Thursday, October 15, 2015

Stenciling with Plaster

I recently discovered that you can "plaster" tile using a stencil from Victoria Larson Stencils and joint compound.  This is not a sponsored post.  I just found these plaster stencils via Pinterest and knew that they were just the thing I wanted to try on my backsplash.

Here's the backsplash before:



And here's the after:



The textured design shows up from any distance in "real life."  It seems to disappear when I take a photo from further away since it is off-white on off-white.  It also complements stone hood.  I always felt like the tile pattern took away from the stone feature.


How I did it:

First, I primed the tiles

Actually,
First I practiced all these steps on an extra piece of tile...

Then, I applied joint compound mixed with a tiny bit of acrylic paint (to tint the color) to the tile area. (Part of the reason that I practiced on another piece of tile was to come up with a recipe for the color I wanted.)
The dust control joint compound I used costs about six dollars for a ready to use tub.  I used two tubs for this project.



As the joint compound dried (overnight), I noticed that the harlequin design of the tile work showed through.  Since I like the effect, I left it this way.  I could have applied a second coat if I wanted a smoother look.

Then, I followed Victoria Larson's instructions for stenciling with plaster.  I measured and used a level and checked and checked because this would not be an easy project to undo if I messed it up...

I used the same stencil twice to achieve the large medallion effect that I was going for. (The stencil I used was actually a border stencil.)  When I completed the right side of the design, I placed the messy stencil on the cardboard it had arrived in, scraped off as much plaster as possible, and then hosed it off outside.

The next day (when the right side was completely dry), I reversed the stencil on the left side.  I cut a little of the stencil to fit around the faucet.  I did some more cutting under the faucet when I was removing the stencil so that I would not have to smear wet plaster to get it off. 

A bonus for me is that this made my windowless kitchen much brighter! I will also be applying a sealer (in case a crazy idea strikes and I cook something on the stove....)

Blessings,
Eilis





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13 comments:

  1. That is beautiful! I wish I wasn't renting so I could do something like that in my own kitchen. A great idea that I will be filing away for future reference. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. OMG...that is unbelievably beautiful. My heart would live right in that kitchen too! I have been wondering if I could paint my kitchen tile since it is not the color of tile I would chose if I were installing it. I will be trying this project out on a practice tile...that's for sure.

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    1. Thank you! I also looked into painting my tiles, but couldn't figure out how to do it without painting the grout and that led to this project.

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  3. Very elegant~ Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

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  4. So glad you found those stencils!!! I love her stuff:) This looks beautiful!!! Very well done, and it matches beautifully with your home! Which I soooo love;)

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    1. Thanks! I'm already trying to think of my next project with her stencils....

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  5. Now, that is amazing! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the fan favorites at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link so you can check out your feature! http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2015/10/the-sunday-showcase-from-make-it-pretty_25.html Have a lovely week ahead! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  7. Eilis, that looks amazing! a friend of mine did something similar in a powder bathroom. The stencil makes such a unique and beautiful look. Love that!

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  8. Thanks, Stacey. I am really glad I did it!

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