Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Stenciled Wall Backdrop {Cutting Edge Stencil Giveaway}

I love sharing projects that both renter and home owners can do. I am renting right now and even though I know there is much more I can do when I own a home I was sick of waiting to have my own home to do things. So I got creative. This one is one of my favorites because it is the perfect pop of color and pattern to bring into a room without it doing anything permanent to your wall. Thanks to Cutting Edge Stencils I was able to make this awesome backdrop to put into my room. I will be putting a few things {pictures, frames, decor, etc} on it later so make sure to come back and see how I utilize this space even more. The master bedroom is coming together. Slowly but surely, it is exciting, fun, I am loving it and can't wait to show it all to you soon. This backdrop just got me even more excited to bring it all together. So lets get to how I made this and how you can do your own to bring in a little color and fun into your space.

{Supplies I Used}

-Cutting Edge Stencil {Herringbone Allover Stencil}- $39.95
-70 inches by 45 inches and a 1/4 inch thick piece of wood {Home Depot} $20 for a bigger piece we cut down and used for other projects as well
-Paint roller
-2 colors of paint {I used white (better home and garden) and yellow (behr)} we already had both colors from other projects
-Paint tray and disposable liners {Loves these and recommend them for all painting projects}
-Easy Tack {Michaels-make sure to use your coupon}
-painters tape
-Hangman system {for up to 60lbs} about $7 at home depot
-Wood glue
-Small piece of wood

Cutting Edge Has hundreds of stencils to choose from seriously they have such a variety of styles that you will sure to find the perfect one you are looking for for your space or project. I fell in love with the Herringbone Allover stencil right away but I really liked so many of them. They are so beautiful and different. They also have them for a variety of uses. They have allover, craft and furniture, wall decals, ceiling medallions, holiday, borders and so much more. Also I LOVE how the sheet that comes with the stencil has a little QR code in the corner to scan with your smart phone and it brings you right to an instructional video right there on your phone, how sweet is that?! Right!

{What I did}

-The very first thing I did was paint the whole piece of wood white. It already came primed so that was awesomeness! I just rolled it one evenly and I did two coats to make sure it was all covered and even.

-Once the white paint was completely dry I found the middle of the board and marked it so I knew where to start. I wanted to start this particular stenciling project in the middle and work my way out toward both sides so that it is all even. On a wall you would just start on the top corner and move your way across the wall. The best tip for doing it as a back drop is start in the middle or it wont look even. Also when you get their stencils they come with a top stencil and a full stencil. We are going to start by using the top stencil and doing the whole top of the board first. The top stencil is smaller and it gives the top of the board or wall the finished look you are wanting.

-Now it is time to start stenciling. These stencils are so high quality. They are thick, durable and can be used over and over a million times. This is great too because they don't bleed. But because I am crazy I wanted to use the easy tack to make sure it stayed down on the board really good and there was little to no chance of bleeding.

 You will then grab your Easy tack and lightly mist the back of the stencil, then let it dry for about a minute. Once it is no longer wet, but tacky you are ready to put the stencil down on the board {or wall if that is what you are doing}.

Make sure to use the mark you put on the board to show the middle of the board to get your first stencil centered and even. You will want that first one to be just right so that all the stenciling following will have a clean crisp straight line to go from.The Easy tack will make it so the stencil sticks to the board temporarily, but comes off easily when you are ready t take it off. This was the first time I had used this stuff and I loved it!!!

Ok once it is all tacked down you are going to take your painters tape and tape a small piece on each side of the stencil to make sure it stays in place and has no chance of moving while you are painting over it.

-Now we are ready to paint!!! Wahoo! This is the exciting part. And actually goes really smoothly You will get into a good groove and won't want to stop just to warn you. Because each time you take off the stencil you get so excited to see what it looks like and you just want to see the finished product. Maybe that is just me I am kinda impatient like that.

Pour your paint into your tray, Roll your small roller in it making sure you get the whole roller covered in the paint then you are going to very lightly roll it onto a paper towel {don't skip this step or you will have too much paint on the roller and it could bleed} this will get all the paint evenly distributed around the roller which will make your color go on evenly. Then you will start to paint.

Roll over the stencil, making sure to roll all in one direction and leaving your roller on the piece of wood until you are done, you are going to push on the roller with medium pressure. You don't want to push too hard or you will get weird lines and it is more likely it can bleed. If you don't have the full coverage you want after rolling over the stencil, let it dry for a minute and then do another coat. The paint with dry enough for another coat pretty quickly. I did two coats on each stencil, because I had yellow so it covers a little lighter and I wanted it to be a crisp full coverage.

After you have the desired coverage you are going to lift the right side corner off of the board/ wall and then gently and slowly pull up the rest of the stencil. As it comes up you will see your beautiful clean, crisp lines. I can't even tell you how excited I was when I took off that very first stencil and saw underneath. It looked AWESOME and it made me so excited to keep going.

