I was lucky enough to have Royal Design Studio offer a stencil for me to try. Just happens that I had a VERY tall wall in the entryway that need some sort of “WOW” factor.
After pouring over all of their AMAZING stencils (and seriously they have a lot of really awesome stencils, it made the decision tough), I decided on the Starry Moroccan Night Stencil. I didn’t want something too traditional, or too modern. I thought these stars would be fun but not overly dramatic and add something a little different but not TOO different.
This is the space after we finished the floors and moved in. It originally had brown vinyl floor.
By the time I chose a stencil I had already painted and decorated the entry.
I wanted the stars in the stencil to look like they were shining brighter than the rest of the stencil. You can see that the picture on their site looks like this. Royal Design Studio has a stencil brush that they use to achieve this effect, but by the time I realized I needed the brush, I was already needing to get the stencil done, so I improvised. My other problem was that my wall was already painted gray and I didn’t want to repaint to have the stenciled stars be white.
This is what I did to fix both problems (shown in pictures above):
1. White-washed my wall. This was quick and easy. I did it in sections so that I could step back and decide if I white-washed it enough. I wanted the stencil to look a little washed out and not too bold.
2. I then used a measuring tape to find where the stars would be on the wall and white-washed those areas more heavily.
3. Then I taped the stencil up and repainted the wall with the gray paint I originally used.
4. I finished the stencil by hand painting a heavier white-wash with a thin brush. I only hand painted the heavier white-wash on the inside of the stars. This gave the twinkle effect that I was hoping for.
* Note: I used a higher sheen paint for the stars, so they would look shinier. If I were to do it again, I would have used even a higher gloss.
I picked up a bag of Rhinestones at Joannes. With the 40% off coupon on your phone, a big bag of rhinestones is around $2. I actually tried sequins, pearls and rhinestones. I chose the rhinestones because they are so reflective and fit with the twinkling star effect that I wanted.
The rhinestones are really hard to photograph. They just don’t sparkle in a picture like they do in person.
…but you get the idea.
I have to say I’m pretty in love with how it turned out.
In the morning when I come down the stairs (through the entryway), the stars twinkle at me.
…not even in a metaphorical sense. I mean rhinestones really do twinkle. It’s cool!
Royal Design Studio will be giving away a stencil on the blog next week….so stay tuned!
Check out their site and start thinking about what stencil YOU would choose!
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