Hello beautiful friends, and welcome back! I always appreciate when you stop by! I’ve got a pretty little makeover to share today, a Voodoo stain and stencil bench makeover on this primitive bench I scored for $20 at a yard sale a few weeks ago:
I snatched it right on up! There are so many possibilities for a simple bench like this, but it would look amazing with just a simple paint job as well.
I had a different plan in mind for this one though.
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I then swapped my sandpaper for 220 grit to smooth it all out once I had most of the stain removed:
(The lower grit leaves your surface a bit rough, so the higher grit will make is super smooth. Be sure to wear a mask!)
I used my shop vac to remove all the sanding dust and a clean, soft cloth on it after that.
Condition the wood
If you plan to stain, it’s a good idea to condition your wood prior to staining.
I use this pre-stain wood conditioner here, but any water-based wood conditioner will do.
You just wipe it on with a cloth or as I used here, an applicator pad is perfect:
It hydrates the wood and helps it take the stain more evenly. Then, follow up with stain right after.
Voodoo Gel Stain
To stain, I reached for Dixie Belle’s Voodoo Gel Stain in White Magic:
I LOVE this product so much! It is water-based so NO harsh fumes and clean up is a breeze!
If you haven’t seen what we did with my sister’s table and chairs using this stain, it is a must-see! You can find that HERE.
I applied that with an applicator pad as well, but I dampened it first and then squeezed out the excess water before squirting some of the stain onto the pad:
Then I applied it to the surface in long, even strokes:
I ended up adding a second coat of stain once the first dried, after about 15 minutes.
You can see the difference here:
I thought I was done here, but nope. I just couldn’t leave well enough alone.
That front panel was begging for something!
Adding a silkscreen stencil
I dug through my stencils and pulled out this Silkscreen stencil that is part of the Belles and Whistles Roses Silkscreen stencil set:
I cut it to work better for my needs for this piece.
Silkscreen stencils are adhesive and can be used up to 8-10 times. They are called silkscreen because they have a tiny mesh screen in the opening.
Silkscreen stencils are actually my favorite to use as I think they give the best results! (They are all on clearance in my shop HERE.)
How to use a silkscreen stencil
Start by lining up your stencil where you want it to go. (You can see below that I taped off the area across the top and on the stencil where I did not want to the paint to go.)
Then, run the spatula that is included in the package across the surface to be sure it is adhered well to your surface:
Next, scoop up a little paint with your spatula and rub it across the surface, pushing the paint through the screen as you go:
My favorite paint to use for this is acrylic craft paint as it has a longer dry time and doesn’t clog up the tiny mesh screen.
Once the stencil is covered, clean the edge of your spatula with a shop towel and then drag it across the surface to remove the excess paint.
Remove the stencil and any other tape while the paint is still wet:
Voila! Perfect results every time!
Because you are removing the excess paint before lifting the stencil, it doesn’t get all gooped up on your stencil and you can keep using it along your surface right away like I did here.
If you are done stenciling, lay it in a shallow tub of water right away, so the paint doesn’t dry in the mesh. Clean it and then dab it with paper towel. You can adhere it back to the original backing to save for your next project.
There was no need to seal over the stencil because acrylic paint is self-sealing, so this project was complete!
Here is how this primitive bench looks now with a little Voodoo Gel stain and stencil magic!
I really liked it before adding the stencil, but the stencil adds some pretty!
And, I was so lucky that the shape of the stencil lined up so nicely with the edges of the front of the bench!
The front was yellow pine, but the top and legs were more interesting and had a cooler look with the stain…
The front apron was pretty plain looking…adding the stencil really made it shine.
I am so tickled with how this little bench turned out. I hope you like it too!
If you liked this one, you’ll love how I used this stencil on this piece:
See the after HERE!
That’s piece number two done yay!!
If you missed the first piece of this haul, it was a pretty one! See it HERE!!
Have a fabulous week! I’ll be back playing with glaze on this set of candleholders on Thursday:
UPDATE: See how this set looks now HERE!
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