A Handful of Lavender

Choose one of these five projects to bring the sweet softness of lavender into your rooms.
Floral Accents
A bridge between warm and cool
colors, pastel lavender is
serene, and perfect for bedrooms.

White embroidered curtains and pillows were the objects of inspiration in this teenager's bedroom. Stenciled white flowers embellish lavender walls, while periwinkle fabric paints accent crisp, white cotton bed linens.

What You Need:

  • Interior latex paint in lavender. (We used Sherwin-Williams Crown Vitch #SW1834.)
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint: Violet Haze #DA197 and White Wash #DA2
  • Fabric medium
  • Stencil brushes
  • Tracing paper
  • Clear stencil acetate
  • X-ACTO knife
  • Stencil adhesive
  • Painter's tape

Instructions for Painting Wall Flowers:

1. Paint the walls with lavender latex paint. Let the paint dry.

2. Download the free pattern for this project. (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software.) Enlarge the pattern to the desired size. With tracing paper, trace the pattern (see link at the side). Place the stencil acetate over the tracing, and tack the pieces together with tape. Cut out the stencil with an X-ACTO knife.


3. Spray the stencil with adhesive and position on the wall. Load a stencil brush with a small amount of white paint, and wipe off most of the paint on a paper towel. With a light tapping motion, fill in the stencil area. Lift off the stencil, and repeat the process on your wall.

Instructions for Painting Flowers on Fabric:

1. Remove the foam from a seat cushion or the form from a throw pillow. Insert a piece of cardboard to prevent the paint from bleeding through to the opposite side of the fabric. Insert cardboard under the duvet cover and inside the pillow cases; stencil all fabrics with the same acrylic paint mixture of paint and medium outlined below.

2. Prepare a 1:1 mixture of fabric medium and lavender acrylic paint. (The fabric medium causes the dried paint to remain flexible on your fabric.)

3. Load a stencil brush with the mixture, and wipe off most of the paint on a paper towel. Stencil the design on the fabric.

4. Heat a dry iron to medium setting. Lay a press cloth over a painted area, and apply gentle pressure with the iron, without sliding the iron, to heat set the print.

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