Some girls like to receive flowers, chocolates and jewels from their hubby’s or partners! As lovely as all of those things are my man knows me too well and brings me furniture….. and I LOVE it!! This was the case with this shelf that I am about to share with you! Hubby went down the street to get some milk and came back with this Ikea Shelf which someone had put out on the side of the road! So as part of this months Farmhouse Hens Blog Hop, I’m sharing with how to paint a French Script Stencilled Shelf.
How to paint a French Script Stencilled Shelf
As soon as hubby bought this home I knew exactly what I was going to use it for! To display my Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint and Fusion Mineral Paint in my studio! It’s taken a while for the shelf to come to life after moving house and settling in. But she was a delight to bring back to life and here is how I did it!
- Old Shelf or any piece of furniture that you like.
- Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint – Farmhouse White
- Miss Mustard Seed Bonding Agent
- 80 grit and 120 grit sandpaper and electric sander
- Sanding Block
- Miss Mustard Seeds Beeswax
- Script Stencil UPDATE: I have just realised after I published this post, that this wasn’t a French Script Stencil that I used but a Story Book Script. Apologise for any confusion!
- Painters Tape
- DecoArt Americana Lamp Black Paint
Step 1 – With a ratio of 1:1:1 mix up your Milk Paint, Bonding Agent and water. Mix well and let the paint mix rest while you prep your piece. Clean down your piece with sugar soap or TSP. If there is any shine to the surface give the entire piece a sand with your 80 grit sandpaper. Wipe down to remove all of the dust.
Step 2 – Give your piece 2 coats of Farmhouse White letting dry in between each coat. Once dry give the entire piece a sand using 120 grit sandpaper and distress to your liking. Then taking your stencil, spouncer and black paint lay your stencil down in the area you would like to stencil. Tape down with painters tape. Load up your spouncer lightly with paint. Before go stencilling away dap your spouncer on an old tile or plate to get rid of most paint and prevent bleed through. You can always go back over before you remove the stencil if you think it is to light. Less is better to prevent bleed through, just like my Farmhouse Drop Cloth Pillow.
Step 3 – Once dry, lightly sand over the script to distress using 120 grit sandpaper on a sanding block. Wax the entire piece.
Just had to share a photo of my trusty helper Lilly, falling asleep on the job standing up! So hard to find good help these days!!
And there you have a fun way to turn a side road find or thrifted find into something practical and useful!
I still have a little way to go with setting up my studio/shop but at least this is a start right?
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