One of the hardest things to decorate in any home, in my humble opinion, is the area around the television.
No one really wants that giant eyesore staring at you when you aren’t actively using it, but it’s so hard to figure out exactly how to disguise it without making things too difficult on yourself. We had been living with this problem for a while, not quite sure what to do about it, but very annoyed that the wall where our television sat was very…boring and ugly.
So, when I got the chance to review a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils, you know I was all over it. I might have even done a happy dance in the living room – not even kidding. I hadn’t really thought about using a stencil on that wall before, but it seemed like the perfect solution – it’s cheap, easy, and it makes a big impact!
Corey and I spent forever browsing all of the options on Cutting Edge’s website and we finally narrowed it down to the Zamira Allover Stencil – it’s bold, graphic, and we thought it would look amazing in the living room. And we were right.
Drool. It makes me giddy.
Let’s get on with the process. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little
intimidated terrified when I received my package from Cutting Edge in the mail – it included the stencil, a level to make sure things are nice and straight, and a foam roller. I read the directions about four times, growing more nervous each time I read it, and then I promptly shoved everything into the garage and pretended like it didn’t exist for a few days.
That’s what I do when projects scare me – I ignore them.
Unfortunately, now every time I looked at the wall in our living room (which meant every time I watched television), I was reminded that it was supposed to be covered in a pretty stencil that had already defeated me just by existing. I couldn’t let myself be scared anymore, so last week Corey and I marched ourselves into Lowe’s, picked up some paint and Frog tape, and declared that it was time to get the dang stencil on the wall.
When we got it all home, I didn’t even let myself pause to catch a breath before I dove right in and started working – I knew if I stopped for a second the pressure would cripple me and I’d be forced to ignore the project again. So, I watched some of the tutorials on Cutting Edge’s website and went for it.
I won’t even try to give you guys a ton of tips on how to do this, because the directions and the videos that Cutting Edge provides explain things so much better than I ever possibly could. I will, however, toss in a few tips that I learned along the way:
– When they say to blot off the excess paint before you put it on the wall, they aren’t kidding around. It’s vital that you don’t have a ton of paint on your roller, even if you feel like it’s too light. If you’ve got too much the stencil won’t go on well, and you’ll get some splotchiness.
– If you mess up, don’t worry about it. This was a hard thing for me to get through my head, but I was shocked by how the little mistakes that I made throughout the process were completely invisible once the wall was all done. I had a few rows that become crooked despite my use of the level, but you absolutely can’t tell. I also had some splotches that seeped through at the beginning because I had too much paint on my roller, but you can’t see them unless you know they are there. There were even a few spots where I tried to line up the stencil and realized that something had gotten way off and things were really wonky – but, again, you can’t tell! So, don’t sweat the small stuff in a project like this.
– If possible, I’d recommend painting a darker color on top of a lighter color, not vice versa. We were painting white onto dark gray, and I absolutely love how it turned out, but there are definitely a lot of spots where the white didn’t cover very well. For Corey and I, this ended up being a great thing because we love how it has kind of a worn-in, always-been-there look to it versus being super crisp, but if you want a more solid and thorough coverage, be careful in your paint selection – this isn’t really a project where you can do two or three coats of paint.
And that, my friends, is just about it. I was absolutely blown away by how easy this ended up being – I did the whole wall by myself in about 3 hours!
There are no words for how in love I am with this entire project. The wall turned out better than we ever could have imagined, and we are so happy with the impact it makes in the room – and it was SO EASY! I am now officially looking for an excuse to use this stencil on every inch of my house.