Today was one of those days where I desired to do something, just not a lot. (I had a bike ride to partake in after all…) I mulled over weeding a flowerbed, but once I paced around my son’s room, I quickly changed gears.
There is a blue love seat in his room we were debating on getting rid of. After mulling it over some, I decided if his closet doors near his bed were blue, it could work.
So I painted the doors.
All I can say is WOW! What a difference. I’ll share the doors in another post as soon as they are 100% complete.
While the doors were drying, I decided the bed needed a small shot of blue too. With nothing in my fabric cupboard to work with, it was time to pull out a couple of stencils and some paint to make something myself!
Plain white pillow case
Paint of choice – I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s Homestead Blue and Coal Black HERE
Buffalo Check stencil – from Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils HERE
Canadian Flag stencil – from Muddaritaville Studio HERE
A little back story…
My buddy Joanne, who runs Muddaritaville Studio (an online stencil store) is also the manufacturer of my own stencils. Same great 10 mil heavy weight great quality you are already addicted to!
When Buffalo Check first came out, she had a brainstorm, teaming it up with her quirky Canadian flag stencil.
Oh my word… it was gorgeous! So I asked (begged?) her to get that flag to me so I could use it in my own bedroom.
I just LOVED that quirky falling maple leaf! But was also mad about teaming up the two stencils.
So first up, I’ll show you the method using blue and black thanks to my son’s needs. The more traditional take will come… soon.
Find Canadian Flag stencil HERE
1. Iron the pillow case, then place something inside to alleviate paint bleed through to the other side when stenciling.
I used a board. Plastic wrap would work too.
2. Tape the Canadian Flag stencil into place.
Find Fusion Mineral Paint HERE (I used Homestead Blue and Coal Black)
3. Load brush with paint, then offload most of it off, so you end up with a very dry to the touch brush.
4. Stencil in a stippling motion. Give it a 2nd coat if you desire more of a solid look.
(two thin coats are better than one thick one!)
Learn more about HOW TO STENCIL HERE
Find Buffalo Check stencil HERE
5. After the blue paint is dry to the touch, place Buffalo Check into desired position over top of the Maple Leaf stencil.
Tip: Make sure you map out how you wish for the checks to look inside your design.
I aligned the Buffalo Check to one of the rectangles on the flag. Then I continued on, stenciling through the maple leaf. Once I reached the other side of the flag, the stencil was repositioned before continuing. It fit so well, as if they were made for each other!
Think of ALL the possibilities… layer Buffalo Check over top of ANY design!
Homestead Blue is a beautiful muted tone. I also used it on my front door here. The pillow looks more aqua than the door does though. I’d say the door is the truer tone, however it does indeed showcase brighter outdoors and deeper indoors. It changes on you, which is kinda cool!
So I threw a pillow inside that cute thang, and did up the bed for the shoot.
And now MY bedroom is officially jealous.
A red and black version is coming soon… you can bet on it!