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Kitchen Cabinet Stenciling

Updated on February 8, 2018

Spruce Up Your Kitchen

After spring-cleaning, why not spruce up your kitchen with kitchen art. There are wonderful art pictures that look amazing on a kitchen wall. You do not have to spend a lot of money on the artwork as many can be found at your local bargain or dollar store.

Pick a theme that you like such as fruit, chocolate, seafood, an old fashion theme just to name a few. Many people really love animals and choose cows and pigs or roosters, to do a mural with. Match the colors to your kitchens décor.

For the modern kitchen your choices are endless. Black and white photographs of family members could be a theme on a wall close to where your kitchen table sits. Decorate a wall with all your children’s art pictures.


Kitchen Stenciled Cabinets and Walls

This is a very easy inexpensive way in which to decorate without having to paint or wallpaper. Adding graphics to your cabinets or as a border on your wall adds appeal. All you will need is a stencil pattern, a few jars of acrylic or stencil paint, a stencil brush painters tape, a few paper towels or a rag.

Materials Needed to Stencil

What you will need to Stencil
What you will need to Stencil | Source

What You'll Need to Stencil

  • Your stencil pattern
  • 2 or 3 jars of acrylic or stencil paint
  • A stencil brush/stipple brush
  • Painters tape
  • Paper towels or a rag

Instruction for Stenciling

For this project I used two colors of dry brush stencil paint.

  1. Decide where you want your stencil to go whether it is on your cabinets or as a border.
  2. With the painters tape apply stencil to area to be stenciled.
  3. Put a small amount of paint on the tip of your brush and blot onto a paper towel or rag to remove any excess paint.
  4. Work in a circular motion to fill in the cutout part of the stencil. Use your darkest color first. You only need to lift the brush when more paint is needed.
  5. Once you are done, carefully remove the stencil and reapply to another area to continue on.

With this project I did all my green leaves first. Then went back and shaded the yellow into the leaves.


Not Only For The Kitchen

I applied this stencil to a beam that runs between my kitchen and my kitchen eating area. After I was done with that area I cut a two vine leaves off of the end of the stencil and applied this to my kitchen cabinets at the top two corners.

Once the paint has had time to set, it can be easily washed when needed. The great thing about this project is it only took me about two hours to complete.

All materials can be purchased at a craft store, Amazon, Home Depot or hardware store or anywhere that crafts are sold. There are hundred of stencils, and paint colors to choose from, for any room in your home.

For Your Home

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© 2011 Susan Zutautas


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    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Seeker, Yes stenciling would look great in a washroom. I think I have seen stencils for seashells and other stencils that would work really well for a bathroom

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      10 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      What a great idea! I hadn't thought about using stencils to spruce up a kitchen/dining area. I love the leaves effect that you did - very pretty and eyecatching. I think these stencils can obviously make a difference if done correctly and as you say the cost is not high. Many thanks for sharing.

      PS - do you think this would work for a washroom/bathroom as well if suitable patterns were used?

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Chatkath, so easy to do too.

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      10 years ago from California

      Great ideas Susan! I really like the stenciled designs, invest a little time and feel like you have a new room (at a great price)! Thanks for sharing.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks so much manjubose, I am always changing my kitchen and have painted my cabinets about 4 times in 10 years.

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      10 years ago

      It is one of my favorite hobbies to change the décor of any place of my home. Thanks Susan for sharing the idea of changing kitchen décor. It is great!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Treasure and Sharyn Thanks so much.

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      Sharon Smith 

      10 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Great, easy to do, ideas Susan! Thanks!

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      Sima Ballinger 

      10 years ago from Michigan

      You are crafty and creative. I like this idea, especially the time it takes - only two hours. This could be the answer to spruce up my kitchen.


    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks so much nightbear and Pamela. It is really easy to do too.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      10 years ago from Sunny Florida

      You have some great ideas and I really liked the stenciling. Thanks for the ideas.

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      Susan Kaul 

      10 years ago from Michiagn, USA

      I love the idea of stencil art. I bought the supplies and never used them. Maybe this will now stimulate me. Thanks!


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