I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day yesterday! It was a good day for rest and rejuvenation after our trip with the youth I mentioned on Sunday. Getting home to your own bed is always an awesome thing!
Early last week, I grabbed a couple of hours to transform the chest of drawers that’s in Fun Son’s former bedroom. You saw it for the first time in my post about How to Dress a Dresser, where I showed ideas I’d collected on-line.
The dresser from that post was revamped for an entirely new purpose in the kitchen. It’s now a new linen sideboard. But, the chest of drawers required a bit more pondering.
In March, Mom Two and I were in Tuesday Morning when I ran across this little beauty.
For those of you who are new here, Mom Two is the mom of my neighbor and friend while growing up. My feet were under her table all the time! That reminds me. I should visit her this week. More junkin’ fun ahead, y’all!
Anyway, I proceeded to look for a template like the one above and finally found this one at Hobby Lobby. I also picked up the bee and hive template. Couldn’t resist, but I have no plan for it just yet.
The stencil for the chest is actually the reverse of the example chest. But, it’s close enough, right? While at HobLob you might want to pick up the largest size stenciling brush for $2.99.
For paint, I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White – my favorite!
You’ll also need a paper plate for dabbing off your brush. (I use plates several times before throwing them away. I’m so fancy like that. Ha!)
Before removing the drawers, hold a level at a certain point down the front of the dresser to be sure your design location on each drawer will align well when the drawers are painted and back in place. On old pieces, the drawers can be wonky.
I decided to begin stenciling in the center, right over the key hole.
I love the fact that you can paint over hardware with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. See how nice?
I finally decided the easiest way to align a stencil that’s too short for the height is to run painter’s tape along the top and bottom edge all the way across the drawer.
Paint the middle section first, aligned over your center point (which is my key hole).
Wait until your paint is dry before moving to the next section. (Not very long with ASCP.) It’s not necessary to stick the tape very tightly at this point – just enough to hold things while you quickly dab the paint.
This stencil has a drop pattern repeat, which is also seen sometimes with fabrics. After lining up the stencil, paint to near the top edge, shift your stencil, and finish the section.
You may see a slight line where the sections meet.
It’s easy to dab paint with a smaller brush. Also of note are the brush bristles that release everywhere as you work. It’s easy to pick them off with tweezers as you finish each drawer front.
And, the finished piece has just enough added detail to give it some styling without repainting the entire chest. I love not having to paint the entire thing. Are you with me on that?
With the white bedding, this adds just enough white at the other end of the room…the completion for the Bedroom Redo in Nature, Navy, and White.
A more open pattern would have been preferred, but this stencil is fine for my liking. What do you think?