HEY, HEY! It’s Friday; I ain’t got no job but I got tons of stuff to do! Totally kidding about the job thing. I am actually a full-time mom and I have one (sometimes two) work-at-home job(s) in addition to the blog. Whew. So let’s make this quick!
You may remember from this post that I decided to stencil my freshly painted white foyer beneath the chair rail. I had a few color combos in mind, but ultimately landed on this primarily gray scheme.
In an effort to preserve my sanity, after researching tutorials for multi-colored stencil designs, I decided to apply one color at a time. I started with the gray since it’s the primary color for my design. So far I’ve done (almost) one corner of the room.
I’m really pleased so far. Stenciling on the wall is much easier than stenciling a ceiling when you’re 7 months preggo (more on that classic tale here). When I did my ceiling stencil, however, I was stenciling polka-dots with a round sponge. The stencil was really easy to line up and full proof as far as smudging and running paint goes. This stencil is a tad more elaborate and takes a little more effort to line up between rounds of painting.
Looks good from far, right? Now for the “far from good” portion of this post.
Being the Type-A, perfectionist maniac that I am I had a mini panic attack when I first started the stencil. If you take a close look at the above photo my paint is far from solid and my edges not-so-crisp. I applied two, maybe three, layers of paint and there are still some spots where the paint could be more saturated. Rather than freak out about it, I decided to take the high road and embrace the look. I reminded myself that once this project is done the overall effect is going to be so AWESOME and eye-catching that no one will notice this minor detail. The “flaw” also adds a handmade, earthy sort of element to the design. So onward I stencil in this state of perfect imperfection!
My toolkit for this project includes a cheap foam sponge, Krylon spray adhesive, Scotch Blue tape, a mini ruler, my iPhone and A LOT of coffee.
I will put together a detailed post with a step-by-step guide for stenciling when I’m all done. My quickie tip that I will share today is to go easy on the paint. The more paint you use the more likely it is that your design will bleed through the stencil. Also, painters tape is your friend. I used it to tape off the sections of my stencil that I didn’t want to paint yet, leaving only those parts that should be gray exposed. My stencil is taped on the front and the back so there’s nothing sticky exposed.
I also use the tape to secure my stencil to the wall and to hang it up in a neutral zone while I’m waiting for the layers to dry.
Do you have any great stenciling tricks or tips? I have a loooooong way to go so anything that will make my stenciling faster would be ideal! Have you stenciled in your home? Did you find it worth the effort or find yourself wishing you would have went with wallpaper or hired a pro to paint for you?