I’ve always loved the intricate bone inlay cabinets from India, the simple contrast of two colours and repeating geometric patterns. Designer Nicolette Tabram has spent time in India and is very much inspired by Indian pattern and design. Her contemporary stencil collection is perfect for furniture makeovers, featuring delicate florals and simple motifs that are easy to use to create borders or to fully cover an area with pattern.
Nicolette’s stencilled furniture and fabric projects are regularly featured in Reloved Magazine and echo the bone inlay look. In the October issue, she upcycles a step stool by stencilling directly onto the wood. I recently purchased a lovely set of hardwood drawers in an auction and was loathe to paint them as the deep teak-coloured wood was beautiful. But they needed something. So out came my collection of Nicolette’s stencils.
I used Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan in Original, and the Jaipur, Bukhara, Rajasthan and Agra stencils. After finishing the stencilling I sealed the paint with Annie Sloan Clear Wax. I’m so pleased with the finished result!
Have you done something similar or are inspired to have a go yourself? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
PS: You can purchase Nicolette’s stencils from Nicolette’s Etsy shop.