Q: Cindy, you have such interesting articles on your Sunset Coast Blog. What fabulous treasure will you reveal today?
Signed, DIY Blogger Mom
A: Thanks for asking! Today I'm showing my wonderful readers how to stencil an astounding shower curtain to make your bathroom spectacular.
Q: Cindy, you always do things in a thrifty, yet awesomely creative way. How will you do this without spending a lot ?
Signed, Thrifty Blog Reader
A: Yes, my cheapness is legendary. I already had the shower curtain, a plain black one with some subtle pin striping. I made the wonderful stencils many years ago for another project. I just pulled things out of my craft stash. All I needed to buy was some white acrylic paint. I made my own stencil sponge by cutting an old sponge into a cube, then rounding off the edges with scissors.
|Pathetic Stencilling Sponge|
Q: Cindy, you really are clever in designing your remarkable projects. How did you figure out how to lay out the design and use the superb stencils? It looks so professional!
Signed, The Crafty Housewife
A: Yes, it took some figuring out. First I played with my stencils, trying them out on some old Trader Joe's Bags.
|Cheap bag practice paper|
|Fleur De Lis Stencils|
|Work in Progress. Note the white marks and center X's between stencils.|
|Used different stencil on side of this design, alternating rows|
I just used that one size paper for my 3 different designs, it made it easier to lay out on the shower curtain using the same size template for each stencil combination. Make sense?
|Crappy Paper Big Enough for Template|
Q: Cindy, was it hard to layout your design on the shower curtain? And what did you use to mark it? I'm sure you have a great answer!
Signed, Obviously Staged Question Asker Reader
A: When making my designs, I figured out that I would have 16 squares using my 17.5 in by 17.5 inch template. So I just started in the top corner of the shower curtain and marked the corners and centers of the paper template. I just kept moving down and across, marking edges and centers.The pin stripes really helped out in keeping things straight. That was just a little unplanned luck! I used a dressmakers marking pencil to mark the corners and centers of the paper template. The marker was the most annoying piece of ... Every time I sharpened it, the lead just broke off. Use some chalk or other disappearing marker instead of this worthless little tool.
Signed, Inquiring Minds Bloggerette
A: I know, patience is my middle name. First of all, protect your table surface. The paint did bleed through and I just used a white shower curtain liner to cover it from the back side when it was finished and I hung it up.
|Masked off Part of Stencil|
|3 Stencil Patterns Used|
The paint dries quickly and you can move to another section. When you're all done and the paint is dry, wipe off the marker or chalk and you can put it in the dryer to heat set the paint. If you used a disappearing marker, wait for it to disappear before heat setting!
Q: Wow! Thanks for the great instructions! The bathroom looks absolutely delightful! Did you paint that mind blowing chair? And tell us about the ' to-die-for tile'!
Signed, Overly Enthusiastic Makeover Mama
|Whimsical Painted Chair and Stencilled Shower Curtain|
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