Monday, April 30, 2012

Stenciled Desk

Although stenciling has been around for years it seems that in the last few it has become very hot because of the choice of beautiful stencils now available.  So, I've been anxious to try a stenciling project and when a drop-leaf desk came up on Craig's List for forty dollars I knew it was the perfect opportunity.
Here's what the desk looked like before.  It's hard to believe it's the same piece of furniture!
After a light sanding, I taped the areas I did not want painted and sprayed the inside with blue spray paint. This was much faster than using a brush or roller and the spray paint provided a nice hard finish which will wear well.
The rest of the desk was primed with a white primer, followed by Benjamin Moore's Barren Plain, which is a soft grey.
The two holes from the old hardware pulls were spackled since I was using single knobs instead of pulls. Then a foam roller was used to paint the primer and top coat for a smooth finish.
Now for the fun part--stenciling! I ordered mine from Cutting Edge Stencils.
I used Martha Stewart's craft paint in a satin finish for the stencil color. The color is called Wet Cement and it looks just like wet cement!
Before stenciling, the back of the stencil was lightly sprayed with a spray mount (glue) so that the stencil would lay flat and stick to the surface. The key to stenciling is not to overload your roller or brush. It should have just a little bit of paint or it will seep out and get underneath the stencil.
I love how the inside of the desk is a little surprise when it's opened and the blue color appears.
A small brush is used to touch up any mistakes...
Once the desk was painted the entire stenciling was done in a few hours. It looks like it takes longer but it goes pretty quickly.
Cutting Edge Stencils has so many beautiful patterns to choose from. They can be used for furniture, walls and even fabric. An easy way to make something plain looks extraordinary!

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  1. I love your stenciled desk - I am working on a similar project; great job! I saw your link on I Should Be Mopping the Floor.

  2. Wow, it turned out great! Love the stenciled design and the pop of color inside!

  3. I love the stencil you choose, and the blue inside is gorgeous!

  4. Wow. You did such a great job! I love the pop of color when you open the desk, and it just so happens to be my favorite color!

    I would love it if you would link up at Watch Out, Martha!’s first link up party: Martha Mondays on May 7th! Hope to see you there! ( )

  5. Thanks Amanda...I will link up next week!

  6. This is a jaw dropper of a desk now. Well done! You should also contact Lindsey at She features stunning room and furniture makeovers on her blog

  7. Amazing job Rita, especially love the blue inside, gorgeous! thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!


  9. Amazing! It looks fabulous! I love the blue inside, it's such a fun surprise. I love your blog, it's lovely!

    1. Thank you so much! Love your blog, too. (Check out the Martha Stewart Sunburst mirror at Home Depot--half the price of Ballard's and it looks the same)!

  10. Wow, what a great job...and a lot of work! love the aqua inside accent.
    Thanks so much for linking up and feel free to grab a button and share the contest with your readers. :)

  11. Rita, I love this transformation. It looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  12. I absolutely love your desk makeover! The stencil is so cool and the blue inside is gorgeous!!! What a beautiful job you did - enjoy it!

  13. that is beautiful! love the design and soft colors- fabulous job! thanks for sharing!


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