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Cedar Lined Armoire in Navy with Copper - lots of pics

When I purchased this solid armoire cabinet it did not take long to decide on a navy paint color. I also like the carved details on the front but thought the top and sides would look lovely stenciled with the hardware copper. Using Homestead House Milk PaintCutting Edge Stencils & Krylon spray paint I achieved my vision.

But first it needed a good cleaning starting with vacuum followed with a scrub with warm soapy water to remove any past gunk and dirt that would hamper paint adherence. The entire outside was lightly power sanded to smooth the wood surface then wiped well again.

Thank goodness for this heavy duty furniture dolly to move it around and also allow to be tipped on its back for the cleaning and sanding portions.
As well I was able to paint the underside and base areas with primer all around to seal.

Homestead House Milk Paint in midnight blue was mixed up and painted on

One coat was all that was needed to get good coverage over the original dark stained wood.
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Stencils: tips of how to use, clean and more

Stencils .. have you tried them?

I have been using stencils more lately. In the past I have had reservations about them having had issues like oozing paint under the edges. This is easily solved with the "less is more" theory; you need way less paint on your brush or roller when stenciling. It is way easier to add paint then it is to take away or touch up the irregular edges caused by too much paint.

These are some I have to try from Cutting Edge Stencils, I am most excited to do the large mandala (above left) on my deck as well as the smaller version on a furniture piece.

The pretty lily scroll (above left as well) was used on this cedar armoire

I am finding just the right piece for this pretty alphabet stencil

 Here are some from Muddaritaville Studio, you can see the ruler one here, the mandala on stool seats here and the multi design one on a trinket box here 

These ones are from The Stencil Warehouse that I have yet to use but were choices in the stencil giveaway. I have used this one from them in the videos below on 2 coffee tables; a round one and an octagonal one

brush or roller? I like a stencil brush for small areas and the roller for larger areas but again be sure to off load either choice on a piece of cardboard or paper towel before going over the stencil. Here is a quick video I did stenciling a mandala

And here is the reveal

Once the stencil is complete I like to toss mine in the bath tub to soak then use a scrub brush to remove the paint left on it.

Here is a video of a sweet stencil going on a vintage corner cabinet

Stencils are perfect for raised embossing too, check out how I used this stencil and embossing paste on this jewelry box post, this jewelry box post and this cute coral nightstand

I picked this stencil up at Michael's and used it on this antique cabinet/dresser

as well as on this cute coffee table

There are so many uses for stencils, feel free to share your creations in the comments!

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