Lauren upcycled an old wood stool she found at a local consignment shop using a simple stencil she made on her Cricut machine. Did you miss it on Facebook Live? Don’t worry! You can revisit it here or skip directly to a tutorial video we cut together below.

Here are step-by-step instructions if you prefer a walk-through tutorial in words.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Upcycled wood stool materials needed

Before Lauren started her project, she painted the stool with white acrylic paint to give it a bit of a refresh. Feel free to do this too if your project calls needs a new skin too.

Step 1: Find a stencil design

Lauren found a simple stencil design in Design Space® for her wood stool.

Wood stool stencil pattern in Design Space®
  • The community project for her design may be found here.
  • Or you can also download this SVG if you don’t have a machine and want to recreate the same pattern.

Don’t forget to resize the design to fit your project!

Step 2: Cut your design

Using a Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore machine, cut the pattern with the appropriate setting of material you use for the project. You could also use a Cricut Joy® but will be limited in size.

Lauren used 6mil thick Mylar to create her project. She laid the Mylar onto a LightGrip mat and cut it with a deep point blade using the “Mylar” setting with “more” pressure because the blade was a bit dull.

You can also cut the Mylar with a fine point blade. Depending on the sharpness of your blade and the thickness of your material, you may need to adjust these settings to fit your project. We recommend testing a small cut to find the settings that work best.

If you are using the SVG to cut by hand, try tracing the outline onto your material before you cut with scissors.

Mylar stencil cut by Cricut machine
Stencil with paint (but only because we didn’t get a photo before the Facebook Live!)

Step 3: Adhere your design to the surface

Lay your stencil onto the project surface with painter’s tape. The tape will help you get crisp paint lines along the edges.

Step 4: Dab to paint

When your stencil design is secured to the surface of your project, start dabbing! Lauren prefers Mylar to vinyl because of its thicker density. The density, in addition to a dabbing motion, helps prevent the paint from bleeding through the stencil.

Step 5: Let the paint dry then remove the stencil

After the paint has dried, remove the stencil to review your design.

Upcycled wood stool with painted stencil design

Step 6: Seal your stencil

Seal your stencil with a polyurethane spray or equivalent that is appropriate for your project. The sealant will offer the paint a layer of protection to prevent nicks, stains, and water damage.

Upcycled wood stool with painted stencil design made by Cricut

After the sealant has dried, it’s ready to use! Take a seat, try it out, put it next to the couch, rest those weary bones. Crafting is hard work!

Upcycled wood stool video tutorial

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