DIY Geometric Stencil Tutorial

Hil and I recently gave a fresh update to an outdated hutch. It was so fun to see the transformation so we thought we would share it on the blog. This hutch has very classic details and straight lines, so after painting it white and sealing it, we thought it would be fun to make it a little more current by adding some geometric stenciling to the interior of the hutch. We were inspired by a stencil we saw Emily at Jones Design Company use for her fireplace and thought something similar would be perfect for this piece.  We decided we would make our own stencil and give it a go.

For this project you will need:

2 pieces of cardstock, scissors, a measuring tape, pencil, chalk paint, a small flat craft paint brush, and a fine tip brush, a sponge, and a bowl of water. It may be helpful to have paper towel on hand as well.

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We first measured the height and width of each shelf backing to see what we should make our stencil. We cut one large square, and then measured a smaller square that would fit inside the larger square with a one inch margin on all sides of it.

We then found the middle point of the shelf backing and lined the large diamond centered over it. You can see we folded the top corners of the diamond down to make it fit between the shelves. Once firmly in place, we lightly traced around all sides with a pencil.

Next, we placed the smaller diamond inside the pencil marks of the large diamond and made sure it was centered by measuring 1 inch around all sides. Once centered, we used the pencil to trace it.

Once we had the center large and small diamond centered and traced, we moved on the the outer diamonds. We shifted the large diamond cardstock to one side of the center diamond and measured to make sure it was level with the original diamond. We then repeated the steps for the large and small diamond.

Repeat these steps until you have covered the entire desired area. After all the stencils had been traced, we got out a flat, small craft paint brush and Rustoleum Chalked Paint in “Country Gray”. The perfectionist in me really struggled during this next step of the project, so let me put anyone like me at ease. It is ok if the painted lines you are about to draw are not perfectly straight. Hil had to pretty much pep talk me through this entire step because everything in me wanted to scratch the whole attempt and start over. Just stick with it and get through the tutorial before you give up. Trust me, it gets better.

Take your paint brush, and using small amount of chalk paint, go over the penciled lines of each diamond. I recommend working from one side of the shelf to the other so you aren’t sticking your hand in the paint you just did as you go. Use a smaller, fine tip brush if needed to get close to the edges if your flat brush couldn’t quite do the trick.

Once you have painted one shelf’s backing, let it dry for approx 15-20 mins depending on the weather in your area. You want the paint to have set, but not dried 100%. You can start painting over the traced stencil on the other shelf while you wait for the first to dry. Once it has almost dried completely, using the rough side of a damp sponge, wipe over the painted lines until most of the paint is removed and only the residue or outline of the paint is remaining. I recommend scrubbing some, then wiping it away before continuing to scrub to make sure you achieve the look you are going for without over wiping it.

This part of the project gets a little messy and feels like it isn’t going well until you wipe it all away and are left with a distressed faded looking geometric stencil that adds a cool element of design to your piece without dominating the whole look. Just trust it and keep going!

Here you see the different between the painted shelf and the shelf that has been sponged and distressed.

And here is the final product. We hope you enjoyed this tutorial and would love to see if you try something like it! Thanks for following along!

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