Dress Up a Dresser with an Oversized Stencil
A few repeats of a stenciled motif can give a flat-front chest of drawers a dose of individuality
Think fast! You can transform a plain dresser into a one-of-a-kind find in an afternoon. Running down the front of these drawers, a large mandala design turns the idea of a runner on its head (or, more precisely, side). All it takes is the right-size stencil and some chalk-style paint.
Choose a stencil that spans the height of the middle drawer and overlaps slightly onto the adjacent ones to create a continuous pattern with a strong focal point and a sense of balance. With the drawers in place (empty them first!), lay the dresser on its back. Mark a vertical line down the middle with a soft pencil, noting where the center of each mandala will fall. Use low-tack tape or spray adhesive to keep your chosen stencil in place; this one makes half of the nearly 10-inch mandala, so you'll need to turn it 180 degrees to complete each motif.
Chalk-style paint's thick consistency provides even coverage with less risk of paint bleeding under the stencil. Good technique also helps keep it neat: Use a stiff-bristled stencil brush to "pounce" on the paint at a 90-degree angle. A small foam roller can speed up the process if you're using just one color, though a two-tone scheme, like this one in purple and green, really brings the stencil's intricate details into brilliant focus.
Thanks to Nikki Kent, designer and creative director, The Stencil Studio Ltd.
Stencil: Eva Mandala Indian Motif Stencil in Size Small; The Stencil Studio Ltd.
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