Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

How to Stencil Furniture


How to Stencil a Rescue Vehicle Cabinet
Stencil a Rescue Vehicle Cabinet.
Stencil a Rescue Vehicle Cabinet.

Bold checks and speedy emergency vehicles zip across this storage cabinet. Our easy-to-follow instructions below make this rescue vehicle cabinet stencil project a breeze. Staying organized has never been this much fun.

Skill level: Beginner

Time needed: Three hours

Stencil Design: Download the Rescue Vehicle Cabinet Stencil Design as a PDF.

Instructions

Step One: Sand and prime all surfaces. Using two-inch foam brushes, paint the top of the cabinet School Bus Yellow and the sides Lipstick Red, leaving the front edges white. Paint the top trim and the cabinet legs Licorice. Paint the two front panels Lemonade, and paint the other two front panels Titanium White. Apply a second coat of paint to all surfaces. Let dry completely.

Step Two: Center the large ambulance stencil in the middle of a white panel; mark registration points. Before stenciling, mask off the wheels with painter's tape.

Stencil the ambulance School Bus Yellow using a 1/2-inch brush. Let dry to touch; remove tape that masks wheels. Stencil wheels Licorice with a 3/8-inch brush. Don't worry if some of the black paint gets on the body of the ambulance -- the edges will be shaded with Licorice later. Remove stencil.

Before stenciling, mask off the wheels with painter's tape.
Before stenciling, mask off the wheels with painter's tape.

Step Three: Align the ambulance overlay. Stencil the window, hubcaps, and fenders Shimmering Silver with a 1/2-inch brush. Stencil all other areas Lipstick Red with a 1/2-inch brush. Shade around the edges of these shapes with a tiny bit of Licorice. Remove stencil.

Step Four: Reposition the large ambulance stencil, and apply a tiny bit of Licorice shading around the edges with an almost-dry brush and an extremely light touch.

Apply shading with an almost-dry brush and a light touch.
Apply shading with an almost-dry brush and a light touch.

Step Five: Repeat steps two through four on the other white panel.

Step Six: Center the large fire truck stencil in the middle of a yellow panel; mark registration points. Before stenciling, mask off the wheels with painter's tape. Stencil the fire truck Lipstick Red using a 1/2-inch brush. Let dry to touch; remove tape that masks wheels. Stencil wheels Licorice with a 3/8-inch brush. Shade around the edges of the fire truck with Licorice on an almost-dry brush. Remove stencil.

Step Seven: Align the fire truck overlay. Stencil the window, hose, door handle, hubcaps, and fenders Shimmering Silver. Shade the edges lightly with Licorice. Stencil the ladder Licorice. Stencil the siren School Bus Yellow with a 1/2-inch brush, shading with a tiny bit of Lipstick Red. Remove stencil.

Stencil the window, hose, door handle, hubcaps, and fenders Shimmering Silver.
Stencil the window, hose, door handle, hubcaps, and fenders Shimmering Silver.

Step Eight: Repeat Steps Six and Seven on the other yellow panel.

Step Nine: Position the squares stencil on the edge of the cabinet; stencil Licorice with a 3/8-inch brush. Repeat around the front edges of the cabinet, aligning the first square of the stencil with the last square painted.

Position the squares stencil on the edge of the cabinet.
Position the squares stencil on the edge of the cabinet.

Step Ten: Let dry 24 hours. To protect your work, mist the entire cabinet with at least three coats of spray varnish, letting dry between coats.

You'd never imagine a simple step-stool could almost be as fun a toy, but the Pony Pull-Toy Step Stool comes close. Learn how to make this stencil furniture project in the next section.

Want to find another stencil project? See:


More to Explore