With the new school year just around the corner I have been painting a lot of desks the last few weeks. I just sold the most adorable little desk and I was able to do a quick photoshoot before I delivered it to it’s new owner on Saturday.
Stenciling furniture is one of my favorite looks. But the stencil werk? Not my favorite. Today I am sharing an easy shortcut on getting a stenciled look on your furniture.
I bought this desk at a garage sale and got a package deal because I bought this dresser with it. The desk was laminate with broken knobs. It was so scratched up I thought it might have gotten in a cat fight.
I had some decals left over from the statement wall in Shepherd’s nursery and I have been waiting to use them on a project.
Sidenote: This photo and Shep’s nursery were featured in this article on The Huffington Post. Kinda cool.
Anyway, the new school year is one of my favorite times to own my business – I get to paint with funky and fun colors and patterns for a younger client than I normally work with. I thought it was the perfect time to pull the unused decals for the desk.
I painted the top of the desk in two coats of French Vanilla and applied the decals. I then painted over the decals with a quick coat of French Vanilla to make sure there wasn’t any bleed thru under the decals.
Then I painted a final coat of Privilege, one of my favorite colors.
After the last coat dried I pulled the decals off.
Perfect, crisp lines without the stress of shuffling a stencil around the top of the desk.
I painted the drawer fronts in French Vanilla to tie in with the arrow pattern.
I scored these brass duck book ends at the Thrift Store last week for $6.00 and found them here for $126. Just call me the mayor of score town.
I’m not sure if I am going to sell them online or at my monthly sale.
We will see.
I might be a little sad when back to school season is over and I am back to painting white or cream buffets and media consoles. Ha.
If you think being self employed means not having a boss you couldn’t be more wrong.
Your boss becomes yours customers and you do what they pay you to do.
And sometimes that is an endless sea of neutral furniture.
Since those pieces help pay our bills I choose to be grateful for white buffets.
If you would like a free printable version of these direction you can download them here.
Have you used decals instead of stencils? I am now trolling the internet for my next decal purchase. Are you?
Don’t forget I have a giveaway going on through this week for a HomeRight Fine Finish Sprayer. Hop on over and enter to wind!