This is where I left off and the first time I have shared it other than on the Home Tour page. It isn’t my complete vision, but 3/4 of the way through we decided to sell our house and stopped at this stage. I still like it, though.
The original vision is depicted in this drawing:
Today, Amber will be sharing her stencil project. Take it away, Amber!
Hello Hyphen readers! I’m Amber from Simple Dwellings, back again and ready to show you one of my recent projects that I have completed. I have wallpapered once before and you can read about that here, but this was my first ever stenciling project! I’m relieved that it’s done, because it was tough work. But, it was so rewarding and worth it in the end. Here’s what our dining room looked like before:
And here is what it looks like now:
The stencil is called Chez Sheik- Large and is from Royal Design Studio. Here is a breakdown of the materials I used and how the project went for me.
- Creamy white semi-gloss paint that I already had for the room’s trim work.
- A stencil brush for the smaller patterns and a small paint brush for the larger patterns.
- Blue painter’s tape. (You could also used spray adhesive, but I already had the tape and it worked great!)
- Drop cloth (just in case!)
- Small bowl for paint.
- Lots of paper towels for rubbing off extra paint on brushes.
I started at the top of the wall, so I could get my initial stencil patterns straight and lined up with the crown molding. I added the painter’s tape to the edges of the stencil and began with only the small stencil brush. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t using too much paint in the beginning. You can always add more paint later, but it’s much harder to remove it! Once I was confident in the amount of paint I needed on the brush, I began to add the small paint brush for the larger patterned areas. This made the project move along much quicker. Just make sure you take off as much of the paint as you can, from the brush! If it bleeds through the stencil, you have a bigger problem on your hands!
When stenciling, I would try to paint from the outside of the stencil in, helping to keep the pattern in place. If I was going to move my stencil to the right for the next set, I always made sure to stencil that side first. That way, the paint would be dry when I had to overlap. The stencil comes with pre-cut dotted lines, so you are always on track for matching up your stencil. It leaves no margin for error! I left the corners and trickier areas for the end of the project, to make sure the back of the stencil was completely dry when I had to move and bend the stencil. I just took a break at that time! I only used one coat of paint for this project. The shading does look darker in some areas, but that just adds to the character of the treatment. (Hopefully) it gives the wall some depth and character. With a bit of the darker wall color showing through, it almost gives the white paint a silvery effect, which shimmers when the lights are on! In time, I will do some touch ups, but they are very minimal and can be done at some point! Overall, it was time consuming but pretty easy to use!
Thanks for having me here today, Kristy! I loved sharing a project with you and your readers.
Thanks so much, Amber!