I didn't get a great BEFORE pic (I am already showing my novice-ness aren't I ?) but I did get a picture of it as we were sanding it. It definitely needed a good sanding--it had a ton of nicks and scratches all over it--plus the sanding helps the new paint stick better.
here. Anyway, I printed out the stencil and started cutting it with a exact-o-knife. I'm not going to lie--this took some time, but it was exactly what I wanted so I stayed strong!
I think I'm hooked. Now I just need to find a cute chair to 'redo' to go along with it. The search is on.