Believe it or not, I’ve never stenciled anything in my house. I may have even been the one that said I was “so over” stenciled walls in an interview I did here.
But, I saw this wallpaper and was smitten:
I thought it would be the perfect backdrop for the reading spot I’m creating in the nursery for the Pottery Barn Kids/PBS Kids Summer Book Nook Challenge that I blogged about here.
I knew, however, that I didn’t want to spend the money, have the time, nor did I even know how to get my hands on that paper. (The sites I found it on were both Swedish blogs….) So, a stencil seemed like the best option.
I ordered this four-leaf clover and chose the 7-inch design. It’s quite a bit larger than the original wallpaper pattern I liked, but I thought bigger would make more of a statement, and who am I kidding? A bigger design would mean less clovers, which would (hopefully) mean less time.
I pulled out my favorite navy—Benjamin Moore’s “Stunning” (mixed in a Valspar paint). It’s the color we used in the family room of our last house.
There are a lot of things I’m particular about, but stenciling clovers obviously isn’t one of them. If you’re looking for a stenciling tutorial, this isn’t it. I didn’t even measure anything out. I just taped the stencil up in the top left corner of the wall, grabbed a sponge brush and started painting. When I was finished with one, I put the edge of the stencil at the bottom of the last clover, taped it down and sponged again.
I did learn that you don’t want too much paint on your sponge. My first clovers were a little “globby.” But, I got better as I went along. No one clover really turned out perfectly, but with this kind of wall, you’re really going for overall effect, and not 148 perfect clovers. Lucky for me.
Baby wipes were my best friend throughout this process. The white paint (Shoji White by Sherwin Williams) is a satin finish and wiped easily when I really messed up.
The whole wall took me about four hours to complete.
This weekend, I’m working on finishing up the rest of the reading nook since it all has to be done by Monday. Wish me luck!