Stenciling a Wall

12 Nov

Well, I did it. I Made a Move on That Room.

And, as you know from my last mini-post, I added a pretty major element to the room. I stenciled some walls.

What? That wasn’t on my inspiration board.

Nursery Inspiration

See? No stencils whatsoever. But even when I put this board together I was thinking about it. In fact, when I posted the link on Facebook I went so far as to ask if anyone had stenciled a whole wall.

Working up my courage to do it was pretty hard, I have to say. Sure, it’s just paint. But if I didn’t like it, repainting would involve sanding the walls to smooth out the extra layer of paint on the stencil and then repainting with Light Yellow. I dreaded the thought of that so I knew I’d have to love it if I went forward with this project.

A few weeks back I looked at the full wall stencils in AC Moore and there were a couple I liked. After I posted my inspiration board, I decided to go for the stencil.

Here’s the first one I bought (yes, I said first one):

I really like the graphic design. A lot. But something just didn’t see quite right about it.

While I was at the store, I also picked up this little stencil for just $4.

I loved the spirals, and they definitely matched the inspiration board better – but they were too small. It’s hard to tell without any perspective, but the largest of these spiral is about the side of a saucer. I was hoping for the largest to be nearly dinner plate sized.

At home. I practiced the painting and tested some colors on a piece of wall board left over from our renovation. I used the small spiral piece and a Greek key stencil I had left from a different project. I didn’t want to use the the full wall stencil because I still wasn’t sold on it and it cost $20.

The next weekend, I returned to AC Moore and decided to walk back down the stencil aisle. There, tucked behind an animal print stencil, I found this:

It’s the same pattern as the small border on a larger scale. The largest spiral is much, much bigger.

Woo hoo! I had some stenciling to do.

On the way home, I stopped by Benjamin Moore and had their color expert helped me pick out a nice grey to go with my Light Yellow wall. We settled on Marilyn’s Dress.

Back at home I did one more test on the wall board and I was ready to go. This was around 9 p.m. on a Saturday night. Yeah, I’m fun like that.

I gathered my supplies – a sample quart of Marilyn’s dress, a super smooth foam paint roller, paper towels, painter’s tape and floor protection (newspaper). I started by putting tape over the baseboards and outlet covers.

Protecting the outlets and the baseboards.

Then I took several deep breaths. Really, several dozen deep breaths. Maybe 100. Seriously, this part lasted for a while.

Finally I taped the stencil into place.

Tape the stencil into place

Oh – before we took the picture above where I am actually taping the stencil, we took this one for the son of a friend of Don’s.

Casey is helpful.

Isn’t he cute? I banished him from the room right after this picture was taken.

With the stencil in place, I covered my roller with paint and then wiped the excess on a paper towel. All the tutorials I read online stressed the importance of this step because the paint needs to be thin in order not to bleed outside of the stencil edges.

Rolling the excess paint onto a paper towel

Finally – gulp – finally it was time to actually apply the paint to the wall. More deep breathing ensued.

I did it! Paint goes onto the stencil, and the wall.

Then I carefully peeled back the stencil, and … I loved it!

The first stencil. Sorry it's so dark. Remember that it was about 10 p.m. by this time.

Here’s what it looked like after 4 stencils were applied. I turned them into a different direction each time to vary the pattern.

I shifted the stencil on all four of these to keep it looking somewhat random.

Here is that whole once it was done.

The first section is *nearly* done. See that small area to the right of the outlet? There was a small crack in the wall board that we need to fix before we can stencil it.

Here I am pleased with my progress.

Yay! I did it. I conquered the stencil.

Then I tackled the wall on the other side of the dormer.

Wall two is done.

And that’s it for now. We might add a few more star bursts in the room, but the half walls are the only two getting the all over treatment.

In the meantime, I’m holding on to the Moroccan stencil because I like it so much. Maybe I’ll use it in another room.

What do you think? Are you glad we went with the kaleidoscope pattern? Should I return the Moroccan pattern, or hold on to it for now?

6 Responses to “Stenciling a Wall”

  1. Jennifer Greer November 12, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    Love, love, love, love, love it! Great job – you are a far better woman than I!

    • susan November 12, 2012 at 9:19 pm #

      Oh my gosh! Are you kidding me? You packed up and moved to Alabama while pregnant. I’m not expecting and all I did was paint a wall.

  2. Deanna November 13, 2012 at 7:10 am #

    Lovely & magical!

    • susan November 13, 2012 at 7:38 am #

      Thanks, Deanna.

  3. Heather November 29, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    I love, love, love it! Your little one is going to adore his/her room!

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