Today is a super special day at Two Little Limes. Not only do I get to show off my floor stencil project (which might just be the most exciting thing EVER to hit my garage), but we have a free stencil (up to $50) to give away from Cutting Edge Stencils!
More on the giveaway in a sec, but first, if you’re new to my One Room Challenge project, which I’ve lovingly dubbed the Great Garage Overhaul of 2015, you can check out my before photos here and see last week’s update here. I’m quaking a bit in my boots that there is only one more week before the great reveal. I’m close, but nonetheless. Must. Work. Faster.
So here it is folks, the new apple of my eye: the stenciled floor! I am so in love with this 40 square feet I could burst. As you can see, I went with the Fishscale Allover design from Cutting Edge Stencils. I scoured the interwebs to find a design I liked, and I tell you, Cutting Edge had by far the best selection. There were a few I liked, but here's why I chose this one… 1: while we did patch up the floor, the old wood is anything but smooth. The simpler the design, the more I’d be able to control the inevitable bleed. 2: I wanted the most classic black & white design I could find for big graphic impact. 3: I just think these curves are going to do a great job of amplifying the curves on the Smeg refrigerator. You’ll have to give me your assessment next week after we do the backbreaking part of lifting that baby back up there. My back hurts just thinking about that part.
The actual stenciling itself was not as complicated as I feared, even for my first stencil experience. It certainly doesn’t do anything for the knees or lower back, but I’ve seen worse. It helped that the floor was already prepped and coated in white (which included de-greasing and sanding, then 3 coats of white paint). And thank goodness for Texas Paint & Wallpaper. They are the best project consultants! They set me up with the wall colors too, and even humored me by saying nice things about my progress photos when I’d stop by. Those guys are the best. They keep me sane and my projects doable. I love local businesses. #DallasBaby
For paint I used Benjamin Moore Floor & Patio Low Sheen latex enamel in Black and White. Rolled out thin coats of the black on the stencil and touched it up with my trusty baby wipes and a smaller paintbrush. The bleed was intense in some sections, but Cutting Edge Stencils had prepared me so I didn’t freak out. They have a TON of information, how-to videos, and instructions on their site that helped me through. I’m telling you, the baby wipes are like magic. The package also came with a single fishscale and a strip of partial-fishscale stencils which helped for that last row at the end.
After letting it dry for a solid overnight, I rolled on Lenmar Acrylic Urethane in Clear Satin. I let that dry a full day, then did it again. It is a garage after all, so I know there will be gouges but it never hurts to be prepared.
To say I am beyond thrilled with how it turned out is the understatement of the year. My better half keeps teasing me that if I add a comfy chair I could just sit out here all night. Maybe I will. But it definitely doesn't get much better than celebrating with a giveaway! Cutting Edge Stencils has graciously offered a free stencil of your choice from their (very large) library to one lucky winner (up to $50). All you have to do is sign up for our email list and we’ll announce the winner in next week’s ORC post. Could it be any easier to get started on your own stencil dreams? You can also get an extra entry if you leave me a comment below. I really do love to hear from you.a Rafflecopter giveaway
Photos by Two Little Limes.