My Wonderful Walls Blog
They painted these SUPER FUN playhouses in only 2 hours! 0Recently Community Church partnered with Habitat for Humanity for their annual Serve Day, an invitation to all church members to actively involve themselves in carrying the love of Christ outside the church walls and into the community. They used our stencils to decorate these colorful playhouses. Their challenge was that they only had 2 hours to paint and 2 hours to assemble. The results are stunning!
Stunning Office Tour of New Pediatric Gastroenterology Practice in San Antonio 0Going to the doctor just got a lot more fun for the young patients of South Texas Pediatric Gastroenterology in San Antonio, Texas. This newly renovated space features colorful waiting and exam rooms filled with beautiful flowers, giant safari trees and friendly jungle animals.
How to Create a Princess Mural with Wall Decals in 4 Easy Steps 0
If you have a precocious little darling who loves ‘everything princess’, give her a princess room she will remember forever. There is no need to spend oodles of money or to hire a professional. Simply these 4 simple steps and the princess room your daughter has been dreaming about will become a beautiful reality. “If you dream a thing more than once, it’s sure to come true” - Aurora
STEP 1: GET INSPIRATION FROM OTHERS
So many girls’ rooms have been transformed into a princess paradise with the Perfectly Princess Jumbo Wall Decal Set. Check out collection of pictures our customers have shared with us over the years. There is no wrong way to do it but there are many GREAT variations! Scroll to the bottom of the product page to get a peek into these pretty princess rooms for some great ideas and inspiration!
STEP 2: PLAN THE LAYOUT
Even though the decals are easily repositionable, it’s a good idea to plan the layout of your design prior to putting up the decals. The Princess Room Virtual Mural Builder allows you to plan out where you will place each decal before you begin sticking them. Simply drag and drop the elements from the panel until you get the princess room to your liking. If you plan to decorate more than one wall, we suggest creating a different scene for each wall and then printing each out to use as a reference.
STEP 3: CREATE THE SKY & HILLS
The Perfectly Princess Sticker Set looks best on a background scene with sky and hills. You can either paint the sky and hills with latex paint or purchase a hill decal from us.
PAINT: If you choose to paint, you will need two colors of latex paint (eggshell or satin finish). Paint the sky and let dry. Then, use chalk to sketch out the top of the hills and you are ready to paint them in. An easy way to paint the hills is with a roller. For a full tutorial, check out the article How To Paint the Sky and Hills in the Background
STICKER: If you’d rather put up a hill sticker rather than paint the hill, no problem! With the hill wall decal, you get 10 feet of hill sticker making it super easy to create dimension in your princess scene.
Note: The decals will stick better to clean walls so your walls should be clean and free of oils and debris prior to putting up the stickers. Unless you have freshly painted the walls, wipe the walls down with a wet washcloth and let dry.
STEP 4: PUT UP THE DECALS
Now for the fun part! It’s time to put up the princess wall decals. Have your printouts handy from Step 2 and begin putting up the stickers. Simply peel each from the backing paper and stick it on the wall. For the larger pieces, like the castle, you might want to grab a friend for an extra set of helping hands. The stickers are repositionable so don’t fret if you need to move them. They will stick again and again.
We hope you feel empowered and excited to create a princess room your girl will remember forever. With the Perfectly Princess Decal Set and other tools and resources provided, we are confident that you’ll find the experience and easy an rewarding one. Happy decorating and please contact us if you have any questions. We are available 24/7 via email, through the chat feature or by phone (423-815-1703) from 10am to 6pm. We are happy to help and eager to help you get your little princess the princess room of her dreams!
Check out these beautiful rooms that have been transformed wiith the DIY Perfectly Princess Wall Decal Set. You can do it too!
