How to Stencil Furniture

How to Stencil a Nightstand

Stencil a nightstand.
Stencil a nightstand.

A plain bedside table takes on new life when given a fresh coat of paint and a lovely plaid pattern. This stencil design may look simple, but it goes a long way. Follow the steps below to start your own nightstand makeover.

Skill level: Beginner

Time needed: Four hours

Stencil Design: Download the Nightstand Stencil Design as a PDF.


Step One: Before you begin, remove the drawer-pulls or hardware. You may want to paint them to match the stencil design before replacing them.

Step Two: Sand and tack the drawers. Apply a thick, even coat of all-purpose sealer with a foam brush, and let dry. If the surface is exceptionally slick, use a bonding sealer instead of an all-purpose sealer.

Step Three: For added design attraction, we tilted the plaid stencil 45 degrees and stenciled it on a diagonal. Finish all of the stripes in one direction across the drawer before rotating the stencil to complete the plaid. (When you do rotate the stencil, the lines should bisect each other at a 90-degree angle.) Apply paint sparingly to keep the stripes light and translucent.

Step Four: Using the daisy stencil from the article, How to Stencil Pillows, base-coat the flower petals white to mask the plaid. Stencil and shade the daisy in the colors of your choice.

Step Five: Seal the drawers with two or three coats of satin-finish varnish to protect your work.

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