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Debbie Hayes

A Shabby Chic DIY Stenciled Cabinet with a Surprise!


This cabinet has been painted twice and I can’t believe I was not happy with it both times. Has that ever happened to you? Finally, I painted it out in Old White Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and just let it be. For months. Just waiting for inspiration to strike. And strike it did. I laid eyes on these two new Royal Design Studio stencils and I was ready to create some magic!

Inspiration for DIY stenciled cabinet via Paint + Pattern

My concept was to get a neutral and soft look on the outside and Pow! on the inside. I wanted to coordinate with another stenciled piece in the same room and use colors inspired from the bedding, pillows and the Moroccan rug. This was a rather involved project that could be easily worked on over time. But I decided to take the plunge and complete it in one go. So, here it is!

Stencil supplies by Royal Design Studio for a DIY stenciled cabinet via Paint + Pattern


Annie Sloan Chalk Paint via Royal Design Studio

STEP ONE: Paint the outside of your cabinet with two coats of Old White Chalk Paint®. For the red interior, mix one-third Barcelona Orange with two-thirds Emperor Silk Chalk Paint®. Paint two coats and let dry overnight.

DIY stenciled cabinet using Paris Gray Chalk Paint on Love Birds Lace stencil by Royal Design Studio | Paint + Pattern

DIY Stenciled Cabinet using Large Otomi Folk Art Stencil by Royal Design Studio | Paint + Pattern

STEP TWO: Find the center of the side panels and mark lightly with a pencil dot at the top. Align and tape the center of the Love Birds Lace damask stencil with the pencil mark and level it. Using the Paris Grey Chalk Paint®, stencil the patterns on either side of the cabinet. You can also stencil the front border of the cabinet as shown in the image above. Next, position the Otomi stencil on the front panels and stencil with Paris Grey Chalk Paint®.

Sanding and Layering with Pearl White Chalk Paint for DIY stenciled cabinet | Paint + Paint

STEP THREE: Sand the stencil patterns on all three sides of the cabinet lightly. Reposition the Love Birds Lace stencil on existing stenciled patterns and stencil a layer of the Pearl Oyster stencil creme using the super large stencil brush. This will help give a distressed look to the cabinet. For the front of the cabinet, brush the Pearl Oyster stencil creme all over the inside panels using the 3″ stencil brush.

Masking with Pearl White Chalk Paint on Otomi Folk Art Stencil pattern for stenciled DIY cabinet | Paint + Pattern

STEP FOUR: Tape off areas of trim and paint two coats of Pure White Chalk Paint. Touch up all messy areas as needed.

DIY stenciled cabinet | Silver Foil and Peacock Fancy Royal Stencil Creme application | Paint + Pattern

STEP FIVE: Remove the drawer hardware. Find the center of the drawers and mark with a pencil dot. Tape the Otomi stencil and use a stencil brush to tap on Wunda Size. Let it come to tack for about 15 minutes. Remove the stencil and lay the foil down, bright silver side up, and rub with a stiff brush. Move the foil around as needed to cover all of the sticky size. Place the stencil back in position and stencil with the Peacock Fancy stencil crème. I am never too worried about perfection, a little hand-painted look always looks great!

STEP SIX: Use a clean rag and wipe on one thin coat of Annie Sloan Soft Wax on the entire piece. Wipe off any excess with a different rag, turning to a clean area often. Buff to a soft sheen.

DIY Stenciled Cupboard | Otomi Folk Art Stencil by Royal Design Studio | Paint + Pattern

DIY stenciled cabinet | Otomi Folk Art Stencil by Royal Design Studio | Paint + Pattern

What do you think? I know I got a bit wild on the inside, but I love it! If you are working on some fun stencil projects of your own, we would love to see some pictures. You can share them on the Royal Design Studio’s Facebook Page or hashtag them with #royaldesignstudio on Instagram.

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  1. Deb

    Oh woowwww … stunning colors together! I really like the idea of the surprise color on the inside and can see how it must really add to the global flea chic in this room!

  2. Regina

    Debbie, I love this! Especially the addition of the silver foil (I thought it was hologram foil!) with the Otomi Stencil pattern. Beautiful results! 🙂

  3. I love the giraffes you have displayed. I’m afraid that I’d never do what you did, but it is beautiful!

    • Debbie Dion Hayes

      Thank you Elic, I found those raku giraffes years ago. I spent a few weeks in East Africa and they bring back fond memories. And you sure can do what I did, or try a simpler version. Love to see what you do!

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