Wow first post!…not really sure if there is a correct way to blog, so if there is I’m apologizing in advance because I’m sure I’m gonna do it wrong.
Jump right in? oh ok…
SO, my laundry room sucks. It’s boring and it’s small. So I am steadily trying to improve both points with the help of pinterest, paint and patience.(I think those three Ps could save the world actually).
Here is a snapshot of my laundry room before….
Step by Step:
I’m sure this design looks very familiar to all you pinners out there because it is floating around Pinterest like crazy. I saw it and instantly loved it, but one of my major downfalls is I cannot draw for the life of me. How you ask, did I do it then?
1) I went to Home Depot, in the mailing supply section, and bought a giant roll of brown construction paper along with an exacto knife and some clear packing tape. My goal was to make my own stencil.
I guess you can’t see the lines too well, but they are there.
4) After I traced out the entire bottom portion of the design, I realized there was no way I was ever going to be able to get the left side to be perfectly symmetrical with the right. So…I just cut it in half and figured instead of having a stencil of the entire bottom half, I would have a 1/4 stencil of the entire design and just use it four times instead of twice. If you don’t care about the finish product being perfectly symmetric then don’t bother cutting it in half!
5) I chose the paper because I knew cutting it with an exacto knife would be easy. I also knew it would be too flimsy. This is where the packing tape comes in! Take your stencil and before making any cuts, laminate it on both sides with the packing tape. I made the mistake of only laminating one side, and it made the stencil difficult to work with.
9) After the first 1/4 is up, just take off the tape and flip the stencil over to do the right side. Make sure you line it up to match the side you just painted on the wall.
12) Now that all four quarters are painted on, I took a small artist’s brush and went back through the design and touched up the middle section where the stencil meets and the sections where the tape holding the stencil together blocked the paint from getting on the wall. I thought about leaving it because the breaks actually go with the design…but I decided to do it like the original. : )
Total Cost: $6