And this floor from Carrie at lovely, etc.
And these great baskets from Kari at Thistlewood Farms
Well, I have a confession to make.....I've never stenciled. Not a thing - never even tried. But, man I want to be one of the cool chicks who can stencil pillows and pumpkins and curtains and anything else that looks like it needs a stencil! And then I found this awesome tutorial from Brooke over at All Things Thrifty ! She's cuttin' through that stuff like butta! I'm thinking "I'm gonna go for it!" So I went and bought me a new toy...
Brooke used a plain old xacto knife but I thought I needed all the help I could get so using my 40% off coupon, I picked up a heated stencil cutter at Michaels.
I thought I'd start with something easy like a teeny little canvas sign. I printed out the pattern that I created on Word and went to town. The first go around, I must have used a notebook that was too thick. Bummer. So, of course that mandates a run to the local Walmart to see if they have anything else. I found some "heavy duty sheet protectors" that looked like they would work. Pack of five for a $1.27! Excitedly, I get home just knowing this is going to be my moment!
I think my first warning flag was how darn hot that stencil cutter gets. I'm a terror with a glue gun - always burning every finger on my hand. This little baby is worse! It was smoking! After finally getting the hang of just holding the stupid thing, I started cutting my little stencil out. It was not easy - certainly not as easy as Brooke made it look. It was downright hard. And what do you do about the circle in the middle of an "O" when cutting out a stencil, not to mention, e-r-d-a-b and p! I just told myself I'd worry about that later and kept cutting. After wrangling with a super hot probe on plastic that got gooey immediately, I finally got my stencil cut out. I'm still thinking "well, this will start to look alright when I actually start stenciling" and "I'll just make sure everyone knows I meant to go for the shabby chic look".
I'm still refusing to get discouraged at this point. After all, I'm a smart girl - just need to take my time. Well patience is not one of my best virtues. There was paint globbed everywhere and I SWEAR I was only dabbing! I used a paper towel to get off as much of the paint as I could! I took the stencil off and tried to touch up as much as I could and even went so far as to get some sandpaper to rough things up a little - you know for the shabby chic look.
Well, it just never got any better. I'm not even watermarking that photo! Maybe I just have to admit that I'm not a stencil kinda girl. I thought I started out with something reasonably small! I mean, I needed to learn how to do it so that I could stencil this on to a table I have...
BTW, that awesome graphic came from theThe Graphics Fairy, LLC
How about you? Anybody else out there have a "project gone wrong"? Think I'll go tile something....