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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.


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.