Did I just type "giveaway"?
I need to just get over the fact that I'm going to do giveaways, don't I? Too many awesome companies want to give my amazing readers a chance to get something for free. I can't say "no", I'm sorry!
Have you gathered what the giveaway is yet..?
That's right, Cutting Edge Stencils is giving you guys a chance to win a stencil up to $50 from their site. But before we get to the giveaway details, I really wanna tell you about my experience with stenciling.
After watching the how-to videos and reading the instructions, I grabbed a piece of chipboard to perfect my stenciling technique. It was pretty straightforward; leave very little paint on the foam roller, use spray adhesive on the back of the stencil so that it would stay on the chipboard without moving and then lightly roll the paint onto the stencil.
When I got that all figured out, I moved into the hallway. Here's what the instructions said I needed
I realized that I would be wasting a lot of paint by saturating the foam roller in the paint then painting the excess off, so I ended up with this set-up
I lined a paint tray with a grocery bag, put a tiny bit of paint in and then used the grate (is that what it's called?) to get most of the excess paint off before wiping even more of the paint onto cardboard. Remember, practicing told me that I needed to get most of the paint off of the roller and then roll it gently.
After moving onto my textured wall, I realized that all of my practicing was a waste of time.
Now, I don't think that my walls have a deeper texture than is typical (for textured walls, I should add), but there is no way that lightly rolling a nearly paintless foam roller was going to get into the texture. I looked at the FAQs on Cutting Edge Stencils' website and found this tutorial (by Lindsay at Makely) for stenciling textured walls, and I think that Lindsay may have been onto something with using the nap roller.
I couldn't go get a nap roller, so I had to try my best to make do with what I had. Made sure to use spray adhesive, press the stencil firmly onto the wall, and roll from the outside in, doing my best not to push the paint under the stencil.
It still didn't look very pretty, and it was very obvious that I wasn't getting the paint deep into the texture (especially near the outside of the openings), so I grabbed a 1" foam brush and brushed from the outside of the openings in toward the center so that I didn't push paint under the stencil.
This is a pretty typical shot of the wall. Most of the edges are fine, but there are definitely spots where there is seepage. Embrace the seepage, it's going to happen on textured walls. Fortunately it isn't very noticeable in the grand scheme of things. And I'm very thrilled with the turn out.
I plan on writing another post on the hallway itself (*psst* it's done! check it out here), so for now, let's get to the giveaway!
a Rafflecopter giveaway