How To: Paint Polka Dots

created at: 03/22/2012

I have never met a polka dot I didn’t like. They remind me of so many happy things: bubbles, balloons, pizza. Julia added them to a cheery dresser re-do and used a surprising and clever everyday item as her stencil. See what it was and the finished dresser makeover after the jump.

needlepoint hoop

The stencil Julia used was a needlepoint hoop! She says you get two sizes for the price of one, and they are easy to maneuver over drawer breaks. Continue Reading

Use Moroccan Stencils for Ceilings, Walls, Floors, and Furniture


Don’t tell my local mid-century modern group (Atomic Indy) but I’m kind of loving the whole Moroccan pattern trend. My first encounter was when I accidentally came across the My Marrakesh blog, by the lovely Maryam. Next, I found out about Melanie Royals, a San Diego stencil artist  who organized a couple of painting trips to Maryam’s pad in Marrakesh. Then, I discovered that Melanie’s company, Royal Design Studio, now sells a huge variety of fabulous Moroccan stencils. Continue Reading

DIY Coffee Stencil

Since my first whiff of coffee art, I’ve been hooked. I don’t aspire to be as talented as my local barista, but THIS I could manage. Jessica over at How About Orange tells us how we can make stencils to decorate our coffee.Basically, all you need is a leftover plastic lid from the deli or margarine tub, and X-acto knife and a piece of paper and pencil. For the full 411, follow this link. Continue Reading

DIY Frosted Glass

No hard boiled detective worth his salt is without a frosted glass door declaring his name and profession.

Like this:

created on: 08/14/08

Here’s a recipe for making your own door frosting. Trilby, Trench Coat and Maltese Falcon are optional.


  • object for frosting (cabinet with glass doors, mirror, hurricane globe, glass clip frames, door with glass inlay, etc.)
  • glass cleaner
  • razor blade
  • painter’s tape
  • stencils
  • stencil brushes
  • acrylic spray polyurethane
  • frosting formula: wallpaper paste, white powdered paint pigment, water, PVA glue (acid free)

Find full instructions over at HGTV. Continue Reading

Rethinking Stencils with Anna Wulick

If when you hear the word ‘stencil’, you think of graphic wall designs, you may want to take a look at the artwork of Anna Wulick. Selling on her Etsy shop as forty-two roads, Anna creates stencils rendered from photographs. She then uses the stencils to create portraits in oil or in mixed media collages. Recently, I posed a few questions to Anna so we might all get to know her and her work a little better. Continue Reading