As you well know, I’ve been stenciling the walls above the board and batten in the living room. It is turning out FLIPPING AMAZING, and the process is taking FLIPPING FOREVER.
As you can see… I’m almost done with the first of 3 walls. I never dreamed it would take this long, but it’s turning out even more amazing than I envisioned, so that cancels it out in my head!
I’m not sure how the lighting is making the color come across to you, but it’s a shiny metallic gold and a medium-toned flat gray paint. I think it’s fabulous.
I’m being sloppy about the top and bottom edges, because there’s going to be chunky white crown moulding framing it all it. It’s KILLING me to have to wait to see how crisp and amazing it will be. Impatient much?
Additionally, I wanted to share some groundbreaking information…
YOU CAN CLEAN YOUR STENCIL!
You know how, after so many repetitions, your stencil is somewhat globby and thicker than it should ever be? And it starts to affect your design? That happened to me big time when I was stenciling the pantry, and Nick spent some tedious hours peeling off the nasties for me…
But after a little trial and error, I learnt that you could just soak it in water (assuming it’s water-based paint!), and the paint just basically FALLS OFF. Am I the only one that didn’t know that?
I hope not, because I’m pretty excited about it and want to show you how it goes down. Here’s a pic of my heavily-weighed-down-goobery-crusty stencil. You can see where it’s starting to crack and peel.
I obtained my cookie sheet that has ridges on the sides (technically a jelly roll pan), slapped my stencil in there, and added water until it was covered.
It’s fun to watch the paint break down a make some swirlies in the water, if you’re into that kind of thing.
Let it soak for an hour or two, until the paint is looking all pruney like babies toes in a bathtub, and the water is murky… um, like bathwater after bathing a couple of grubby toddlers.
The paint just falls of my darlings. It’s the stuff of dreams.
As often as I stencil things, I’m going to be using this technique LOTS. And it’s going to save
me Nick tons of time.
Pour out the water down your drain, but make sure the goobery-nastiness stays in the pan!
Then grab all the junk and toss it in the trash. And simply wash your pan with soap and water! Pretty darn simple!
And it’s SO worth it to be able to start afresh with a crisp clean stencil again!
I hope this comes in as handy for you as it has/will for me!
P.S! If you’re interested in MAKING your own stencil, checkout our tutorial HERE!