7 Simple Steps to Raised Stenciling 0
If you want to create something completely different with your furniture or walls, you might consider raised stenciling. Instead of paint you will use plaster or vinyl spackling to create your design. The process is much the same as stenciling with paint but because plaster is so thick, you’ll want to practice your technique on a spare piece of wood or cardboard before stenciling your walls or furniture. Once you find the right process for your project, you’ll be ready to create your masterpiece.
1. Decide on the placement of your stencils. If using My Wonderful Walls Stencils, you will find they are self-adhesive, otherwise you’ll need tape or low-tack spray adhesive. Make sure your stencil is taut against the surface so no plaster or spackling seeps out underneath.
2. Stir your plaster well with a putty knife. You can choose to tint your plaster or spackle if you wish. Try a dye or toner like TransTint.
3. Keeping your knife at a 40-degree angle, run the plaster right over the stencil without going back and forth too many times. Doing this will ensure you aren’t accidentally causing bleeding.
4. When your design is fully covered, carefully lift away the stencil. If stenciling more than one area, move it to the next and repeat. If you see any imperfections in the plastered design, you can carefully fix by hand. If you just hate it or it’s not positioned right, you can wipe the plaster off quickly before it dries. Wipe the surface with a damp cloth, let it dry and try again.
5. You may need to clean the stencil off after a few uses as the plaster will stick more than paint. When entirely done stenciling, clean the stencil while plaster is still wet. This way you will be able to reuse it later (if it is a My Wonderful Walls stencil).
6. After your plaster or spackling dries, decide if you want to add any effects. You can paint over it with milk paint, for example or add a glaze. Distressing your design will give your piece of furniture an antique look. You can also sand down any high points and apply wax to highlight the stenciled design.
7. Another way to create an exciting look is to paint with the stencil first in a darker color, then adjusting the stencil a fraction of an inch, apply your plaster. This will create a drop shadow effect.
Using raised stenciling is a perfect way to create an interesting ceiling border, wall border, or update a plain piece of furniture. With these 7 simple steps you will be able to create a unique design in no time. Let us know in the comments what you would use raised stenciling for first.
How to Stencil a Floor 1
While the overall process to stencil a design on your floor versus your wall isn’t all that different, preparation is even more important when you are talking about how to stencil a floor. With the right preparation, you can pull off any floor project you desire, even an elaborate design. Here are step by step instructions you can use to stencil a floor.
- First, you’ll want to decide what shape your floor is in general. You don’t necessarily need to strip it and sand it unless you want the look of new wood. You will want to sink any protruding nails, fill in holes and sand the surface sufficiently that the primer can hold. If you have a vinyl floor, strip any wax then clean thoroughly with ammonia, rinse well and sand to a dull finish. You’ll want to let concrete floors cure for at least a month.
- Choose a primer that is suitable for your floor material. Make sure the floor is clean, dry and free of dust before priming. You’ll want to use a long-handled roller to apply the primer after cutting in the edges with a brush. Let the primer dry according to the manufacturer’s direction.
- Apply a basecoat. You may be using paint or stain here depending on your floor material. You will need to allow the basecoat to dry for several days before you continue. And when you are ready to continue, you’ll want to take your shoes off and wear clean socks to maintain a pristine surface.
- Create your registration marks. For an all over pattern, you’ll want to mark a grid on the floor with a chalk line (except on bare wood – see below for how to create). Measure and mark the center points of the two opposite walls. Snap a chalk line between the then repeat with the other pair of walls.
- Start at the center of each side of the floor and measure off intervals of the grid on both sides of center. Then match up grid marks on opposite sides and snap a chalk line in between them. This will give you a complete grid. If you have regularly spaced floorboards or parquet squares, you can use those as a guideline instead. Note: You may need to fudge the registration marks a little if your room isn’t perfectly square.
- Now you’re ready to stencil! You may want to place your tools and paint on a tray on top of a drop cloth and move it along with you while you’re working. Use a roller brush to make the work go faster. The process is again the same as described in our How to Stencil Using a Roller Brush with Liquid Paint article except you're stenciling the floor.
