I've been wanting to do wall stencil ever since I first saw this AWESOME pantry over at House of Smiths.
Last week I was able to go visit Creative Momma C and of course we had to do at least one project! We had a whole 5 days together, so why not paint a stencil on the wall?
After going through all her bookmarked blogs, we thought this tutorial over at Jones Design Company seemed easy enough to follow, but instead of using her stencil we created our own so we could make it the size we wanted and so we could cut it out on the Cricut.
Stencil (We used a cereal box & cut the stencil using a Cricut.) Here's the link to our stencil.
Paint (We used white interior gloss paint.)
Lots of time
Step 1: Start at the top of the wall at one end.
TIP: Start at one end of the wall instead of at the top in the middle. That way you won't have to try and trace small parts of the stencil on the end of the wall.
Step 2: Use a level to make sure pattern is straight. We drew a straight line in the center of our stencil, so we'd have a point of reference.
Step 3: Trace your pattern. We made sure to make a mark at the center point to make it easier to line up the pattern.
Step 4: Keep lining up stencil, leveling stencil and tracing stencil until entire wall is complete. (This took us about a day with other things to do in between & 3 little ones to still take care of.)
TIP: Trace your stencil in a top to bottom pattern & not side to side. We tried to go faster by working together on the wall and when we ended up going sideways our pattern didn't matching up.
Step 5: Using a small paint brush paint along inside of stencil.
TIP: Again, go from top to bottom so you can remember which lines you're painting. When we went from side to side we sometimes painted the inside of the wrong lines :)
Step 6: Paint a second coat of paint if you want. This is Creative Momma C's wall with just one coat. I wasn't there long enough to help with another coat, so she's stuck with that fun job. (It's really hard to say how long this took because we didn't work on it non-stop.)
Step 7: Enjoy your beautiful wall & notice that you can't really see your mess ups :)
TIP: If we had to do this again, we'd create a stencil that we could paint over, so we could skip the first step of tracing the stencil with a pencil.
TIP: We decided to use a gloss paint (on her flat paint walls) so the pattern would shine on the wall & we LOVE it!
Here are a few others that have inspired me to want to attempt this project:
We'll see if I ever get around to doing this project in my house since my hubby does not want me painting walls. At least I got to help over at Creative Momma C's!
A huge shout out to Creative Momma C's hubby who helped with the little ones and who cooked meals for us most of the week. YOU ROCK!!
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