Display your collectibles against a picture-perfect backdrop. Your precious finds sparkle on the stage of this charming decoratively stenciled country cupboard. The easy-to-follow directions below will help you get started on this wonderful stencil project.
Skill level: Beginner
Time needed: 2-1/2 to 3 hours
Stencil Design: Download the Country Cupboard Stencil Design as a PDF.
Step One: Measure and make a light pencil line on the wood behind the shelf. Mark the horizontal center of each stencil as well, and then line up stencil A with the pencil line on the wood. Position and tape down the stencil.
Step Two: Base-coat the leaves Jade Green with the 5/8-inch brush, and shade the leaves with Gamal Green on a 3/8-inch brush. Stencil the berry stems Gamal Green with a 3/8-inch brush. Stencil the vine branch Dark Burnt Umber and the berries Berry Red, also with 3/8-inch brushes. Remove the stencil, and let dry completely.
Step Three: Line up stencil "B" at the end of stencil "A", and repeat Step Two. Let dry.
Step Four: Repeat Steps Two and Three to stencil the vine-and-berry design across the width of the shelf.
Step Five: Repeat Steps One-Four for each shelf area. For contrast, on the middle shelf base-coat the leaves with Burgundy Rose and shade them with Dark Burnt Umber. Then paint the berries Jade Green, and use Gamal Green for shading. The vine branch remains Dark Burnt Umber.
Add a hint of country loveliness with this winding vine of leaves and delicate berry sprays. Carry the look across the kitchen soffit, around a china saucer, or along a creamy linen tea towel. Change the stencil placement to twist the vine into a wreath or curve over an arched doorway. Alter the colors to suggest a variety of berries. The stencil variations below will help you explore these possibilities, and create your own:
Turn a small cabinet into a unique piece of furniture. Learn how to make the Country Birdhouse Cabinet in the next section.
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