26 March 2013

Stenciled Stool Featuring Handmade Charlotte Stencils

I recently added a half bath to my house and needed a stool for my 4-year-old son to use while washing his hands. What a perfect project for Handmade Charlotte stencils!

My son's new stool couldn't've turned out cuter:

This was my first attempt at stenciling furniture and I couldn't believe how easy or fun it was! I knew I wanted to decorate a stool, but the possibilities were endless with Handmade Charlotte's Celestial Stencils and Folk Art paint! There were so many ways to mix and match the stencils in this set.

Because my son is interested in outer space and planets right now, and takes it seriously, the hardest part of this project was definitely settling on my design. In the end, I let him make several of the decisions!

My first step was to paint the stool a solid color; I went with blue for the sky. My second step was to paint glow-in-the-dark stars all over the stool using Plaid's Glo-Away glow-in-the-dark gel paint. Then I started playing with the punch-outs from the stencils to determine my layout. I knew I needed to incorporate glow-in-the-dark stars, at least one planet and a rocket:

Once I was happy with my layout, I taped my stencils down and started creating my masterpiece using Folk Art's acrylic paint. I chose red, because that's my son's favorite color, and orange as a fun highlight. I love how easy the paint went on using the spouncers!

The worst part of this project was that I didn't take more pictures. (Crafter fail.) I got on a roll and forgot to document several of the steps in this fun and easy project. The best part is that my son loves his new stool (and it's functional!):

Products used:
  • Handmade Charlotte Stencils, available at select Joann stores or on Joann.com {more retailers to carry these products in the near future!}
  •  Folk Art Acrylic Paint, you choose the colors!
  • Plaid's Glo-Away glow-in-the-dark gel paint
  • a spouncer {I love that word!}
  • A piece of furniture {the possibilities are endless}
  • blue spraypaint
Thank you to Plaid, Folk Art and Handmade Charlotte for supplying the materials for this project! To see more stenciling ideas, check out:

I wrote this post as part of a sponsored campaign with Plaid and The Blueprint Social. All opinions in this post are my own.

Check out what other crafters are doing with Handmade Charlotte stencils!
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Amy said...

Cute! Thanks for sending the stencils to us; we started our project yesterday!

Gerry said...

Very cute. I'm sure BB loves using it.

Carissa Bonham said...

cute! I love the tip to use the bits you punch out to figure out where you want your design to go!

Amy Anderson said...

Very fun! Love the design and bold colors!