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The Stenciled Chest

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Hello sweeties!  This has been a crazy week with projects.  I have spread myself a little thin around here jumping from one thing to another.  The playroom has been an ongoing project that I look forward to sharing with you soon, but in the mean time, our downstairs bathroom needed a fresh coat of paint so I decided it was as easy to paint two bathrooms as it was to paint one, so off I went.  The two bathrooms were painted yesterday, but I am working out a few details that involve shower curtains and sink skirts before I share those pictures with you.

One project that I have been able to finish though is for my son's room.  I have been obsessed with this chest from Anthropologie.  Isn't it nice?




I recently discovered this free program called paint.net that is similar to photoshop.  Today I used it to make a stencil.  First I picked out the font and size that I wanted to use and then I taped freezer paper to the computer screen.  Freezer paper is great for making stencils because it is coated with plastic and doesn't slip around.


 
I cut the stencil out with an exacto, then went to work stenciling.   The dresser only has two drawers that could be stenciled, but the result is the same.

 

  

  

 



53 comments:

  1. That has got to be the coolest thing ever! LOVE it! I added you to my twitter {I am @shortsassymama} and I see where you are in G'boro. I lived there for 5 years and LOVED it there! Are you familiar with the Cardinal area? Hope your having a great weekend and staying warm. XOXO

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  2. Awesome idea! How many times have we tried to tell someone which drawer to open and now you can say "no. 4"...
    Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Wow, your version looks great! I have seen the Anthro one too but you definitely out did them!

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  4. Wow! You did such a great job on this. I love it. I love Anthropologie and I love how your dresser turned out even more than their version. Well done!
    Where can you find freezer paper? Craft store or supermarket?
    Thanks!

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  5. I found freezer paper at Walmart. It's by Reynolds and it only came in 33 yds. and was around $5. This is enough paper to stencil our entire house. Guess I will have to come up with some more projects, huh?

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  6. Love this dresser and love that you showed how to put the freezer paper up on the computer screen. Thanks.

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  7. I think I like yours better... it looks so cool... I love numbers and letters and I love what you did... great job.

    Hugs Deb

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  8. Sheer genius! I'm going to see if I can locate that software. I have photoshop 4, but I find it confusing (perhaps because I've never taken the time to "learn" it). What a really great idea to stencil directly from your screen, and it turned out wonderful -- couldn't be better!

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  9. Wow, this turned out so good! I'm so impressed with your work! Beautiful.

    By the way, I wrote a note about painting tile in my comments section. Thanks for visiting!

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  10. WOW...what a fabulous idea and you did an awesome job! Hope you have a FUN weekend!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  11. Well that is fabulous Rene!
    I so admire someone like yourself who makes things happen in their home. My sister is the same way!
    Good for you!
    It looks fab!
    XXOOXX

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  12. Nice job Rene! Thanks for the tip on the website. I agree, your dresser looks much better than the inspiration. You have great taste! I'm anxious to see the rest of the room! Lisa

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  13. That turned out great! Love the freezer paper tip; I'll have to try that.

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  14. Really cute!! I am so impressed-
    XOXO

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  15. What a fabulous idea. I love your dresser better. Enjoy your weekend!

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  16. Your version is as good as the original!!! I love the idea of putting the freezer paper up to the screen. I always do things the hard way!!!
    Rhonda

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  17. I LOVE this! Thanks for your sweet comments on my post! Your blog is one of my very favorite, so your comments mean a lot! I can tell you are a very genuine, kind person ( it comes through in your posts) and I love your home and design style. :)

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  18. I really want to try this now...love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Great job! I actually like yours better than the Anthropologie chest.

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  20. Wow..I love this! I jumped up and started looking for furniture to do this project on. None here..looks like an excuse to go shopping. Thanks for the inspiration,.

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  21. What a unique and great chest! Fantastic idea!

    Miss Bloomers

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  22. Wow! Great job! It came out too fabulous!

    Cheers!
    Tina

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  23. Wow, that looks great. I love learning new ways of creating things and that is neat how you copied that on the computer screen. Looking forward to more projects.

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  24. Super cute - love those numbers !
    Kammy

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  25. Love this idea, I am obsessed with anything to do with numbers or letters. Always have always will be. Great idea, quick and easy transformation, I am sure many others will want to do this now, Kathysue

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  26. OMG that is awesome! What an inspiration, you did a fabulous job! I love anthropologie, but not their PRICES!!~

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  27. Looks fantastic! I love Anthropologie, and I would never know you did this yourself. I did a little Anthro re-do to our entry closet on my blog.

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  28. I'm going to steal your idea on a mud room project! thanks so much

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  29. So cute! And you pulled it off really well!

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  30. Love your chest! And I've never thought to trace a stencil straight from the monitor with freezer paper- thanks for the tip!

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  31. Anything anthropology inpired has to be good, so I stopped by from Today's Creative! Very cute idea. I love seeing makeover projects, so I'm going to follow! Can't wait to see your bathrooms and your playroom. I have one that I want to re-do also. Kids' rooms are really fun.

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  32. You are one talented lady...and what a great project...looks terrific! Come say hi sometime.

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  33. I love that!! Great idea. Thanks for linking.

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  34. It turned out darling, Rene. I always forget about freezer paper, which is so much easier than acetate, which I have on a roll.
    Actually, I'm quite terrible at stencils. Don't know why. I've tried & tried and usually wind up transferring the pattern and just filling it in. Maybe the freezer paper will help ;)

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  35. Your project turn out just wonderful. Isn't it amazing what you can use freezer paper for?

    Thanks for sharing your idea. Have a blessed day.

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  36. Too cute and thanks for sharing the site info with us!

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  37. Oh this would be perfect for my husband...I can just tell him what number drawer it is instead of going round and round.

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  38. I love the way it turned out.
    I have a thing for numbers.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Stephanie

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  39. Cool! I was waiting for someone to do this one. It caught my eye in a big way too.

    Thanks for linking your variation up to SNS!
    FJ Donna

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  40. I'm feeling the inspiration on this piece.

    I have a similar chest of drawers that is begging for something of this nature.

    Good job.

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  41. I tried to email you ...
    (fyi)
    I included you in my Fake-Over hi-lights
    http://casual-cottage.blogspot.com/2010/02/fake-overs-i-likee.html

    your email didn't work for me.

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  42. Very cool project! So clever to trace the image right off your screen.

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  43. I know this is an older post, but I found your blog a week or so ago and I've been going through the old posts one by one. I LOVE this!

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