Stenciling a Rustic-Chic Picture Frame

Today was our first Hometalk Team project day! You all inspire us SO much everyday that we have a bajillion projects clipped and lingering in our dreams. We finally decided to join in on the fun and see if we could hold a candle to you crafting gurus!
We all chose a project that inspired us. When selecting mine, I kept in mind that my goal this year is to make all of my Christmas gifts. I decided to pick a project for the #1 lady in my life, my Mom.
The project the inspired me was The Golden Sycamore's stenciled picture frame post, "A Picture Frame That's Sure to Wow Mom!" (how perfect!)
With my inspiration ready, Miriam, Jill and I threw on our coats and trotted down 6th Ave to Michaels- aka crafting heaven. I knew I wanted to go rustic-chic for my Mom's frame since it's her and I's favorite design aesthetic.
I picked up a bottle of Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Acrylic Craft Paint in Pearl. I also snagged a PLAID Stencil 1 brush.
I love this floral stencil I found. I thought it would give that chic, feminine touch I was looking for against the wood.
This frame immediately caught my eye- such a lovely blank canvas.
I saw these stickers and instantly thought of my Mom. She has a shirt with the exact same western lettering.
I started by putting the letters on first. I wanted to make sure they were exactly where they'd be so I could stencil accordingly.
I winged it and placed the stencil where I thought it naturally looked best.
After my first application, the paint was a little bubbly. (I had no idea if that mattered at all.) They eventually popped and dried flat. :)
The brush was really dense so I used a dabbing technique on top of the stencil.
Added another on the other side.
Then some more. I'm so happy I went with the floral stencil!
It dried the beautiful, pearly color I was hoping for (with my favorite boots making an appearance.)

I feel like I should put a disclaimer on my Mom's gift "Merry Christmas Mom! NO this is not a picture of the lakefront log cabin I bought you!" haha
Actually, before I give it to her I will be putting a black & white picture of her, my big brother and myself at his wedding.

I hope she likes it :) Also, thank goodness Michael's had a fabulous craft room!

What do you guys think? I'd love to hear your feedback! AND...what should my next project be?! Something for the #1 guy in my life, my big brother :) Thanks so much for reading!
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