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Simple Stencil Wall Art Project

5 Aug

Yesterday I decided to use the Royal Design Studio stencil that I received from Elevate to make a simple wall art project for our home. I really want to use it as a pattern for one of the walls in our room, but for now I thought I’d try it on a canvas. Here is the stencil I used…

Ornamental Flower Stencil

I centered it on a blank 12×12 canvas that I purchased from Michael’s and taped down the sides with a couple pieces of clear office tape that I had lying around.

Stencil

Once the stencil was taped down where I wanted it, I mixed my paints and started painting.

I took a couple of acrylic paints that I had on hand and mixed them to make the perfect shade of turquoise. I mixed a small amount of black paint into my Aqua Cool Pearl color.

Supplies for Simple Wall Art Project

Mixing Paint

After I mixed the perfect color, I started painting. Luckily, I mixed just the right amount to finish the project. If you decide to mix your own color, I recommend mixing more than you think you will need just in case you run out because it may be difficult to mix the same exact color if you end up needing to make more. {Just a helpful hint that I learned along the way ;)}

Simple Wall Art

I started at the top and worked my way down brushing in vertical strokes. I used quite a bit of paint in each section, and some paint ended up getting underneath my stencil. Fortunately, it turned out pretty cool looking. It looks kind of 3-dimensional. If you want your edges to look more crisp, I would recommend using less paint or even tracing the stencil with a pencil before painting it (if you have a steady hand). I also just learned that you can use a special stencil brush with short, firm bristles to help avoid getting the paint under the stencil. I will definitely go this route if I stencil our walls. I am pleased with the way mine turned out though. I decided to hang it in our hallway to add a pop of color.

DIY wall art

What do you think? Let me know if you try this simple wall art project. I’d love to see your creation and hear about your experience!

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Recent DIY House Project

3 Apr

I’ve been so busy with work, a teething baby (Argg!), and my Clean Eating Challenge that I almost forgot to share this post with you. I wanted to show off my hubby’s latest project that he completed from his “Honey Do List”. He did not enjoy it too much, but I’m very grateful that he did it for me. 🙂 I think he loves me!

A couple of weeks ago we were at Lowe’s and decided to pick up a new light fixture for our guest bathroom. We’d been wanting to replace it for quite some time (kind of like all the other projects around here), so we looked around and found one we both liked. The fixture and the three globes were pretty affordable, around $50.

The next day, the hubby and I (I’ll give him most of the credit though.) got to work. He took down the old fixture, and I got to painting. I painted three coats over the old paint that was behind the fixture. Luckily, we had some left over paint from when we moved in, so we didn’t have to hunt to match the color and buy another can of it. Winning! (Do people even say that anymore?! Man, I’m getting old!)

old fixture

painting

I actually enjoyed my part in the project. I like to paint! The hubby? Not so much. He’s not the biggest fan of home improvement projects; he did a great job though!

putting in new fixture

new fixture

What do ya think? I love it! And, I think now it’s time for a new one in the master bathroom. I’m sure the hubby will beg to differ. 😉

Have you recently done anything to update your home? I love hearing about DIY projects, so feel free to leave a comment below and share.

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