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Wood Stain Stencils

Consider using wood stain stencils when refinishing furniture to get the look of inlaid wood.

 

Here is a submission from a reader who wanted to share how she used stencils while staining an old wooden table:

Wood Stain Stencils Table

I found this old table on the curb side on trash day. It’s an antique style kick leg table but it isn't a real antique. I thought that with the right finish and some wood stain stencils I could make it look like one.

I looked for an Early American Stencil Pattern because I thought that era design would go well with the style of the table. When I found this stencil I knew it was perfect.
I sanded down the table and prepared it for staining. Then I laid masking tape over the entire area where I wanted to stencil, traced the stencil onto the tape and used a craft knife to cut along the lines. Don't worry about cutting too deep. Scoring the wood will create a nice line with the stain and help you get cleaner lines of the stenciled pattern.

I lightly peeled away all of the tape except for the pieces of the stencil islands (or the openings in the stencil) so that when I stained the table these areas would be protected from getting any stain.

Wood Stain Stencils

I put two coats of Dark Walnut stain on the table brushing straight over the taped areas. When it was thoroughly dry I peeled away the remaining tape and brushed on one layer of Natural Stain to let the real tone of the wood show through.

Once the table was completely dry I gave it a light sanding and put a clear coat over the entire table top for a protection. Now I have a great extra table for when guests arrive (especially for the holidays) and boy was it a fun project.

Notice too that I sanded a little heavier around the edges for a worn and dated look.

Here's another idea - you can do this the opposite way by removing the island pieces of the stencil and staining the wood very dark for only the pattern and then stain the whole table a light color. Ah-ha! the possiblities are endless!

Free Stencil

I hope you enjoyed this wood stain stencils idea and just in case you are anxious to try this out, I sketched out this simple Classic Stencil Design for you to paint into your first wood stain stencil project. Enjoy!

Happy Stenciling,

Penny

Here's a comment that one of our readers added:

Debbie said,
July 12, 2011 @ 1:38 am
Lovely! Just came across a cool table for the dining room and have completed the sanding. Now going to build the benches for the sides from recycled planks.. Been doing this sort of thing most my life, but it always pays to look at other folks work.. Thanks! It looks great! BTW..awesome find you have there!
Debbie*

Long Live Recycling! : )

 

 

 

 

We are thrilled to introduce these downloadable and Printable Stencils (click here for more). Instant gratification at its finest! You don't need a special printer - these designs are specially formatted to print straight from your home computer on standard letter sized paper. Once downloaded, you will have your complete stencil booklet with patterns and instructions. Just click, buy and print!

Each book will come to you as a down-loadable pdf file in your e-mail. Just check your e-mail after purchase for the link to connect to your file and print or save. It's that easy!

All designs can be adjusted to fit your project size. Instructions are included. Pages are 8.5” x 11”.

If you'd rather get your Stencil Books in Print, just click the blue button below each book.

Fleur de lis Stencils

Fleur de lis: Book of Stencils

This collection includes 22 designs. Ten are easy single overlay. Six have 2 overlays and six have 3 overlays.

This purchase is of a PDF file which has 63 pages.
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Oriental Stencils

Oriental Designs: A Book of Stencils

This collection includes 16 designs- Chinese Dragon, Bamboo, Oriental Figure with Coolie Hat, Ying Yang Koi Stencils, Bonsai Tree Stencil and 3 Cranes plus 10 Chinese Symbols (Eternity, Friendship, Happiness, Harmony, Long Life, Peace, Prosperity, Tranquility, Truth and Dragon.

This purchase is of a PDF file with 40 pages.
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Antique Door Stencils

Antique Door Hardware: A Book of Stencils

This collection includes 5 designs- Lion Head Door Knocker, Key Bow, Lock Plate and Mail Box Plaque (with two word options). These images should add a little fun and even some humor to the doors in your home while they introduce a touch of the past.

This purchase is of a PDF file with 25 pages.
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Princess Stencils

For a Princess

This collection includes 7 designs- Royal Carriage, Knight in Shining Armor, Castle, Dragon, Sceptre, Tiara and Pillow plus the word "Princess."

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Zoo Babies Stencisl

Zoo Babies: Stencils for a Nursery

This collection includes 7 animal stencils - an Elephant, a Giraffe, a Hippo, a Lion, a Monkey, a Tiger and a Zebra.

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Secret Garden Stencils

The Secret Garden

Create your own private wall mural garden retreat. This collection includes 12 stencils -fountain, bleeding heart, iris, bee, butterfly, foxglove, grasshopper, hummingbird, trumpet flower, morning glory, stone wall and stone path.

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