Practice Makes Perfect. Repeat Customers Make Our Day!
Sherri, a customer from rural Wyoming, recently shared with us her experiences using our stencils for her children’s rooms. She purchased the “Splendid Garden” Stencil Kit and Paint Kit to create a whimsical summertime scene in the shared bedroom of daughters Averie, who is 3 ½, and Baylie, who is 2. Since Sherri is expecting a new baby, the daughters had to move in together to make room for their new brother. Sherri chose the garden theme because she wanted something that the girls could grow with but that was also unique. Sherri also admits that she also wanted something that was easy to do, confessing a lack of creativity and needing help creating the fun room she envisioned. Stencils were chosen instead of stickers because her walls are textured and she wanted something that the new little one could not peel off the wall.
The girls both loved their new room and were part of the process as well, deciding where certain objects would be placed. For example, her oldest daughter thought that the mouse should be running up her window and that a peacock should sit on top of her closet door. The snail that crawls under the top bunk bed has been named “Talley,” and the youngest tells him, “Goodnight, No talking!” before she goes to bed. What a fun experience to share! And the visual memory will serve them for years to come. The girls were also able to customize the colors for the different objects.
An artistic novice, Sherri spent the equivalent of two full days on the room. Once she got the hang of using the wall stencils and making sure the paint did not bleed underneath them (something to be aware of with textured walls), it was rather easy. She recommends making sure the stencils are stuck on tightly so that the paint does not bleed. Overall, she was so happy with the ease of use and with the final project, that she purchased the “Forest Friends” Stencil Kit for her newborn son, Mason, completing it when he was five weeks old.
For the second room, the process was easier as she had already learned how to position the stencils and give them an extra little tap before applying the paint in order to create a seal between the textured wall and the stencil. This reduced any chance of the paint bleeding. She also allowed herself more time for Mason’s room (not much of a choice with three little ones!) which helped her see the room with a fresh set of eyes each time she entered, allowing time to evaluate where each stencil should go. Sherri says that overall, practice and patience makes perfect, as it takes a bit of getting used to the foam brushes as well.
Everyone that has seen her children’s rooms has been impressed, thinking that it was done by a professional. Sherri says that if she can use the stencils, anyone can. Bragging rights and two beautiful rooms – what fun! Great job Sherri!
- Stephanie Goins