Stencil me pretty
I know you are probably expecting a huge blog post about our recent stay-cation and our projects we tackled.
I hate to disappoint everyone, but to be honest, our stay-cation was only the beginning (aka, we completed nothing and started a lot). I think I am going to have to post about it in phases, which is how it is being completed, so it only makes sense. I have roughly a million photos of the project, and over half those are still on my camera. If I had a free night, I would download them all and begin to blog about them, but alas, I have no free nights in the foreseeable future. All my nights involve working on our project. Until then, you can read about what I did 2 weekends ago.
In case you didn't already know this about me, I love me a stencil.
It's true. I'm a closet stencil lover. I have been coveting a stenciled wall. I first fell in love with a stencil wall when I saw one on Young House Love and then on Jones Design Company.
|From Young House Love|
|From Jones Design Company|
I would love to do something like these stencils in our 3rd bedroom, which is currently sitting at the lowest of the low on the priority list.
Right now, I use the 3rd bedroom as my ironing and sewing room. Also, it is the room where extra chairs live. Why I don't put extra chairs in the basement, I don't know. I put them in this room. Right now, I have 3 chairs in this bedroom, a sewing chair, a rocking chair and a plush reading chair. Apparently, they are for all my sitting needs. Too bad I don't have a bean bag chair in there... that would be cool....not.
When I sit in all my chairs and look at the god awful beige-yellow paint and the hideous carpet, I dream of a beautiful space where I will sew, craft and wrap presents... just like Martha Stewart. In this beautiful/make-believe/never-going-to-happen space I have a large stenciled wall.
Sigh. Just thinking about it makes me tired. Both thinking about stenciling the wall, and crafting. In general, I am tired.
Before I got all crazy and tackled a whole wall with stencils, I thought it best to try it out on a smaller canvas. I'm getting wiser in my old age, or perhaps it is my fatigue kicking in. Either way, what I am telling you, is that I was smart to start small.
I had purchased some tea tables, chairs and aluminum buckets at a garage sale (shocker) and wanted to repaint them and use them at a baby shower I was having 2 weekends ago. I figured they were a perfect test site for my stenciling. I decided to print out the stencil from Jones Design company and give it a go.
I started with light pink buckets, brown chairs (with mushrooms painted on them) and green wood tea tables- quite a color combo. Together, they looked a bit like throw up.
To create a common color palette, I decided they could all be painted white (it didn't hurt that I already had a good deal of white paint on hand). I figured I could always add color back in, but white would create an even playing field for all my garage sale finds.
|Mushroom decor is not my style|
My first project was painting the chairs white. I originally tried to use spray paint, but I found that I would need 4-5 cans of paint to cover them, so I instead got my small paint brush out and painted them by hand. Talk about fun.
|Progress shot (pretend you don't see the tea tables)|
Something I hadn't thought through all the way, was the straw seat. I didn't want to get paint on the seat, so I covered the first one with newspaper and painters tape. After I had spent the better part of an hour covering the seat in newspaper, I realized that if I was just more careful I could skip the whole newspaper thing and just go for the painting. Plus, I figured that I had only spent $3 on them, so if I messed them up, it wouldn't be a huge loss.
Let me tell you, skipping the paper and the tape was the way to go. It saved time and my sanity. I can honestly tell you that the chairs were not perfect, but I DON'T CARE. Yep, I said it. People had no problem sitting in the not-perfect chairs and I saved my sanity. In my book that is a win-win.
I wanted to stencil these chairs, but wasn't sure how to do it exactly, and I started to think that less is more, then I remembered I was tired, and I still had lots more projects to do, so they stayed white. Somewhere down the line, I think that I will probably improve upon my blank canvases, but for now they were just perfect, and they are a lot less mushroom-y.
While the chairs were drying, I painted the tea table tops white as well. I used a mini roller to get an even texture. The old owners left us a mini rollers, which came in handy. I had to also sand the tables down a bit to get rid of old rough painting.
|I'm a shadow person|
Once they had dried over night I started the stenciling process. I printed out the Jones Company stencil template and copied it onto the table over and over again leaving a small gap between the stencils.
Then, I took my very small paint brush and painted a thin line on the inside of each stencil. I realized that it takes a VERY steady hand to do stencils. I do not recommend trying to stencil with low blood sugar. Been there, done that and had a very shaky hand. I went inside, had a bowl full of goldfish and a cup of water and then I felt much better.
|One coat was not covering well enough|
|I needed a double coat of teal to have it cover fully|
Lastly, I went through and painted a thin line of gold inside of each teal stencil.
I had to use all my will power not to then paint the middle of each stencil with chalkboard paint. I have a whole can burning a hole in my
Less is more. That, and I realized that I could use chalkboard paint elsewhere... like on the buckets.
For the buckets, I spray painted them both with white rust-oleum paint to give them a fresh base.
|Are you wondering why I didn't keep the original color???|
|2 buckets for $2 seemed like a great deal|
Then I stenciled around the pattern and painted chalk board paint inside the stencil.
|One coat was clearly not enough|
4 coats of chalkboard paint later, I had it completely filled in.
|Ignore the pink bottom. I ran out of spray paint.|
Then I outlined the stencil with teal paint (2 coats) and then gold craft paint (2 coats), and used some regular chalk to write in what I was going to hold in the bucket. I though they would be cute as drink holders with ice in them for the party.
So now I have a cute set of outdoor party furniture and buckets, that cost me $7 total (I already owned all the paint).
That is what I call a low-budget/big-bang make over. Booyah!