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Revamping kitchen cupboards and cabinets with a stencil


Cupboard doors
Kitchen cupboard doors (currently white-painted varnished wood from the 50s ) are decorated with patterns produced using the technique of painting with stencils. I based my patterns on Indian cashmere wool fabric designs:stylized flowers and birds.

you will need

I used tracing paper and white bristol board for the drawing and the stencil. To paint, you need a medium stencil brush and acrylic paint in a tube ( red, yellow, blue ) mixed on a palette to produce some warm shades of color.

Cutting out the patterns

Cutting out the patterns with a craft knife.
I cut the patterns out using a craft knife.

Setting the motifs in place

Symmetrical and alternating design pattern
I used the same motifs over and over again, positioning them alternately in a symmetrical fashion, thus creating a kind of aesthetic balance.

Close-up

Close-ups
The motifs are made up of solid blocks separated by "gaps" around 0.4 inches wide.
Traditional Indian motifs
The designs are based upon traditional Indian motifs because I love the whole Bollywood ambience!

Creation of stencil

Adapting the flower design to stencil
The Indian flower design has been adapted for use with the stencil.

look... we've revamped a big door

Large door
Reusing the stencils to create a design for a large door that matches the cupboard.