Why Choose Wall Stencils for Your Home?

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Wall stencils are the new wallpaper, just less expensive and classier. Stencils can express a variety of moods. They can be alluring, elegant, cute, or bold. You also have the option to apply them yourself! In this article, we’ll discuss the myriad ways you can use wall stencils to define your home.

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Here, we added a stencil to the ceiling of this elegant jewel box bathroom.

Benefits of Wall Stencils

Stencils are Less Expensive than Wallpaper

Wallpaper is expensive, and the price keeps rising to apply it and to take it down. Wallpaper is meant to be a permanent fixture on your wall. What is you want to move? What if you just get sick of it? Prepare for hours of scraping and using toxic adhesive removers.

On average, wall stencils cost less than half the price of wallpaper. And if you don’t like it anymore – no big deal! Just paint over it and start again.

We stenciled this bathroom to create a delicate and joyful atmosphere.
We stenciled this bathroom to create a delicate and joyful atmosphere.

Stencils are Versatile

The options are literally endless. Stencils can go more places than wallpaper. Today, people are stenciling accent walls, whole rooms, ceilings, floors, outdoor patio areas, fabric and drapery, furniture, and more.

Unlike wallpaper, you can match the colors of any design to the rest of your home. Add a glaze for a dramatic shine. Check out some gorgeous stencils here.

Stencils Can Handle Humidity

This is great news for those of us on the East Coast, especially in Wilmington, NC. Stencil your sunroom, indoor patio, bathroom, FROG, even your garage! They will not peel or bubble like wallpaper does.

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These boldly stenciled flowers make a statement in this bedroom. courtesy: www.cuttingedgestencils.com

Pitfalls of Wall Stencils

Stencils Can Become DIY Disasters

Stenciling requires precision. Small errors, from knowing the amount of pressure to put on the foam roller to aligning your stencil evenly as you move it across your surface, can lead to an ugly and obvious mistakes. These tricks are learned through experience. The good news is it’s still cheaper to hire a professional than to use wallpaper.

Overwhelming Options

As we mentioned above, stencils offer a lot of options – so many, that people often come to us overwhelmed by the thought. What should the background color be? How about the foreground? Should I do the whole room? Just a focal wall? What if it doesn’t look how I imagine it will?

Relax! We’re here to help. Ask us for a free consultation today. Our experts will gladly help you.

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Top 3 Tips to Know Before Applying Venetian Plaster

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If you know anything about decorative arts, you’ve heard of Venetian plaster. Especially popular in high-end homes, Venetian plaster is a faux finish that gives your wall a marbleizing effect – when applied properly.

Have you ever tried your hand at a do-it-yourself home improvement project? If so, you know there’s a learning curve, and maybe a trick or two you wish you’d known before hand. Instead of making a Top 3 Mistakes When Applying Venetian Plaster, we’d like to help you get ahead of the game.

Top 3 Tips to Know Before Applying Venetian Plaster

1. Venetian Plaster Requires a Clean Surface

Sound obvious? When was the last time you cleaned your walls?

It’s easy to guffaw at this common mistake, but removing dust, grime and goodness knows what else from your walls is often overlooked. You may look at your wall and think, “Eh? How dirty can a wall be?” Take the time to clean it before you apply marble plaster, no matter how dust-free it looks.

Don’t forget to prime!

Apart from the wall wipe down, cleaning your surface also includes applying a minimum of one coat Setcoat. Allow your bonding coat to dry overnight. It’ll make the Venetian plaster apply smoothly and last ten times as long.

2. Apply Venetian Plaster with the Right Trowel

Venetian plaster can be tricky to apply, especially without the proper tools. It is supposed to be applied in thin, even layers. For best results, use a thin, flexible trowel. A thin trowel will help the plaster coat the wall evenly, bending to your even force against the flat surface.

3. A Smooth Finish Starts with the Initial Venetian Plaster Application

Don’t wait until you’re ready to polish if you’re looking for a super smooth finish. If a truly smooth finish is what you’re after, every layer needs to be applied smoothly. This will make your life a lot easier during the polishing phase.

And remember – always make a sample before you begin marbleizing your wall or furniture! Test the plaster out, make sure it’s the hue and tone you desire, and get to know its feel before you apply Venetian plaster.

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An ultra smooth and shiny Venetian plaster finish.

Looking for a professional to marbleize your wall in Wilmington, NC? Contact us today for a free in-home consultation.

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