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It feels like we just moved into this house yesterday, while at the same time feeling like we’ve been here years. In all reality, it’s been about 2.5 months – and I haven’t done a single bit of decorating! In all fairness, I still have plenty of boxes to unpack and the more important items to check off the list first, but it really bothers me having nothing on my walls. I was thrilled to get a project to try out, especially because Decorating with Stencils and being able to paint makes me so happy! My kids know when I pull out my ‘painting clothes’, that I’m ready for some DIY fun.
I had so many ideas on what to do with the large 35″x35″ Texas State stencil I got – everything from a collage of photos cut to fit inside, to string art filling up the stencil – but ultimately I decided it’d be a fun addition to this huge BLANK spot on one of my upstairs walls. I mean, check out all this boring wall space….
Yup, it was definitely in need of something. For something a little more unique – and because I received both the outside AND inside pieces to this awesome stencil from Stencil Revolution – I decided to do the state shape itself in black chalkboard paint.
It took three or four coats to get it as smooth and dark as I wanted, but then was a beautiful Texas-shaped chalkboard spot on the wall!
Next, to add a bunch of fun color! I replaced the outside stencil with the inside, protecting my (fully dried, of course) Texas state shape. I chose four different colors (pink, blue, green and purple), then took some old rags and used THE RAGS to smudge each color all over randomly…
I’m sure you could make the smudging work with paint brushes, but I felt that the rags really gave it the random splotches, streaks and swipes that I was going for. At first, I was just going to do it a couple inches out from the black shape, but loved the look so much that I decided to fill that whole indented area on the wall – and I love how it turned out!
Soon, I want to add a red heart on top of the Texas shape right where DFW is, since that’s home for us!
Since I already had my ‘painting clothes’ and all my supplies out, I tackled another one of the fabulous stencils I got from Stencil Revolution – an awesome quote for the kitchen that reads ‘Today’s Menu: Eat it or Starve’ I know many of you moms are chuckling, just as I did as I browsed the site full of stencils! I feel like dinnertime is a constant battle, so may as well have a bit of humor with it – along with a pop of color in the kitchen, right?
There’s not a ton of wall space in my kitchen, which is fine with me because I love all the cabinet space and openness. This 18″x12″ vertical stencil fit perfectly on this column by my island area, and really helped that blank spot that was just begging to be decorated!
I’m thrilled to finally have some fun colors in my house, and had so much fun painting! I’m eager to add some more stencil decorations to my walls (I’ve got a beautiful saying to go in my bedroom, and a fun Iron Man face that the boys will enjoy in the game room or their bedroom), so stay tuned for more DIY projects and colorful fun!