The makeover vision for my childhood dresser always included a subtle hint of coastal flair, but I could never quite figure out how to make it happen. There’s a fine line between chic and kitsch, especially when you’re working with coastal decor themes. I knew I wanted to add a pineapple to this dresser somehow, as it would be a huge feature in the Caribbean-themed guest room (and pineapples are a symbol of hospitality). However, I did not want it to stand out too much and cross that fine line.

After testing some various ways to do the paint job, I settled on a raised stencil in the same color as the dresser so it could be seen up close but didn’t scream “I AM A COASTAL DRESSER” from far away. 

While this was a part of the larger childhood dresser makeover project, we split it out for those who just want to know how to paint a raised stencil on furniture, or how to create a custom stencil with the Cricut. 

Check out the video below where we show you how to make the stencil with a Cricut and then paint the raised stencil onto the dresser:

🛒 Tools and Materials (most links = affiliate links):

Cricut Maker
Cricut –
Amazon – 

24” Standard grip map –

Oracal Oramask 813 stencil vinyl –

Coarse texture –

Regular paint (we used semi-gloss latex paint) –

Mixing cup –

Foam brush –

Painter’s tape –

Matte Mod Podge –

If you prefer written instructions…

If you prefer written instructions, we have you covered! Check out our step-by-step guide, complete with pictures, via the link below:

How to Paint a Raised Stencil on Furniture

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