How To Stencil A Dresser With Chalk Paint - Major Hoff Takes A Wife

How To Stencil A Dresser With Chalk Paint

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How to Stencil a Dresser. Easy lesson on how to DIY your own dresser to give it it's own hand painted look with minimal effort. Features American Decor Chalky paint.
     It’s that time again! Can you believe it? Another month has passed and it’s time for me to post my entry for this month’s Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest. This month’s theme was “Spray it Pretty”. How fun is that? This month’s contest was sponsored by HomeRight.  They make some amazing products for DIY’ers and I’ve had the opportunity to try several of them out in the past. This month, contest participants were sent a paint sprayer. I actually already own their Finish Max Fine Finish HVLP sprayer and let me tell you— it’s amazing! If you’ve never sprayed furniture before, you have to try it out. It’s life changing!

I decided to change things up a bit this month and share this dresser.

Paint and stencil a dresser with chalk paint

Tone on Tone stencil

Somehow, my master bedroom dresser drawers started overflowing, so I decided it was time to bring in a taller, skinnier dresser. I found this guy on our local buy and sell board.

Before chalk paint

It had seen better days.

Dresser from craigslist

Truth be told, it came out of some college apartment that was sort of scary.
But with a little bit of love, TLC and some paint, it was given a new life!

Dark hardware on light painted dresser

I had admired hand painted dressers for a long time. But, I lack any type of hand control or talent for that.

Stencil on a dresser

I can pounce a mean stencil though!

Americana Decor Timeless Chalky paint dresser

For a dresser like this, the stenciling is easy if you have 2 things:

(You have to wait for the stencil to dry).

And this secret weapon:
Tulip Stencil spray adhesive.jpg

Tulip Stencil Spray is your new best friend. No more tape, no more shifty stencils.

This is my “Spray It Pretty” part of the monthly competition. It’s my little twist on the theme.

Last month, you might have recalled that I used the Finish Max Fine Finish HVLP sprayer on this desk. 

Homeright spray tent

     You can just barely see it (follow the end of the orange power cord!). The sprayer is fabulous. The paint goes on like butter. It’s so simple to use too. I had a sprayer before that I had to use my air compressor with and it was awkward, loud and just not as nice. I truly love the HomeRight Sprayer. I get a lot of questions about my spray shelter, and that’s from HomeRight too! It keeps me from painting the wrong thing, haha.

     I did the stencil for the dresser just like I did for the desk:

Stipple a stencil for a pattern

     I lightly sprayed the stencil with the stencil spray adhesive. I fanned it back and forth and stuck it to my old t-shirt one time, to make sure it didn’t have any major glue clumps. I then placed it where it needed to go. I then dipped my foam stencil / pouncer brush into a slightly contrasting color paint and blotted it a few times on a paper towel to make sure the paint was even and not excessive. I then slowly worked my way around the stencil. I let the paint sit for a minute or two, and then removed the stencil. The hardest part is waiting for the paint to try to line up the stencil to start on the next motif!

     Once you finally get all the stenciling done, you will be amazed. It added so much to the project. I did hand paint some lines with a thin artist brush to add a little “handmade” charm.
Next thing you know, you go from this:

before dresser.jpg

To this:

Amazing stenciled dresser

Tulip Stencil Spray
Deco Art Americana Decor Chalky Paint in Timeless
Deco Art Americana Decor Chalky Paint in Lace
American Decor Creme Wax
Sponge brushes for stippling/ stenciling
Wax Brush
Paint brushes

To kick the party off, our two hosts shared the following posts, check them out to see all the awesome things a Home Right Sprayer can do!


On Fern Avenue HomeRight Sprayer  13 of 13

Be sure to stop by those posts so you can see all the projects in the competition!
Wanna be involved in the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Group? We’d love to have you! Interested bloggers should contact if interested in participating in future contests.


  1. This is such a beautiful transformation!

  2. This is such a beautiful transformation!

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  4. This turned out gorgeous! I just love it. The stencil work looks perfect.

  5. You obviously have a good eye. I'm not sure that I could have envisaged such a lovely makeover. You have inspired me to be more creative when refreshing my old furniture. Thank you.


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