Hello dear friends!! I am still on the hunt for more treasures for my next haul, so I’m pulling out this stenciled folding screen I shared back in 2017! I just loved the outcome then, and thought it was worth another share!
It started out like this:
It was $35 at the thrift store and 25% off that, so I ended up paying $26 for it. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
Back then, we didn’t have the wonderful transfers we have to play with these days, so one of my main tools for embellishing my pieces was stencils, and that is exactly what I used for this one!
I started with a good cleaning first as it had a ton of cob webs on it. My go-to prep cleaner these days is White Lightning. I just mix a tablespoon of it into a half gallon of warm water.
Adding a stencil
I bought the stencil I used for this project at Michaels. HERE is a similar one on Amazon.
To add my stencil, first I measured to see where I wanted to add it and in what pattern. Then I sprayed Loctite Spray Adhesive on the back to hold it in place. I used a small brush and chalk paint to fill in the stencil, taking care to brush away from the edges as much as possible:
I try to avoid using chalk paint for stencils these days as acrylic craft paint is much easier to wash off your stencil than chalk paint.
I removed the stencil while the paint was still wet.
You can see how I measure out my stripes really easily in this post HERE.
I originally sealed this screen with Annie Sloan’s clear wax, but Dixie Belle’s wax is water-based, so it doesn’t have the harsh fumes you get from the other brand’s oil-based version. I much prefer that, and applying it to large surfaces is a breeze with the Best Dang Brush!
Here it is all redone and ready for action:
I always wanted a fancy a screen to change behind like in the movies ha ha.
Sanding generously with 220 grit sandpaper before sealing smoothed out any imperfections:
You can see that I broke up the stencil with another smaller one to make everything fit nicely…
Y’all know I love me some stripes!
This was a fun one to redo, but can you imagine all the possibilities with transfers??
Luckily, it didn’t last long in my booth!
I have another thrifty replay in mind for Thursday, this quirky lattice covered cabinet:
UPDATE: See how pretty this cabinet is now HERE!
As always, I appreciate y’all stopping by!
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