Stencilling a wall / How to know if it’s for you or not!

It’s week 2 of the $100 Room Challenge where I’m transforming my master bedroom. This week, I was stencilling a wall! It was an adventure! Find out if it’s one you’d like to take!

Thanks to Cutting Edge Stencils for sending me the stencil for this project. All opinions are 100% my own.

I had a vision. I was seeing it in my mind: a perfectly defined design that would make an awesome focal point when entering the master bedroom.

Find out what I have planned for my small master bedroom makeover for the $100 Room Challenge. A lot of ideas are planned to change this decor and add colour, all of it, on a budget. You'll see that the layout will be changed so that the bed is in front of the window. Check out the before and after plan. #100roomchallenge #masterbedroom #onabudget #bedroomdecor #bedroomideas #bedrooms

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I had never used a stencil before apart from when making mixed media art. And when I did that, I embraced any bleeds or mistakes like part of the art. But not on my wall! I wanted everything as clean as possible.

So I read and watched many tutorials and I said to myself: “Pretty easy, I can do this!”

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Stencilling a wall

I chose the beautiful Tea House Trellis from Cutting Edge Stencil.

I bought a foam roller and even decided to use repositionable adhesive to make sure to get the cleanest edges possible.

The tutorials I watched said to put very little paint on the roller and wipe the excess on a paper towel, so I did.

I was all excited, “let’s do this!” And this is what happened:

Oh no! What did I do wrong? :'(

So I ran and came back with wet towels and wiped it all off… I did that three times!

Since I was using the paint I owned, I thought that maybe that was the problem. So I asked the other $100 Room Challenge bloggers and was surprised to hear that some of them just “learned to embrace de bleeds an imperfections” while others vowed to never stencil again!!

Ok, so it’s not just me! And it’s not as easy as it looks!

What the others had to say

I also got good advice from the other bloggers :

From what I take out, a stencil brush and very little paint are the things to remember!

Unfortunately, I didn’t have a stencil brush and needed to get this done today! So, with all the advice in mind, I went back to my roller. I squished the paint out of it as much as I could by pressing it down. Then, I rolled it on a paper towel and tried A-GAIN!

This time, it was way better.

Stencilling a wall with a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencil. This geometric pattern will look great for an accent wall in my master bedroom. I even used 2 colors for the Tea House Trellis Allover Stencil. You can find out if stencilling is for you or not! Stencil will bleed and it won't be perfect. See why. #cuttingedge #stencil #diy #masterbedroom #makeover

There were still some bleeding but not as much. Lesson learned:

Even when you think you don’t have a lot of paint on your roller, you still have too much!

My tips to you

Like it or not, it will bleed. If you see bubbles like this, it means you still have way too much paint on your roller!

Stencilling a wall with a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencil. This geometric pattern will look great for an accent wall in my master bedroom. I even used 2 colors for the Tea House Trellis Allover Stencil. You can find out if stencilling is for you or not! Stencil will bleed and it won't be perfect. See why. #cuttingedge #stencil #diy #masterbedroom #makeover

I used wet Q-Tips to clean some of the edges. You can also come back with your base colour and an artist brush for touch-ups. Also, when it was time to wash the stencil, I laid it down on an old rag to dry it and dabbed it with a paper towel.

Is stencilling for you?

Can you accept imperfections? Are you the patient type? If not, I would say don’t do it!! 😉

Just finishing the top, sides and bottom as you can see below took me 3 hours. Even if Cutting Edge Stencils sends a convenient top edge stencil just for the top.

Stencilling a wall with a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencil. This geometric pattern will look great for an accent wall in my master bedroom. I even used 2 colors for the Tea House Trellis Allover Stencil. You can find out if stencilling is for you or not! Stencil will bleed and it won't be perfect. See why. #cuttingedge #stencil #diy #masterbedroom #makeover

Stencilling a wall with a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencil. This geometric pattern will look great for an accent wall in my master bedroom. I even used 2 colors for the Tea House Trellis Allover Stencil. You can find out if stencilling is for you or not! Stencil will bleed and it won't be perfect. See why. #cuttingedge #stencil #diy #masterbedroom #makeover

Doing the sides and bottom was a struggle because you have to bend the stencil and still fit the design.

Stencilling a wall with a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencil. This geometric pattern will look great for an accent wall in my master bedroom. I even used 2 colors for the Tea House Trellis Allover Stencil. You can find out if stencilling is for you or not! Stencil will bleed and it won't be perfect. See why. #cuttingedge #stencil #diy #masterbedroom #makeover

And that is where I had the most touch-ups to do! Lucky me, there will be furniture in front!

