Stencils are a wonderful way to customize anything in your home. The first time I used stencils it was in my high school Interior Design II class and the brushes back then were a lot easier to use. Nowadays, I prefer stippling sponges instead. But, if you like to use stippling brushes, make sure you get a high rated one, not the cheaper versions. The cheaper versions do not stipple well because the paint doesn't absorb on the brush. Below are some examples of stippling brushes and sponges from Amazon so you can visually see what they look like. (affiliate link)
The trick with stippling brushes is to use very little paint so that it doesn't run under the stencil. If you need a second coat feel free. I found that using a medium sized sponge well for larger stencils like the one I used from "Stencil Revolution." Here's the stencil I used. It's called, Tranquility Mandala Stencil. It's a 12 x 12 size but you can purchase sizes from 6 x 6 inches all the way up to 35 x 35 inches. Click the image below if you want to buy it from Stencil Revolution site. (I do not get a referral fee for your purchase.) Pretty, right? I love to use this stencil as a focal point on furniture and walls.
There are so many options on where to place this pretty stencil. Below I am sharing where you can use this stencil to transform your home.
5 Areas to Transform with DIY Stencils
The first area is on an accent table. I did this one recently on an older table that I had in my bedroom. I taped the ends of the stencil to stay in place and then used the Magnolia chalk paint to stipple the stencil pattern on the table. After I was finished, I added a clear wax to the top to protect the paint.
The second area to enhance is cabinet doors. If you have an old armoire and want to spice it up, try using this stencil on the center of the armoire's doors for a unique look.
The third area to improve is a coffee table. If you have a rundown table that needs a little pick me up, try adding this stencil to the center of the table.
The fourth area is around a chandelier. Remove the light fixture and add the stencil to the ceiling then reattach the light fixture. You don't need to add wax over the stencil pattern since it is on the ceiling.
The last and final area is another area I did in my home. I added the mandala stencil to the center of two windows in my two story steps. It gave a beautiful focal point to the stairway. By taping the stencil to the wall with tape. I needed to make sure it was flush up against the wall so no paint would seep through. I started with a little paint and stippled the stencil until I finished. I then waited for it to dry and then added a little extra on certain areas I missed. I didn't use much just a little paint to touch up some areas. I pulled off the stencil quickly and let it dry completely. I did not add any wax on top. What do you think?
Well, there you have it! I hope this helps inspire you to enhance your favorite household pieces in your home. If you used this stencil before, where did you use it? Please leave a comment below. We would love to hear from you.
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