Nineteen dollars a few hours completely changed the look of this kitchen! This boring white box needed an update, but I just didn’t know what. It’s not the kitchen of my dreams, so it needed to be cheap. And a stencil did the trick!
This backsplash isn’t tiled, it’s just a regular textured wall with eggshell paint. If you want to paint existing tile, see this post: How I transformed my kitchen with paint.
Here are some shots of our kitchen before I stenciled before:
So many ledges in here! Why, builders? Why!?
I did a poll on Instagram and 85 percent said not to stencil this middle part. Yikes! So I wasn’t going to do it, but I couldn’t get it out of my head. I finally decided that if it looked terrible I could just paint over it. That’s the beauty of stencils!
And I really like it! Maybe they were just voting against my terrible rendering I did of what it would look like, haha!
The stencil in black adds some much-needed character and interest to this blank kitchen!
That top part was quite scary to do as I am afraid of heights! Marcello said he would stencil it for me and that was all the motivation I needed — thinking about what it would look like if I let him do it!
And speaking of ledges, check out this futuristic peninsula detail we have hanging from the ceiling. Wow. I can’t figure out if it’s dated or from the future. I CANNOT wait to cut this down one day! Not. A. Fan.
And, that black machine poking up on top is a disco light! Controlled by a light switch! It’s so much fun.
Ok, now on to the stenciling. This is my third stenciling project. I also did my boys’ bathroom and daughter’s bedroom in our last house, as well as our current front porch cement floor! I have been on cloud nine with the results every time.
- I chose to trim the extra plastic around my stencil because I was working in a tight space.
- Spray the back of the stencil LIGHTLY with adhesive spray. Spray over plastic bag because it sticks to everything!
- You can use painter’s tape too, but it’s probably not necessary.
- Put the stencil on the wall. I aligned my stencil along the bottom of the counter to the pattern would be straight.
- Pour small amount of paint on a paper plate. I used black enamel, only because it was leftover from painting the front door. You can use semi-gloss too so it will wipe easily. The color here is black — just plain ol’ black from the can!
- Test the paint on the plate with the brush. I chose a brush instead of sponge or sponge brush for this project because I wanted more of a vintage, worn look.
- Carefully take the stencil off the wall and wipe excess paint with a paper towel.
- Spray with adhesive about every other time applying stencil to wall.
TIP: There will be spaces inevitably that your stencil does not fit perfectly. For this project, I aligned the stencil at the bottom against the counter. I stenciled the bottom first that adhered to the wall and bent the stencil to the space as I moved my way up.
Watch the video to see more clearly.
Left to do
It will probably be a decade before we redo the kitchen, so I still have quite a few things on my my to-do list for this space:
- cut off that futuristic peninsula thing hanging from the ceiling!
- add a shelf above doorway for cookbooks
- add a tree or plant on either side of the stenciled space on top
- paint the gray side of the fridge white