So you may remember last summer Kev and I got crafty and made our own upholstered headboard. Well in that post not only can you see how to make a fab headboard that we still use and love, but you can also see the terrible color of our bedroom walls. We have since painted the room, well Kev accidentally painted the room the color that the bathroom was supposed to be, the bedroom was supposed to be light grey. I can not complain because he did surprise me while I was on a trip and paint pretty much the whole house. Once that happened I didn't want to paint over it but I decided to try out some DIY skills again. I had seen tons of examples of "painted" wallpaper all over pinterest and finally decided to paint the back wall. I used this tutorial and it included a stencil that I was happy with. Turns out I also have this pattern in a rug in my kitchen...clearly I am digging it right now.
End Result : Love it, SO EASY, totally not perfect, and learned a TON for next time.
Time: About 2-3 hours (you could also easily split it up and do it over a few days)
Learning: The next time I do this project I will make sure my stencil is 100%, I think mine was a little off. I ended up eyeing a ton and hand painting a lot, which turned out fine but for sure not perfect. I also think the next time I am going to try to use a clear gloss paint so it is more just a texture than a graphic, I think it will be interesting, you will see it more/less in certain light!
With that said: Below is how and what I used for this fun DIY.
What you need:Stencil (from here)
Cardboard (old shoe box)
Pencil(s) (you will need it to trace the stencil)
Paint Brush (the size of the brush will be the size of the lines, something to think about)
Paint (you don't need a ton, I used some left over light grey that I had from the other rooms)
Level (I tried to use this a lot but got lazy and gave up)
Steps:1. Create or download a stencil, copy it onto cardboard and cut it out. Try to make the pattern as perfect as possible, it will obviously effect the pattern on the wall
2. Trace design onto the wall...over and over and over...(I did my in segments so I didn't get tired, this is also where you use the level to make sure your not going all over the place, like I said above I used it to begin and then got lazy. A good maker is if your top lines and bottom lines are ending in the same place, then you know you are going pretty much straight.)
3. Paint over the lines..and paint and paint...I used a small cup to hold paint so I could keep it in my hand and re-dip when needed. You get into a flow if you use this pattern and realize its a lot of the same movements.
4. Realize it won't be perfect but once it is done you can make small adjustments and corrections, if you have some matching wall paint you can correct lines if necessary, or cover any bumps, I am left handed so sometimes my hand gets in the way when I do things! Once the pattern is done you won't even notice the imperfections.
Sorry about the poor quality of this photo but this was too cute not to share. Hero loves the new painted walls, he also loves to snuggle. So there you have it.