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Create a custom floor covering that matches your bedroom décor and is perfectly sized for your space.
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Print out the leaf pattern. To produce a full-size stencil, take the pattern to a copy center and have it enlarged by 500 percent. Then cut out the leaf shape.
This pattern was sized to go on a 6' x 9' floor covering. You can set your printer to produce larger or smaller versions to fit a vinyl sheet sized for your room.
Cut the vinyl sheet to size or use a pre-cut piece. Cover a flat work surface with a drop cloth; lay the vinyl upside down on the cloth.
Paint a base coat of off-white on the back side of the vinyl using a roller and let dry. Add a second coat if necessary and let dry overnight.
Paint needs oxygen to dry, so work in a well-ventilated area. Avoid blowing air directly on the freshly painted surface, though.
Trace the outline of what will look like the top leaf on the painted vinyl using a light pencil line or a colored pencil close to the color you'll paint the leaf. Then trace the partial leaves next to the first one.
Fill in the tracings with a base coat. Add a second coat if needed. Following the shape of the leaf, use a 1" paintbrush and smaller artist brushes to add concentric leaf shapes. Repeat for each leaf and let dry overnight.
Working freehand, trace the shape of the stem to the edge of the vinyl. Fill in that area using at least one coat of paint.
Having trouble visualizing the curves of the stem? Lay a piece of rope from the leaves to the edge of the vinyl and adjust the curves until you see a shape you like. Then gently trace along the edge of the rope to mark the curves on the vinyl.
Seal the painted finish with three coats of a clear satin finish. Allow the finish to dry for about five days before using.