Anytime we have a large back panel on a hutch or bookcase that can be easily removed, we see it as a great opportunity to add some “wow” to the piece with one of our large scale stencils!
Removing the back paneling is the key to making this project go smoothly. In this case and most, it was simply a matter of carefully removing small nails from the back of the hutch top. Once the panel had been removed, we laid it down on our work table, wiped it clean and started painting our background color, a beautiful rich cream.
We used our 45mm Topcoat brush in order to cover the large flat surface quickly and get a smooth, even paint finish with minimal brush strokes.
After a second coat of paint had been applied and allowed to dry, we were ready to position our stencil and get started. For this piece we chose our Multiple Leaf Damask large scale stencil which is 29″ x 13″ in size. In order to achieve an allover stenciled look that would flow naturally on the panel, we chose to start stenciling, not on the edge of the panel, but more towards the middle. Having a ruler and pencil handy will help insure that you are positioning your stencil straight on and not at an angle. In this case, the indented lines on our paneling came in handy for lining up the first stencil placement. Painter’s tape is always a good idea for holding your stencil in place once you have decided where it should be.
Most large scale stencils will have a small round hole in each corner to aid in stencil placement when repeating the pattern. Once you have positioned your stencil into place, make a pencil mark in each of those 4 holes.
We chose three paint colors for our design, the darkest being the color that had been mixed for the exterior of the cabinet. For the largest portion of the stencil design, we used our new multi-purpose round brush to pounce the paint color on after unloading the excess paint onto a paper towel. The two smaller brushes from our stencil brush set were the ideal size to add the details in the two additional colors we had chosen.
As you can see, when we laid the stencil back down to continue the design, it overlapped where we had previously stenciled. For this reason, it is important to allow the paint to dry before proceeding to stencil the next section. We also did a light cleaning of our stencil in order to keep the design looking crisp and clean.
When we were ready to continue, we lined up the holes on the corners of the stencil with the pencil marks we had previously made.
Taping our stencil into place each time, we continued to stencil the design in this way, creating an ongoing, repeating pattern until the entire panel was covered.
As soon as the last of the stenciled design had dried completely, we were ready to seal our painted panel. We used our Topcoat Brush to apply a thin, even coat of Clear Topcoat Sealer to the entire surface. After allowing 24 hours of dry time, we applied one final coat of Clear Topcoat Sealer for a beautiful, durable matte finish.
Once the final coat of sealer was dry to the touch, we nailed our panel back into place.
The stenciled, patterned backdrop and rich glazed paint finish on this vintage hutch came together to give the whole piece a stylish, one of a kind designer look! Visit Part 1 of this blog series for step by step instructions on applying a custom Scumble Glaze to add depth and dimension to any paint finish.
We hope we have inspired you to try a Scumble glaze and/or an allover stencil pattern on your next furniture transformation! Please hashtag #artisanenhancements when you share your before and after photos on social media! We would love to see your projects!