Step Eight:  Seal with your preferred sealing product.  I use Dixie Belle’s Clear Top Coat in Satin.

Waaa Laaa…. you are done !