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Monday, July 12, 2010

Closet Stencil

Back to our closet redo. 
No one but Les and I go in our closet, but I wanted to wallpaper one wall in the closet. 
 Well if you have ever priced wall paper and you know how I roll, 
you would know that wall paper will not happen. 
 (I only do things on the cheap.  Wallpaper would cost $120 or more to do my one small wall in damask.)  
My first idea was to starch material on the wall. 
 But then I would need to spend around $50 on material.  
 It would cost NOTHING but time! 

First I found a motif I liked. 
 Mine came from a scrap of scrap booking paper my neighbor gave me.
 (It's the pink paper in the photo above.)  
Then I enlarged it on my printer/copier.  
(Black and white paper above.)  
Then I traced the part of the motif I wanted and enlarged it again. 
 (See below)

Then I traced the image onto my stencil plastic.
 (This was free as it is actually the plastic that comes in a bacon package.)
(Just wash it in hot soapy water and your ready to cut a stencil.)
 I used an exacto knife to cut out the design.
I used paint I had already bought for the bathroom. 
 You need very little paint to stencil.  
Make sure you use a dabbing motion. 
 If you get to much paint it leaks under the stencil and is yucky.

I just used a paint stick to spread the paint on the back of the lid and dabbed the brush in it.

For my first row I measured 2 inches in between each motif.  
The second row I used a marker and traced the motif in the corners.
(See below)  
From then on I just lined up those marks.

I love how it turned out!  
Especially for free!!!!  
My sister thinks it's to much work for a closet, 
but it just makes me smile every time I go in there.  
What do you think? 

Soon I will post the whole closet redo,
 we have just a few more things to complete.
  Thanks for leaving comments I really like them!

The Lettered Cottage


Shelley & Scott said...

great tutorial on the stencil. it does seem like a lot of work for a closet but i know it would make me happy too. especially since i avoid my closet like the plague now!

Lacy said...

Love it! I'm definitely gonna try this. But 1st I must buy some bacon. lol

Amber said...

This is genius! Thank you for the awesome tutorial! I love that it's CHEAP!!

Came over from House of Smiths.

Nancy said...

Okay I am so in love with this, bacon plastic, who knew, you are so smart!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

If you love it and are willing to do the work, then it's worth it! It looks fabulous!

Lauren -HCP said...

Love it, and totally worth it for your closet. If only everyone made all their spaces so pretty.

Lauren @ Penoche Design

ohyestheydid! said...

Looks great! I'd love to give this a go :)

Rosebud and Bluebells said...

I love, love, love this. You are so clever and it looks terrific. I've had a peek at your close makeover and it's amazing. Thanks for the inspiration.

Amanda Batchelor said...

As always, I am amazed. You are so good at what you do. it is so fun to read and see what you have done. Wish I could be that creative!!!

Laura said...

I love this in the finished product sooo much! Just an idea if someone doesnt have bacon to grab the plastic from, you can use wax paper with clear tape on top of it, or a plastic folder, etc. etc. Just a thought. :)

Love love love this. :) It looks great!!

Restorative Living said...

HOW did you think to re-use bacon packaging??! I love, love this. It makes so much sense to me to pretty-up the dreary corners of our homes. We're the ones who see that the most! LOOKS GREAT!!!

jamie allen said...

where can you get the disposed paint in utah? I love your project and MUST copy!

Kim said...

WOW - VERY nice work!!! I would have NEVER thought of using the bacon plastic as a stencil...thanks for the idea!!! Hmmm...now to make a stencil for SOMETHING!!! LOL

Anonymous said...

I've been looking for something just like this for our bathroom closet, I can't wait to try it. Great tutorial!

Linda said...

I'm obsessed with this look & the "cherry on top" is how cheap & practical this idea is! I can't wait to try this idea one day!

Jeannetta said...

Ingenious!! (heading to the kitchen to check for bacon! )

Leslie {Goodbye, house. Hello, home!} said...

I am so copying this!

Suzie @ The Accent Piece said...

Great idea. Thanks!
I"m your newest follower!

cheryl @ nefotlak. said...

great tutorial - this looks awesome.
must try!!

Dacia said...

I love this idea!!