Reverse Stencil Dresser

I did it!!

Remember that craaaaaZZy pants idea I had about reverse stenciling a ship onto a Craigslist-dresser-find?  Well…I did it…so I have now gone from this:

to THIS!!

Now…you can stop reading here and just admire the pretty reverse stenciling (pardon my complete lack of modesty…I’m ridiculously proud of this dresser)  OR you can read on for the step-by-step process…


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Wall Art: Why Stencils Are Greener Than Decals

Last week I shared some of my favorite green wallpaper designers, but for those who want something less permanent and all-encompassing (and pricey!), here's another option: wall stencils. The ones shown here are from Cutting Edge Stencils, and although the stencils themselves are made of plastic, I think they are a much greener option than vinyl wall decals for several reasons:

  • They're healthier: Not only is the production and disposal of vinyl toxic to the environment, but it also releases chemicals that may be particularly harmful to children. As much as I like the designs offered by some vinyl decal producers, I'd rather keep my home and planet safe!
  • They're reusable: Admittedly, some decals are reusable, too, but after awhile they stop looking so pristine and eventually you have to throw them away. Plus, you can only place a decal in one location while a stencil can be reused to create layered looks or patterns. Instead of throwing the stencil away when you're done, you can keep it for a future project, lend it to a friend, or give it away on Craigslist.
  • You can play with color: A decal can't change its color, but a stencil offers unlimited possibilities. Remember to use an eco-friendly, low- or no-VOC paint! (My favorite brand is Mythic.)

Finally, a painted design looks much more elegant than a sticker, don't you think?

Have you used wall stencils in your home? Do you have any painting tips or favorite designers?

Pictured: Cutting Edge Stencils' Clematis Branch, Anemone Grande, Bon Appetit, Fern Leaves

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