DIY Stenciling: Endless Possibilities

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DIY-Stencil-2(Source: Cutting Edge Stencils)

How are you surviving this winter? Everyone that I seem to speak with lately tell me they are already over the snow and the cold temperatures. If you are one of those individuals, just think, we only have a couple months left of winter.

If you like to hibernate during the winter months, then I have just the home project for you to tackle this season!

Are you looking for a simple solution to give a little extra oomph to your home decor? Maybe that piece of furniture sitting in the corner needs a facelift. Perhaps you want to add a focal point to your living or bedroom. Maybe you would like to switch up your tired accessories with new accent cushions and artwork.

What if I told you this solution is not only inexpensive but allows you to be creative and the possibilities are endless?

PERFECT, right?

Stenciling allows you chose your paint colour, how much paint you want to use, and how you want to use it. There are so many stencils out there to choose from – the only problem is which one do you choose.

 

Possibilities

I love how versatile stenciling is!

You can choose any colour palette or design. You can mix and match colours and stencils. You can even choose which type of paint you’ll like to use: Flat, eggshell or metallic!

Anything can be stencilled as well: Walls, furniture, artwork and fabric such as cushions and curtains.

Stencil-This-2(Source: Cutting Edge Stencils)

Here are some great ideas to show you just how versatile these stencils can be. Just a few different applications to give you some inspiration and to show you how you can use these stencils. This will surely give you that extra little oomph you’ve been looking for.  Guaranteed!

Walls

Walls(Source: Cutting Edge Stencils)

Furniture

Furniture(Source: Cutting Edge Stencils)

Artwork

Artwork(Source: Cutting Edge Stencils)

Basic Stenciling Instructions

What you need:

  • Stencil(s)
  • Sample board
  • Paint
  • Foam roller with rounded ends, stencil brushes
  • Paint tray
  • Painters tape
  • Paper towels, rag, and cleaning tools
  • Step ladder (optional)

Getting Started

It’s always a good idea to do a test run of the design you are looking to complete on a piece of paper or cardboard to get a feel for the technique and colour samples.

You need to make sure the surface is clean, free of dust and is in good condition. Any holes in your walls should be repaired and filled. Make sure any primed or painted surface has been dry for at least 24 hours.

Now that all prep work is complete, it’s time to create.

Position your stencil on the surface with painters tape in the desired location. Load the foam roller and blot off any excess paint on a paper towel.

Roll over the stencil using light to medium pressure as you don’t want excess paint to bleed under the stencil. You can check to see if you want to add more paint to get a darker colour, just peel back the stencil.

Remove the stencil slowly to before repositioning the stencil and repeating until you are done!

Instructions(Source: Cutting Edge Stencils)

Stencil-Overlap(Source: Cutting Edge Stencils)

Pillow-Scentil-2(Source: Cutting Edge Stencils)

Be Patient

This type of project takes time. You cannot rush through something like this. If you find that you are beginning to rush or are starting to make mistakes. I think it’s best to put things away, take a break and come back when you are ready to continue. You will have better results, trust me!

I hope this has given you some ideas and inspired you to come up with some ways to can use stenciling in your home.

 

XO
Dawn

P.S. If you have a design question or a topic that you would like me to cover, please leave a comment or send me an email.  I would love to hear from you!

“Have patience with all things, but first of all with yourself.”

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