Monday, March 12, 2012

Stenciled Headboard Reveal and Tips for using Cutting Edge Stencils

Yesterday I announced my Cutting Edge Stencil Giveaway (which is still going on so if you haven't entered to win the stencil of your choice yet, hop on over to the giveaway). I also promised to reveal my Cutting Edge Stencil project. So here it is... the new headboard for our bed.

I used the stencil called Oceana Damask. I love that it has an ocean theme but at first glance looks like a traditional damask fabric pattern. It's perfect for the "New England Beach" theme I'm going for in the bedroom.

Image from Cutting Edge Stencils

To be honest I was shocked they had a stencil design that fit the particular mix of ocean and traditional elements I was looking for. (I wasn't kidding when I said I thought they had something for everyone.)

I used a stencil with two overlays (there's also a version with just one). The first overlay is solid. The second is the accent/highlight stencil.

Here are some pictures of my test board where I tried out different color combinations. All in all I tried about six different color schemes before deciding what I liked best.

Here you can see the stencil before the second overlay was applied.

The whole project was pretty easy. I watched the how-to video on Cutting Edge's website and learned a few tips that helped ensure I got good results.

Using the accent overlay did add an extra step, but I love how it changed the overall look, so in my opinion it was definitely worth the added stenciling time.

The overlay was, as promised, easy to align with the first stencil. Personally I definitely didn't want or worry about perfection when it came lining up the second stencil. I actually really liked the look of it being a little offset. But it would have been very easy to make it lineup perfectly using the built-in registration.

Although I did make one mistake when it came to using the overlay.

See that squiggle there....

It shouldn't be solid chocolate brown. It's on both stencils to help you align them correctly. However, in an overzealous moment of rolling I painted it with my accent color. It ended up being a happy accident because I really liked how it looked. So instead of fixing it I made the same "mistake" on the repeats.

If you are using a stencil with multiple overlays that's definitely something to watch out for.

Anytime I lost my bearings on how the pattern should look I found it really helped me to refer to the picture of the finished pattern that came with the stencil. I could look at that picture and easily figure it out.

I tried using both a stencil brush and a roller to apply the paint. I definitely preferred the roller. Not only was it faster but I wound up with way less paint creeping under the stencil edges.

I also tried using spray adhesive to stick the stencil down on the board more firmly.

It's listed in the instructions as an optional step to give your pattern sharper cleaner edges. In the interest of product review I thought I'd give it a try, but it ended up being very problematic. First of all, I had to go outside to spray the stencil with adhesive. Then the glue only stayed tacky for one application of the stencil to the board. After sticking it down and painting the pattern once I'd have to bring it outside to spray the back with adhesive again... only now the front was wet with paint, making it hard to hold.

It was all way more trouble than it was worth. I honestly didn't notice much of a difference between the areas where I used the adhesive and the areas where I simply taped the edges of the stencil down.

Over the years I've done a lot of small craft sized stencil projects. But this is the first large scale stenciling I'd ever done, and I have to say it was more exciting that I expected. Seeing the board all done and stenciled gave me a wonderful feeling of accomplishment. I couldn't get over the fact that I actually stenciled something that big.

In just a few hours I got something completely custom that totally changed the entire feel of the room.

It's definitely inspired me to think about what else I could do with these large decorative stencils. I could paint some interesting details on the ceiling of the porch. Make a custom patterned curtain or bed spread. I bet you could even stencil onto an area rug.

I'm really happy with the results.

And Lucy likes it too!

Disclosure: Cutting Edge Stencils provided this stencil for my review. They have also provided the prize for the giveaway. No other compensation was received.

GIVEAWAY: Cutting Edge Stencils

Since St. Patrick's Day is this week I thought it'd be nice time for a giveaway...

Want to take your stenciling, crafting, or redecorating projects to the next level?


Well you're in luck because Cutting Edge Stencils has kindly offered to give one reader the stencil of their choice- up to a $50 value.

furniture stencilstenciled pillow

If you aren't familiar with Cutting Edge Stencils they design and sell large reusable decorative stencils. The stencils come in all sorts of amazing styles. Everything from geometric or damask allover patterns for walls, to craft sized stencils, holiday themes, flowers, ceiling medallions, and just about anything else you could think of.

moroccan stencil

Peony Dream Wall Pattern Kit

You can even use specially designed stencils to make your own custom patterns. There truly is something to fit every style or decor.

Cutting Edge Stencils sent me a stencil of my choice to review (I'll show you my project tomorrow). And I have to say the hardest part was picking just one design. I easily could have picked three or four to use all over the house!

Once I saw you could use them on walls, fabric, and even furniture my imagination really went wild with the possibilities. I can't wait to show you what I ended up doing!

The stencils are easy to use, and the company offers some great tips and videos on their website to help you achieve the best results. But I'll tell you more about that tomorrow.

Here's how to enter to win one stencil (up to a $50 value) of your choice:
The Giveaway is now closed- you can see the winner here.

For one Entry: Leave a comment on this post. You can tell me anything you'd like just say hi, tell me which stencil you'd choose, or even the project you have in mind. (You don't have to be a follower of MegaCrafty to enter).

If you're email is not in your profile be sure to leave it in your comment!

For a second entry: Like Cutting Edge Stencils on Facebook then come back and tell me you've liked them by leaving a second comment.

The giveaway is open until Sunday March 18th at 11:59 pm EST. You must be a US resident to enter (sorry international readers). The Giveaway is now closed- you can see the winner here.

One winner will be chosen randomly from the comments and announced on Monday March 19th in a new post. The winner will receive their choice of a Creative Edge Stencil (up to a $50 value).

Good Luck!


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