After moving into a new home, there are so many projects that I want to do to create a space I LOVE to live in! I am a big DIY-er (do it yourself-er). If I can do it myself even half as good, then there is no way I am buying it or paying for someone else to do it for me. I have a hallway table that has needed a little boost, and I knew that a stencil would help me create exactly what I wanted. I was so excited to review a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils, and I couldn’t wait to put it to use!
” inOur reusable wall stencils are so easy to work with, even beginners get great results! Stencils are very cost effective and so much better than wallpaper or vinyl decals! Stencil patterns are a hot decorating trend and so many DIY decorators are discovering the ease and fun of stenciling. Anyone can create gorgeous accent walls with stencils and so inexpensively! It’s easier and faster than you think. Stenciling is not just for walls, but also floors, ceilings, furniture, fabrics, and rugs! With so many stencil designs to choose from, it’s easy to get inspired and tackle any decorating project.”
I was lucky enough to choose from the huge selection of stencils at Cutting Edge Stencils, and it was so hard to pin it down to just one. They have so many designs that would make any home décor project look amazing, but ultimately I went with the Herringbone Stitch Allover Stencil. I knew it would look perfect as a backing on my hallway hutch and it DOES!
MY husband was nice enough to do all the woodwork, measuring, cutting, and stapling so I gotta give him a shout out (not that he will read this). But we all know painting is the most time consuming of any project and that was all done by yours truly. I started out by painting my big piece of backing with an off white color to match the existing color on my hutch. For this project, I went with the cheapest paint and primer in one: Olympic in Golden Mushroom. Two coats was perfect. After that dried for a day, I was ready to use the stencil. The tools I used were a small foam roller paint brush (provided by Cutting Edge Stencils), painters tape, a paint tray, and of course, paint! I used a sample of Valspar, but unfortunately there wasn’t a color name on it (it was from their Summer 2014 sample collection). It is a gorgeous teal and it was the perfect amount for my project.
I’ll be honest…..it took me a bit longer than I expected to get the whole piece of backing stenciled (about 3 hours). Mostly because I had to wait for the first coat to dry with each section. I did my best to keep the paint from bleeding under the stencil, but I never quite figured it out. I definitely should have used a sticking spray like Cutting Edge Stencils recommended with the Herringbone pattern, but I didn’t think I needed to if it wasn’t on a wall. I’ll definitely use more than just painters tape to adhere the stencil to my work piece next time (especially if I ever use it on my wall). All in all, it was fairly simple….just roll on the paint, let it dry, and move the stencil over to the next section.
I was so excited when I finally finished stenciling my board and immediately begged my husband to nail it onto my hutch…..once it was dry of course! It looks so cute and really adds a fun touch to the whole piece. I definitely recommend a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils if you want to give your living space a little boost!! Check out some How-To videos to see what you can create with these awesome stencils!
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