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    January 23, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Reverse Stencil Dresser by Miriam Bradford

    I had an idea about reverse stencilling a ship onto a dresser. Well I did it!

    So I have now gone from this:

    To this!

    Now you can stop reading here and just admire the pretty reverse stencilling OR you can read on for the step-by-step process.

    Step 1
    Take out the drawers and tape out the inside of the dresser

    Step 2
    Remove hardware and tape out the edges of the drawers themselves

    Step 3
    Insert drawers back into dresser without drawer pulls and pray you will be able to get them back out again (if you weren’t painting the area between drawers, than you could easily just take the drawers out, stack them together, apply the stencil and paint them…but since I wanted the ‘gap’ area included in the painting, I had to paint everything while fully assembled)

    Step 4
    Apply decal according to directions (in this case it was to tape half of the decal down, separate the two layers, remove the backing and then press the decal into place.)

    (smoothing out the decal)

    (apply the bottom of the decal in the same way as the top)

    Step 5
    Use a knife to cut where the drawers edges are

    Step 6
    Remove top layer of decal, leaving decal in place

    Step 7
    Repeat process for second side of decal – note: since this decal was applied on a non-even surface, it was especially difficult to line up the decal and there may or may not have been some tears and cussing during this stage)

    Step 8
    Lightly sand dresser, try to avoid sanding over the decal

    Step 9
    Apply coat of primer to dresser, I used Kilz with the hope that it would truly keep the dresser from bleeding through the paint in the future

    (after one coat of primer)

    Step 10
    Apply two coats of white paint allowing to dry between coats

    (after one coat of white paint)

    Step 11
    IMMEDIATELY after last coat of paint, while paint is still tacky, start removing the decal

    Step 12
    Step back to enjoy handiwork

    Step 13
    Because of ridged, non-flat surface inbetween drawers, I ended up with some bleeding. To remedy this, I got a stain pen from Minwax and used it like a magic marker to clean up the bleeding a bit – below you can see where the bleeding occurred; I unfortunately do not have any pictures of the ‘fix’

    Step 14
    AFTER stain marker has fully dried, apply Polycrylic topcoat. Polycrylic is the way to go for a top coat that will go over both paint and stained surfaces, polyurethane will yellow any white paint you go over it with

    Step 15
    Remove painters tape and re-install hardware – project FINISHED!!

    Custom decal was purchased from Dali Decals based on a design created using images purchased from Ship artwork by Seamartini and Cloud images by Sunrise. All work and images by Miriam Bradford



  • Jill Marie Welsh

    January 24, 2013 at 11:56 am

    It’s a clever idea.
    But I’m sorry, I preferred the original, very cool vintage dresser.
    Maybe if you used a new dresser it wouldn’t bug me.

  • Simon Worrall

    January 24, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I liked it until the paint was applied. Messy, irreversible.

  • Steve Morgan

    January 24, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    I’m with Jill & Simon, a half decent piece of furniture with veneered surfaces made to look rather tacky. The paint finish looks pretty shite and if the vinyl had been applied properly over the mouldings there would have been no bleed. Rather shoddy workmanship I think.

  • Alan Drury

    January 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Not my cup of tea
    Alan D

  • Robert Lambie

    January 28, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    this is not something i would do in my house… 😀
    it is not meant to be a tutorial to show us how to decorate our furniture, its more to point out one of a great many products "we/you" can offer our customers, the home owner as opposed to business owner. particularly on-line, off the shelf purchases of stencils we can create "in-house" and "on demand". The DIY market is huge, this type of thing whether we think it tasteful or not, "is in" at the moment, as is wall decor and all sorts.


  • Jill Marie Welsh

    January 28, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    People who are in to crafts buy their own cutters and do it themselves.
    I don’t mind as long as they stay with crafts and don’t start making signs.
    I actually hate dealing with this type of customer, usually a huge time waster who wants to look through every clip art book I have or expecting me to trace some horrid 1"x1" jpg they found on the internet.

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