It was a lot of work but the results were well worth it!
I'm anxious to start my next project for this room which is transforming an antique door into a headboard, which will sit against this lovely stenciled wall. I found the perfect bedding to complete the ensemble which I'm picking up this afternoon.
Being a dig in before reading instructions kind of gal, here are the Mistakes and Lessons Learned about all over stenciling so you don't encounter the same struggles I did...
Tips for applying All Over Stencils:
- READ THE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE STARTING!!!!!
- No, the Stencil Level recommended by the supplier is not a useless little gadget but the handiest little tool I wish I had ordered!
- Find the center of your wall and mark in pencil at the top and bottom.
- Find the center of the "pattern" on the stencil and not the center of the actual stencil, like I made the mistake of doing, and mark onto the top of the stencil with a permanent marker.
- Starting at the top of your wall, align the center mark on the stencil with the center mark on your wall.
- Level the stencil and tape the corners firmly in place using painters tape (don't use masking tape or it will lift the paint).
- I preferred applying the paint with a stencil brush and pounching rather than using a dense foam roller because I didn't have to clean the stencil as often and I used less paint. It's a personal preference!
- Work vertically rather than horizontally for the best pattern alignment and levelling. I made the mistake of doing the opposite!
- I used FolkArt Acrylic craft paint Wicker White in the 2 fl oz/59ml bottles. I found 1 bottle covered an entire row when using a stencil brush. Wish I had known this before starting as I ran out of paint and ended up travelling to three different stores before finding enough to finish - popular colour!
- It doesn't hurt to have a glass of wine nearby to help relax into this project!
And so it began...