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Farmhouse Hutch ~ Champlain milk paint and cappuccino

Scored from an estate sale this Canadian made Kilgour Furniture buffet/ hutch is the perfect size for a coffee bar or as it was custom called for; an actual bar in the customers new home. She wanted it to be done in the same colors as this sweet little accent table.

The first step was to remove the mac tac liner in the long drawer and inside the buffet

It peeled back easy enough but then required a whole lot of Goo Gone to remove the residual stick glue. It did however protect the wood and once cleaned, perfect new looking surfaces.
All surfaces were scrubbed well to remove any dirt and dust accumulated over the years.
The top is the only wood veneer piece, the rest is solid maple I believe. Because it is veneer you must be very careful when refinishing it as it is easy to sand thru the thin wood layer.
Using my orbital sander and 120 grit sandpaper, I carefully sanded the top smooth the applied Homestead House's stain and finishing oil all in one  in cappuccino color. Throughout…

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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