Now it is time to go onto the next one. I was way too impatient to let it completely dry to go on to the next since that would take forever and I didn't want to smudge any paint so I brought out my very favorite paint tool. My handy dandy hairdryer! What you don't blow dry your paint projects to get them to dry faster? you aren't as impatient as I? Well it is my very favorite little secret, so you should feel very special that I shared it. It worked like a charm. Blow dry it for like 1 minute and it is ready to be over lapped to start onto your next stencil. Holla!!!

Like I said I started in the center with that small top stencil and then worked my way to the right to the edge and then I went from the middle back to the left. Then the whole top of the board is complete!!! Even, looks great and is ready to start on the Big daddy stencil!

Again you are going to start in the middle, overlapping a little bit, use the Easy tack on the back, re-spraying about every other stencil, tape it down and start painting away again. Doing 2 coats, lifting the stencil, blowing it dry and working your way to the side, repeat, repeat, repeat. until the whole board is complete!!!! Hey that rhymed :)

Do you see it!!! How exciting...sooo close to being done.

At the end I did something to mess something up, I think I was getting tired at this point since it was oh 11 pm, and I was probably high from all the paint fumes in my garage, and I lined it up a little off at the very end. I thought I had messed up the whole thing, then after my complete melt down, my sweet husband assured me my hard work would not be a waste and we would be able to fix it and he was right. It was just one stencil that was off so I was able to tape it off and re paint a few spots. Praise the heavens it worked out. Seriously it was all so easy and went so smooth, until I started falling asleep. So I recommend actually taking a break when you do this so you can think haha. Yay for it still working out and finishing up beautifully, and yay for my amazing husband.

There are also so really great tip and tricks on the Cutting Edge website for when you are doing this to a whole wall. 

Alright now your board is all stenciled and dried. So now we want to be able to hang it up on the wall with the amazing hangman system that i got from home depot This is the best thing to use to hang huge things on the wall {I also used it for my pallet headboard and talk about it HERE}. To do that you are going to need a small piece of wood just big enough for the hang man to attach to. The reason you need to put this on another piece of wood is because the backdrop wood is too thin and the screws would go right through it.

You are going to measure the middle of the back of your board again and mark it, then take your wood glue and spread it all over the small piece of wood. Place it at the top, middle of the board. And clamp it down until the wood glue is completely dry. 

Then you are going to follow the directions on the back of your hangman system and attach this bad boy up on the wall!

Now this beaut is all ready to either keep as is, or like I said I am working on some fun decor to put on it, coming to the blog soon! I am in love with how it turned out and it really was so easy. This was my very first stenciling project and I feel like it went great! There were little things and yes the melt down but it didn't last very long, had a few touch ups and now it is perfect!

Fun , Easy, fast and beautiful! I love love love how I am going to be able to take this with me when we move since it isn't permanent. Yes, renters this is the project for you, if you want that stenciled look in your space.  Oh don't mind my dresser that has no knobs on it. LOVE the dresser still working on the hardware :)

Another fun and non traditional Wall stencil project I did recently with the same herringbone cutting edge stencil is this boring plain Ikea door mat that I turned into beautiful custom awesomesness. You can find the tutorial HERE.

Ok ok now that I have shown you two things you can do with a cutting edge stencil I know you are dying to have one of your very own, because really the possibilities are endless! So the amazing Cutting Edge Stencil company is giving away any of their stencils up to $50 to one of my AWESOME readers! I am sooo excited and just really wanted to say thank you to you all for your support and for all the amazing feedback I get from you each day.

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  1. I would LOVE one of those!! Would be the perfect addition to my living room!!

  2. So cute! How do you even choose? I love their paisley stencil!

  3. Spring Songbirds Wall Stencil would be perfect for my girls' room.

  4. So cute Whit! I want that herringbone stencil!

  5. The Herringbone would be super cute!

  6. I like the Chevron. My daughter's room is all pink and I think a cute pink chevron wall is just the thing to complete the look!

  7. so cute whit, so many stencils that i love hard to choose one!

  8. that looks fabulous!!! also loving that teal utah pic on the bottom left;)

  9. I love it! Seriously want to copy it exactly. Great tutorial too! Super fun giveaway!

  10. I want the one you used!!

  11. I would choose the kobe all over stencil!

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  12. The herringbone or the chevron... let's be honest - I'd LOVE any of them!

  13. I love the herringbone pattern

  14. Chevron, or the Zinna Grande flower stencil. That one would look so cool in my girls room!

  15. I would get the moroccan dream allover stencil

  16. I like it when individuals come together and share ideas.
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  17. I LOVE this Whit!!! What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Thursday's Temptation. I am going to be featuring your wall backdrop at tonights link party!



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