November 7th, 2011
Stencils Just Floor Me!
So, I’ve been doing this stencil thing for a long time now. A. really. long. time. You would think I would be bored with it by now. I mean really, how could a person continue to be excited about a simple piece of plastic with some pretty shapes cut into it?! Well the answer is, silly, it’s NOT about the tool, it’s about the results: the pushing of boundaries, the new twists, the endless creative ways to use the dang things! For instance-just today two new super stencil projects came my way that offer all of those things-and they both just happened to be floor projects that are original, inspiring and oh so cool!
Mandi from Vintage Revivals is a good friend to Royal Design Studio stencils, and we “love her guts”-and her amazing eye and ingenious projects. So much so, that when she asked us for a custom, super-sized houndstooth pattern stencil for a floor project she was doing we said “how big?”
Of course, Mandi didn’t just stencil it. She stenciled it with an ombre effect, with colors gradating from light to dark to light again. How cool is that!? Mandi dishes on all the rug stencil details here!
So, thanks to Mandi, you can now houndstooth (is that a verb?) your own floor-or wall with this new large graphic stencil from Royal Design Studio.
To make matters even better, I have ANOTHER cool floor idea for you courtesy of Tara at Dump Your Frump (how fun is THAT thought?) Tara had the awesome idea to stencil on a plain stone tile floor with our Allover Moroccan Arches pattern. Yes, you can do this-you just need to make sure that the surface is clean and “toothy” (meaning it will allow the paint to bond) and that you finish it off with an appropriate topcoat.
I have stenciled before on “unsealed” stone, like travertine, and its a great look. Well I don’t need to tell you because you can SEE it here. If you use a more translucent paint medium, like a gel stain or fluid acrylic, the color will penetrate and you can still see the texture of the stone. I love the bold color choice here though. The frump had definitely been dumped from THIS powder bath.
Thanks for the floor show, Mandi and Tara!
November 8th, 2011 at 9:35 am
Thanks for the inspiration! I’m a long time stenciler who used to paint professionally and I am always thinking about how I can touches to my home. After a new redesign and color palette in my home, my home is stencil free for the time being. I did just buy a jute rug for my new home office in the making. Maybe this is where I’ll add the stenciled touch in this new room. Thanks for sharing, Melanie!
November 8th, 2011 at 11:16 am
Hi Susie! Sounds like you have a great blank palette to work with now. Glad to know you are inspired and would love it if you would share pics of your future project too!