If you are looking for a weekend project that will update your space quickly and cheaply, you are in the right place! We love having a good scroll through Instagram to find all the fab upcycling, revamping and transformative DIYs you guys have going on, and it's generally a great place to get inspired for your own projects. So, we thought we would start sharing some of the fab projects that we've stumbled across...
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Today we are showing you how Negi of @negi.at.home has transformed her fireplace for under £50 using just leftover paint (and apparently a fair bit of patience, but the result is SO worth it). Keep scrolling to find out how to get the look yourself...
You will need:
- A foam paint roller and a paint tray
- Stencils - Negi used stencils from Dizzy Duck Design
- A small paintbrush – if you can get one designed for stencils you will have the best result
- Masking tape
- Scrap paper for a practice run
Step one: practice your stencilling first
Use a bit of scrap paper to test out your technique and to check how the pattern looks. For this just tape down the stencil and try out the stencil brush and the roller to see which works best with your pattern. Sometimes with more detailed patterns you might need to use just a brush.
Step two: plan your pattern
Measure the size of the space you are stencilling and see how many of your stencils will fit neatly inside the area. You might even want to use a pencil to lightly mark where each stencil will go so you know where to position each one as you move along your walls.
Step three: start stencilling
If you want to be absolutely exact you can use a tape measure and a spirit level to get your first stencil totally straight. Use masking tape to secure it in place and then get painting, moving the stencil gently along as you go. Let the whole thing dry and you are done! New 'tiles' using just a can of paint.
Top tip: use a very small amount of paint to begin with and this will ensure it the pattern doesn't bleed and you get a really clear design. If using a roller, roll over your stencil very lightly – thin coats will get the best results.