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Guys, I feel like a real DIY blogger, cuz I have finally done a painting project! And not just any little painting project…a big project. I stenciled a wall!
Cutting Edge Stencils offered to send me a stencil to review, and of course I said yes!
Check out this dandelion awesomeness!
I love it! I’ve never stenciled anything before, but it turns out, if you follow the instructions, it’s ridiculously easy. In fact, it was so easy I may have gotten a tad carried away and stenciled some floating seeds all the way over the door and onto the other wall! 🙂
I love the little seeds floating away onto the other wall, they’re kinda my favorite part!
I am just so thrilled with this entire project! I thought the desk chair I reupholstered made me happy every time I looked at it, but that’s nothing compared with this wall. It just makes me smile!
Cutting Edge Stencils has great instructions on their site about how to stencil something properly. I’ve embedded their Basic Stencil Technique video below. This is the video I watched; it’s only 3 and a half minutes and it’s all you need to know about stenciling. Seriously, it’s this easy!
Today is just about the basics, but I’ve written a full (and characteristically detailed) Beginner’s Guide about my entire experience stenciling this awesome wall, so if you want the details, check out that post.
- a stencil
- a dense foam roller or a brush
- painter’s tape or spray adhesive
- paint (latex interior paint, or craft paint works best)
- styrofoam plates
- paper towels
The instructions are simple (you can skip this part if you watched the video :-p):
- Attach your stencil to the wall.
- Pour out a bit of paint onto a plate.
- Roll your roller in the paint very lightly (or use a brush).
- Roll off all of the excess paint on a paper towel.
- Once your roller looks dry, roll it over the stencil.
- Do a couple of coats if the color isn’t dark enough; you can always check by lifting up a corner of the stencil and then replacing it.
And that’s it! Super easy!
Now that I have stenciled a wall, I want to share some of the things I’ve learned from the experience.
- Test it out first on a piece of cardboard or inside a closet somewhere, especially if this is your first time stenciling. This will help you figure out how much paint to use, how fast to roll the paint, what pressure to use, etc.
- Use spray adhesive! Seriously, just use it instead of painter’s tape, it is soooo worth it. Your lines will be cleaner and it’s way easier if you have a repeating design and need to move the stencil around a lot. (I was worried it would pull the wall paint off my walls, but if you spray the stencil and then wait 3-5 minutes before putting it on the wall the adhesive dries to a slightly tacky, rubber cement consistency, and it’s definitely temporary!)
- You don’t need a lot of paint. We bought tiny 8oz sample jars of wall paint from Home Depot and by the time I was finished painting they were still more than 3/4 full!
- You also don’t need a lot of paint on your roller. I know the video says to blot off the excess paint, but I can’t stress enough how important this is! If you don’t, the paint will seep under the stencil, or build up into a ridge right at the edge of the stencil. You can always do a second or third coat if the paint isn’t covering completely or if it’s not dark enough.
- Brush away from the edges. If you brush towards the edges you’ll push paint under your stencil and blur your lines.
- Don’t freak out! I probably give this advice for all of my projects, but I am prone to freaking out so I keep having to remind myself not to. For this project specifically, remember that paint is a totally different color when it’s wet, so wait for it to dry before totally losing it. 🙂
And that’s it! If you remember those tips and paid attention to the 3 minute video you’ll be just fine if you want to try stenciling your own wall!
I had so much fun doing this project! I took over 200 pictures and would totally share them all with you, but the internet would probably keel over and die. So here are just a few more.
Finnegan was very “helpful” while I was painting the seeds!
And Puck was bit of a casualty of war; somehow he got paint on his tail and front leg even though I locked them in the bathroom the entire time there was paint out on the ground. No idea how he managed that!
Overall the project was a complete success. The stencil I got was totally awesome, and Cutting Edge Stencils gave me all the instructions I needed to finish the project!
Have you ever stenciled anything? Do you have any painting tips or tricks?
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