Then I started seeing stenciled walls all over different blogs and on Pinterest. This was just the push that I needed to tackle this room. I asked for this stencil for Christmas. Bill and I are very practical when it comes to Christmas gifts, so this fit the bill. When I opened the stencil up on Christmas, I could hardly wait to get going on the project.
Luckily, I had the week after Christmas off from school. This project was definitely a labor of love. I'm thrilled with the results, but its not something I would take on again any time soon! First, I had to paint the wall white. This took a coat of primer and two coats of paint to cover the do-do paint on the wall. Then it was time to stencil.
I attached a tiny level to the top of the stencil to ensure that I was level every step of the way. This definitely helped keep every thing lined up. Since I was painting the gray on top of white, I needed to do two coats in every spot. Since the coats of paint are thin, this just took waiting a few minutes after finishing the first coat to apply the second coat.
I estimate that the entire wall took about 10 hours to do. A long time? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely!!
The fabric came from JoAnn's, and while they weren't any cheaper than buying throw pillows, they are exactly what I wanted. I am in love with gray and yellow right now.
Have you stenciled anything? Do you still cringe and think of ugly 80's stencils whenever anyone mentions the word? I was given many strange looks when I told people that I was stenciling a wall in our bedroom. I hope these pictures cleared it all up!
Thanks for reading,
PS- We bought a new camera last night! It's not super fancy, but a definite upgrade. Don't the pictures look so much crisper?! I'm still playing around with it, but I can't wait to take some great pictures.
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