6.19.2015

Stencils ~ From Boring to Beautiful ~ Give-Away

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.
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16 comments :

Betsy Brock said...

I just love what you did to that chair...it couldn't be any more perfect!

What a nice giveaway! I have liked Royal's facebook and followed their pinterest. Thanks, Lynne....

Maureen Wyatt said...

I just started stencilling recently. It's so much easier than hand painting and, now that I'm into it, I'm looking into all the great stencils that are out there. The chair looks great and finding the old paint is a bonus!

pballard said...

I love stencils! Would love a chance at this giveaway. Thanks so much. So hard to pick just one but I love Pompeii Berries Stencil!
Following on facebook, pinterest and instagram. Have a great weekend.






Christine Graves said...

Wow, I did not have to look long. The Ikat stencil, definitely the ikat one. I have a wall begging for it!

Thanks so much for hosting the giveaway!

Dawn Renee ' said...

I love this giveaway. The stencils are beautiful but what I would really love that they offer a variety of items. I would love the Annie Sloan Wax to try.

Dawn Renee ' said...

I have also signed up for their email, follow on pinterest and on Facebook!

20 North Ora said...

I love what you did with your chair! So unique! I love that stencil but really love the Encantada Damask Stencil. I would so love to have it. I am already a follower of Royal Design Stencils on Facebook and also Pinterest. They have such gorgeous stencils.

Thanks for the opportunity.

Judy Clark

Liz Vader said...

I WENT TO ROYAL DESIGNS WEB PAGE AND REALLY LOVE THE CHEETAH PRINT FOR WALLS AND I LIKED THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE AND FOLLOW ON PINTEREST. LOVE THE STENCILS. ALREADY IMAGINING WHAT I WOULD DO

Kirby Carespodi said...

I love stencils--I use them a lot--and your chair looks great! As for my choice, it would be the hydrangea, of course! I am a "liker" on facebook and have been for awhile.

ohfiddledeedee.com said...

I love a good stencil. You can do so much with on! The one you used on the chair (French love letter) is gorgeous without a doubt & probably my favorite, but I adore the RAJ TRELLIS INDIAN WALL STENCIL as well. We have a teen bedroom project coming up very soon, so a stencil would be a great way to make it more fun! Thanks for sponsoring the giveaway!

BTW, I followed on Pinterest and Instagram and Liked on Facebook. =)

Have a fabulous weekend!

Jen

sara crisco said...

SHELL ONLAY CLASSIC PANEL & FURNITURE STENCIL is my pick. Following Royal Design Studio on Pinterest. Do not have instagram and am blocked from liking any new pages on FB, but I will like Royal Design Studio as soon as block is lifted.

Diana Petrillo said...

Oh my goodness, what lovely stencils! LOVE your chair, Lynn; it turned out beautifully. I'm now following Royal Stencils on FB, IG, and Pinterest :) Thanks for the opportunity--

Diana Petrillo said...

PS The stencil I like the best is called "Talavera Tiles."

Art and Sand said...

Your chairs are gorgeous!

Herbgirl said...

L O V E your chair redo! You have inspired me as I picked a French Provincial chair out of a dumpster (for real!!!!) and have been waiting for inspiration of it's makeover. I have planned to chalk paint the fabric and leave the wood trim the original gold gild. And I would be ecstatic to win the Japanese Hydrangea stencil. This would make my chair makeover cost totally zero!!!!!! I'm getting all points possible by liking, pinning, and tweeting Royal Design Studios site!!!! Thanks so much!

Southern Style Southern Charm said...

I would choose the French Love Letter Furniture Stencil. It looks so pretty on your chair. I followed Royal on their facebook page and on Instagram. Thank you. Kathy

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