So…you know how I'm majorly nesting because baby girl is coming in 3 weeks or less? But you know how I am NOT much of a DIY gal and tend to break out in hives and have to breathe into a paper bag when I walk into a craft store? Thus, I've been focusing a lot on projects that make a BIG impact, with SMALL amounts of work/effort/brainpower/cost (like THIS and THIS)? Well, brace yourself…
I did a DIY quatrefoil wall stencil accent wall project last night that was seriously so simple even I somehow pulled it off! It's now the prettiest little accent wall. It makes me want to propose to it whenever I walk by. But that would be weird. And probably illegal. So I won't.
To be completely honest there's not much to it, so I'm not going to pretend to be a wall stencil genius or anything. But since so many of you went gaga over it on Instagram, I thought I'd take a minute to show you how I pulled it off (in less than 2 hours, mind you!). So here's my own DIY quatrefoil wall stencil tutorial for those who are interested! (And be sure to check out how I stenciled my kitchen HERE.)
Pssst…Enjoy the fun game of I-Spy while you're at it, since I don't believe in “Pinterest-perfect pictures” since it's not real life…and ain't nobody got time for that.
Quatrefoil Wall Stencil Accent Wall Tutorial:
Here's what you need:
- Wall stencil – make sure it's a quality one! Trust me on this! I used this Casablanca Trellis stencil from Royal Design Studio and loooove it. It was thick and sturdy, so it laid flat and didn't move easily while I was painting, which cut back on bleeding exponentially.
- Paint (I used regular ol' white house paint that we already had lying around in our garage)
- foam mini roller
- Painter's Tape
- Wet wipes, or disinfecting wipes to wipe up spills or smears. Though, I found these paint remover wipes online that I think would've come in handy.
Here's how you do it:
If you want to hear from the pros, see how to stencil HERE. If you want my novice take on it, keep reading 🙂
- Pick a starting point on your wall. I chose the bottom because I figured it would be the easiest to get lined up and keep straight (which ended up being the case).
- Tape the stencil in place with painter's tape. Make sure it's lined up carefully and tacked down well so it doesn't move! I lined it up with our baseboard which worked out nicely.
- Paint evenly over the stencil. Make sure to do a good, even coat of paint, but don't goop the paint on or it will bleed around the edges. You can always add more if you need to!
- I used a foam roller and am glad I did. It made it super quick and easy. Doing it by hand with a paintbrush or foam brush would have worked fine I'm sure, but it would've taken 4-5x as long. Tip: I learned to roll from the bottom UP, since I started with the bottom of the wall first. Starting from the bottom helped keep it straight, and keep it perfectly lined up with any existing stencil lines below/beside it. If you start at the top of your wall, do the opposite and roll from the top DOWN.
I spy…an extremely staged picture, difficultly taken using a selfie pole for the first time, pretending to paint with my useless left hand from the top down which is the opposite of how you should actually do it. I have no idea how fashion bloggers do all this selfie stuff all the time.
- Once painted, peel the stencil off right away.
- Wipe away any smears or bleeding. I used my fingernail and a wipe to make clean lines here and there, but overall, I was beyond surprised at how little bleeding there was.
- Give the paint a few minutes to dry so it doesn't smear when it's time to do the next stencil. You only get one stencil and it has to be used over and over, so make sure there's no wet paint on the back before taping it down. It surprisingly doesn't take very long for the paint to dry. I turned the ceiling fan on to help.
- Line up the next stencil carefully using existing stencil lines. This particular stencil was super easy to line up because of the “dash” at the top, sides, and bottom of the design.
- Tape it down, paint, and repeat! That's it!
I turned on The Voice on my DVR and went at it…then I got tired and bored after an hour and decided to call it a night. What can I say, my heartburn and braxton hicks were killing me. But this is how far I got, which is not bad progress for one hour, being 36 weeks pregnant right?? Just shows how easy it was.
After recharging my batteries I finished the project the next day while my kids were napping.
The toughest part was the very top row. That wall is TALL! I'm 5'9 and had to pull up a tall kitchen chair to reach, painting over my head while holding the stencil down as best I could using my selfie pole (lucky I had it lying around, eh?). Yes, it was as comical-looking as it sounds.
I went slightly out of order at the end because of that awkward little hangover part of the ceiling.
But I finally got it figured out well enough.
Why the unfinished corner?
I spy…a blue silk hair flower, a red cup, PJ's left out from the morning school scramble, and someone who woke up from their nap and tried to sneakily watch what I was doing.
There was no way to line up the stencil nicely with the white molding on the top like I could with the moulding on bottom row, because of how the stencil design lined up with the existing stencil marks. The molding hit right in the middle of the stencil making it really hard to tape down and keep flat while trying to paint over my head.
I did my best, but ultimately if you look closely you'll see an unfinished corner where I simply couldn't get the stencil to lay flat. The top row of stencils needs to be touched up by hand because I could barely reach it with the paint roller. I decided I'll let my hubby grab the tall ladder and finish that part so I don't crash to my death in the process (I'm ultra clumsy when pregnant!).
I spy…a major reflection from my tallest window, making it hard to even see the photo collage wall in the “before” pic, but it's the only pic I could find because I failed to remember to take a real “before” pic. Oops.
I am SO HAPPY with how this wall turned out! This has been an awkward wall that we haven't known what to do with for years. It started out as a modge-podge photo collage wall:
It then morphed into a photo canvas wall:
I spy…unbalanced and crooked canvases because we tried to use existing nail holes and nails because of my decor commitment issues…then we got used to it and failed to ever take them down and line them up properly.
The plan now is to get updated family pics once the baby is born and continue with the canvas collage wall idea. Only this time we promise to line them up straight and make new nail holes if needs be. Cross my heart. Brownie girl finger salute thing.