Friday, September 17, 2010

Stencil Wall

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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  1. I think it adds some nice visual interest. And if hubby approves... winner! :)

  2. Cute! Hubby was right - a whole wall would have been too much!

  3. I do agree with hubby - it was a bit busy before, but now it's perfect! It looks great! Wonderful way to fill up that wall with pretty pattern. :)


  4. Hi there, thanks so much for hosting.
    Yup, I like it better was a bit busy before. I also really like your color choice. Keeping it neutral keeps it more simple. I used to do custom stencilling in homes and would have recommended the more subtle approach. Great job!

  5. Unfortunalty hubbies have to live with our crafts too, LOL! I like the finished look.

  6. Ooooh! I love this! I have been wanting to stencil, but am not quite brave enough yet. Great job!


  7. I've been the same way, loving stencils but afraid to commit :) I do like the 'after' pictures a lot~ it's a perfect compromise! I hope your hubby is happy too!

  8. I have done stenciling for .... years!! There are a few products you may want to check out if you do this again... One is from Delta called Stencil Adhesive. The other is from 3M called Super 77. Neither are as sticky as Elmers! I hope you can stop by my blog. I am just starting out, but I do have some stenciling tutorials planned along with other great tips!! Happy Painting and until next Thyme...


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