Stencilling a wall with a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencil. This geometric pattern will look great for an accent wall in my master bedroom. I even used 2 colors for the Tea House Trellis Allover Stencil. You can find out if stencilling is for you or not! Stencil will bleed and it won't be perfect. See why. #cuttingedge #stencil #diy #masterbedroom #makeover

Final thoughts

I was frustrated at first but I can’t say that I’m not in loooove with the look.

Stencilling a wall with a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencil. This geometric pattern will look great for an accent wall in my master bedroom. I even used 2 colors for the Tea House Trellis Allover Stencil. You can find out if stencilling is for you or not! Stencil will bleed and it won't be perfect. See why. #cuttingedge #stencil #diy #masterbedroom #makeover

I even took my courage an added another colour to the mix: Coral Blush. I’m so glad I did!

Stencilling a wall with a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencil. This geometric pattern will look great for an accent wall in my master bedroom. I even used 2 colors for the Tea House Trellis Allover Stencil. You can find out if stencilling is for you or not! Stencil will bleed and it won't be perfect. See why. #cuttingedge #stencil #diy #masterbedroom #makeover

Now, if you wonder why I didn’t stencil under the window, it’s because I don’t want to see the pattern through the curtains. That way, I think the window will seem bigger! We’ll see!

Stencilling a wall with a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencil. This geometric pattern will look great for an accent wall in my master bedroom. I even used 2 colors for the Tea House Trellis Allover Stencil. You can find out if stencilling is for you or not! Stencil will bleed and it won't be perfect. See why. #cuttingedge #stencil #diy #masterbedroom #makeover

Material I used

Recommended material and what I will use next time!

Budget

What I spent this week looks like this :

Total spent : $53,69 USD.

Stay tuned for next week of the $100 Room Challenge if you want to know the quickest and cheapest way to paint blinds. 😀 Here’s the recap:

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4

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Here are other Cutting Edge Stencils that caught my eye (I even bought one of them for a next project! Can you guess which one?)

Stencilling a wall with a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencil. This geometric pattern will look great for an accent wall in my master bedroom. I even used 2 colors for the Tea House Trellis Allover Stencil. You can find out if stencilling is for you or not! Stencil will bleed and it won't be perfect. See why. #cuttingedge #stencil #diy #masterbedroom #makeover

Stencilling a wall with a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencil. This geometric pattern will look great for an accent wall in my master bedroom. I even used 2 colors for the Tea House Trellis Allover Stencil. You can find out if stencilling is for you or not! Stencil will bleed and it won't be perfect. See why. #cuttingedge #stencil #diy #masterbedroom #makeover

Stencilling a wall with a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencil. This geometric pattern will look great for an accent wall in my master bedroom. I even used 2 colors for the Tea House Trellis Allover Stencil. You can find out if stencilling is for you or not! Stencil will bleed and it won't be perfect. See why. #cuttingedge #stencil #diy #masterbedroom #makeover

Stencilling a wall with a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencil. This geometric pattern will look great for an accent wall in my master bedroom. I even used 2 colors for the Tea House Trellis Allover Stencil. You can find out if stencilling is for you or not! Stencil will bleed and it won't be perfect. See why. #cuttingedge #stencil #diy #masterbedroom #makeover

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12 thoughts on “Stencilling a wall / How to know if it’s for you or not!

  1. It looks so great! I love that you used 2 colors together, it looks amazing so far!

    1. Thank you Leslea. I hesitated about the two colours but then I decided to “do it scared” and I’m so glad I did!

  2. I know you were struggling with the stencil, but OMG it’s gorgeous!! The pattern AND the color are amazing!! You’re going to see all the imperfections because you’re right up on it, but trust me I can’t see them. I’m wowed!! Great job!

  3. I think it looks gorgeous, despite the frustrations. I am prepping my floors today and will be bringing out the stencil in a few days. I actually bought a stencil brush based on the feedback you received. Fingers crossed 🙂

    1. Thanks Erin! I’m glad I could help (or the feedback I got could help! 😛 ) I will for sure buy the stencil brush next time too!

  4. Natalie that stencil is so cool and the color you picked to showcase it is spot on. I love the modern vibe you are creating in this bedroom can’t wait to see the rest of your amazing progress next week!!!

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