Cream Nightstand … and My First Time Using a Stencil

I hope you’re all enjoying your holiday season.  I can’t believe a week from today is Christmas already!  We’re having our families over to our house this year and I’m getting excited!  It will be fun to have everyone in one place instead of us driving all over to see people!  ;)

This project is not Christmas-y at all, but I recently completed it (with my new wave of energy!), so I thought I’d share.
This was such a fun piece to redo.  It started out as a little girl’s small dresser when I bought it on Craigslist for $10.  

It sat in our basement for awhile waiting for me to decide what to do with it.  I finally decided that I really wanted it to have a light and airy look and still look like it would fit in a child’s room.
I started out by painting the body with ASCP in Cream and the drawers in Old White.  When I was done with that, I still wasn’t satisfied with it, so I decided to try out stenciling for the first time.
I bought a Martha Stewart stencil pack and used Old White to create the stenciled pattern on the top of the dresser.  I originally was going to cover the whole top with stenciling, but once I got this far, I really liked it.

I was thinking of selling this piece, but since my daughter didn’t have a nightstand in her room, I tried it out in there first.  It fits in really well with the rest of her room, so for now, it’s staying there.
Have you ever used a stencil?  I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to try them!  They are so fun to work with and have me thinking of tons of different ways to use them.  Like maybe on Christmas gifts??  I might have to try that out.  I’ll post about it later this week…if it turns out okay!  ;)

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  1. It’s BEAUTIFUL!!! I LOVE it!! I seriously would not have thought to paint inside the stencil!!! LOVE!!!!

  2. I love this! The blue knobs and the stencil make it perfection!

  3. Oh that is just darling! I have used stencils – just this year! I won a giveaway for some stencils from Royal Design Studio and I am in love with them! I can’t wait till I can get back at some furniture projects and use them again! I really like those colors you used together – going to have to try that!

    • Oooh! I would love to get some stencils from Royal Design Studio, Jill! I wanted to start with some smaller ones to see if I liked using them, but now that I have, it makes me want some larger stencils even more! ;)


  4. This dresser is so adorable and perfect for a little girl’s room! I have been wanting to try stencils for SOOO long. I think I will have to give them a try now!
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  5. So very cute. Then stenciling worked out really well!

  6. Hi Ali….it’s just sooo sweet and tender..makes me want to have another baby just so I can decorate a nursery…ha….thank you so much for sharing…MERRY CHRISTMAS…XOXOXO

  7. I love how it turned out!!! So cute! Looks perfect for a little girl.

  8. This is just so sweet! It is going to look beautiful in your nursery. :)

  9. very cute! I haven’t ever stenciled anything….it kind of intimidates me…but maybe I should try it!

  10. Beautiful!

  11. Great transformation and the stencil is a super idea. Hugs, marty

  12. I love the soft colors and the stencil makes it extra special!

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