Guest Blog: Stencilled IKEA Step Stool by Nicolette Tabram


One IKEA Step stool

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Florence

Nicolette Tabram Stencils – the Rajasthan and Neemrana Borders were used for this project

Nicolette Tabram Stencil Paint in Purbeck

Spray Adhesive or low tack tape

Stencil brush

Polyvine Decorators Varnish in Dead Flat Finish

Step by step tutorial

Before assembling the stool, paint all of the wooden components and allow to dry.

Thin some of the varnish with a small amount of water and brush onto the painted surfaces. The milky appearance will disappear as it dries.

Once dry, lightly coat the back of the stencil with the spray adhesive and lay the stencil in position, gently tapping it down so that it adheres to the surface.

Dip the tip of the brush into the stencil paint, removing as much paint as possible on a paper towel before you begin.

Using small circular motions apply the paint through the holes in the stencil.

When using border stencils, begin on the outer edge and work inwards, gradually building up the design.

Once you have completed the stencil design, assemble the stool before applying a final coat of varnish.

Gently wash the stencil and brush with warm soapy water

Top Tips

By painting and stencilling the components before assembling the stool you will avoid having the push the stencil into awkward corners on the bottom step.

Applying the first coat of varnish before adding the stencil pattern, protects the painted layer and allows any stencilling mistakes to be quickly wiped away with a damp cloth.

If you are a stencil novice, practice your technique on paper before tackling the stool. Remember to remove as much paint as possible before using the stencil as this will prevent the paint from bleeding underneath.

If using a spray adhesive, you can reposition the stencil several times before you need to re-spray.

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