Remember this wall, dear readers?
Yeah, it was pretty bare. We looked at growing our entertainment center, but it just wasn't in the family budget this year.
So, I thought of trying this popular trend...stencils. But, I waited a LONG time to try. First, I didn't want to cut out a huge stencil. I know! Lazy, right? But, I didn't want to mess up and make a potentially beautiful stencil just look....bad. So, I did the next best things. I bought one.
The problem with buying one, is that you can't really get the size you want. My stencil fit on an 8 1/2" x 11" stencil page. So, it was pretty small.
I decided to try it out anyway. I used my $.50 mis-tint paint from Home Depot called "sea sprite." It's a very light blue/white mix.
So, I used my painters tape and my stencil brush and commenced stenciling.
It was a disaster.
The stencils were fuzzy, muddled and just gross. What was I doing wrong???
So, I checked out my favorite site for paint tips: All Things Thrifty. They are the stencil queens over there.
They recommended using craft adhesive to adhere the stencil more firmly to the wall. Well, duh. That makes the most sense! Luckily, I happened to have some on hand! So, I gave it a try. And it worked wonderfully!
*A warning....for me, I don't know if I used too much or what, but I had sticky residue left on the walls after I pulled the stencil off. After the paint dried, it was simply a matter of rubbing the residue off with my fingers. Not too bad.
**Also, you don't have to spray adhesive every time you apply the stencil to the wall. I used a wet rag to push the stencil against the wall after each application. I only sprayed adhesive about every 5th stencil.
So, this was the result after finally finding my stencil "groove." It took forever just to do these few rows. I had to quit when hubby came home. He walked in, took a look at it and said he hated it. WHAT??? Didn't he know the trouble I went through to do this? The time? The energy? The MISTAKES??? Humph. After throwing a toy (a soft toy) at his head and disappearing to our bedroom for awhile, I came out and calmly asked him why he didn't like it.
"Too busy! If you do the whole wall like that, it will make me go cross-eyed every time I try to watch TV!"
Humph. I'll make you go cross-eyed.
No, I didn't say that. (I might have thought that). Then he said, "why don't you just stencil a few randomly on the wall?"
That was actually not a bad idea. One I could use as a compromise. After giving him a big hug and calling him a genius, I got our leftover paint and painted over my hard-worked-on stencils. Sigh.
I decided to use a grouping of the stencils as my "one." Does that make sense? Here, take a look:
What do you think? If you look hard, you can kind of find a pattern in the groupings. Don't look too hard, though.
I think I like it. Better yet, hubby liked it, too! What do you think, readers? Let me know!
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