We’re passionate decorators from Maryland fascinated by all facets of creativity. Our love for creativity compliments our attention to stylish interiors and graphic design. On a more interesting note we’re identical twins and who doesn’t love twins!
For the past three or four days I have been a busy little bee, which may explain my inability to get to work on time, shh don’t tell anyone! See, I have a problem leaving the house on time when I immerse myself in diy projects. The project of the week was to stencil curtains for the dining room. I wasn’t really looking forward to the project because I knew I would have to do majority of it alone until Milla came home from work and helped. I owned up to the challenge anyway because I couldn’t just let a free stencil go to waste. Thanks ( Cutting Edge Stencils!)
The neglected dining room was finally getting some much needed attention. First the fabulous craigslist buffet and now the curtains.
At first we had simple white grommet curtains from Ikea, but we were both looking for a bold pattern to liven up the dining room. Try not to stare at the ugly ceiling fan, we have plans for that and the mirror.
I laid the white curtain on a tarp to setup my painting area. Breeze wasn’t much of a helper as you can see, he was more interested in the birds and squirrels outside. We decided on a geometric stencil, specifically the Oasis Allover Stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils. We love the Moroccan style and thought it was a great complement to the floral and chevron in the living room.
The color of choice is Synergy by Sherwin Williams. Place the stencil over the curtain panel and tape it down to prevent shifting. You’d want to use low tack tape to be on the safe size. I also used spray adhesive, but as the curtain flattened out I didn’t really need it. Also a small high density 3′ roller works better than 6″ rollers. When you load the paint on the roller, make sure to roll of excess on a paper towel to the point where you can’t see any wet paint. This will prevent bleeding. Ready to see how the first time went??
I was surprised it went on so easily and with no bleeding. This stencil is the best. And while I do love the stencil, I did get a little tired after awhile, but that had more to do with it being well after midnight when I finished the last curtain. I’m pretty sure a flat surface like a wall would be much easier to do. I took breaks in between when I had to work or when I was just tired of stenciling, but I managed to complete the last panel today! Yay, here is how it looked after I was done.
I was really scared to mess up and thought I did in some areas, but you can’t tell. I’m not the type that harps on perfection anyway. I allowed them to dry for a bit and then hung them up.
Aren’t they great? Now my question to you all is should I keep the lamp shade as is or go with basic white shades? I’m leaning toward basic white shades. Here’s a closeup.
I didn’t really go for full paint coverage for two reasons, I didn’t want to add too much paint and cause bleeding and two I like the screen printed appearance. Remember that ugly ceiling fan? Well at the suggestion of one of out great readers, I bought white replacement fan blades from Home Depot 5 for $15. It makes a world of difference! Thank you so much Yanelle!