With 7 weeks to go until Baby girl comes, I've been nesting with a capital N. As mentioned in my “4 Affordable home decor tricks that make a HUGE impact” post, I've been focusing on affordable, simple ways to make my home feel more complete. One room that's been a real pain my my you-know-what is my dang KITCHEN! I used a simple wall stencil set to make an enormous impact on the space…and it only took me about an hour to complete, start to finish. No, really, easiest project ever.
(PS: I was not paid to write this post. Not that my opinions or writing would be any different, but just so you can feel warm and fuzzy about this project.)
Now, here's how this project came about…
If you follow me on Instagram you know that back in April we had a #KitchenLeakTurnedBasementDisaster that we are still dealing with (and yes, that's a real hashtag – look it up). The one upside to this expensive disaster is that it finally gave us the push we needed to get our cabinets painted. It made a huge difference in brightening up the space.
Our bulletin board wall.
*enter foreboding music and creepy Psycho shower scene screeching*
If you recall, these boards were super affordable and easy to make. They are a great solution for our kids' artwork, but putting them in our kitchen was a bad idea. It immediately made the space feel cramped, cluttered, and dark.
We took the boards down, but the wall is so ginormous it looked empty and barren.
I wanted something that made a big statement, was affordable, and could be easily removed if (when) we (I) changed our minds and wanted to put something else up. (I have serious commitment issues with design, if you haven't noticed).
Enter the problem solver: the cutest doily stencils ever.
I wanted a design that looked like a plate collage wall, without my having to invest in plates. (And really, it would've taken a LOT of plates to balance that huge wall…and ain't nobody got time for that.)
I don't really like DIY projects (as you well know) but this is one I would actually recommend! It was super easy, pretty much fool-proof, and was completed in about an hour. Here's how I pulled it off:
Here's what you need:
- Wall stencils (I used the large doily set because I wanted a variety of designs)
- Paint (I used Royal's pearl stencil creme because it was the closest thing they had to white, and I liked the idea of the pearl effect. I used the 8oz jar and didn't even use 1/2 of it for the project, BTW.)
- Paint brush (I used Royal's 2” stencil brush, but you could probably use foam paint brushes or stencil brushes just fine I would think.)
- Painter's Tape
Here's how I did it:
- I laid out the stencils and eyeballed how I might want to space them out on the wall.
- I ripped painter's tape into small pieces and placed the stencils up on the wall so I could step back and make sure it looked ok.
- Once placed where I wanted it, I made sure to tack the stencil down with painter's tape really well so it wouldn't lift off the wall when I started painting.
- I followed the directions on the stencil creme and filled just the tips of my brush with paint, tapped off excess inside the cap of the creme jar, and went at it!
- Important tip: make sure to tap the paint on, rather than brush the paint on. By brushing the paint, you're more likely to have the paint bleed under the stencil and go where it's not supposed to.
- I carefully peeled the stencil off the wall almost right away. Royal's creme is water-based and wipes off easily with water when wet. So I used an old rag to wipe up any accidental paint smears. But ultimately I was AMAZED at how easy it was and how clean the stencil came out. I think having such a thick, quality stencil really makes all the difference.
- The next and last step…Repeat!
I'm really happy with how it turned out. For an hour of time I can't believe how simple it was and how big of an impact it makes. It really took me off the hook from coming up with something huge and creative to do with this massive wall.
Our kitchen is almost complete.
We just need to get our cabinet doors rebuilt under our sink, and I plan to make those easy, no-sew Roman Shades we showed you how to make the other day!
WHEEW. Maybe we'll finally get the kitchen project done in time to retire and move to some remote Tahitian island…