before and after

Before & After: Playing with Stencils

by Grace Bonney

Artist Amy Rice is no stranger to a great makeover. In addition to sharing a colorful chair makeover a few years ago, she recently published a book, Playing with Stencils, that is full of great tips and techniques for making over just about any object. Today Amy is sharing two makeover peeks from her book: a faux-wood inlay chair project (below) and a wooden chest makeover that uses old love letters (after the jump).

Amy found the chair above in her studio building’s “free table” area. She removed the hardware that once held the desk’s top component and sanded the rust off the metal base. Then she sanded it down and used freezer paper, a sharp utility knife and three colors of rub-in wood stain to create a faux wood inlay. For more photos of this project and a romantic wooden chest makeover, check out the full story after the jump. Thanks, Amy! xo, grace

Love Letter Trunk

I bought the trunk at an estate sale. I think it was an old icebox/cooler that someone had added casters to at some point. I used my collection of antique letters as the “paint” in the stencil. Again, details, instructions and photos are in the book.

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