Happy Sunday! Man I know I'm a stranger! We have had a lot going on here at home and I promise once I completely cope with it myself, I will absolutely share our story! But for now, I promise I am going to try to be a little more regular with my posts. As much as possible anyway!
For today, I'm going to do something a little different. I have been completely obsessed with adding little bits of decoration in our house recently. Not that I haven't always been obsessed with that but with the holidays fast approaching, I feel like the urge is getting stronger and stronger as the days go by.
Part of my obsession is changing decor for every holiday or special event. I while ago in Facebook, I was seeing 101 videos every day of this Chalk Couture stuff. Basically it was chalkboards that you used these really cool stencils with to create awesome designs. I waited and waited and waited until I actually purchased anything and now that I have, I'm hooked! Now I did make my own "chalkboard" but the stencils and chalk paste are really where it's at anyway.
So, I figured I'd show you what I did! It's really really easy I promise :)
First things first, the supplies. I used the Happy Fall Ya'll stencils. I love this set! It's just so simple and easy to do especially if you're fairly new to Chalk Couture.
The pastes I used were Marigold and Sand. Now I searched and searched and I don't actually think that Sand is available anymore :( BUT they have a TON of other amazing colors you could use instead. Picking the right colors is always the hardest part for me. One thing I find myself doing over and over is just swatching the colors on my frame to make sure it's what I actually want. And these wipe off so easily that you can totally do it over and over until you're happy.
Once I had everything picked out, it was time to get my canvas ready! You can see here what I had before. It was just our 2 year wedding anniversary so I thought this Mr & Mrs was fitting! Like I was mentioning before, these pastes come off soooooo easily. All I do is take a spray bottle with some water, spray it down, let it sit for maybe 2-3 minutes and then take some paper towels and wipe it off.
Once I had a dry frame, I figured out my placement for the stencils. Now take these next couple of photos with a grain of salt.... sometimes I make something, hang it up and then decided that I didn't love it and needed a different design. It happens!
Before you start laying down your stencils, the most important thing to do is to put them down on a towel or a shirt or something with fuzzies to make the stencil less sticky. I promise, I do this 4 or 5 times per stencil and they are still super sticky.
And then you're ready to go! Once you have the stencil down, you just apply the paste in a think layer and then peel back the stencil. One other really important thing is that you don't want to leave the stencil down with the paste for too long. If you do, it tends to pull all the paste up with the stencil. So work as quickly as you can but know you do have a little time to work.
If you end up with any boo boos, you can take a regular old paint brush and fix any mistakes. You can dip it right in the paste and fill in any areas that are missing or you can get it wet and clean up any areas that have paste you want to remove!
And..... here's my final product! I swear to you, it is so simple but gives you a really cute and customizable decor piece in your home!
Hope you enjoyed!