There is a blank space on my kitchen wall that I have been wanting to fill, so when I was contacted by Stencil Revolution and offered a stencil to review, I thought I’d like one that would work well in the kitchen. I decided on the Farm Fresh Eggs Stencil, sized at 8 1/2 x 11 inches. I headed over to Michael’s and picked out a rustic looking wooden board to paint on. I have painted with stencils in the past, but apparently I forgot the way to do it, because I pretty much messed up my lovely wooden board!
I measured and taped on my stencil, but I decided it would be a good idea to put a lot of paint on the top and just smooth it into the spaces.
This wasn’t a good idea because the paint seeped underneath and the yellow looked like blobs instead of letters! So I outlined with Sharpie. Still, I wasn’t all that impressed with my work.
Next, I decided to fill in the outlines with white paint. That came out a little better, but I still wasn’t thrilled.
Luckily, the stencil is totally reusable and I remembered I had an old tray that I’d painted blue and never did anything more with, so I pulled that out and started again. This time, I used a lot less paint and a smaller brush. I made sure not to goop on the paint and I filled in the stencil lines much more gently.
I could immediately see that my art came out much better this time!
So my stencil usage tips:
Tape it down, but also hold it down with your hand so you don’t get paint under the edges.
Use a small paint brush.
Don’t use very much paint.
Take your time!
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What do you think of my DIY stenciled décor?