July 13, 2011

Design Challenge – Reverse Stenciling

Oh boy.  Now I’ve done it.  I have gone off the deep end.  I am headed into uncharted territory.  And it all started when I spent WAAAAAAAY too much on a big boy bed for my son’s new big boy room and needed to figure out ways to scrimp in other places so I could justify the cost to me (my husband actually trusts me…sucker…I’M the one who’s feeling guilt over the super-expensive-but-exactly-what-we-were-looking-for-storage-bed-that-cost-so-much-in-the-end-it-makes-me-want-to-cry).

So I got the idea in my head that I could search for a smaller, oldish dresser on Craigslist with the intent of sprucing it up a bit.  And low and behold, I found a GREAT dresser that totally fit the bill…or actually, was less than the bill :)

The problem…I’ve never spruced up furniture before.


Oh yeah, and did I mention that I have a potentially crazy-pants idea that I can’t get out of my head that might just push me over the edge into living-in-a-big-building-with-cells-with-padded-white-walls territory?

I’ll give you a hint…


Yeah.  Let’s talk reverse stenciling.  And while we’re at it…let’s talk reverse stenciling a ginormous schooner ship with clouds and waves and all sorts of intricate detail like the image I whipped up (courtesy of some credits over at Veer.com) earlier today.

People, I was so scared over what I had gotten myself into that I couldn’t sleep last night…so I did what any crazy-pants person would do and perused the interwebs for inspiration and instruction.

Fortunately, there was plenty of both.

First, there was a great article on Etsy.com about Lena Corwin and her great book Printing By Hand.  The article links to a reverse stenciling project in the book and has some great instruction.

(photo by Lena Corwin)

Then I found an incredible tutorial over at Oh-Clementine.  Nicole Haladyna does this for a living, so it was really helpful to see her helpful tips and hints from the perspective of someone who has done this quite a bit.  She also had some great inspiration photos.

And then, after a quick search on Pinterest, I found it.  The exact look I was going for with even the same discovery/nautical/of-the-sea concept.  How cool is that perfectly lined up eye?!?!?!


So…to make my life a leeeeeeetle bit easier, I did upload my artwork to a custom decal place and THEY are going to be charged with the task of making the decal that I will then paint over, leaving a wood grained schooner in it’s wake.  Somehow I just knew that trying to blow up my picture to over 40″ wide and then transfer it to contact paper (which then might just gum up my dresser in the process) miiiiiight have broken me before I even opened up a paint can.

So, once the decal comes and I find a bazillion hours of free time to adhere it to the dresser, I’ll be sure to report back with my findings.

Have you bitten off more than you can chew lately?

3 Responses to “Design Challenge – Reverse Stenciling”

  1. Karen Says:
    July 13th, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    You can do it!! Go on with your crafty bad self. :-)

    Bitten off more than I can chew….HA. How about deciding to do ALL the design elements for my wedding BY MYSELF.

    I may be in need of DIY rescue at some point. LOL

  2. Decor Arts Now Says:
    July 14th, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Super cute idea. Love the inspiration shots. Please share where you are sourcing the decal. I would love to link to this post and include the source in my blog. BTW that octopus is killer.
    Best, Lynn from Decor Arts Now

  3. Miriam Says:
    July 22nd, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Hi Lynn,

    I got the decal from Dali Wall Decals, http://www.dalidecals.com. The artwork itself was purchased from Veer.com. Send me a link to your post when it is up!