HOW TO MAKE SUBWAY ART - reverse stencil


There are a few tutorials available around blog land showing how
to achieve a subway art look, so why am I offering another?


I wanted a certain finished look that I was not able to find
and I wanted to share some of the unique qualities that AS Chalk Paint offer in the process.


I used vinyl letters creating a reverse stencil on top of white chalk paint,

The letters were made with commercial adhesive vinyl
left over from my contractor days. (drawer liner or mac tac should work)
I used a computer program to get the size and shape I wanted
then printed them out and cut them by hand.

I only wanted the white for the letters so I washed the rest off with water.
I did not want all that extra white coming through areas that were going to be distressed.



The remaining steps I took are:

1) painted over everything with AS Graphite
2) once dry, remove the vinyl letters
3) waxed the drawer face
4) distress with sand paper
5) wax and buff to a shine


The finished project is pictured below.
You can see some of the drawers have the extra white underneath.
I found it was messy that is why I removed it but maybe you'll like it that way for your project.


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6 comments:

  1. Waiting anxiously.......

    ~Bliss~

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  2. What sort of wax do you use on chalk paint? Cashel1916@yahoo.com

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  3. Thank you, thank you! I have a dresser to subway art on and I was just thinking through the steps I would have to make it work...daunting, until now! Brilliant method which I hope to borrow and complete a project soon!

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  4. That looks fantastic! Great tutorial. You make it look really easy so I'll have to put it to the test someday soon.

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  5. Oh wow - this is perfect timing as I am in the beginning stages of a very similiar project! Thanks for the tips lady!
    Elisa
    home sweet nest

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  6. Thank you for your tutorial. I had such a fun time using your techniques on a vintage liquor cabinet! I have a question, though....there was some residual stickiness left on the cabinet after I peeled the letter stencils off. Did that happen to you? I was able to continue with the project, but when I got to the distressing step at the end, the paint dust tended to collect on that stickiness, darkening my white letters quite dramatically. I was wondering if there was something I could do differently next time. Thanks!

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THANK YOU ALL!