Before ever setting foot on campus Freshman year, my daughter and her college roommate had coordinated everything they needed to decorate their dorm room. She has her own style, and she really didn’t need (or want?) any help from me. But on move-in day, when I noticed her roommate hanging a hand painted K monogram on her closet door, I realized there might still be a way I could contribute.
I used a stencil (of course!) to create my version, a coordinating letter A. It was a quick and easy project, and one that can be customized to fit any room by changing up the paint colors or stencil design. Keep reading for a step-by-step.
Note: The stencil used for this project was provided by iStencils. See my disclosure page for a complete statement.
Supplies and Sources
- iStencils #19-00022, 8×8″
- Anita’s All Purpose Acrylic Craft Paint: 12002 Carmine & 11028 Navy Blue, Hobby Lobby
- 12″ Black MDF Letter A, Hobby Lobby
The MDF letter I purchased has a matte black finish, so the first step was to give it a quick basecoat of navy blue.
My daughter’s roommate loaned me her paint, so I knew I’d have a perfect color match!
You want to move the stencil around until you find a pattern placement that is pleasing to the eye.
Using a foam plate for a palette, pour a small amount of paint out to prepare for stenciling.
Load your stencil brush, working the paint into the bristles.
Offloading is very important for successful stenciling! It works the paint up into the brush and reduces the chance that run unders will mar your project.
Begin stenciling using a swirl or stippling technique, whichever you prefer.
Notice how I secured my stencil on just one side? That creates my “hinge”.
Once I’ve finished stenciling an area, I can gently lift the stencil on the tape hinge and make sure I have even coverage. If the stenciling is too light, I can lay the stencil back down to add more paint, and the hinge ensures that the stencil will line up perfectly with what I’ve already stenciled.
Move stencil and continue stenciling. Once again I experimented with placement to get the pattern laid out just the way I wanted.
Since my stencil placement overlaid what I had previously painted, I used painter’s tape to mask off some of the stencil openings to avoid accidents.
And here’s the final result.