With our worn wood nightstand we are going to modify its style by painting it a more modern color and then touch it up with the Grateful Thankful Blessed Stencil from Oak Lane Studio.
Start off by sanding down the wood surface of your wood furniture with low grit sandpaper. Since we will be painting over the surface with Annie Sloan chalk paint we are not going to worry about sanding off the stain. Instead we want to rough up the surface just enough to give the paint legs so that it will stick to the surface.
Next we will be using Annie Sloan chalk paint to take this worn wood nightstand and give it a new life. We used a 2 inch paint brush from our local hardware store to apply 2 coats of paint then touched up the hard to paint legs.
Once your chalk paint dries it's time to stencil. Take your Grateful Thankful Blessed stencil out and use Spray Repositionable Adhesive on the back from about 8-12 inches away. Let the the Spray adhesive become tacky for about 30 seconds before placing on the surface of the table. Measure out from the edges of the stencil to the side of the table to make sure that your design is centered. Once it is in place, press down on the entire stencil to temporarily adhere it to the surface. Be sure that you press down all the individual details of the stencil. Add frog tape near the top and bottom where the stencil design is closest to the edges to prevent getting paint outside of the boundaries.
To stencil in our Grateful Thankful Blessed design we will be using Annie Sloan white chalk paint. Pour a little bit out onto a paper place then swirl the paint into the bristles of your stencil. Dry off the bristles of the brush until hardly any paint comes off onto the paper towel. At this point your stencil brush should feel dry to the touch. Begin to lightly shade in the design.
Once you have one coat of paint stenciled into the design you will want to lightly stencil a second coat onto the top. Chalk paint is a bit thicker than acrylic paint so the color may be more full after just one coat. Since chalk paint is thicker you will also want to be careful that it does not build onto the edges of the stencil. The lighter the coats, the more crisp your stencil design will come out.
As soon as you are satisfied with your coverage gently peel the stencil off the surface to let it dry. Since you are using the dry brush technique their might be paint dust building up on and around your stencil. Wait for a while before brushing away with your hand to prevent smudging potentially wet paint into your fresh stencil design. Now you have a nightstand to be Grateful, Thankful, and Blessed for.