Strike for Moon Easy Budget Friendly Diy Stamped Accent Wall

Hello, my fellow remodelaholics! I come from Shark Tails today to share a project that required a minimum of effort and effort and resulted in a huge design win! Isn’t it the best thing for things to go like this?

The last time I was here, I showed you how to make this geometric storage box out of plywood. Today I’m going to be a little less stocky and a little smarter: I’m super excited to share this hand stamped accent wall project with you!

Last August, Matt and I found out that we would welcome a sixth member of our household in the form of a human child. WOW. I have never had a newborn baby, so, as you can imagine, I had a paralyzing panic of some nerves when she began to sink into the fact that we had a baby.

My initial anxiety and apprehension was gradually replaced by excitement, and I plunged into planning the design of the children’s room. Of all the parts that I repaired or changed in our house, I must say that it is the one with which I had the most fun. Since we had decided early on that we didn’t want to discover sex, I knew I would have a certain challenge to keep it neutral, but still fun and original. I have a lot through my favorite blogs, Instagram and of course Pinterest. When I came across this wallpaper, I immediately knew that I wanted it for the nursery:

Seriously, guys, I was preoccupy. Unfortunately, as most beautiful things do, it has a high price and after doing some calculations in a hurry, I cursed my champagne/beer budget taste and tried to move on.

But I couldn’t.

So I put my DIY cap on and came up with a plan that would give me my accent wall without damaging my credit score for years.

How to Make A Hand Stamped Accent Wall on Moon Phases
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When he arrived, I realized that it would take a long time to cover the whole wall with stencil, and of course it would also treat some color bleeding. In addition, the moons were not as far apart as I wanted on the template, and I refused to settle. After some further thought, I came up with the idea of creating a custom “tampon” based on sponges. This seemed to be the option that takes the least time, while being super inexpensive
. I used the stencil to create my stamp.

What you need for this stamped accent wall:

Clean and bare wall for punching (freshly painted is optimal)
Regular household cleaning sponge (the number of sponges depends on the design of your stamp)
Template of your choice (Optional)
Piece of reclaimed wood for support
Wood glue, sharp scissors, ballpoint pen, tape measure and ruler
Color for stamping
Flat tray for painting, large enough to hold the whole stamp
Excess cardboard for excess paint
Level (Optional; read more)

Matt and I had already moved all the trash and repainted the nursery so we had a fresh white canvas to work with. I started by drawing the different moons on my sponges with the ballpoint pen (I only used two sponges) and cut out the moons with very sharp scissors.

Once all my moons were cut, I laid them out roughly to determine how long I would need my reclaimed wood, and cut it to size. Then I found the center on the x and y axis of the wood with my tape measure and drew a grid on the wood with a ruler to facilitate the placement of my sponges.

I aligned my sponges on the grid, starting in the middle with the full moon sponge, then I went outside. Honestly, I did not measure here: I looked at it until I had a placement that I liked. If you wanted something perfectly accurate, but I suggest that you take measurements.

As soon as I was satisfied with the placement of the moons, I glued them to the wood with wood glue. (***Make sure that the side of the sponge on which you drew is facing outwards – glue the other side, as this is not necessarily the perfect “cut” due to the thickness of the sponge.) Let it dry for at least 25 minutes.

Once your sponges are well and glued, it’s time to dab! Full disclosure: if it’s not to do with security, I’m a DIY guy who cuts all corners. That is, I did not use a level or draw guidelines to help me stay on the straight and narrow line while I was punching, but if you are someone who would be driven crazy by the “imperfection” of my horizontal lines, then I beg you to use a level. I just couldn’t be bothered, and I wanted it to be a unique kind of chord and made. I was also worried that if I tried super hard to make it perfect, all the little mistakes would be all the more obvious. I think this made my final result quite authentic, but it’s just my humble opinion. Something I thought about at half-time that would have been very helpful was that I glued my mini-level to the top of the stamp, but it was too late at that point. If you’re like me, skip the measure and jump like you have no worries in the world!

Ok ! I had black latex paint rust-oleum left over from my kitchen cabinet project, so I used that. It looked a little too black for my taste, so I added some of the white paint we used on the walls until I got the color I wanted.

The first timbre was nerve-racking and I was almost extinct. There is something frightening about touching freshly painted white walls, amirite? I soaked my stamp in the ink pan without pressing it hard, and then turned it on my cardboard to remove excess material. I wanted him to look a little faded and also avoid the globes. I started at the top left of the wall, put the top of the wood flush against the ceiling and pressed lightly….

not too shabby! I was very nervous, and so my trembling hand smeared the tampon a little: but it was nothing that a damp cloth could not fix. I took the first lines very slowly so that I could understand the timbre, the pressure I should use, the spacing, etc.

You don’t have to dip the stamp back into the paint every time. Sometimes I was able to make the entire length of the wall without transplanting, and as soon as I was gone, it went pretty quickly. I think it took about 2 hours of total time for punching, and only so long, because maybe I made an epic mistake in one of the rows or not, and I had to paint on it and wait for it to dry before I could move on…

Some tips and tricks:

Keep a damp cloth ready in matter of an accident or drop
Hold the pad with both hands and look up before pressing it on/against the wall
Do not press too hard! Remember that it is a sponge and a lot of excess paint accumulates in it
From time to time, wipe the sides of your shapes to remove drops of paint
Step back and look at the wall often while you work to make sure nothing looks too wobbly
Depending on your pattern, remember to move it (for example, I aligned my “full moon” below the center of the two lunar moons when a new row was started)
Have fun with it and do not be too capricious or get hung up on imperfections – as soon as the whole wall is ready and you have moved things around the room, it will look brighter, I promise!
When you reach the end of a row, there are many matters where you can’t adjust your buffer. That’s good. Leave it to the end.

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