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Stenciled Deck Rug

We built our new house in the middle of a prairie hay field. This means we have a ton of wind at least until all our planted trees mature in about 10 years!! I have always wanted a beautiful deck with a pretty rug but unless it was nailed down and was pet hair proof it is not going to happen. I can however have a painted/stenciled one. Here is how I did it ...

Using this large prosperity mandala stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint I created the rug of my dreams.

Like any painted project, prep is needed.. first step was to sweep

and scrub my deck where I planed to put the new "rug".
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I got my supplies ready
- my prosperity Cutting Edge Stencil - a mini foam roller and tray - a hammer and nail (to affix stencil in place) - my Fusion Mineral Paint colors; renfrew blue, azure and lamp white

Finding the center of where I wanted the "rug" I nailed it in place.

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Rustic Stained and Painted Sideboard / Dresser


This SOLID maple dresser was in excellent condition having purchased from a 96 year old ladies estate sale. It just needed some updating and reviving. The style was perfect for a rustic farmhouse style update.


Solid wood pieces are not common anymore and if they are they are $$$, most are veneer over press board.



As per usual it was given a head to toe scrub with warm soapy water and 2 capfuls of  Fusion Mineral Paint TSP.


After the good cleaning it was left to dry.


The top was lightly power sanded with 120 grit sandpaper but the super hard factory finish left the tiniest swirls brought out after a rub of  Homestead House's ebony stain and oil finish that made my OCD go crazy.


In the meantime I moved on to the base. It was lightly hand sanded then Homestead House's ebony stain and oil finish rubbed in. This is the best product ever invented.


Rub it on, wait 10 minutes and wipe off. The built in top coat levels beautifully with a rich color. I applied it to the drawer and door fronts (which I removed for ease of working).


The dresser base was painted Fusion Mineral Paint  in coal black using my angled Zibra brush .


Back to the top where after 2 coats of stain oil the marks are still showing


I tried sanding the finish with a palm sander but it gummed up the paper so I used mineral spirits to take it all off before moving on.


I then went back to the orbital sander going from 80-120-220 wiping often


SO after sanding for a couple hours straight, my advice to the factory finished maple pieces is to strip it from the get go!


Perfect, bare gorgeous solid maple wood


You can determine solid wood or veneer bu looking from the back side. This is thick solid wood!
Looking inside at the construction also gives a good idea of the quality of the build and woods used too.


To keep the bare wood from going too dark now that it was back to raw, I started with Homestead House's cappuccino stain and oil . This matches the original finish better, I applied 2 coats of cappuccino then back to Homestead House's ebony stain and oil finish for the last coat.


The original hardware was dated, time for new and unique. D Lawless Hardware carries an extensive array of hardware. I chose this pretty black Venetian rose with a touch of copper highlights for this beauty.



I have shared loads of photos so you can see this gorgeous beast from all angles











I put the original drawer liner back in as it was in immaculate shape and so sweet.










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