Sunday, March 31, 2013

Wall Art

A few months ago I came across this blog post showcasing transforming a wall with stencils.  The photos of the project just made me want to stencil every room in our house.  Stencils have been around forever, but honestly, I had visions of lame grapes & leaves so I never paid them any attention.  Until that blog post.  Royal Designs makes some fun, modern stencils!  It was hard to narrow it down to one, but I ended up getting this one.  It's called Endless Circles.  Love it!  But I had to convince Don that it would look good in our bedroom.  It took convincing because he had to repaint the bedroom wall a light ivory color (it's the color we use on all the trim in our house)...and then we needed to stencil over it with the color that already on the walls (I didn't want to change the color, surprise, surprise!).  The result is a wall that I love.  The process?  Took way longer than I had hoped.  I had hoped it would take 3 took 7 1/2.  Yes, you read that right.  7 1/2 hours

Here's a little bit of the process (bad light & cell phone photos...I didn't want to get paint on my camera, sorry):

You have to start somewhere, right?  Painters tape, spray adhesive, a small paint roller, a level, Behr Spa paint & an entire Saturday are all you need.

The paint has to be rolled on really lightly.  So lightly that it's supposed to dry instantly.  I never quite achieved that.  If the paint is too heavy, it seeps under the template.  Too light & you have to keep going over it.  I suspect going over it twice is why it took so long, but it was necessary.

Lining up the stencil wasn't hard at all.  Leveling it was a little more challenging.  

When I started the first row I really wasn't sure if I was supposed to flip the stencil or keep it the same orientation.  I flipped it once...and in the second row, I regretted it.  It all worked out, just a little extra challenge.


Another oops....

Am I ever going to be done?  I'm afraid not!

The ceiling & corners were the hardest part.  I ended up free handing the ceiling line...I just couldn't handle that floppy stencil.

Not perfect, but I don't think anyone will notice.  Please ignore the popcorn ceiling.  It's not a project I care to tackle right now.  (Kendall's on me all the time to remove it...notice I didn't say "Kendall offered to help us remove all that nasty popcorn."  Just saying.)

This is the worst of the paint mess.  I kinda loved that the paint got so thick I just peeled it off.  

I could not have done the corners without Don.  Well, I could have, but there would have been a great big meltdown.  Thank you, honey!

Will I do this again?  Yes!  I'm thinking of doing this one in my living room. On the wall with all the photos.

And dad, if you're still reading, the next project is a green house made out of whatever we can, siding, etc.  I'll need your help for that one!


  1. Oh my gosh! I don't think I could do that. I would give up after about two applications and paint over it. I bet the entire wall looks amazing, though. You are a stencil rock star!

    1. Had I known it was going to take as long as it did, I would have gone for a hike! That said, I absolutely LOVE my new wall! It was worth it!