If you've been following my blog for a while you know I love painting designs on my furniture. It's always a toss up though. It's quicker and easier to paint furniture a plain simple colour and white furniture sells very quickly while the more ornate pieces may take longer to find a home that suits them. But... I do like being that extra bit creative and making my painted furniture unique and different.
I often hear people say they can't draw or couldn't paint a design freehand. I hope that I can inspire you to think that you can do it and the best way forward it just to give it a try. If you muck it up, you can always paint over it.
I don't usually use stencils on furniture as I'm scared they will bleed and not be super neat. And they are also expensive to buy! I did make my own Fleur de lis stencil but I usually just use it to trace in pencil and then paint it freehand. Because I made it myself with a art knife, it's not that neat but as I'm painting freehand with a brush I can fix up any bits when I paint it.
I also painted several coffee tables in the same design.
I have a special attachment to the fleur de lis.
It's on my business card and I consider it my logo.
For the bird furniture I just paint the pieces freehand after drawing them lightly in pencil. There's no right or wrong with something like this.