1. Tape the edges off (and/or any part you don’t want to paint over).
2. Since my binder is dark, I decided to prime the surface first. I just used white multi-surface paint.
3. Paint the surface over with the lighter color of choice. For this project, I used a light shade of grayish blue.
4. This step can be the most tedious one. Instead of making a real stencil, I simply used painter’s tape. Just cut the tape to desired size and placing the tape in right (90 degree) angles. I just eyeballed the pattern.
5. Paint over the pattern with your second color of choice. Because I’m very conservative with my color combinations, chose blue-black.
TIP: Try to paint away from the tape rather than painting into it, because paint can bleed in (especially if you’re not painting over a solid, hard surface). I didn’t know this until after.
6. Let paint dry, then remove tape. Some paint bled in. If this happens to you too and it bothers you, just get a small angled paint brush to touch the lines up.
Extra Step: I did this as an afterthought to protect the surface, apply a generous coat of mod podge.
That’s it. You’re done.
I’m thinking of stenciling a quote onto it too, but I haven’t decided yet. Any suggestions?