- After your stenciled design has had time to cure, you’ll want to seal in your floor décor with several coats of clear finish. Water based finishes will give a colorless coating while oil-based products give an amber cast to whatever they cover. Make sure to read the label for whatever product you buy to make sure it can be used over paint. Again, using a roller brush will make the job quicker. After applying the finish, keep off the floor for several days. Then for the next few days at least, make sure to wear only socks on the floor until your finish has cured.
A note about bare wood floors: Chalk lines on a bare wood floor will not come off without sanding. For creating a registration grid in that case, you can use string held in place with adhesive putty. You will need to take extra care not to disturb the strings while you work and will need to move them temporarily while stenciling underneath.
When stenciling on bare wood floors, you also can’t easily correct a mistake. Applying a thin coat of a clear sealer first, will prevent the stenciled paint from soaking into the floor and can be easily wiped off if caught in time.
Now that you have an idea of how to stencil a floor, which room will you start with first?
How to Create a Jungle Paradise in 5 Simple Steps 0
If you are considering painting a jungle mural in your baby nursery or child’ room, you’ve come to the right place. There is no need to hire a professional painter to fill your walls with jungle animals and colorful jungle trees. Just follow these 5 simple steps and soon your friends and family will be ‘roaring’ with delight about your child’s spectacular jungle paradise.
Michael of My Wonderful Walls takes us through the whole process of painting a jungle mural with the Jungle Safari Wall Mural Stencil Kit. Learn how to paint the hills, blend colors and more in this quick tutorial video.
STEP 2: PAINT THE BACKGROUND WALLS
For a scene with sky and hills, you will need two colors of latex paint. We recommend an eggshell or a satin finish. Paint the sky and hills and let dry. If you want the hills to come above the furniture, use chalk to mark out where the furniture will be, and then sketch the hills. An easy way to paint hills is with a paint roller. Save background color paint for touch-ups. For a full tutorial, check out the article How To Paint the Sky and Hills in the Background.
STEP 3: PLAN THE LAYOUT
It's a good idea to plan out the layout of your design prior to stenciling. We’ve designed a useful tool for just that: The Virtual Mural Builder allows you to plan the whole room. Simply drag and drop the elements from the panel, try different variations and see what you like best. Once you get the jungle mural just as you want it, simply print it out to use a reference when you are painting your walls. We suggest creating a different scene for each wall. Also, it is useful to start with the jungle trees as this will give you a good framework for your scene.
STEP 4: GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES
In addition to the Wild Jungle Safari Stencil Kit, you’ll need just a few more items before you get started:
- An assortment of acrylic paints or our conveniently pre-assembled Jungle Acrylic Paint Pack
- 10-20 foam brushes of various sizes
- 1 fine-tip brush for touch-ups
- 1-2 foam rollers for the larger stencils
- Paper plates used to hold acrylic paints
- Paper towels and baby wipes used for keeping stencils clean
- Snacks because food makes is feel like a party
- Your favorite music to jam out to while you paint
STEP 5: READ THE INSTRUCTIONS & PAINT YOUR SCENE
The stencil kit comes with a detailed painting guide jam-packed with tips and tricks for easy mural painting. Read it from beginning to end and you’ll feel ready and prepared to begin painting your child’s jungle room. Learn proper stenciling techniques, how to create depth in a scene, how to avoid bleeding, with which stencil you should start with and so much more. Check out the full Jungle Painting Instruction Guide that comes with the kit.
We hope you feel excited and ready to paint your jungle nursery or jungle themed room that your child remember forever. With the Wild Jungle Safari Stencil Kit and other tools and resources provided, we are confident that you’ll find the experience of painting your own jungle mural a fun and rewarding one. Happy painting and please contact us if you have any questions. We are available 24/7 via email, through the chat feature or by phone (423-815-1703) from 10am to 6pm. We are happy to help and eager to get you the jungle room of your dreams!
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