Here is my guest post:
Since Christmas, we have been redoing our breakfast nook. We have painted, installed wainscoting and switched out the table. I am now ready to begin layering on the accessories and accent colors. After lusting after some Forsythia plants at the edge of the transportation department's driveway and stealthily snatching some for a centerpiece, I fell in love with the pop of yellow it gave the nook. Since curtains are the next most dramatic thing you change in a room besides paint color, I set out to make some curtains inspired by this West Elm photo:
The wonderful folks over at Cutting Edge Stencils, sent me a wall stencil to test out. I have wanted to stencil something so bad, and I started off with my curtains.
- Curtain panels (Ikea Vivan in white)
- Acrylic Paint (Craft Smart, Yellow)
- Fabric Medium (Delta Ceramcoat)
- Stencil (Zagora Allover Stencil)
- Foam Roller
- Brown Craft/Painter's Paper
1. Cover a large, flat working area with heavy paper to catch all paint that might bleed through. I used my breakfast nook floor.
3. The directions say to iron the curtains, but mine were not wrinkled when they came out, so I just skipped this step and smoothed and tugged out the wrinkles.
5. Place your stencil in the upper left hand corner (if you are right handed like me) and add a few pieces of blue painter's tape to hold it down.
6. Prepare your brush by rolling into paint and removing excess on a dry paper towel. You could also roll right on for a faster, thicker coverage.
When you are done stenciling a row, pull the whole curtain up and lay it back down to keep the paper from drying to the curtain. I wouldn't pull your curtain down after each square because it actually helps keep your fabric tight and makes it easier to align.
In tight corners or edges, you can turn your foam roller sideways and use a tapping motion. This works well in the parts of the stencil beside where you have lined up with the last area you stenciled and you don't want to roll over any parts that are not matched up.
Drum roll please.....