How to Use Stucco Dust to Create a Raised Stencil
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Lately I have been into incorporating raised stenciling in my furniture finish designs. For this desk makeover I tried out the texture paint additive Stucco Dust from Good Bones Paint. I found the Posh Chalk Stencil Victorian Wallpaper stencil on WooduBend’s website. This desk was stripped, cleaned, sanded, and primed before I started any of this work.
Now here is how I created a raised stencil on the side of this piece of furniture with the Stucco Dust
and Good Bones paint color Coyote.
- First I pour paint into a separate container and then I add a little Stucco Dust. Keep your ratio inbetween 30% - 50% starting with less adding a little more and mixing each time to get a consistency like brownie batter. You want this to be thick, but not too thick as it will dry up with the paint very fast. I whip up the paint and dust mixture a little time and work in sections. That way I don’t go waste any of my products. If it gets too think add a little paint or a tiny amount of water.
📌 Important Tip: Leave your self enough paint in the can to add to the mixture if you have added too much dust.
-Next, I tape my stencil down starting from the top of the section that I want my raised stencil to be and then slide my paint and dust mixture across the top of the stencil try to level it out as much as possible. I used a plastic fork because it’s what I had available. A plastic scrapper would probably work well, 😆 but a plastic fork or knife is okay, too. Whatever is on hand.
📌 It’s best to wash the stencil each time you move it for clearer lines. Allowing adequate dry time between realignings and painting.
Allow adequate dry time between the times you realign the stencil to add more.
- For this piece I painted over the raised stencil with two coats of the color Bone from Good Bones Paint, and once that dried I sanded it back with a 220 grit sandpaper to reveal my Coyote colored raised stencil. Which to me, looks like a distressed white finish over fancy light wood. Elegant rustic style, perhaps?
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