The supporting shelf is real, but the eye-catching plate is a stencil.

How to Stencil a Farmhouse Plate

Fool-the-eye stenciling works its delightful magic here to create a faux plate. The supporting shelf is real, but its matching design accents the plate nicely. Learn how to create this great stencil design with our step-by-step instructions below.

Skill level: Beginner

Time needed: One hour

Stencil Design: Download the Farmhouse Plate Stencil Design as a PDF.

Instructions

Step One: To prepare the wall for the faux plate stencil, base-coat with latex paint. Determine where the plate will be painted on the wall, then measure and mark a vertical line where the center of the plate will be. Use a plumb line or level to make sure the line is straight.

Step Two: The plate stencil provided is only half the image. Line up the stencil along either side of the guideline, and tape it in place.

Line up the stencil along either side of the guideline.

Step Three: Base-coat this half of the plate Light Ivory with the 1-1/4-inch brush. Let dry, and repeat if necessary.

Step Four: Dry the stencil completely, then flip it over and line it up with the first half of the image. Tape it in place and repeat step three. Touch up the center area, where the two sides come together. Let paint dry.

Step Five: Leaving the stencil in place, shade around the outer edge of the plate with Dark Burnt Umber. Dry the stencil, and reposition on the other side. Shade again with Dark Burnt Umber.

Shade around the outer edge of the plate.

Step Six: To find the center of the plate, measure and make a small pencil mark in the middle. Align the center plate stencil with this mark, and tape it in place. Shade just the edge of this inner section with Dark Burnt Umber. Dry the stencil, then reposition it on the other side of the plate and repeat.

Shade the edge of the inner section with Dark Burnt Umber.

Step Seven: Center the fruit design stencil on the plate, and tape in place. Base-coat the leaves and stems Hauser Medium Green, and shade them with Black Green. Stencil the fruits and berries Poppy Orange with the 5/8-inch brush. Shade the edges of the fruits and berries Tomato Spice.

Stencil Variations

Create a collection of stenciled plates by varying the central designs for a set of faux dishes. You can even create your own one-of-a-kind table settings. Look at these stencil design variations for inspiration:

Stencil variation

Stencil variation

Stencil variation

Stencil variation

Stencil variation

Stencil variation

Stencil variation

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