One of my first favorite crafts as a kid was stenciling. Who knew I’d still enjoy it after all these years. Today I am NOT sharing the pink sweatshirt I stenciled with ducks all over it (I know, you’re so disappointed!), but my I-can’t-stop-staring-at-it wall art featuring the Akita Allover Wall Stencil by Royal Design Studio! And I really, really, REALLY can’t believe how easy the stencil was to use and how quickly my project came together. Thank you Royal Design Studio for providing a stencil!
I decided on the size of my wall art based on the width of the piano, and the height of my stencil. The piano is 60 inches wide. So doubling the width of the stencil plus a little bit more, I decided on 48 inches wide. My handy husband had some wood left over from another project, so he cut them down to side (six boards 8×30 inches), which he lined up vertically, then secured with two pieces going horizontally in the back (will have a pic of that later in the post).
After sanding the wood, I started painting the background, which I wanted to also be dark but more matte to downplay the shininess of the piano. First, I used DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish Paint in Relic (dark grey) all over, in two coats. Then I used a dry brushing technique to create some texture, in Yesteryear (light grey), and more dry brushing with Carbon (black) – these paints are also DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish Paint. All I did was blot my paintbrush really well, then brush it all over in streaks. If I thought I had too much light grey in a spot, I went over it with the black or the original dark grey. Likewise, if I thought a spot was too dark, I went over it with the light grey. Here it is all done, after sanding it lightly with fine-grit sandpaper. It does not have to be perfect, as you’ll be stenciling over it. The texture will show through, not the individual brush strokes, if that makes sense!
Now for the fun part – stenciling! I chose for my stencil DecoArt Chalky Finish Paints in Everlasting (white), Treasure (teal), New Leaf (green), and Modern Masters Metallic Paint in Rich Gold. I played with my different colors on a scrap piece of wood and figured out which colors I would use for each part of the stencil. Here’s are some color combos from the Royal Design Studio website that I used for inspiration.
I positioned my stencil along one side of the wood piece, trying my best to line up the two rows of the large blossoms in the middle. And I got started painting! I used a foam pouncer brush for each color. I started from the inside of the large blossoms and worked my way in.
I added green to the inside petals…
…then the outer petals with gold…
…and the dot border with white.
Shall we take a peek? Ooohhh, so pretty!
Now for the other elements. There’s a swirly thing that I stenciled in gold, and a smaller flower which I painted in teal with a gold center.
As I approached the sides of the stencil, I saw there were some cut outs that only had part of the design. In this spot, for example, it just had a few of the petals and that was it. I read in the instructions that came with the stencil that these “windows” are for lining up your stencil when you move it over.
The windows made it so easy to line up the stencil again! I was able to just move it over, and line everything up and I knew the main focus of the stencil – the large blossoms – would be even with each other.
I shifted the stencil over to the side one more time, then it was time to fill in the top and bottom. Note: I think in the instructions it said to go up and down first! In the end, this worked fine, but I think shifting the stencil up and down to get the top and bottom edges first would have made things more orderly. Anyways, here’s a look at the top edge that I have to fill in.
Again, the windows made it super easy to line up the stencil. Notice the little petals at the bottom which correspond with the little teal flower, the gold centers along the left side, and the green petals on the right side. In addition, you’d line up all the dots and everything else in the middle. Then when you’re done, shift it to the left (as well as to the right…see the upper right corner I need to fill in?). Repeat with the bottom edge, as well as the side edges.
I can’t believe how quickly this went! All that’s left to do is apply a finish. I used CeCe Caldwell’s Clear Wax, applied with a rag. Then, I buffed it to remove excess wax. So amazed that it only took an afternoon to do this!
So here’s what the back looks like (and you can see what the raw wood looked like too before I painted it). My husband used two long pieces at the top and bottom to secure all of the boards together. Then, based on the location of the wall studs, he added those two hanging pieces that are cut at an angle at the bottom.
He hung the corresponding hanging pieces onto the wall, with the angled side up.
Then he slid the two sets of hanging pieces so they fit together like a puzzle.
Cannot believe that just a few hours ago, there was nothing here but a piano. It’s such a lovely area now! Thank you to my handy husband for putting together the wood panels and for coming up with such a great way to hang this piece.
And thank you to Royal Design Studios for this beautiful and easy to work with stencil. I can’t believe how great it looks!!! The quality of the stencil as well as those windows to help line things up made the whole process go so smoothly.
The Akita Allover Wall Stencil was my absolute favorite. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. Here are more lovely Royal Design Studios Stencils that caught my eye. Check out these amazing designs plus the creative ways they were used! Oh that tub!