Woman vs. Stencil Take II: Painted Curtains


This project is from August…..

No but seriously, I am not letting my procrastination keep your from Woman vs. Stencil: Take II

Believe it or not even after the tragic woman versus stencil marathon match that ultimately resulted in my loss by decision, I decided to tackle a stencil project again!  Trust me, I was as scared as you are to read another post about my DIY failures…. Buuuut I have to tell you something, when it comes to stenciling there are these {somewhat totally important} tools that you need called stencil brushes {who knew} and when you pick yourself up some of these nifty little gadgets I can attest to the fact that the once daunting stencil project gets a hell-of-a-lot easier!

I had been searching high and low for curtains for the coral and gold room.  I had tried some coral sheers but they were too much for the space, I had tried some white and gold geometric but they were too stark in comparison to the linen bedding.  I was at a total loss, which is not unusual when it comes to home decor lately, do you ever feel like you are just a few steps ahead of the stores?

On a whim one day I decided I would test out the linen Ikea curtains we have in the dining room in the room just too see if they would work… and I LOVED them but they were definitely missing something.  That’s when I decided I would take on my enemy, the stencil once again to give my plain old Ikea curtains a little somethin-somethin!


I started with this Martha Stewart Stencil from Michaels {bought with a 40% off coupon of course}.  It cam in a variety pack of stencils and I decided this particular variety was going to be best for me, so needless to say there may be Woman vs. Stencil Part III coming your way in the future.


See that there… that’s a stencil brush… and for the total cost of about $3 I was able to get a pack or 3 of them.  They made my stencilling experience oh so much more enjoyable!  As you can see I used some painter’s tape to keep my stencil in place and a paper plate to hold my {gold} paint {martha stewart craft paint}.


This was the perfect second stencil project as I didn’t care if the lines were perfect.  I quickly learned that blotting off the excess paint on my brush and “reloading” more regularly was the best way to get the look I wanted and to limit dry time between moves of the stencil.



I just moved the stencil as I went and used the seam on the curtains as a guide to keep the pattern {somewhat} straight.


and voila! Super simple DIY painted curtains.


 I love the texture you get when the light hits them. Definitely not perfect but that’s the best part!

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Woman vs. Stencil – How NOT To Use a Stencil

While at Fabricland the other day looking at, well, fabric {duh!} I stumbled upon a stand of sale stencils.  One in particular caught my eye.


I don’t exactly know what a quilting stencil is for but what I saw was wall stencil potential and decided the $5.19 was totally doable.  I was working on the totally random alcove in the coral and gold room and decided that I would attempt this pattern in the small space.

I started by going to town with my coal paint and when I pulled the stencil away as I held my breathe I saw this….

ImageClose up on this disaster….Image

Ya, so apparently quilting stencils are nothing like proper wall stencils.  Not that I have ever used one but I am assuming DIYers everywhere do NOT struggle with traditional wall stencils to this extent and therefore… I will continue to blame my $5.19 quilting stencil {or my completely insufficient DIY capabilities, your choice}.

So I decided to attempt method #2.  This method involved a mechanical pencil and a seriously high-tec tracing technique which would be followed by some artistic  hand painting.


Ya I can hear you laughing through the computer, trust me, I pulled the stencil away and realized that I was no artist and that I must have basically momentarily lost my mind if I thought I would be painting every single scallop by hand, so…..

Stencil -1    Tori – 0

Feeling a little lot discouraged, I moved on to other projects and left my stupid stencil, seriously regretting I hadn’t spent my $5.19 on a grande chai tea latte.  A few hours later I decided I would not be defeated by the stencil and came up with option #2 for the “Woman vs. Stencil” marathon that seemed to be panning out.

The ever so horrendous “alcove” in the spare bedroom had has these equally horrendous built in shelves that desperately need some love.  Since I haven’t come up with anything better {as of yet} I begrudgingly decided we would embrace the existing shelves and eventually dress them up by trimming them out but in the meantime, I figured I could attack them with my scalloped stencil.




I painted the shelves and picked up a gold sharpie paint pen to prepare my plan of attack for round 2 of the “woman v. stencil” marathon.



I don’t know what I was thinking {obviously I wasn’t} but I just took that sharpie paint pen and started tracing the evil my stencil…bad idea


Doesn’t look too bad from far but up close…..Image


Stencil -2       Tori – 0

The gold paint was leakingand bleeding under the stencil and though it doesn’t look totally completely awful, I assure you, it was and I knew it was just going to get worse!

So the woman v. stencil marathon continues and back to the pencil I went.



ImageI traced the pattern using the pencil and then by hand went over the pencil with the gold paint pen.Image

It is no way perfect, but this was shelf one.  When it came to the second shelf I had developed a system and not only did it go a lot quicker but a lot smoother as well.

Image{the finished product}

See no chubby “mistake” lines on this one!

After three rounds of the Woman v. Stencil marathon, I am proud to say I won one!
Stencil -2   Tori – 1

The shelf detail is sort of pointless, the {ugly} alcove shelves are pretty high up and the scallop detail will likely not be seen but I like that little extra hidden detail and more importantly take solace in the fact that my $5.19 stencil was not wasted…it only cost me a $6.99 gold paint pen Sharpie.  Oops!?!