DIY: Stenciled Furniture

Happy Monday, friends! How was your weekend? It was a DIY weekend at my house, so I thought it would be fun to share one of the projects I finished here on the blog today…

I picked up this cute little blue stool at a flea market several years ago. It has been well used since then, and I don’t mind the look of wear and tear, in fact I kind of prefer it, but I thought it could use just a little bit of a make over. So, I used one of my favorite flower shapes from the Silhouette online store, Premium vinyl and paint to stencil the top of the stool. It was the perfect little something I was looking for.

To create a stencil using Premium Vinyl, start by opening your shape in Silhouette studio and size it to your liking. Then, move the white roller on the left side to fit the size of your vinyl. Mine was 12″ vinyl so I moved it over just one notch. I then loaded the vinyl right into the machine by placing it up against the rollers and selecting ‘load media’ on the machine. {quick tip: When cutting larger shapes, letters or phrases out of vinyl, load the vinyl into the Silhouette, press the down arrow key and feed the vinyl through the machine as far as you will be cutting. Then press the up arrow key to get it back to the original position. If it goes offline, and out from under the rollers during this test, unload the vinyl and load it again and repeat until it is loaded correctly and stays aligned. This way you can make sure that the vinyl will stay aligned and under the rollers through the entire cut, as to not waste any vinyl if it goes offline. }

Then, in Silhouette studio select vinyl from the cut settings menu, adjust your blade accordingly and click Cut.
Once the shape is cut, weed out the excess vinyl. 

The hook tool is great for weeding the the smaller, intricate pieces. 

This is how it will look after the shape has been weeded.
Next, using a piece of 12″ transfer paper cover the vinyl shape. 
Use the scraper tool to to make sure the transfer paper is adhered well to the entire shape, and to smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles. 
 Then, peel the transfer paper and vinyl image from the backing and apply it to your furniture.
Again, using the scraper tool go over the entire shape to make sure it adheres well to the furniture, then slowly remove the transfer paper

Then, apply your paint. I used several coats. 

Once the paint is mostly dry, use the hook tool to remove the vinyl stencil, leaving just the painted image on your furniture.

Now that I know how easy it is, I think I might try it on a larger scale next time. :)

Happy stenciling!

Shape: click on the name of the shape below to link to it in the Silhouette online store

6 thoughts on “DIY: Stenciled Furniture

  1. Keianna says:

    great make over project

  2. Heather says:

    Very cute – I love that flower!

  3. Shirley says:

    Great tutorial and explanation. I love the size of that flower. Awesome project!

  4. Tammy J says:

    That turned out really cute but I was kinda digging the purple on top. I love the stool and need one like that for my craft room. Thanks for sharing and n-joy your new piece of furniture.

  5. Reggirl says:

    I love this…. I know I’m probably repeating myself (also put on Facebook)…lol. I have been wondering what sort of designs to put on my grand daughter’s dolls cradle that I picked up cheap at a garage sale a while back. You’ve given me the right direction to go in… thanks a lot for showing & sharing this project with us.

  6. rpp says:

    When I can’t use vinyl for stencils, I use paper too. Have done this on some rough barn wood projects in my house. :) Thanks! Looks great!

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