Then I covered most of my kitchen floor with a paper tarp used for covering surfaces while painting.
I choose Cutting Edge Stencils' Brocade No. 1 stencil. It is NOT an interlocking stencil which means I could place my stencil anywhere I wanted and didn't have to worry about an interlocking pattern! (this is usually an easier way to begin stenciling if you are new to stenciling, which I am!)
When you start stenciling, you will use light pressure and go over the area as many times as you need to get it as saturated as you like. You can always lift up the edge of the stencil to see how it is looking!
When the first stencil is done, you can lift off the stencil, lay it right back down in a new spot, and repeat as many times as you need to!
I was super impressed with my Cutting Edge Stencils stencil! I was able to do an entire huge curtain panel without needing to wash my stencil!
And the stencil is cut out of a thick enough material that even though there were many small pieces on the stencil, it never broke, tore or was damaged at all! I was able to use this stencil dozens of times and it is still in great condition!
Stenciling two curtain panels took a little bit of time. It took about 2 hours of painting time per curtain panel. But I did a lot of designs on it and my curtains are huge! (54" x 120") But my results were amazing!
I am completely amazed with how each stencil design looked so great! I never experienced any paint bleeding under the stencil and I was impressed with how perfectly each stencil design came out!
Once both curtains were stenciled. I hemmed all my edges. And I did it, like the real correct way (you know, pin, iron, sew etc). My mom would be so proud of me. 🙂
I even added a stiffening material in the top part of my curtain because I wanted it to look a bit more finished and to not stretch from hanging such heavy curtains.
To hang my curtains I used these little metal thingies in the photo below. I'm not sure what they are called, but you can find them with all the curtain making stuff at the fabric store (real specific huh!?) But you basically put one end through the curtain (I put it through the back layer of fabric and my stiffener) and then you have instant hooks in your curtains without having to sew anything fancy! The hooks are placed on my curtain rod rings and easily move back and forth on my curtain rod with very little work!
Here is what my curtains used to look like and here are my new curtains!! Huge difference huh!?
My kitchen feels lighter, happier and more up to date! I'm not going to lie, I absolutely LOVE the result!
Oh....soooooo pretty! Can you tell how THRILLED I am with my new stenciled curtains!!!!
I love how the drape at the top too!
And these curtains block my blinding afternoon sunlight but still allow some light to come into the room!
My final results were fabulous! And my verdict on stenciling is that I am officially hooked - I LOVE IT!
The final product looks wonderful! Even my husband commented that you would never know these were stenciled curtains! They look so amazing!
The Cutting Edge Stencils stencil was incredibly simple to use, is durable and is a high quality product from a company with a great selection of designs! Cutting Edge Stencil is definitely a company that I would use again! They have wonderful customer service and offer all the information you need in order to pick the perfect stencil for your project as well as offer the best tips and tricks to use your stencil! Cutting Edge Stencils is a wonderful resource for stencils and supplies! And I highly recommend purchasing stencils and supplies from Cutting Edge Stencils (their foam roller is amazing!).
Now I am contemplating what wall I can stencil in my house because this was so much fun and the results were amazing! (PS - if you plan to stencil a wall, I highly recommend getting a clip on stencil level to make sure your stencil is level 🙂
And the best news of all - I get to GIVEAWAY a stencil to you, my amazing fabulous Simply Designing readers!!
from Cutting Edge Stencils
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