antique bookcases or a beautiful outdoor set,
I'll sell an organ to get the money for it.
But when the quote to pave my front porch came in at
$14,800 and another at $12,500
all I could envision were lost opportunities.
How much furniture I couldn't buy.
How many rugs, chairs and armoires
would slip through my fingers--
How many "bargains" I'd be forced to walk away from.
I was faced with a decision.
The cost of paving was equivalent to a small island.
And I preferred the island.
I'm a firm believer of paint can fix anything.
So I got to thinking...
Quite awhile back I stencilled my Studio floors
and I still love them.
See the blog post on stencilling the studio floors HERE.
They continue to make me happy.
So — I thought —why not?
Without a doubt, stencilling a large space,
whether it be a wall or a floor, in my opinion, is a two-person job.
The work is completed quicker and is a lot less frustrating.
I also believe the second set of eyes helps.
I suckered my husband into helping me.
Go figure it ended up being crazy cold,
super windy and rainy day.
Ahhhhhh, Adelaide in Autumn!!
and I want the pattern
to develop a worn look with time and wear.
I selected The Trailing Vine Stencil for this project
as I l thought it would liven up a pretty dull area.
Another last minute decision--
I turned the stencil and used it horizontally.
You can see on my porch that there are a number
of lines, cracks, dips, repairs and textures.
Not the easiest canvas to work on!
pattern before starting is a good idea.
Where to begin, how corners, angles and anything fixed
comes into consideration.
It's tough making decisions on the fly
or once you've started painting.
I don't get pedantic with large scale projects
and with an oversized busy pattern—most mistakes
disappear once finished.
Besides, in my world....imperfection is beauty!
Here is where personal choice matters the most.
Be mindful of how you want your home
or area represented. Are you traditional?
Modern? Boho? A bit country?
Select a stencil that represents this.
This porch would look stunning in subtle, timeless stencils like
Leafy Floral Damask, Single Dill Flower or even
Old French Script!
But base your decision on your personal style
and what best reflects you.
The same advice applies to colour choice.
A front veranda stencilled in any classic
neutral colour including
Miss Mustard Seed's beautiful whites such as
Ironstone or Marzipan or Typewriter (black) or Trophy (gray)
would be elegant and amazing.
Your own self-designed paving!
Personally, I like to experiment
with pattern and colour
and have learned to give in to this side of myself.
On a last-minute whim I went with
Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint
in the stunning shade of Eulalie's Sky.
I mixed a 2-quart bag in my blender.
I always hand mix my Milk Paint, even for very large jobs.
But I went for it with the blender this time.
I found it a bit challenging.
My advice? Go slow and in small batches.
Allow the paint plenty of time to rest.
I overloaded the blender with paint and water
and when the paint thickened I had to pour some out
and thin it and it became a messy whole thing...
hosed it down with bore (well) water.
In retrospect, I didn't allow for drying time
on a cold, wet, windy day.
This ended up being a small problem.
(I find foam doesn't hold onto Milk Paint, I prefer a slightly fuzzy one)
I prefer a long, sturdy timber pole, I had too much bounce from the extending one.
Painter's Tape or Masking Tape
Especially if working alone to hold the stencil in position.
Damp Rag and small bucket of water for any spills
Position the stencil, roll, lift the stencil, wipe down if needed, reposition and repeat...
Because the weather was TERRIBLE and
we were fighting
the rain and wind (not to mention the freezing cold!)
I don't have progress shots.
If I would've stopped to take photos my husband's head might've exploded!
but over time it will evolve and this stencil
will wear with age and become even more beautiful.
In fact, I'll be sure to share a follow-up blog post
in another year or so to see how it's holding up.
attitude with this project, but honestly,
it fits perfectly with my love for colour and whimsy.
I wanted to share this...
even after dragging, rolling, stepping on and
getting thrashed by the wind,
I was thrilled with the state of the stencil!
I thought it might be a write-off,
but it is good to go as when we started.
works perfectly for a project like this.
It grabbed onto the cement working better
than any paving paint I've ever used, "staining"
the concrete in this happy colour.
A couple things to keep in mind,
most larger stencils have registration marks
to line up and continue the pattern.
And because the film is flexible,
you can sometimes bend them
around fixed objects
as was the case for our pillars and the front step.
Also it was so wet and cold
parts of the porch didn't dry fully.
Being impatient, I didn't wait and in those spots
the paint oversaturated blurring the pattern.
Those who know me, know
I don't like crisp patterns and a bit of unexpected
"smudging" doesn't bother me.
In addition, I want the effect to look worn and aged
with time and this paint saturation moved that along!
But if you're after a perfect pattern,
slow down, wait, be patient.
Ensure the route you'll be taking,
familiarise yourself with the registration marks
to keep you going straight, make sure your paint
is the right consistency and that your canvas is
dry and relatively clean.
Would I do this again?
In a heartbeat.
I'm in love with my where my home's entrance
is heading and now I have about $15,000 more to
spend on other goodies.
Including that island I've been thinking about buying.