Dancing With Mermaids



A cool look for a dresser…

I painted this dresser with Shabby Paint Peacock and then shaded it with Shabby Paint Vogue for the water.    But what I want to teach you today is how to create a raised stencil on your project.



How to create raised stencils….

It’s cost effective and  fun way to add depth and creativity to your product.

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Product list

  • Simple green
  • Dap wall board joint compound
  • Paint color of your choice
  • Putty knife
  • Painters tape frog
  • Stencil of you choice
  • Metallic wax of your choice
  • Clear furniture wax
  • Dark or antique furniture wax (if desired)

Getting started….

What you need to do first is clean your area.  I clean mine with Simple Green and let it dry.

I use  a DAP product called Wallboard Joint Compound to create my raise in my stencil.   I place my stencil on my project where I want it and tape it down with Frog brand painters tape.



After that I get a putty knife out.  I then apply the DAP compound in thin coats over the stencil.  I try to apply it as evenly as possible. I remove the stencil and let it dry for 24 hours.


I apply paint over the stenciled area next and let it dry.  Drying time varies depending on your area.  After paint is dried, you then use any metallic waxmetallic wax of your choice.  Metallic wax is easy to apply using your finger tips.  Use as much or as little as you like.  Depending on the look you are going for.

Finishing off….

Then after that, I put some Dark Wax or Antique Wax on my piece to give it more depth, I find that it adds a lot of depth, and more interest to your piece.  But this step is not necessary.  If you are happy with waxes then skip this step.  Only a suggestion.  Me, I like that added depth.


Once this is done, and you get the results you were looking for, you’ll be surprised at how easy it was.  Looks amazing, right?  Such a big difference in a short amount of time.

If you have any questions please let me know.  You can email me at any time and I will answer any of them.  I am going to be doing more of different finishes and techniques so be on the lookout for my next blog.  Thank you, and I appreciate you following my journey.  You can also follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.  Please leave a comment below.  It would mean the world to me.

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