Hooray I finally got my stencil done! (almost) I am SOOO excited to show you guys how awesome it looks.
I have a couple of other projects going on in my bedroom so I am going to wait until I can show the whole room for the final final shot. But I couldn’t wait to show you how freakin AWESOME my stencil turned out, even though I still have touch ups to do.
I am not really a stencil novice. This is the the third time that I have stenciled a room (click here to see the first and second times) The first was a stencil that I made myself and the second was one that I won from Cutting Edge for winning Crafting With The Stars. If you read the posts leading up to my living room wall reveal I was super frustrated with the way that I couldn’t get it to line up, there were bleeding issues, etc. I am really glad that I did it but man it was not easy.
When I contacted Melanie Royals from Royal Design Studio about being a sponsor in the Epic Room Makeover Giveaway they sent me a stencil to try myself. You guys know that I am all about 100% honest opinions and so this is my true blue through and through experience.
I couldn’t decide which one to get! Seriously. It took me DAYS of thinking about it 24/7 to choose. The one that I chose is called Hollywood Squares (like the TV show!) But these were my other top 3 (click the pic for more info)
I flippin couldn’t believe how much easier it was. The differences between the way the stencils are made makes all the difference in the world. Royal Design Studio’s stencil is on a different type of plastic. It’s the kind that when you shake it it makes noise (you know what I mean right?) It stuck to the wall by itself. I didn’t need to use spray adhesive.
On all of the stencils that are meant to be used as allover patterns they have registration marks so that your stencil will line up perfectly. Seriously who would have thought that a few teeny marks would make the difference in my sanity?
And then you just go to town! The stencil bends really easily for corners, but you will need to do a little hand painting to get it right against the corner.
On the first tutorial (and what is recommended by RDS) I used a small foam roller. I was at Home Depot picking some more up and noticed that Purdy has small rollers too but they aren't foam they are called White Dove. I asked the paint guy what the difference was and he said for my wall the Purdy roller would be better. I already had a white dove roller at my house and so I bought the foam roller just incase.
The foam roller needed 2 coats and got a raised buildup along the edges of the pattern.
(Close up so you can see the amount of bleeding)
Using the White Dove Roller I only had to do one coat (sorry didn’t get a pic while the stencil was on the wall)
And here is a shot of a random spot on the wall.
There was still some bleeding but that was more my fault for getting lazy than anything.
When you load your roller you want to have enough paint that you will have coverage but not so much that it seeps below the stencil. The best way to describe it is to roll enough off that its not shiny with paint.
When you start on a wall start in the upper center
That way you can work to the right, left, and down and there will be less down time waiting for your paint to dry!
When you are done get small pieces of tape to mark where you need to touch up. If you are standing right next to the wall you can drive yourself mad with imperfections. Stand a ways back and see where the issues are and mark there. I mean if you want to hand touch up a bajillion little bleeds be my guest but I have more to do in life.
Clearly my roller had too much paint on it when I was doing this section…
Just a reminder of the before:
p.s. I stenciled 2 walls in the bedroom that’s why the doors seem weird. And sorry about the wonky angles I am trying to not show my other projects that are in the works….
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Do you guys have any more stencil questions?