But before I do that, I want to tell you a little story. You may skip to the pictures if you so wish, I won't be offended ;)
Ever since I saw my first wall decals (from wallsmatter.com), I've been really desperate to get me some for myself. But the thing is, they aren't cheap. When we found our new apartment back in May, I knew I had to incorporate a decal somewhere. At first, I was going to do this lamppost with 2 little kids kissing, but that's also when I was looking at all the designs and saw the chandelier. I knew I wanted it. But I wasn't ready to dish out 50$ for one.
I figured I could just paint it myself, how hard could it be? I would make a stencil and then just paint over it. So I looked and looked around the internets to try and find a chandelier I really LOVED. I had decided on one back in May, but then when it came closer to moving, I was looking around again because I wasn't sure I really LOVED that one. And that's when I found this one. Just wow.
Before I began, I photoshopped it in a picture of my kitchen.
It would look AWESOME. Took me a couple of months to actually start this project, even though I was really anxious to get it done. Why? Because I was scared I would mess it up. That it would not look as great once it was all said and done. Well, now that it's done, I think it looks even better, because I made a few modifications to my template.
You ready for it?
Ta da! Ins't it MARVELOUS. Ok I must admit, I'm a little biased. But at the same time, I see more the imperfections than anyone. I LOVE the contrast on the dark color of the wall.
As I mentioned, it wasn't easy. Far from it. It took me A LOT of time. But instead of it being 55$ + tax + shipping, it cost me like 1$. No joke. 50cents for the poster to draw the stencil. 1$ for the bottle of white craft paint, which I didn't even use half of.
For those of you who want to see more of my mishaps and challenges, read on.
I started off with my 50 cents poster, and a bloated up printed copy of my favorite chandelier. I divided the printed chandelier into squares, and did the same of the poster, to have the same proportions, and to have a guide to copy freehand the chandelier. I only did the exact half, since I was planning on flipping it to do the other half and for them to be perfectly symmetrical. Also, I was only going to make the body part of the chandelier in one piece. The pieces that repeated themselves, the candlesticks and pendants, I would make 1 stencil and just copy it over and over and over.
Then I cut out the shape, put some tape to the back and stuck it to the wall about where I wanted it.
I took a few pictures to compare it to my photoshopped version, because that's EXACTLY where I wanted it to be. I had to move it the first time I put it up. I was afraid to start painting at this point, what if I didn't like the positioning of it once I'm all done? But I took a deep breath and went on.
At first, the only white paint I had was primer. And I started with a big paintbrush. BIG mistake. It was really thick and just went all over under the poster :( That's when I realized I should've gotten spray paint. Next time. I did the first half of the body of the chandelier with that primer and a small craft paintbrush. I had this:
I knew I would have to go over every inch to make the edges more smooth. Both with the white paint, and the red paint. Little knicks in the white paint was not forgiving AT ALL. Which was really time consuming. I went to buy craft paint at this point because the primer paint was just not liquid enough to patch up my mistakes, it would not spread well. Once that half was all good, I did the second half by flipping my stencil over. I wanted to make sure I could make it look good before I proceeded and wasted my time.
Lots of work still at this point...
To make the beaded string part, I literally took a string to trace the natural fall of it. I had to go on a hunt for a small round object to make the beading. I was lucky to found a small dowel with a flat end. It was the perfect size! I just dabbed it and pressed it to the wall. I liked how with just one coat of paint it didn't make a perfect circle, as in there's still some of my red paint showing through. I find it makes it look a little like it shines and has texture.
And the final handpainted masterpiece:
I am so VERY happy with the outcome. As I mentioned, it's not perfect, but that's why I love it!
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