Here's what I started with, a $10 garage sale find:
Next up was a coat of my favorite Kilz primer. I was using spray primer on all of my projects, but it's so much cheaper to buy a can and paint it on. The problem is that oil-based primer can only be cleaned off of brushes with mineral spirits. I found a great tip from Cassie at Primitive and Proper: instead of cleaning your paint brush after using primer, just wrap it in a plastic bag and pop it in the freezer until you need it again.
I have been wanting paint something yellow and I was happy when I found this oops paint at the hardware store. I painted the drawers white and then stenciled on the design. I used a Martha Stewart stencil that I found at Michael's. Of course, I used the 40% off coupon that is available on my blog.
Let's talk stencils for a minute. I LOVE the look of a stenciled wall. There are so many great examples of this in blogland. So, this spring I thought I would try it myself. I stenciled a wall in my dining room. It turned out horrendously! I don't even have any pics it was so bad. I couldn't get the stencil to line up, paint bled through everywhere, etc. It was basically a HUGE mess and a HUGE waste of time. I ended up painting over the wall the next day.
Needless to say, I have tons of respect for all of you bloggers that can stencil a wall. It is not easy!
After my failed stencil experience, I wanted to try to redeem myself. I'm never ever going to try a wall again, but I thought a small dresser would be a good place to give stenciling a second chance.
Here's the result:
See the new legs?
More on stenciling...I used this little foam roller (also from Michael's). I made sure the roller was almost dry when I rolled on the paint. I also used very light pressure when rolling. Pressing too hard leads to the paint bleeding underneath the stencil.
If you want to give stenciling a try, but are intimidated, I say "go for it!" It makes a big impact. What's the worst that can happen? You might have to paint over it? But you also might be pleasantly surprised, as I was, and love the result!
Here's a cost breakdown in-case you are interested:
Yellow paint $5
White paint already owned
Primer already owned
Stencil $9 (40% off)
Foam Roller $2
Grand Total = $31
Not bad! Especially since the stencil came in a pack of many stencils and I will be able to use them on future projects.
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