Wednesday, May 28, 2014

How to Make Your own Unique Wall Stencil

I am proud to be a 3M sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate new products from ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape. Opinions are my own and additional product used in the project were selected by me.

I recently did a little makeover on my parent's dining room and I wanted to create an accent wall so I knew a stencil was going to be perfect.  It's been a while since I've had to chance to do any room transformations or makeovers since we moved out of our home in VA and haven't moved into our new one yet.
3M™  must have known I was itching to get some painting on when they asked if I wanted to join forces -- why yes. YES I DO!
When I asked my parent's if I could paint their dining room I saw hesitation but told them if they didn't love it I can always just paint back over it.  They have a very classic home with neutral colors, natural wood wainscoting and wood trim.  The main color in their dining room that stretches into their living room is Behr's Twig Basket (Flat).  I wanted to bring in a little excitement with an accent wall but knew color wasn't going to be the option as it'd stand out too much.

I decided to make my own wall stencil using ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape for Delicate Surfaces with Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector #2080EL.  The great part about making your own design with ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape is the fact the design can be as unique as you wish it to be.

I ran up to Home Depot to pick out my accent paint color and ended up choosing a complementary color to the original Behr® Twig Basket and chose Sandstone Cliff.  Originally I wanted to choose the color two shades up on the sample but knew the contrast to Twig Basket would make it look white so went darker to help bring down the contrast between the two.

Other materials:
Paint brush for cutting
Roller brush

I used two different painter's tape for different surfaces.  For the wood trim and adjoining walls I used the ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape for Multi-Surface.  Once I paint the base color and taping out the stencil design I used the ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape Delicate Surfaces. 

To get a clean taped off line with the wainscoting I press the roll of tape up against the wall and press down and out with the roll so there's a firm crease of the tape and wall to prevent any drips.

Once I had the edges taped out I painted the base color - the color that I want the design to be.  I let this dry over night before doing the next step which is taping out the design.

Here was the scariest part of this whole project for me: the math measurements.  Not my cup of tea.  But I came up with the design I wanted and then had to plan out exact measurements on the wall. 

Since I was doing a lot of parallel lines and 90 degree squares straight cuts of the tape were very important and made the process a lot easier.  A little trick to get an initial straight line of the tape was to pull it back, line the edges with the edges of the roll and cut straight with the scissors and tape pulled tight.

Then the measuring, marking, taping began.  Here's a BIG HINT if you are doing a big design like this across an entire wall, especially any time you do a design with long parallel lines to the floor/ceiling. Measure from the floor upward.  My parents home was built in the 50's and with most homes that were built from that time, or before, and even since then often do not have level ceilings.  Had I measured from the ceiling downward for my measurements some of the lines would have ended up a lot closer to the wainscoting.  Or had I measured some from the ground and some from the ceiling all the lines going horizontal would have been off across the wall.  
If you measure from the ground up consistently, our eyes will forgive more towards the ceiling then had the lines been uneven at the wainscoting chair rail.

For each of my boxes, I wanted a 12" width so I taped a ruler down to the table and then would cut exact 12" tape strips for each of the 4 sides.

This took patience.   This entire taping process took 5 straight hours of taping... I was going kinda insane but kept powering through.

Once the taping was completely finished I went back over each of the tape lines and applied pressure with my thumb to be sure of a consistent adhesion of the tape and the wall for the cleanest lines possible.

Next up was more painting.  This part kind of made my heart sad to just cover up the 5 hours worth of taping I just completed.  Because I was doing a "negative" design the top layer was the same paint color as the two adjoining walls.  I did two light layers with drying time in between the coats.  You don't want to load your roller brush up with too much paint or you risk it running under your taped lines, "bleeding".

Anytime I use tape for painting I be sure to let the final coat dry about a half hour.  I don't want the paint to still be went when pulling up the tape, and I don't want it to fully cure and run the risk of pulling up the paint with the tape.
It's helpful to pull the tape at a 45 degree angle on the outer edge to help create a nice clean cut of the paint and the tape so you're line is a clean edge.

I love the subtle detail the design gives to their dining room without being too modern or distracting.  Plus, it's a one of a kind design style that only they have!

I really like how it frames the wall too between the adjoining wall and the large walk out sliding glass door too.

What do you think? Have you ever made your own stencil using ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape?  Does this inspire you to try it in your own dining room or another room!? If you loved the room I'd LOVE YOU if you pinned and shared it about!!! :)

I also wanted to share about an awesome contest that ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape is hosting!!! Read about all the details below:

Enter the Home of ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Contest at now through July 15, 2014 and you could win $5,000 to put towards a home makeover! The first 500 to submit an eligible entry will receive one (1) roll of the new ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape with Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector!

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  Check out this project as a featured project example in the contest!

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  1. Love this! It turned out great. Pinned it!

    -Erin @ DIY on the Cheap

  2. Amazing job! You have patience like Jon! Lol

  3. Beautiful! I love how this turned out!!

  4. Love the design you created! Pinning and sharing on FB!


  5. This is gorgeous! The color looks perfect with your wood color and the whole dining area and the stencil makes it look so different. I really love it.


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