For ten years, I’ve had that rubber shelf liner in my bathroom drawer. It was great for a while, but eventually it bunched up and wouldn’t stay in place. I decided to kick the New Year off right by kicking it to the curb. In it’s place, I decided to try out a few of the awesome items that I won from a DecoArt giveaway to pretty my space with a Chalk Paint Stenciled Drawer. Chalk paint is addictive to work with because it’s incredibly easy but delivers astounding results. Chalk paint projects don’t have to be complicated. Today’s drawer project took about twenty four hours from start to completion. I love the new look of my bathroom drawer, and I think the hubby does, too (even if he doesn’t admit it).
The inside of the drawer if a very light grey color. I chose a dark grey for accent color. Here are the other supplies that you’ll need to complete the project:
- Americana Decor Stencil
- Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Relic
- Americana Decor Soft Touch Varnish
- Foam Roller
- Foam Pouncer
- Painter’s tape
- Optional: sandpaper for distressing
Start out by thoroughly cleaning the painting surface (inside of the drawer). If using a damp cloth, make sure that the surface is dry before painting.
Position the stencil inside the drawer. The position will depend on what stencil you’re using. Mine fit perfectly by placing the stencil directly on the corner. Use painter’s tape on the corners of the stencil to help hold it in place.
Use the foam pouncer to apply the Relic color chalk paint. Do not over saturate the paint on the stencil. Using too much paint will risk the paint running up underneath the stencil. Continue this until the entire surface is covered.
Let the paint dry completely.
I wanted to distress the painted surface just a bit. I used a small piece of sandpaper to “rough up” the paint. When distressing, rub the sandpaper in one direction over the paint. I didn’t want a heavily distressed surface, so just a few swipes with the sandpaper was sufficient.
Use a foam roller to apply a coat of soft touch varnish over the stenciled area. Follow the directions to apply as many varnish coats as desired. Let dry.
And that’s it! Enjoy a pleasant little surprise every time you open the drawer.
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