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How To Stencil Colorful Flowers On White Furniture

Stencil Flowers On Furniture

This project involves purple paint, but just a bit of it. I don’t work with purple very much. It’s definitely a girly color when it comes to furniture but a lot of people are using it on their walls. Might work as an accent wall.

how to stencil colorful flowers on furniture

The purple paint sure livened up the hardware. And it picks up the purple color in the stenciled flowers.

dresser before painting found at the Nashville Flea Market

The dresser is a Nashville Flea Market purchase. If you guys are ever in the Nashville area on the fourth weekend of the month you have to visit the market. It is a shoppers paradise. You can find everything from new stuff like socks and purses, to vintage, retro, antiques, and more. I don’t remember how much I paid for the dresser but probably not more than $40.

Purple Paint And Blooming Flowers for this dresser painted white

This is how it looked after the makeover. Very girly. The paint crackled…..all by itself.

dresser before

The top of the dresser was in really bad shape. I had gouges, and scratches and paper stuck to the top. I sanded the rough parts off before painting.

painting furniture white

I used a white latex paint I had on hand. As I mentioned the paint crackled. I’ve only had this happen a couple of times. I think it has to do with the original finish.

mylar stencils and acrylic paints for stencil project blooming flowers

Now, I couldn’t just leave the dresser white. Too plain jane. I decided on a stencil. I’m not an artist and can hardly draw a stick figure so stencils work for me. I selected several acrylic paints in bold colors for the flowers and stems. I always pour my paint onto a paper plate when stenciling. I can dip my stencil brush in the paint then wipe off most of the paint on a paper towel. Remember when stenciling a dry brush is crucial. Full stencil tutorial here…How To Stencil. Or you can watch me stencil! I have a How To Stencil video….

 How To Stencil

blooming flowers stencil

I only wanted to use the blooming flowers with their little spindly stems so I placed the stencil then taped it as best I could. It wouldn’t lay completely flat and I held it down with one hand while I stenciled with the other. I didn’t use the paint colors in any certain sequence on the flowers. I just painted willy nilly. Remember that perfection is over rated. It just looks store bought and not pretty.

bold blooming flowers stenciled on white paint

I removed the tape and stencil and once the first set of flowers were dry I moved the stencil on down the drawer. Didn’t take long at all, maybe 30 minutes.


I first painted the original hardware white. I didn’t love it. The Valspar purple paint was a Habitat Restore purchase for $1. It was perfect.

white dresser with pretty stenciled flowers

Those little flowers make me smile…..do the happy dance….and crave a piece of chocolate. How do they make you feel?

Paint a dresser white and stencil pretty blooming flowers on the drawers

This little cutie pie was featured on the Good Housekeeping website. Color me happy.

What do you guys think of the makeover? It’s definitely girly. Perfect for just about any age from babies up to mid teens. I can see it in a nursery, maybe with a changing pad on top. Lots of storage for the nursery.

disclosure: This project was completed in November 2013. It was originally documented in two posts. I’ve combined the information and re-edited the photos plus added additional information.

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. What a sweet idea! I just can’t get the hang of stenciling. I need more practice, I guess. Yours always comes out perfect! thank you for the giveaway! somehow I missed it, so I’m going there now!

  2. This is the cutest thing. What inspiration. I could see this for my grand daughter. Good job.