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Debbie Hayes

Stencil How To: A Rustic Cabinet Makeover with Modello® Stencils

Stencil How To: A Rustic Cabinet Makeover with Modello® Stencils | Royal Design Studio

This old, rustic cabinet came from the gigantic Hillsville, Virginia Labor Day antiques show, probably 15 years ago. I loved it, but my neighbor bought it out from under me. I ended up trading her for my old kitchen cabinets later that year and ended up with it myself after all. It is a prize piece in my home office because it is narrow, yet holds all of my boring, cluttery office supplies. It – also – was – boring.

Do you have a similar piece that you will never part with, but it needs just a tiny something to add some pizzazz? Having spent many years in the faux finishing business, I loved to use Royal Design Studio’s Modello one-time custom stencils patterns in my clients’ homes. They are like a stencil, but you can choose the pattern and size you want. Ages ago, I imagined using an over-scale design on this cabinet, with just a simple touch of stain.

What do you think? Want to try something new and quite simple? You’ll be amazed at how fast this goes

DESIGN TIP FOR PURCHASING YOUR MODELLO PATTERN

When you look at the wide array of patterns offered online, you may be overwhelmed. So think about your piece, its scale, style, and what you want to achieve. For this project, my cabinet is large, plain, rustic and old. I chose an open design without a lot of tiny details. Due to the two old glass pulls and the rustic closure, I also chose a pattern that would complement those elements and the original neutral finish, which I love. The rich brown stain I used is fairly neutral and blends well with the other brown items in my office.

SUPPLIES

Supplies for Rustic Cabinet Makeover | Modello® Designs

STEP ONE

Stencil How To: A Rustic Cabinet Makeover with Modello® Stencils | Royal Design Studio

Your Modello will arrive in a three-part “sandwich.” The package also includes in-depth instructions for preparing and installing your Modello. The following steps are my process for this project.

Use the white tool to burnish both sides of the Modello to prepare it. Then hold it up to the light and mark the centers – horizontal and vertical. Mark with pencil lines so you will have reference points later.

Pre-release the pattern from the heavy paper layers: On each side, grab a corner and gently peel the paper back half way. Push the released paper back on to the pattern. Turn the other way and repeat. Use the pick tool to press down any designs that may want to roll off.

STEP TWO

Stencil How To: A Rustic Cabinet Makeover with Modello® Stencils | Royal Design Studio

Stencil How To: A Rustic Cabinet Makeover with Modello® Stencils | Royal Design Studio

Stencil How To: A Rustic Cabinet Makeover with Modello® Stencils | Royal Design Studio

Use the weeding tool to poke a small hole in the center of the Modello. Mark the center point on the furniture piece with a pencil dot. Push the pick tool through the Modello and then line the Modello center up with the furniture center. Tape it in place and use the level to check the position. Reach behind the top of the Modello under the tape and gently, slowly, peel the heavy paper down, stopping every few inches to burnish the design in place. Then grab a corner of the remaining sticky paper and slowly peel back, making sure none of the design comes off with the paper. Just burnish as needed.

Tape all four edges so that you don’t stencil over the edge of the Modello.

Stencil How To: A Rustic Cabinet Makeover with Modello® Stencils | Royal Design Studio

PRO TIP: This old cabinet’s doors were not flush with the center support piece, so the Modello not only had to bridge gaps, it did not touch the center support. Never fear, this is an easy fix. Simply use scissors to cut each piece and stick it on the support and burnish.

STEP THREE

Stencil How To: A Rustic Cabinet Makeover with Modello® Stencils | Royal Design Studio

Stencil How To: A Rustic Cabinet Makeover with Modello® Stencils | Royal Design Studio

Dip the tips of the stencil brush in the Stain & Seal, offload all of the excess stain, and stencil the entire design, using a vertical motion, going with the grain. The stain dries almost on contact. Very lightly sand the stain – with the Modello still in place. This creates a pretty edge around the pattern. Remove the Modello with the weeding tool. There is no need to seal the stain, since it actually seals itself!

Stencil How To: A Rustic Cabinet Makeover with Modello® Stencils | Royal Design Studio

Stencil How To: A Rustic Cabinet Makeover with Modello® Stencils | Royal Design Studio

It’s obvious to you by now that I love a touch of primitive, and this design works beautifully with my painted wooden figure.

If you’ve caught the Modello Stencil bug after this project, check out these DIY projects for more inspiration!

4 comments

  1. I’m reading and rereading this project!
    Does the stain and seal not run or bleed?
    That’s the trouble I have the most. I was thinking of scoring the wood so it would have a barrier of some sort, but haven’t gotten much further with that thought.
    I have 2 kitchen cabinets I’ve built but haven’t made doors for yet. I’m really picturing something like what you’ve done! Just beautiful.
    Thanks for the info.
    (I’ve read and watched all the Modello, Victoria Larsen, Royal Design and YouTube video and blurb out there. I just can’t seem to stop bleeding!
    Christine

  2. Debbie Hayes

    Hi Christine,

    Thank you for your sweet comments. By using the Modello, it lightly adheres to the surface so there is no need to worry about the Stain & Seal bleeding. But remember to use a very small amount on the stencil brush!

    Debbie

  3. Can you reuse the stencil? Will it still stick again? How many times?

  4. Donde podría comprar este estilo de muebles.

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