This post is sponsored by Royal Designs Stencils, any opinions given are completely my own.
I have had lots of questions regarding this Trompe L’oeil Brick Wall Stencil project. My process for stenciling the bricks with this Royal Design Studio Stencil is rather lengthy, so I decided to put it all in a separate post.
If you would like more general information on this project, see my post on the finished Urban Loft.
This stenciling project has taken more time and energy than I expected, but my son and I both love the results. This ugly bedroom desperately lacked a focal point. My son had a vision of a faux brick wall in this space and I must say he had a great idea.
We chose to put the brick wall on top of the grey wall, partially because it was the only wall large enough for two headboards, and also because it had the only window. I used a pale grey to paint over the other three walls in the room.
I decided to keep the original medium grey shade on this wall and stencil over it. There were many reasons for this, it saved on materials, time and money, but also I liked the grey. If you are familiar with color theory, grey is often added to pigments to create a tone or a softer version of the original color. I wanted the bricks to look old and worn, a tone was what I was looking for to create an aged appearance.
I used the left over pale grey paint to paint the first layer of bricks. I began in the center of the wall at eye level with the stencil, then worked my way out side to side, up to the top and down to the bottom. I did this because I wanted the bricks centered visually, but also because we live in an old house and old homes never have square or straight walls. I used a level to be certain the stencil was straight as I went along the wall (otherwise the bricks may appear to be going down hill). Also, I knew that if the bricks were off a bit at the ceiling or the floor, it would be less noticeable than if it was in the middle of the wall.
It was easy to fill in the areas where the stencil didn’t fit by using the small plastic brick shaped pieces that came with the stencil and then painting each one. I let the bricks visually run off the side of the wall ending in the corner of the room.
I used a pale grey latex for the first paint layer of bricks, and stenciled right over the deeper grey. I used an old regular paint brush and stippled the paint on the wall using an up and down motion, not a side to side one. I deliberately did not cover the entire surface of each brick to create texture . I dried each layer of paint with a hair dryer before beginning the next one.
I experimented a bit on the wall to be sure I liked the look of my technique before I continued on the entire wall. I also kept the stencil sample near by for reference on color.
I used latex paints in charcoal grey, light grey, brick red, and soft white. The golden brown is the color of the golden cream furniture wax that I used to finish the wall.
After the first layer of paint was dry, I put the stencil back on the bricks, matching the edges slightly, but deliberately being a little off each time. The second layer of paint was the red, stippled over the grey. After it was dry, I painted on the next layer of color, adding a bit of the dark grey for low lights, and white for highlights to the bricks. I varied the amount and spacing of the colors, sometimes even blending them together with a dry rag. Again, the paint was allowed to dry completely before the next step.
The final coat was with a golden paste wax. It’s really a product to use on furniture, but it is excellent for giving an antique appearance. The wax was applied around the edges of each brick and slightly over the middle to add more depth and character to the grout area of the bricks. I used a large waxing brush for this technique.
It took me about a week to finish this project. It would have been faster if I had someone helping me along the way, one person could stencil the first layer, then the second one could dry them, and begin painting the next layer on the bricks.
I enjoyed the challenge of using a large wall stencil, this is the first time I have used one. I would definitely use Royal Design Studio Stencils again. The stencil held up very well while I was working and was easy to clean afterwards with soap and water. I found this technique very cost effective, and by using paints I already had I saved even more money on this project.
If you are interested in seeing more of Royal Design Studio Stencil projects, you can check out their photo gallery on Flicker. Interested in being a part of their blogger outreach program? Click here for more info.