When we moved to our present home, many of the rooms had been wall papered. Most of them in dark colors, large florals and the Williamsburg style. I like wall paper, but after the days and days of stripping not properly put up wall paper, I swore I would never have wall paper in my home again. I have been a stencil-er since day one. It's easy to do, easy on the pocketbook, and when you tire of it....a few hours with a paint brush and it's gone. You can do just a little linear stencil around a doorway, or do a whole mural on a wall or ceiling, changing a room from boring to beautiful.
Recently I was asked to choose a stencil from the Royal Design Studio Stencils for a review. I was delighted and had a project waiting for a re-do, just perfect for a stencil. I found this sweet vintage cottage chair at a yard sale and loved the style but poor thing was painted in a dark brown. After cleaning and giving it a light sand paper rub down, I gave it a fresh coat of cottage white chalk paint. Going thru the extensive collection of stencils at Royal is so much fun. They have an amazing collection of stencils from the smallest to the sublime, something for just a sweet accent to an entire wall or ceiling. For this project I chose their French Love Letter furniture stencil.....a single overlay and used a craft chalk paint called Glacier. Their stencils are a nice heavy laser cut which will last a very long time.
I will give you just a little run-down process of how I stencil. For small projects I prefer to use a sponge, specifically, a make-up sponge for its density. Large projects I use a stencil brush. Put just a small quarter size amount of your chosen stencil color paint on a paper plate. Dip just the edge of your sponge or brush bristles in the paint. Remove excess paint on paper towels. You want your stenciling tool to be look almost dry. Basically stenciling is really a dry brush technique. I prefer to stipple my strokes, while others like a swirling motion technique. For very small detailed areas, a swirling motion (round and round) works best. And it is far better to stencil a few layers of paint gradually than one thick application. Your design should have crisp defined edges and not bleed under the stencil. After stenciling, I sanded with a fine grit for a more rustic look to match the shabby chair. To my delight, I unsanded a layer of red paint that had been under the brown paint. And voila!.....here is the finished project.
I am thrilled to announce that Royal is going to give one of my readers a stencil of their choice, which also includes free shipping within the contiguous United States. Just click on over to the Royal Design Studio Stencils, browse among the amazing array of stencils, and come back to my blog to comment which design you would like. You may select any stencil , wall decal, or stencil products under $50.00. You will also receive one bonus point entry for each of the following: "Liking" the Royal Design Studio face book page, following #Royal Design Studio on Instagram and following the company's Pinterest page. JUST BE SURE to tell me all you did for your extra points in your comment. Give-Away ends Friday June 26th
Have a wonderful day and I'll see you soon. xoxo
Disclosure: I was given a stencil to review but my project, words and opinions, mistakes and lucky breaks are strictly my own.