We all have seen the beauty that is the dalmatian wallpaper. Its beautiful! I have been itching to get this fun print in my house but was too nervous to dive in and make a room a loud print, so I picked our powder bath. It is a small space and I felt like I could get away with a busy print. Its a fun way to make a statement and surprise your guests without going over the top. For example, having a huge living room wall with bright orange damask wallpaper. Cmon people Liberace doesn’t live here! Even tho that would be incredibly RAD! I love the dalmatian wallpaper but hi….I’m poor and I like a challenge, so I volunteered myself and my hubs to make our own custom stencil! It was a time consuming project but not difficult really. We went all Cruella Deville up in here! I had my thyroidectomy back in May and I knew I would have a lot of down time, so I started the stencil then. It was tedious work but I did all of it while under the influence of heavy narcotics, so if I could do it, anyone can. Im kinda wondering why no one intervened and took away my X-acto knife. I was clearly in to condition to use it!
What you’ll need:
X acto Knife
Dalmatian print out
cardboard (or anything to slide under stencil sheet while you cut out dots to not scratch work space)
We called over Trav-the-tool-man-Taylor (my brother in law) to help us learn how to do the Batton board on the wall. It makes any space instantly look custom, more expensive, and fancy and who doesn’t want that?? There are several tutorials on how to do that, so check out here and here.
I started combing google images for a dalmatian print that I liked. I found this one and printed off several copies. I taped them over my stencil sheet and just started cutting them out dot by dot.
Make sure you have something underneath where you are poking through the stencil or you could permanently disfigure your workspace. I just used cardboard that I hoard in my garage for some unknown reason. I was practically giddy when I found a use for it.
Finally its all done. Ain’t she a beaut?
Just stick it up and use your sponge brush and start dabbing away. IMPORTANT: Be sure to not have too much paint on your brush or you will get serious bleedage under your stencil. That’s THE WORST! My favorite thing about this stencil is that is doesn’t need to be perfectly spaced. You can fill in spots by making misshapen dots using the corner of your brush. It takes no artistic ability at all. I also liked to flip my stencil over every now and then so I didn’t have any sort of uniform look happening. It took what seemed like forever but between Todd and I we finally got this sucker done!
You can find these at Z Gallerie.
I’m so happy with the way it worked out and Todd is really happy I saved him several hundred dollars. Let me know if you have and further questions or comments! If you make your own stencil I’d love to see it! tag me on instagram @christineyallen and use the hashtag #thatoneblondechickproject Computer high five!