Lately I’ve noticed just how white my walls are. Like, too much white.
Yep, my walls were Ben Affleck white. Since I despise Ben Affleck I decided I needed a change. I mean, did you SEE Daredevil? I couldn’t be reminded of that shit every time I entered my kitchen and stared at the pasty perimeter.
Okay, so it’s more of an off-white or cream but you get what I’m saying. I’m into bright, light colors so rather than paint the entire wall I thought I’d try a stencil. That way the wall would still be light but there would now be a splash of color to pull it all together.
I found this tutorial at http://whiletheysnooze.blogspot.com/2012/07/diy-moroccan-style-wall-stencil.html. I used the same stencil but made mine a bit smaller since my kitchen is so tiny.
I printed out the shape, cut, and traced onto cardboard to use as my stencil. I then traced it onto my wall with a pencil 5,091,453,001,988,562,345 times, give or take a comma or five. YES, I used a level so it would be perfectly symmetrical because I’m picky like that. I’d alternate between tracing about 20 shapes then painting the lines. Then tracing more shapes with pencil, then painting the lines. It was nice to alternate the monotony a bit so I didn’t shoot myself in the head with a nail gun.
I used a small artist’s brush and Anita’s Acrylic Paint which I purchased from Hobby Lobby for 77 cents. I used the color seafoam.
The project took me a few days. When I’d get impatient I’d take a break or come back the next day. I ended up using about 3/4 of the paint which is good because if it ever needs a touch up I’ll have it on hand.
Below is the end result…
My kitchen is now less Ben Affleck and more Kate Middleton. AKA I stepped up the class game tenfold. The room is now more ME. It’s amazing what a little stenciling can do. When I look at my updated kitchen I squeal and do a happy princess dance.
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