The Power of Stencil

Hello, Hello…

I am a serial obsesser. Like the time I was introduced to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, I painted almost everything in Old White.  Or the time I was obsessed with floral, I bought gazillion dresses with flowers and I just woke up one day with a closet full of floral dresses.

The same thing applies to my obsession with Stencils.  Here are few (before and after) photos of my stencil projects:

Most of the furniture I upcycle are given to us.

(above photo) End table was given by a golf-buddy of Mr. P when they decided to sell their house and move to Florida. The Gentleman gave it to me because it is made of Philippine Mahogany and he probably thought  it was the nearest thing to a HOMECOMING. (Ha ha ha) This was sold to a Lady who recently moved to New England.

(below photo) End table was given to us right after we got married. I painted it numerous time until the time it became this beauty. This was sold to a Gentleman who barely spoke but I hope he loved it. (He he he)

I love upcycling big furniture because the idea of transformation excites me like a schoolgirl looking at her crush.

(above photo) I bought this drawer for a minimal price and flipped it. A preppy good-looking (fresh out of a Ralph Lauren ad – looking) couple went to check it out and bought it. It was (to my knowledge) my first SALE ever. I know it’s not stenciled but imagine the possibility of stencil, it would have added pizzaz…

(below photo) This record player drawer was given to us (together with the Philippine Mahogany end table) and it was so crappy I decided to make it my first-ever stencil project. I then stored my ASCP paints on it until the time a very edgy lady (really COOL) offered me an amount I cannot refuse, so I sold it and bought more paints. (Ha ha ha)

I live on a (150 year-old) apartment which is so tiny just fit for a petite Asian like me. Mr. P and I loved the location, the Apartment not so much. It’s been 4 years and now I think its about time that I do something about it. Part of what I wanted to share in Casa de Soleil is how I will slowly transform our shabby apartment to something cute and beachy. It was quite a struggle deciding the theme or even to stay. But I guess this is the home until the time we decided to buy our own.

A few years back, I jut sold my Dining Table and decided to scout a new one. I chanced upon this cute breakfast table fit for our kitchenette. It was so cute but not a big fan of the color. So I decided to upcycle it using ASCP (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint) and Royal Design Stencils.

So after I finished this project, out of curiosity I posted it on Craigslist just to test the water if its a saleable item. Of course after a week I was again, Table-less… (ha ha ha)

Upcycling is a HOBBY for me. Something I enjoy doing but because I have a full-time job at a hotel, it is also something that I do not have time for. I am however more vigilant now, especially in making our space something cute so I can finally show it to you guys!

Join me on this journey and I hope in the process you can learn from me…

Keep smiling y’all!

Xx

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