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I’ve quite possibly said this before, maybe once or twice or twenty times now, but this is officially my new favorite DIY project to date! As you may remember from some of my previous posts, I am rather obsessed with a good stencil project and Royal Design Studio has enough amazing designs to choose from to fill my project wish list for a lifetime! What I strongly dislike about painting in general but LOOOVE about stenciling, is that it doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact, the little imperfections are what makes a stencil project rather charming. Taping and making trim lines straight is enough to make me ca-razy and ready to hire a painter, but stenciling is all about the overall look and not the imperfections. Plus, there are a bazillion combinations in stencil designs, paint colors and creative project ideas. Believe me, once this post is over, your kiddos might not even be safe from being stenciled.
With our new home renovation, Our Historic Wonderland, coming along rather rapidly, I’ve decided to knock out some fun projects so they will all be ready and waiting when it’s time to decorate! Since I’ve always loved that “Anthro look”, I wanted to create some unique, vintage inspired frames. And since THREE is always the magic number for accessorizing, I made… drumroll please… three frames!
With so much wall space in our new home, there are sure to be a million and one places for these beauties. And I have a feeling that I may have a hard time deciding where they’ll go considering I’ve already found TWO favorite spots in our current home! More on that later…
So first up, deciding on a stencil design and paint colors. I fell head over heels for Royal Design Studio’s Shibori Furniture Stencil. From there I chose two of their Stencil Cremes and two Stencil Brushes which are key to a fail-proof stencil project for beginners as well as seasoned stencilers! Their cremes are the perfect gel based formula to prevent run-unders while their brushes allow you to create a great blotting texture. The Oyster and Copper stencil cremes fit my vision for a shimmery metallic pop of color!
Next up, choosing a frame color…
I chose Blue-Grey Slate by Glidden, 30BB 13/068 for the frame color because it’s a beautiful dark, cool gray that works perfectly with our decor. It will also pop against the warm gold vintage-y frames that I intend to glue on top of the gray stenciled frames.
Here’s what you’ll need to complete this project…
1 Quart Paint- Blue-Grey Slate by Glidden
Small Paint Roller
3- 5″ x 7″ Gold Vintage Style Frames (I found these three 50% off at Hobby Lobby)
3- 1″ MDF cut to 13″ x 14″ with a 5″ x 7″ center cut-out
Cut three pieces of 1″ MDF into 13″ x 14″ rectangles with a center cut-out approximately 5″ x 7″.
Lightly sand all sides and edges of the frames.
Paint the top and sides of the three frames. I had a cute little helper on my project day! Addie loves to help me so I let her clean off the dust and then paint the frames. I just did a final touch-up and they were ready for stenciling!
Time to stencil! Lay out the stencil on the frame very carefully making sure to line up the design with the lines of the frame. Either tape or firmly hold each section while you work your way across the stencil blotting on a small amount of stencil creme. Once you’ve completed the stencil, remove it carefully and allow the first section to dry. Next, line up the next section by placing some of the completed stencil underneath the new layout. Continue blotting on the stencil creme and continue this process until it is all complete!
De-construct the purchased frames down to the base frame removing all of the backing.
Glue the deconstructed frame on top of the stenciled frame base lining up base and top frame with hot glue.
When ordering prints, I ALWAYS have them printed on single weight mat board and almost always get them done with a metallic finish. They turn out so beautiful and can be framed without glass which prevents that terrible glare. You can read more about ordering your prints here… “Ditch. The. Glass”. So, that’s exactly what I used for the frames. I then used small metal clips to hold the print into place…
Yes, once again completely obsessed with stenciling. I initially placed them in our dining room for the photography and then decided to try them out in our foyer hallway. And now I can’t decide where I prefer them! So now I need YOUR HELP!
Today I have teamed up with Royal Design Studio to give one lucky reader the same amazing set that I used to complete this project! A new one of course ;-). Simply comment below with where YOU think I should keep the frames (dining room or hallway) and tell me where you’re reading from! Simple as that! I will post a winner THIS FRIDAY! Good Luck and thanks for reading!
XOXO, Brittany Hayes