I decided it was time for a bit of an 'up-do' for my lovely dining room table top. I had previously painted it with chalk paint, so for the stencil pattern detail I decided to use a dark grey chalk paint as well - which I would later seal with floor wax.
Here is the step by step processs that I took:
To begin with, gather all your materials: I used:
Level (to make sure your stencil is laid out level)
Small foam roller & tray
Stencil of choice
Paint (you can use chalk, acrylic or craft paint)
I pulled a string from the centre of the table to the other and used that as a guide to make sure I had my stencil straight. A level will work better when you are working on a vertical surface, like a wall.
Next, I stuck the stencil in place with some masking tape.
Add some paint into your paint tray, and roll the roller in the paint, making sure all the sides are covered.
Then, and this is very important, ROLL THE EXCESS PAINT OFF THE ROLLER ON SOME NEWSPAPER OR KITCHEN TOWEL.
This is important because you do not want paint to go underneath the stencil (this is called 'bleeding')
Now, go over your stencil carefully, with gentle pressure. Go over the areas a few times with gentle pressure & later the paint as you go.
Then, carefully remove your stencil & move it across, using some of the painted pattern as your guideline to place it in position again.
Keep repeating this process until you have stenciled the entire area.
Be careful when you move your stencil, make sure you do not smudge the wet paint. If you do notice a smudge, take a damp cloth & wipe off the smudged part.
Keep going until you have done the entire area :-)
Even the cat likes the end result!
Such a simple & fun way to decorate any area of your home.
This particular stencil is my 'SAFI' stencil. See it here on the web.