Friday, July 31, 2015

A Can, a Stool, and a Milk and Cream Stencil

I love stencils!  Have you figured that out yet?  Once upon a time way back in the last century, I used to design, sell, teach, and do a lot of custom stenciling jobs.  I loved it for a while, but the day came when the thought of one more trip around a room with a border of country blue bows and mauve hearts was going to push me right over the edge. My stenciling brushes sat idle for years.

Milk and cream stenciled stool and milk can.
Stencils have come a long, long way since then, and I'm loving all the new old designs.  I was so excited when Angie from Knick of Time sent me her Milk and Cream Co. stencil to try out. I see so many possibilities with this stencil and all the others in her collection.

stenciled milk can and footstool
This is what I started with: A very sturdy, but not-so-pretty stool, and a scratched up old aluminum milk can.   

Milk and cream stenciled vintage milk can
The word CREAM wasn't going to fit on the can without wrapping around the side, so I simply adjusted all the letters by stenciling them closer together. I also left off THE because I thought it was getting a little crowded up there.  To get the paint to stick to the can, I had to pounce on two coats, not swirl, otherwise it would have pulled right off. The final step was to spray the can with two coats of clear semi-gloss sealer.

stenciled and transformed milking stool
After two coats of paint and a little distressing, my not-so-pretty footstool is now a milking stool!

milk and cream stencil from Knick of Time
I used a dry brush technique with black acrylic craft paint and the brush that was provided with the stencil

how to clean a stencil
Pardon the wet picture of my stencil cleaning technique in action. I have a "thing" about starting with a fresh canvas every time I re-use a stencil. It's not really a big deal if you don't clean them, but sooner or later the paint will start to build up and you'll lose the fine details.  Before the paint cures and is fused to the stencil until the end of time, I place it in the sink, run some water over it, then give it a quick wipe with one of those eraser sponge things. This took me about 30 seconds to clean!

Add charm to a plain stool and milk can with stencils.
They may say the same thing, but I think they make a pretty good team!

You can visit Knick of Time Vintage Sign and Inspirational Stencils to see the rest of Angie's
creative stencil designs.

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  1. Art and SandJuly 31, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    I love the stool and can. I will have to check out Angie's stencils. I have been doing a lot of stenciling lately.

  2. Angie ChavezJuly 31, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Betsy, both projects turned out amazing! I'm getting ready to try a project on metal, and I'm glad to see yours turned out so awesome!! Glad you had fun with the stencil!

  3. Sweet Cottage DreamsJuly 31, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    You are NOT going to believe this....
    The other day I clinked on her ETSY shop and spotted that MILK and CREAM stencil...thinking "gosh, I could stencil that on a pillow and the cream can that I have in the shop." Low and behold....YOU already did the cream can. That is too funny!!! Looks awesome, Betsy!

  4. Glenda/MidSouthJuly 31, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    Nice! You do such a good job stenciling - clean crisp lines,
    I never got into stenciling, which is probably a good thing
    I do remember the days of country blue and mauve. :-D
    Enjoy the weekend.

  5. cynthia lee designsJuly 31, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Love the can and the stool with the stencil on them. They turned our great!!

  6. Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel VintageJuly 31, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    I did a lot of stencilling too, back in the day. I remember hearts and ribbons and geese. Oh my, those geese. lol. These turned our so lovely. Love their simplicity.

  7. Michelle L.July 31, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    I have the same feeling about not building up paint on my stencils. Great suggestion to use the magic eraser, i never would have thought of it! Love your two adorable projects! Now I want some ice cream.

  8. KathyJuly 31, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    These turned out great and fun to learn something new about you. I know you love stencils now but didn't realize the "history". I think we are ALL over the country blue and mauve but, oh my, I sure can remember my determination to re-do my house in those colors and purge out the brown,orange, and rust!!

  9. Julia - Vintage with LacesAugust 1, 2015 at 12:26 AM

    Hi Betsy, Your milk can and the stool turned both out great. Angie's stencils are wonderful. Stenceling hadn't been as big in Germany as in the US but I loved the country designs when I saw them in US magazines back in the 90s. Today I would probably be horrified if I had to enter such a room, lol. Who knows what will be our taste in 20 years from now ....

  10. Le-ChatAugust 1, 2015 at 2:49 AM

    I love stencils, that is the results, lol. Somehow I'm not very comfortable at the doing. The idea of having to do a complete wall freaked me out at the time. So I've always limited myself to little projects on textile, but last year I did some simple flowers on a chest of drawers and that turned out fine. I love how you made that ugly stool over!

  11. AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNaAugust 1, 2015 at 4:46 AM

    I so relate to your comment about stenciling another blue and mauve border....I did that too much in the 80's!! Now I am back into stenciling in a big way and I just love Angie's stencils. I haven't ordered any yet, but every time I see one done up, I want it! I have the perfect stool for this Milk and Cream one! Yours look so good!!

  12. JunkchiccottageAugust 1, 2015 at 6:51 AM

    This is so great Betsy. I love the old milk can and the stool is too sweet. I have a sign that says Milk and Cream like your stencil and love it. Have a great week end.

  13. Jeannie MarieAugust 1, 2015 at 7:08 AM

    I've never done any stenciling but you make it look easy even though I know you probably have to have the knack for it. I love your finished project!

  14. Linda @ A La CarteAugust 1, 2015 at 7:45 AM

    Cute Betsy! I have a couple of stencils I swear I'm going to use one of these days. LOL!!

  15. JeanieAugust 1, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    It looks terrific, Betsy. I'm not by nature a stenciler but your instructions are so easy to follow, I think I could learn from this!

  16. Fox and Finch AntiquesAugust 1, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    The prices over at Knick of Time Vintage Sign and Inspirational Stencils are the best I've ever seen for a stencil or a completed work. I thought all stencils were out of my range but I'm going to go order one right now. My grandfather was a dairy man and I have one of those boxes that the milkman used to leave the milk in. This stencil is perfect as the original is long gone. Excellent. The color you chose for the stool is perfect. It looks as fresh as a summer morning.

  17. Linda WalkerAugust 1, 2015 at 12:38 PM

    these are wonderful! I said "OH" out loud when I saw these. They turned out beautifully!


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