Radical Raised Stencil

Radical Raised Stencil

The raised stencil look has been extremely popular for me. It takes an otherwise plain front furniture piece and adds a texture to it that you can’t help but touch. I love pieces that engage all of the senses.

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I began this piece with a good cleaning with Dixie Belle White Lightning. It continuously wiped dirty, brown rags, so I could tell it was a bleeder. I followed up with a coat of Dixie Belle Boss, a stain and odor blocking primer, in white.

It’s not much to look at at this point, but I have a solid base to start laying my finishes on. I lightly sprayed the Jameela Vine Stencil in 3m super 77 spray adhesive and placed it over my drawers. Using Dixie Mud from Dixie Belle and a spatula tool from Prima Marketing, I scraped a thin, even layer of mud over my stencil. The stencil removal is where the magic happens!

Catch the stenciling video below!

I removed the old carved wood from the top center, it was in poor condition, far more effort to save it than replace it. This medallion from Wood U Bend mouldings fit perfectly! You can find a Wood U Bend retailer HERE.

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The keyholes and hardware backings were cast with resin and ReDesign with Prima silicone moulds. I sealed all of my work under a coat of gray spray primer so I could blend over top without reactivating the Dixie Mud.

Casting moulds with resin video

Metallic paint inherently has fewer pigments in it, so I prefer to use a base of regular Dixie Belle paint under my metallics. This was a color blended base of Dixie Belle Hurricane Gray, Manatee Gray, Driftwood and Sawmill Gravy, a beautiful finish in its own right!

Metallics catch the light, so every brush stroke is all that much more important. I tinted Dixie Belle Silver Bullet into 4 custom shades using Stormy Seas, Manatee Gray, Haint Blue, and Cotton. Just a few drops is all it takes to tint paint, so mix slowly.

Catch the video blending metallics below!

I choose to spray my clear coats for the most flawless finish. Two coats of Dixie Belle Gator Hide and this piece was ready for finishing touches. I used ReDesign with Prima decor waxes in Eternal, Shiny Star, and Diamond Dust to add sparkle to all those details. In the light, she throws a magical glow from every angle.

This one is going home to sit between 2 vanities in a master bath redo that will be the perfect romantic retreat.

Brandy K.

Bio: I wanted to take a chance to introduce myself, I am Brandy Kollenborn, a furniture painter from Sacramento, CA and owner and artisan behind  “Brushed By Brandy”. I'm a stay at home mom of 3 boys, Noah 11, Ashton 8, and Logan 5, married for 16 years to my favorite furniture cameraman, repairman and delivery person, Sean. I have a degree in finance and left my career with The State of CA to stay home when my youngest son was born, with no clue what my next step would be, it was a leap of faith! The first pieces I did were a bedroom set in 2016 that tenants left behind in our rental, it was beat up, but solid wood, and I had nothing to lose, it was either going to the curb or I could make something of it. I've always been on the crafty/artistic side so this was a great way to express that on huge canvases. My hobby has turned into a booming little business, most of my pieces are sold before I create them and designed alongside my customer. My style is blended, smooth, colorful statement pieces for any room. I'm proud to partner with The Dixie Belle Paint company and Prima Marketing group creating sample pieces, lives, and blogging tutorials at brushedbybrandy.com. We are in the process of building our forever home on 5 acres for our boys, it will be my biggest custom project to date :) and I love sharing that journey on my page and in a blog as well. We are project people through and through, don't know how to sit still.  I'm so appreciative of the support, my confidence wavers all the time, I love answering questions and connecting with other creatives, this community has been so welcoming to me and I hope I can return that! I’m so grateful for this opportunity, I never imagined there would be interest in me painting furniture in my garage!  Facebook.com/brushedbybrandy Instagram.com/brushedbybrandy  Youtube.com/brushedbybrandy Brushedbybrandy.com 

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Steve Brear

    Hello Brandy my name is Steve creator of pieceprints based in San Antonio Texas.My brand Ambassador Ashley suggested you might have time to speak to me about my new product .If indeed you have a few minutes to spare I would welcome the opportunity to do that,not sure how you would like to converse but my cellphone is 760 902 9366 Many thanks please feel free to advise exactly what images you would like me to offer you to try the product regards Steve

    1. Brandy K.

      Yes! Lets definitely talk. Are you available tomorrow (Wednesday)?

  2. gwen

    i know i’m late to the game on this post. I just saw you featured in my new Farm House Home & Living magazine. my question is, you did NOT use anything but paint for the stencil work, correct? this piece looks amazing!

    1. Brandy K.

      There is a video in the post, I did use Dixie mud to create the raised stencil

  3. Renee

    Hello Brandy, I’ve watched several of your videos and love, love your work! So I have painted an old plain drop leaf table. The finish was in terrible shape, so I figured painting was the best solution. So like I said the table is plain and very non-descript. So after watching your videos, I thought I would apply Prima stencils to the table, and I am thinking of doing moldings, like you did on this piece on the legs. Here’s my question, I’ve already applied coats of stick slick, and boss (it was a super shiny orange looking piece, and the orange came through the slick stick!). I’ve also added one coat of fluff. So..after applying the stencil, can I use some other primer rather than spray primer? If so, can I use Boss or slick stick as a primer, or should I use something else?
    Thanks for your input!

    1. Brandy K.

      Slick stick is not a stain blocking promer, it can discolor. If your piece is a bleeder, you should be scuff sanding anc using dixie belle boss. You can still apply it after the paint, but you will need to repaint afterwards, boss is not a top coat

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