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Stenciling Ideas

Looking for stenciling ideas? See how an old sea trunk is transformed with stencils.

 

I have to confess that this whole web site is inspired by this one page. More than anything, I wanted a place to share ideas about decorating with stencils. I love taking a piece of furniture or something that someone else is ready to throw on the trash heap and make it into a focal point or conversation piece of the room. I especially think it’s funny when I have to point out to them the item they discarded and sadly inform them that they cannot have it back.

Old Sea TrunkThis month’s furniture painting stencil project starts with a weathered old sea trunk that someone way back when decided to use a pickling paint technique to decorate. Our object is to bring back some of the character of the piece with a little decorative painting.

Before any stenciling could be done, the background had to be set. The strapping, corners, all the metal clasps and locks were painted black like it was originally. Those areas were carefully taped up with painter’s tape and the rest was spray painted a light tan color. When the spray paint dried, a sponge was used to dab a thick layer of light brown acrylic paint into each square taped off. While the paint was still very wet, a comb was used to run through it horizontally and then vertically. This created the appearance of a cloth covering like burlap, which was traditionally used to cover old sea trunks.

Travel Label Stencils Sea TrunkNow, for the stencils!
One of the stencil designs from the Vintage Luggage Labels Category was painted in each squared off section. Of course this was not an easy task because there are 15 different Vintage Luggage Label Stencils but the effort was well worth it. Here is the finished project.

For the Old Fashioned Luggage Labels and Travel Posters Book of Stencils, just scroll down.

You can use a unique trunk like this one as an end table or even a coffee table while decorating your home. It looks great with these old suitcases and the bowler hat.

Eiffel Tower StencilThese old sea trunks can be found in Thrift Stores, Flea Markets and even on the curbside on trash day. If you run across one, now you’ll know just what to do with it.

I hope you enjoyed this month’s stenciling idea project and if you decide to try it out please send me some photos. I would love to see them and share with all the other readers.

There are more furniture stenciling ideas and projects for you to keep busy. On one old dresser I painted a tropical forest scene and then added some frog stencils. I created a beautiful side board from an old dresser with wine and grape stencils.

By the way, if you are looking for how to information on stenciling, you’ll find everything you need to know at our How To Stencil page.

Here is a close up of one of the stencils used for this project.

Thank you so much and keep stenciling!

Now here's the book I promised you -

Luggage Label StencilsOld Fashioned Luggage Labels and Travel Posters - Paint some travel posters or decorate an old steamer trunk with these 15 designs. 5 - Hotel Advertisements, 5 - Transportation Ads and 5 - Destination Ads (like Paris and New York).

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We are thrilled to introduce these downloadable and Printable Stencils (click here for more). Instant gratification at its finest! You don't need a special printer - these designs are specially formatted to print straight from your home computer on standard letter sized paper. Once downloaded, you will have your complete stencil booklet with patterns and instructions. Just click, buy and print!

Each book will come to you as a down-loadable pdf file in your e-mail. Just check your e-mail after purchase for the link to connect to your file and print or save. It's that easy!

All designs can be adjusted to fit your project size. Instructions are included. Pages are 8.5” x 11”.

If you'd rather get your Stencil Books in Print, just click the blue button below each book.

Fleur de lis Stencils

Fleur de lis: Book of Stencils

This collection includes 22 designs. Ten are easy single overlay. Six have 2 overlays and six have 3 overlays.

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Oriental Stencils

Oriental Designs: A Book of Stencils

This collection includes 16 designs- Chinese Dragon, Bamboo, Oriental Figure with Coolie Hat, Ying Yang Koi Stencils, Bonsai Tree Stencil and 3 Cranes plus 10 Chinese Symbols (Eternity, Friendship, Happiness, Harmony, Long Life, Peace, Prosperity, Tranquility, Truth and Dragon.

This purchase is of a PDF file with 40 pages.
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Antique Door Stencils

Antique Door Hardware: A Book of Stencils

This collection includes 5 designs- Lion Head Door Knocker, Key Bow, Lock Plate and Mail Box Plaque (with two word options). These images should add a little fun and even some humor to the doors in your home while they introduce a touch of the past.

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Princess Stencils

For a Princess

This collection includes 7 designs- Royal Carriage, Knight in Shining Armor, Castle, Dragon, Sceptre, Tiara and Pillow plus the word "Princess."

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Zoo Babies Stencisl

Zoo Babies: Stencils for a Nursery

This collection includes 7 animal stencils - an Elephant, a Giraffe, a Hippo, a Lion, a Monkey, a Tiger and a Zebra.

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Secret Garden Stencils

The Secret Garden

Create your own private wall mural garden retreat. This collection includes 12 stencils -fountain, bleeding heart, iris, bee, butterfly, foxglove, grasshopper, hummingbird, trumpet flower, morning glory, stone wall and stone path.

This purchase is of a PDF file with 51 pages.
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