Friday

Fun with Stencils

I love what you can do with stencils.  So versatile and so not permanent.  For someone that changes their mind frequently, like yours truly, these are the perfect solution.  They can give you the same look/effect as wallpaper without the commitment and it's easy to do.  I found some fabulous stencils on Etsy, but eventually settled on this  one from hobby lobby because the price was right.  It ended up being around $12 with a 40% off coupon. 


I decided to start my stenciling on a small, manageable wall to avoid getting overwhelmed.  So I picked this small area right behind our front door.   

I used some leftover flat white paint that I had in the garage and a small foam roller to apply the paint.  I also used Elmer's Spray Adhesive to hold the stencil in place while I was painting.  The spray adhesive temporarily holds it in place without leaving any sticky residue behind.  I started out using one of those small sponge brushes from the craft store, bad idea.  1-It took forever 2-It bled and left me with muddy edges.  So I switched to a small foam roller and rolled most of the paint off onto a paper towel first and then rolled over the stencil.  I'm no expert, but I realized very quickly that you don't need a lot of paint or you will get bleeding.  I really meant to take progress pictures, but I forgot.  

So here it is before putting the mirror up, bad iphone pic but the lighting is better on these....  


and altogether


and a few more pictures I took with my camera, it's dreary day here so they are a little dark....









and here's what it looked like about a year ago....


big difference huh?





14 comments:

Hanna said...

um awwwesome!! love love love

Pudel-design said...

That looks way better than before!
LOVE IT!;)

Pigeon said...

it looks fantastic! I love that pattern. I just stenciled my foyer this past week. It looks like the smaller stencil size would be easier to use. My stencil was enormous (it was a large pattern) and kind of hard to take around corners.

here's mine:
http://trappedinnorthjersey.blogspot.com/2010/11/downstairs-foyer-stenciled.html

Decor I Adore said...

oh my gosh I love it! makes me wish every inch of wall in my house (including ceilings) weren't textured!

You never cease to inspire me :)

decoriadore.blogspot.com

Nichole@BarillaFab4.blogspot.com said...

LOVE IT!!!!! :)

Kimmy said...

Umm AMAZING!! I love it!!

Aja said...

Wow, it looks fantastic!

me said...

ummm ... completely WOWed!!! You are so talented.

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Wow -looks fantastic. We don't have hobby lobby in Canada but maybe Michaels has something like that? Hmmm...

Nuha Sofiyan said...

oh great job!! It looks amazing! xoxo

Mrs. DeVore said...

Barbara you can actually buy stuff online if you click the link below the picture I posted and I think this week u can get 40 percent off online.

Shelley Chic said...

I also have used these stencils from Hobby Lobby. I wanted to add some "texture" to my breakfast room wall, so I did the stencil in the same color as my wall but in gloss,I love the result & get lots of compliments. I love your wall!

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

I love this!!! Loving your blog . . found you from honey we're home!

Life On Planet Mum said...

Found your blog via Decorpad.com and I love the transformation of your entryway. I am off to order stencils and adhesive sprays for my bathroom project! Thank you.

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