Have any of you ever tried to do a wall stencil? If you have, then you know what I'm talking about it. If you haven't, don't do it! Okay, so maybe I'm being overly dramatic. Maybe it hasn't been long enough and it's all still too vivid in my mind. All I know is that I won't be doing anything like that again!
Let's back up here. All the way back to January of this year when I decided I wanted to upgrade our guest bathroom. Just a little facelift, nothing too big. Some minor re-decorating was all I wanted to do. And this idea all basically started with a wall stencil. I found one that I really liked and found the perfect location in the bathroom for it.
|The image I found on Google and fell in love with|
After three failed attempts and a lot of frustration later, I am pleased to announce that the stencil is finally done. It is far from perfect but at this point, I really don't care. We did it all in one evening. Probably a good thing too as I'm not sure if I would have been able to go back to it if I had left it half done. I tried to document it the process as best I could and I hope you will learn from our experience.
First, we lay our stencil out on newspaper on the bathroom floor so that we could apply the stencil adhesive.
|The stencil is there, you just can't see it|
Once the adhesive was applied and dry, we stuck it to the wall using painters tape. See how big it really is?
Once it was securely in place, I set myself up to start painting. We used Hauser Dark Green by Americana paint that was purchased for $1.99 at Michaels. I probably only went through half a bottle for this whole project.
For the stencil brush, we used these small sponges that were also purchased at Michael's. They came in a package of four and were $8.49 but I used a 40% off coupon.
They worked quite well I think. You just have to be careful not to soak up too much paint into them or else you will smudge up your stencil. Which I did. Like I said, not perfect.
I got started painting and continued on for what felt like ages. It hurts the hands! I definitely think it would have looked nicer had I taken a bit more time. But I was feeling impatient and really, I had no idea what I was doing. My advice for others though, use less paint. The more paint that's on your brush, the more paint will get behind the stencil and smudge. Just an FYI.
I finally finished the first dandelion! Tada! (Just don't look too closely)
After letting that one dry for a good hour and a half, I came back and did the second one. I tried to be a bit more careful and precise but it still ened up smudged. Oh well. Next up was stenciling the small dandelion fluff floating away This part of the stenciling went by much quicker!
While the whole process kind of sucked and it didn't turn out quite as nicely as I had hoped, I am overall happy with it. It looks really nice from a few feet away. So as long as you don't stare too closely, it turned out really well!
So what do you think? Have you ever tried to stencil before? How did it turn out? And if you haven't ever tried, do you intend to? Is it something on your bucket list?