One of the things about lettered stencils is that they invoke random flashbacks like art school, industrial signs, even summer camp (pretty much everything was labelled there, even underwear). We've always meant to use them to decorate furniture. Thats why we love this step-by step modern transformation of an older, shabby chic cabinet into this....
Here's the before. Now we don't have anything against casual cottage style, but the after photo really appeals to the industrial modern in us. We love the whimsical use of stencils which to us invokes an old locker. It would also be fun to write something personal like a poem (we've done this before in chalkboard paint).
We found these photos on the website of Danish magazine Bolig. While we don't understand Danish, they give several helpful step-by-step photos of how they used stencils to makeover the cabinet into something more our style.
You could get the same effect using stencils on almost anything (even on a pail like in the first photo on the left) if you download and cutting out some free stencils from one of many websites. Or you can plan exactly what you want to write and order a custom stencil online that will have it all finished and lined-up for you.