Behind the warmth of a French country kitchen lies a brilliant surprise…the blue tiles, as well as the dramatic swag, are faux treatments. Follow our step-by-step instructions below to begin working on this lovely stencil project.
Skill level: Intermediate
Time needed: Two hours
Stencil Design: Download the French Country Kitchen Stencil Design as a PDF.
Step One: Determine where the swag will be painted on the wall, then measure and mark a vertical line where the center will be. Use a plumb line or level to make sure the line is straight.
Step Two: The swag stencil provided is only half the image. Line up the stencil along one side of the guideline, and tape it in place.
Step Three: Base-coat the entire stencil in Periwinkle Blue with a 5/8-inch brush, then shade with Blue Ink using a 3/8-inch brush. Let dry.
Step Four: Flip the stencil over and line it up with the first half of the image. Tape the stencil in place, masking your previous work on the center edge. Repeat step three.
Step One: To create a tile stencil, measure and mark a 4x4-inch square on heavy paper or card-stock, leaving at least one inch as a border around all four edges. Cut out the square with a craft knife.
Step Two: Position the homemade tile stencil on the wall just above the counter-top. Base-coat the tile White with a one-inch brush, then shade around the tile's edges with Light Ivory on a 5/8-inch brush, brushing in about 1/2-inch on all four sides. Let dry completely, and remove the stencil.
Step Three: Position the floral design stencil on the tile, and tape it in place. Base-coat the design Periwinkle Blue with a 5/8-inch brush, and use a 3/8-inch brush to shade the "insides" of the flowers with Blue Ink (see photo for the detail). Let dry.
Step Four: Reposition and tape down the square tile stencil. For a dimensional effect, lightly shade just the edges of the tile with Dark Burnt Umber using a 3/8-inch brush, shading over the blue flower petals in the corners.
Step Five: Reposition the tile stencil 1/8 inch from the first tile. This will create the illusion of a grout line.
Step Six: Repeat steps two to five for each faux tile.
This elegant swag can be the focal point of any room. Add flourishes and flowers to further embellish the design, or subtract any of the elements for a more restrained look. With a simple change of color, you have a brand-new swag. Adding faux tiles is a stylish way to dress up a room. Vary the look by dropping out some of the center designs, using different patterns and colors, or changing the color of the background grout. These stencil design variations will help you get started:
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