Antique your Furniture with Lace Stencils - Guest Post


I'd like to introduce Eva, she asked if she could do a guest post for me. :-)


I love introducing new people who would like to show their own DIY project to BlogLand.  If anyone would like to send me their idea we can discuss it and schedule a guest post for YOUR next DIY project!  


Eva wanted to show you guys how to add some character to a project using LACE as a stencil.  I'll share a few of my favorite stenciled pieces before getting to her tutorial.


I have had this saved on my For the Home Pinterest Board forever!  I can't get over how she used one of those rubber mats from the Home Improvement store, laid it over some stained boards and spray painted cream paint on top!!!  SO EASY and beautiful, I LOVE IT!!!

Lemon Tree Creations


This next example is from my friend Laura from Finding Home.  She also took a stencil and painted over stained wood.  The result - elegant yet chic and definitely SPECTACULAR!







And since I already introduced her, I'll let Eva take over from here!

A couple days ago I tackled my first (mini) carpentry project and built myself a night stand from some beautiful cedar scrap wood from my local hardware store.  I asked the staff at the hardware store to use their power saw to cut these scraps into usable pieces, bought a pack of nails and used my hatchet as a hammer.  I decided to take it a step further to add some flair to my new piece.  I picked out a spray paint color that I thought would go well with the motif and went to town.  

In this post I will show you how to antique wood furniture pieces you may have around the house that could use some love.  Vintage is all the rage right!  If you’d like to construct your own nightstand all you need are a little math, creativity and $6.  





Materials:

Tarp or old newspapers
Spray paint
Fine sandpaper
Masking or painters tape
Fabric or paper (to shield your furniture piece from over spray)
Lace


How To:



1.     Evaluate your furniture piece.  Do you want to use a large piece of lace to cover an entire panel, or do just a complimentary piece of a panel?  This will determine how big your lace needs to be.  I decided to do a simple complimentary strip.  I didn’t want to make the night stand too busy because it could clash with the objects I actually want to put on my nightstand.  Sometimes less is more.

2.     Prep the area you’re working with by cleaning it.

3.     Place the piece of lace on the area.



4.     Use tape to hold the lace down, but more importantly shield the areas that could get over spray that you don’t want (newspaper works well).  This is important because the project could get sloppy without it.  Make sure that all areas that could accidentally get hit while spraying are covered. 

5.     The biggest key to this project is your spray paint technique.  I’ll give you an important hint: resist the desire to keep spray painting one area that you want to perfect.  This is very hard for me, I want to finish one area before moving on to another.  You don’t want to do this because the spray paint will keep getting more wet and will drip and expand losing your crisp lines.  Lightly spray one swipe with a continuous swinging motion of your hand, move on to another, and so on.  Wait a few minutes for the first coat to dry and then you can go back to areas that need touching up.  This technique goes for spraying over lace (what I call modern day batiking) or regular spray painting.

6.     Let dry and remove tape and over spray materials.  


7.     Grab your sand paper and rub around the edges until you get the desired antique look. Voila!





      The sky is the limit for spray paint and a little piece of lace.  Keeping these two simple and small materials around the house can provide limitless fun and creative license.



Thank you Eva for sharing your DIY lace nightstand with us - I'm sure it will stir our Creative Juices for one of our next projects!
      
     
      Author Biography: This DIY project has been provided by Shop4 Furniture, that is a reliable online source for traditional and contemporary furniture products including bedroom furniture, living room furniture, home office furniture, dining room furniture, sofas & chairs and many other home furnishings. Follow Shop 4 Furniture on facebook













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