How to Stencil Faux Inlay on a Plain Dresser
Dress(er) up a plain piece with metallic paint and stencils in our #DIYDARE challenge
In an afternoon, with a few kinds of paint and some stencils, you can breathe new life into an old dresser. This makeover relies heavily on proper preparation. A primer coat and a top coat form the base of the finish. Spray adhesive is the key to keeping the stencil put while using shimmery metallic paint.
Could you do better? It's your turn to make use of any scraps you've got lying around, supplemented, of course, by one or three trips to the home center, to build a project of your own.
We're calling it the #DIYDARE. Check out our examples to get inspired, then snap a photo and of your project and tag it #DIYdare when you post it to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. (HASH)Tag, you're it.
Overview for Building a Faux Inlay on a Plain Dresser
Tisha knows color—she finds the beautifully finished rooms that we feature in most of our stories. So she didn't sweat pulling a jar of glitzy metallic paint from the box of #DIYDare supplies we left with her and Michelle, the staff furniture guru. Michelle wasn't fazed either, knowing it was the ideal accent for the makeover of a dresser she had in her office.
"We can do a pattern and hack the look of a thousand-dollar inlay dresser," Michelle said. Tisha was sold and suggested stencils to speed the process of creating the furniture's intricate look. "It'll be superfast and consistent," she said. Tisha went stencil shopping online, and Michelle started clearing papers from her bowfront muse.
Like most paint projects, this one included important prep: a primer coat before a base coat. After settling on a pattern, Michelle dabbed on the metallic paint as Tisha positioned the stencils, and together they covered the dresser with glimmering detail.
"An amazing transformation with just a little paint," Tisha pronounced once the stenciling dried. "And I'm thinking the perfect spot for that #DIYDARE trophy," Michelle said.