30 May 2011

Making my own stencil...and how it turned out.

Goodness, the last week has been crazy.  I'm actually staying at my parent's house for a few days, and am blogging with photos I uploaded before I left. I thought I'd show you a fun project I pulled together a few weeks ago.   I wanted to stencil a wall in our master bath, but needed to do it as cheaply as possible. 



I read about Mandy at Vintage Revivals making her own stencils...and thought that I could do that.  I took some thin vinyl binder dividers (thanks for the inspiration, Holly!) and traced the design I found on What I Made Today.  Then, I cut it out with my exacto knife.


Using Elmer's Spray Adhesive, I tacked the stencil on the wall.


Using my trusty foam roller and the antique white paint we had on hand, I started painting.


I could paint about 3 times, and then would have to wash the stencil off and start the next row.  I traced a faint straight line with my level to help keep the design straight.  I started the next row from the bottom to create a bit of an offset in the design.  The one spot I couldn't reach was behind the TP holder. I just hand traced the design and painted it with a brush.


It came together so well.  It's not perfect, but I love it.  It made a dark little room a happier spot.


Total cost:  $10.  Not bad huh?


I'll be busy helping my parents for a few days, so blogging and email will be sporadic. Please be patient, and if you have a chance, keep my parents in your prayers. I haven't written much about my parent's health, but things are really difficult at this time.  Thanks so much for reading and all your fabulous support.

p.s. The Kilz Clean Start Giveaway ends tomorrow!  Be sure to enter!

Sharing with Blue Cricket Design, Tatertots and Jello, and Southern Institute for Domestic Arts.lil luna link party buttonSomewhat Simplemonogram

22 happy thoughts:

Maria said...

WOW your stencilled wall is awesome! I'll have to try this.
I'm sorry about your parents's health. I hope everything gets better

Dill said...

OMG! That's so awesome! The vinyl is an awesome idea, one I will definitely use! Thanks!

Impera_Magna said...

Not bad? The stenciled wall is stunning! Congratulations!

I'll be praying for you and your parents...

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Awesome job on this stencil project. It looks very professional.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your parents. Be strong.

Marjorie said...

Love it! Looks great!

Diana said...

It looks SO good!!!! Great work.

Jess said...

I love the stencil Chris!

Alice Wills Gold said...

I am not usually into the tutorials or the crafty or design stuff, but I LOVE this. WOW. It turned out so great. Way to go. I am sure your stencil is going to end up on many other people's walls. :)

Prayers and hugs for your parents.

ksolo59 said...

Hugs and prayers for you and your parents..... LOVE the stencil you made on your wall. Thanks for continuing to inspire all of us with your creativity!

Erin said...

Wow! Way to go Chris! Looks awesome!

Melissa said...

I am impressed - I don't think I could be quite so patient...

Katie said...

OMG! BRAVO on these wall stencils. You have real patience! Lol... I'm your newest follower and would love if you linked up at Sew Woodsy today!

Alia Dalwai said...

Hi!

Im your follower!

I really really liked your blog!

Keep up the good work!

Do visit mine too at http://aliascreativelife.blogspot.com/

Alia

Liz @ LivingMySweetLife said...

wow!! that came out perfect. I love it!

Marci Girl said...

I think it is kind of wonderful! Great job and so pretty, it adds that little something extra to the bathroom!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Wow, Chris! This is AWESOME...again!! You are queen of the creative, I think!! I've thought about trying to make my own stencils. I've bought the books...and the equipment...but haven't ever actually tried it!!

Yours looks FAB!
Sarahx

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

This looks great, Chris. Nice job.

Keeping you and your family in my thoughts.

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

Really pretty--love how it came out!

Michele Pacey said...

ooooo very very pretty Chris! not too shabby for 10 bucks eh? It does give that little room a lift too. way to make your own stencils, man!

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

This is really pretty! Good job, especially with making your own stencil!

SharleneT said...

Fantastic job and stencil idea. Hello from Creative Me Mondays! Now, you've got me thinking.... Come visit when you can.

Mindie Hilton said...

I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.

http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/2011/06/any-link-goes-party-running-now-summer.html

Come strut your stuff.

Post a Comment

How sweet of you to stop by. Kind words are always welcome.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...