I know, I know. You are going to say “weren’t you working on the dining room?” Yes and no. I have a case of project ADD. But really, I have not had much time to focus on painting the dining room because of a certain toddler project manager. Painting a room is a big to do and I generally do not have time while she is with me to start anything so big. I try to get what I can done during naps, but lately, her naps are far from reliable.
One project I was able to get done during my lunches and late at night was putting a stencil on the front porch/stoop/whatever it is called. Here is what it looked like before:
Insert screaming emojis! I do like the color of our house, but painting the brick here light gray was probably not the smartest decision when you are dealing with Georgia red clay.
I first had to give this space a good pressure washing. I patiently waited for a weekend where the heat was not so oppressive (which, when is that happening?!).
After a good scrub, I luckily had some exterior white paint from sitting in the garage to use as my base and to cover up the light gray. You guys, even after a good pressure wash, the bricks are STILL stained. Adding “paint the brick” to the very bottom of the project list.
I mean, that brick is disgusting.
After I let the base coat dry fully, I waited a few days to start stenciling. Mainly the heat is what caused more delay. Also, this spot gets direct sun from 10am – 7pm this time of year and it is a total bear to sit out there.
I ordered my stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. I chose the Santa Ana Tile Stencil. I love the look of cement tiles and have been dying to put something similar to that in my house for a long time. This is the third time I have used a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils (this is not sponsored by them) and each time was a totally different experience. The first two times I used the stencil on the wall, so using it on cement was a first and not necessarily the easiest. I searched around the internet to see what others have done and it seemed pretty straightforward.
It took me a little longer than I expected because I could not easily roll the paint on. I had to pounce it on. So it took a few hours over the course of a week.
I kind of like it. A lot.
I had some struggles because unlike adhering it to the wall with a little spray glue, NOTHING wanted to keep the stencil sticky on the cement. I used painters tape to try and keep the stencil down as much as I could.
I love the interest it adds to this space. I also love that it is going to hide so much like a boss!
The paint that I ended up using was a quart of Rainstorm by Sherwin Williams. I chose SW because they offered exterior paint in a quart where other places I checked out only offered in a gallon. For me, a quart was still too much paint and a gallon would have been wasteful.
At some point, I will still need to go back and seal some of the cracks in the cement so I don’t have to deal with weeds growing through.
What do you think? Have you ever tried out a stencil? How did that project turn out?