Cutting Edge Stencils Giveaway! – CLOSED

I am so excited the day is finally here to share the completed stenciling project with you.  If you have been following along on either my Facebook page or Instagram page, you have watched me stencil a dresser that my sister had.

This dresser is old and has a lot of charm but sadly sat neglected for years and years in a garage, holding tools and some special type of creature I am going to pretend didn’t take up residence here.


Home Down South Dresser Makeover

I asked my sister to browse the Cutting Edge Stencils website to pick out a style she liked so I could transform this into something fresh.  You guys, there is a huge selection to choose from!

She decided for this piece, she wanted the boho look and chose the Indian Inlay Furniture Stencil.

Cutting Edge Indian Inlay Furniture Stencil

This is my fourth time using a stencil from Cutting Edge but my first time on furniture.  I have stenciled two walls at my old house and the stoop of my house now.  Before we go into much detail, stenciling is not hard or scary!  It is such an affordable option for wallpaper.  There are so many times I find a wallpaper that I love but cannot stomach the thought of spending $500 to paper a single wall.  I have found that I can find a very similar stencil that will give me the same feels.  The best part is that you can customize your color choices.

CES does offer a ton of videos on their website to help get you through some of the questions you may have and they are super helpful.

My two pieces of wisdom for you are: always use spray adhesive and if you make a mistake, it is just paint!  It can be fixed.

ANYWAYS, here is what that poor beat up dresser looks like today:

Home Down South Dresser Makeover with Cutting Edge Stencils

Home Down South Dresser Makeover with Cutting Edge Stencils

Home Down South Dresser Makeover with Cutting Edge Stencils

Home Down South Dresser Makeover with Cutting Edge Stencils

This stencil came with five small stencils that allowed you to create any pattern you wanted.  No two pieces have to look the same, which is pretty cool.  Since these are smaller stencils, it does take a little more time than a wall stencil, but I really enjoyed the flexibility I had.  I was able to leave some blank space on the top and sides so there was a visual break.

I used a pouncing stencil brush from the hardware store for this, but I think I would have rather used a stenciling roller.  This is the second time I tried the brush and it wasn’t my favorite.

I made a few mistakes by rushing the process or accidental movement but remember what I said before, it is just paint and I was easily able to fix the issue.

Here is the best part of this post and the one I am most excited about!  Cutting Edge Stencils has graciously offered one of you $50 towards any stencil of your choice!  That is so incredible because a lot of their stencils start at $10!

The Rules: 

Simply head over to Cutting Edge Stencils’ website and leave a comment here on which stencil you are eyeing.

Want to increase your chances? 

-Follow my Instagram page and comment on the giveaway photo with your favorite stencil.  One extra entry.
-Like my Facebook page and comment on this post with your favorite stencil.  One extra entry.
-Like Cutting Edge Stencils on Facebook.  One extra entry.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST

Tuesday, August 14, 2018.  This is open to US and Canadian residents only.

DONE!  Easy!  I am so excited to see who wins and meet some new faces!


Stencling the Stoop

I know, I know.  You are going to say “weren’t you working on the dining room?”  Yes and no.  I have a case of project ADD.  But really, I have not had much time to focus on painting the dining room because of a certain toddler project manager.  Painting a room is a big to do and I generally do not have time while she is with me to start anything so big.  I try to get what I can done during naps, but lately, her naps are far from reliable.

One project I was able to get done during my lunches and late at night was putting a stencil on the front porch/stoop/whatever it is called.  Here is what it looked like before:

Home Down South Front stoop befor

Insert screaming emojis!  I do like the color of our house, but painting the brick here light gray was probably not the smartest decision when you are dealing with Georgia red clay.

I first had to give this space a good pressure washing.  I patiently waited for a weekend where the heat was not so oppressive (which, when is that happening?!).

After a good scrub, I luckily had some exterior white paint from sitting in the garage to use as my base and to cover up the light gray.  You guys, even after a good pressure wash, the bricks are STILL stained.  Adding “paint the brick” to the very bottom of the project list.

Home Down South front porch before 2

I mean, that brick is disgusting.

After I let the base coat dry fully, I waited a few days to start stenciling.  Mainly the heat is what caused more delay.  Also, this spot gets direct sun from 10am – 7pm this time of year and it is a total bear to sit out there.

If you follow me on Instagram, you got a lot of sneak peaks

I ordered my stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils.  I chose the Santa Ana Tile Stencil.  I love the look of cement tiles and have been dying to put something similar to that in my house for a long time.  This is the third time I have used a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils (this is not sponsored by them) and each time was a totally different experience.  The first two times I used the stencil on the wall, so using it on cement was a first and not necessarily the easiest.  I searched around the internet to see what others have done and it seemed pretty straightforward.

It took me a little longer than I expected because I could not easily roll the paint on.  I had to pounce it on.  So it took a few hours over the course of a week.


I kind of like it.  A lot.

Home Down South Blog Porch afterHome Down South front porch after 2Home Down South blog front porch after 3

I had some struggles because unlike adhering it to the wall with a little spray glue, NOTHING wanted to keep the stencil sticky on the cement.  I used painters tape to try and keep the stencil down as much as I could.

I love the interest it adds to this space.  I also love that it is going to hide so much like a boss!

The paint that I ended up using was a quart of Rainstorm by Sherwin Williams.  I chose SW because they offered exterior paint in a quart where other places I checked out only offered in a gallon.  For me, a quart was still too much paint and a gallon would have been wasteful.

At some point, I will still need to go back and seal some of the cracks in the cement so I don’t have to deal with weeds growing through.

What do you think?  Have you ever tried out a stencil?  How did that project turn out?

Ok, I promise I am going to work on the dining room.  I have a deadline.  It will be done!