Here is the before picture of the mantle
So now I just had to pick a stencil. This is hard. There are so many great stencils and each one gives a different look. I finally decided on the Marrakech All Over Stencil. Since this is a bold pattern I decided to use a metallic gold paint from Martha Stewart.
It was surprisingly easy to stencil. I would definitely recommend the clip on stencil level. It makes it really easy to make sure your stencil is level. You will also need a dense foam roller, a small stencil brush or just a cheap foam brush(for small areas), paint, extra wall cover paint (for little mistakes), painters tape and patience.
I picked a place to start and taped the stencil. I chose the middle of the wall and worked out. The black thing at the bottom is the stencil level.
I didn't have any action shots because I was home alone. If you look close, there are a few spots that bled. I just pushed too hard so be light handed. I also didn't wash the stencil off enough. I have to admit I have no patience when it comes to craft projects.
The bleeding can be easily fixed with the extra wall color paint.
The stencils comes with instructions with photos for you visual learners.
If you also look on their website they have detailed instructions: here
If you need a video: Click here
I love the results. It looks a lot like wallpaper but cheaper! And if you get sick of it you can just paint over it and stencil something else. I also have another idea in mind: my sister moved to a new apartment and I thought it would be great if we used the stencils on some white curtains. Panels can be expensive so this is a great alternative. Keep checking back and I will show off the stenciled curtains asap!
Now for the giveaway.
Cutting Edge Designs is giving one of you lovely readers a stencil (valued up to $50) so you can perk up a wall, curtain or whatever you can think of in your home.
Here is how to enter:
1. You must be a follower of I Love That
2. Leave a comment letting me know which stencil you love and your email
3. For an extra entry go to Cutting Edge Stencil Facebook Fan Page and then come back and leave a comment letting me know you liked their page.
4. The winner will be announced on Monday January 16th and chosen through random.org