Yesterday I posted my DIY tray project reveal, and mentioned some “imperfections” that were created
mostly because I was rushing to get it done, as I often always do. Here is the finished tray…
- Follow directions and PLAN out your design. Be sure to look at the image and make sure it’s the same (exactly the same) on all sides. Keep laying the stencil on the same side and in the same direction all the way through.
- Have a few brushes handy. A fatter brush with shorter bristles would have worked better for me here, but even one back-up would have helped a lot.
- Keep the painter’s tape handy…you’ll need it! I now use Frog Tape because I had residue from a cheaper blue painter’s tape on another project I was working on. (Oh the set-backs I’ve learned from!)
- Wall paint does not work over spray paint (at least not the gold spray paint I used). I started with a free quart of aqua paint that I’d gotten at Ace and switched to acrylic because the paint was pulling away.
- You CAN wash water-based paint off if you do it quickly, which I had to do a couple times. It’s nerve-wracking, though, so I recommend planning better so that you can avoid doing this.
- For your hands and in case of #5, keep paper towels nearby (a wet one won’t hurt, either).
- Clean the stencil off immediately and you can keep it from being covered in paint for the next job. Also, be gentle when doing this. I tore the thin connecting piece between two of the images trying to scrub wall paint off. (Jess, I owe you another stencil set!)
- Allow enough time. I tried rushing this project in a day (wound up taking two plus the time a few days prior that I’d primed the tray), and had several set-backs because I rushed. Spray paint bubbled and we had to sand it down and re-prime those areas. Not only do mistakes happen, but it’s a lot easier to have an “Oh well…I don’t care” attitude when you’re tired and need to finish a project.
There are my words of wisdom for today! Do you have any stenciling tips that I missed?