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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā ¬†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 Р400 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 !