Ok, so who isn’t a Pinterest addict these days? I know I’ve spent my fair share of hours pinning away – everything from too cute kittens, favorite bands, beautiful places, art that inspires me and of course cool projects I am “so gonna do”.
Of course the ideas are endless and the talent displayed far exceeds my own, but non the less, that doesn’t stop me from pinning and dreaming.
This past week, I finally decided to try my hand at a Pinterest interest. I’ve had the urge to paint SOMETHING. Now, I have plenty of things I can paint, but I’ve been wanting to do something really bold, fun and different. Then I came across this on Pinterest:
(I found the above photo on Pinterest but I think it was originally posted at design dazzle)
WOW I just love this color. A while ago I painted a wall in there a bright aqua blue, but haven’t done much else since then. I have been thinking about how I could simply and cheaply spruce this room up. Some might ask “Why?” Well, I can’t explain it. I know it seems crazy to invest time and energy into such a utilitarian space that no one is likely to see, but I have this sickness. I’ve also been in a bit of a creative slump lately and feel doing something really different and bold might revive the creative side of my brain.
Of course, I knew it wouldn’t be as easy as I was thinking it would be, but I prepared myself for that and promised I would take my time and quit when I needed a break, no reason this would need to be done in a day.
First, I made stencils to use as a general guide.
I had a roll of cheap drawing paper which would be great for making a few large stencils. This wouldn’t have been my first choice (as I’ll explain why later) but it was what I had on hand.
I rolled out the paper and let my pen do the walking – swirling and curling.
Cutting out the “stencil” with an X-Acto knife was a cinch – applying it to the ceiling was a different matter. I used painters tape doubled over to place the design where I wanted it on the ceiling, then went around with the hanging edges with some double-sided tape for a more secure fit.
I wasnt too worried about applying the stencils perfectly as I figured I would easily just roll my roller brush over them and viola – paint would be applied easily where I wanted it. This has always been the case when I have used stencil for small projects.
Was I wrong—
The paint I used was very thick and sticky which caused the stencils to pull away from the ceiling when I rolled over them. But with just a little patience (HA–actually A LOT of patience) I was able to hold them in place with one hand while I rolled with the other.
Since this was just a random splash design, I wasnt worried about it being perfect, I just concentrated on keeping the edges crisp. I knew I could go over the design with a brush and nudge the design a bit if I had to.
Surprisingly, my patience paid off. Over all I am quite happy with it.
After this was done I was motivated to remove the ugly cabinet doors and dress up the shelves a little with some contact paper.
Which brings me to this point; contact paper would have been great to use for this ceiling project, it’s sticky enough to completely stick, but not so sticky that it can’t be easily peeled away. But you know how it is when you don’t have the exact product you need – you make do.
Anyway – here is the result. I had to touch up a few places, but like I said with this kind of design mistakes are easy to fix and blend in.
I also splurged the other day when I came across the little bird. I found it at Target. I just loved how happy the color made me feel.
Are you a Pinterest fanatic? Do you have boards of “need to try this” and “so gonna do this” projects? What Pinterest interest have you done lately?