Since I moved to Tampa a month and a half ago I’ve had large amounts of free time. I figured I could use at least some of it to fix up our new apartment! Only problem was that Jon and I had also just spent most of our money on the process of moving and paying all of our final bills, so we were strapped for cash. I needed something to do to fill my time, with supplies that I already had so I scoured Pinterest and craft sites and decided on doing a mosaic tile on my living room walls. Something that was crafty with a great result and the best part was it was almost free!
I had all of the supplies I needed from a past painting project I did at my last apartment. All I needed to purchase was a disposable paint tray for a grand total of $2.67 for the entire project. I looked for a few days to try to find the pattern I wanted for the walls. I was going to spend numerous hours painting the wall and then have to live with the decision so I wanted to make sure that I really liked it and that I could make it look good without many mistakes.
I ended up choosing the stencil pattern from here, a blog called while they While They Snooze.
Here is the stencil I used:
Moroccan Wall Tile
After I printed this out, it took a few minutes to perfect how big I wanted it. I ended up choosing the stencil to be the size of one page. I only had a half wall to do because there was a chair rail in the living room, so something smaller like a page size was manageable for me. If you are going to do the entire wall , you should definitely do something a little bigger so that it doesn’t take too long.
Step One – Set down primers paint and drop clothes. (Better safe than sorry!)
Step Two – Paint the background color that you want for the wall. I chose a light blue that I used for my last apartment. I had an entire extra gallon of it and I still liked the color so I’d rather use a free paint than go buy a new color. Paint and let dry.
Step Three – Trace the stencil on to a piece of cardboard. This will make it easier to stencil in on the wall.
Step Four – Start tracing the tile on the wall with a pencil. Use light strokes. I found that if I traced too hard on the wall, I had to use a second coat of white to get rid of the line. If your stencil is big enough, tape a level to the cardboard. This will help you to keep the tiles level. Unfortunately, my stencil was not big enough for the level that I had so check the tiles with a level every so often. Overall my tiles were straight, though I hit a rough patch of trying to get it straight when I reached the corner, it is not so noticeable, so I am not worrying about it. 🙂
Keep on stenciling. It took me about 6 hours to finish. I did it all on one day, but I suggest that you break it up. After I finished, I was going a bit loopy.
Step Five – Choose your stencil paint. I mixed a white paint that I already had with the blue. This gave me a very light blue. You can also use a contrast color, silver or the same color in a high gloss.
Step Six – Choose a small paint brush. However big you want the lines of the stencil to be. I found that it was easier to use a stiffer brush so that there is less variation in the stroke.
Try to keep it as consistent as possible! You are going to make a few mistakes of course. If you get any drips, try to wipe it away with a wet paper towel as soon as possible. I had to do a second coat of white paint because some of the pencil marks were showing.
Here is the finished result!
I used one of those cheap Wal-Mart full length mirrors (again, that I had lying around) and painted it the same blue-white as the stencil for a finishing touch.
I hope you enjoy your wall! I really liked the end result and the whole project cost me less than $5!
My next craft is a mirror starburst made out of a cereal box seen below!