Back in the days of big permed hair and stirrup pants, nearly every room
in our previous house sported either a stenciled border, stripes, or a faux painted finish.
After spending 30 plus hours on a ladder stenciling faux wallpaper
in our former dining room (almost 30 years ago!), I swore I'd never stencil another wall.
Famous last words.
Famous last words.
As you know, I haven't been happy with the sterile whitish walls in our kitchen,
so when I came across this Laura Ashley wallpaper.....
......I was inspired to find a stencil in a similar pattern.
With my indecisive nature, I was afraid to buy wallpaper online
for fear I wouldn't like it once it was up on the wall, so faux stenciled wallpaper
seemed like the way to go. I've read a few tutorials on rolling the pattern on
with latex wall paint which seemed so much easier than the painstaking
method of applying the paint with a stencil brush.
It was not quick and easy. It was a big sticky mess.
Perhaps if I'd actually followed the tutorials I'd have been
more successful, but as usual, I jumped right in with
the supplies I had on hand.
I started willy-nilly on this wall with no real plan in mind.
Had I not been delirious with a fever at the time, I would have started
in a more inconspicuous spot, but that's all water under the bridge now.
The latex paint bled through in multiple places and in some areas
the paint barely showed up at all. The stencil is small (11 x 15) so there was
plenty of down time between each panel to nap with my head on the table
while I waited for the latex paint to dry. Zzzzzzzzzz.
Fortunately, the design matched up when I got to this side of the room.
The stencil did not bend into the corners, so I had to cut 3 different stencils
to fill the gaps and then hand paint the rest- into the corners, around the window,
up against the ceiling, and on top of the baseboard heater. Very time consuming!
(As you can see, I needed plenty of caffeine to get me through the process.)
I was convinced I'd be sanding down the wall and repainting it white again,
so I just grabbed a round artist brush and haphazardly slapped on the design.
I was getting weak and my care factor at this point was close to zero.
I was on day 3 and I just wanted to be done!
When I finished, I took a deep breath, stepped into the dining room to critique my work,
and the F word came to mind.
Maybe it was the fever, but to me it looked like faded old farmhouse wallpaper.
It's hard to get a good photo against the big window, but I think you get the picture.
I had originally planned to stencil the wall to the right also, but there are way too many
corners and angles to contend with, so I'll be content with one accent wall.
If you're considering stenciling a wall, here are a few tips I learned along the way.
Use spray adhesive on the back of your stencil.
I didn't and I'm pretty sure that contributed to the paint bleeding through.
Use a foam roller.
I used a small fuzzy wall roller on the first half of the wall,
and the coverage was splotchy. I switched to a foam roller for the second
half and the paint went on much more smoothly.
The stencil I used can be found here.
I could spend countless hours touching up all the boo boos on my stenciled wall,
but it's a very subtle design and the imperfections are hardly noticeable.........
unless you're looking at a photo of the wall. :o)
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