I have been a little restrained with some of the pieces of furniture I have stencilled recently, only adding subtle pattern to the interiors of cupboards. My latest piece however has been stencilled loud and proud giving i a contemporary Scandinavian vibe.
The cupboard was a little the worse for wear with stains and chipped veneers, so I decided to paint the whole thing, mixing a lovely greyed off pale blue colour. Before adding the pattern I painted the whole piece with a very matt varnish. The paint is then protected and any mistakes with the stencilling can be quickly wiped away with a damp cloth.
I don’t usually plan the pattern in advance, I just build up the design gradually using a selection of stencils, but I do usually begin the design on the outside edge working inwards.