Good question. When I decided to design my stencils, I wanted something that would work on any size ceiling... and, that's exactly what they will do. These stencils are perfect for a small 10 x 10 foot ceiling, or even a 50 x 50 foot ceiling.
It doesn't matter the size of your ceiling, it will work... and work well.
Absolutely! They will, but just don't be too rough with them. They are made of fairly durable Kraft paper (to be flexible and form to most ceiling types), but I've heard back from many customers, who have used the DIY stencils on 4 and 5 ceilings, and they said that the stencils worked perfectly.
Even if you get a tear in one, a little tape on the tear should fix it enough to continue using it.
So, while the stencils will work in multiple rooms, you may need to order a little extra paint, depending on how many, and how large the ceilings are. The kit comes with one ounce of paint the is enough to paint 200-300 square feet. If your ceiling is larger than that or you want to paint multiple rooms, you can always add paint to the kit before it's sent.
Extra paint is only $25/ounce
Everything that you will need to paint an amazing starry night on your ceiling... or multiple ceilings.
* Stencils - 4 constellation stencils - (Big & Little Dippers, Cassiopeia & Leo) - 2 Background star sheets - These 24"x40" sheets have 200 stars each and are what make the murals so realistic, and give it the amazing 3D effect.
* Paint - Enough to paint between 200-300 sq. ft... possibly even more.
* Tools - The tools that you will need to create the perfect stars that will make your mural amazing!
* Instructions - This seems like a given, but I get asked if there are instructions that are included. There are both written and video instructions. I'd suggest the video instructions. Most of my customers like them the most.
* Over two-decades of experience have been put into the design of the stencil guides, so you can create amazing night skies, on your first try.
You'll get everything that you'll need to paint the murals. You will want to get a black light, or blacklight flashlight, to use while painting (to see where you have already painted) and then a UV blacklight floodlight or strip lights to charge your mural every night after it's painted. I carry the flashlights, floodlights and the strip lights in the more expensive 365nm LED Blacklights (low visibility light and not purple). I can send you links to the less-expensive (also brighter and purple), if you'd like to go that route.
A Black Light is a must. You will want to use one during the painting process, and then every time you want to charge up the stars.
During the painting process
A black light is very helpful to be able to see where you have already painted your stars.
Since you will be painting in the light, the blacklight will cause the paint to fluoresce so that you can see where you've already painted.
There are roughly 200 holes on each 24x40 sheet... so you can get lost fairly easily, but a black light is very helpful.
After your mural is finished then you'll need some kind of UV light to charge the paint. White fluorescent lights work good, but I always suggest using a good source of blacklight. The reason is that white lights are like being out in the sunlight and your pupils will close to keep the harsh light out. Blacklights don't affect your eyes that way and you will see your mural much faster and better much quicker if Blacklights are used.
Most good sources of UV light will work to charge the paint (activate the pigments so that they’ll glow), but I have my favorites.
Let’s me explain what’s “Good” and also the lights that you should “Stay Away” from:
365nm UV blacklights –
- Gives off less visible light.
- Great to charge the glow pigments.
- Great for fluorescing paint/additives.
- Best in a Home Theater where you want to see stars during a movie.
- More expensive
- Gives off blighter light
- Light is more purple
- Some materials fluoresce nicely
- Great in rooms where you want to charge the night sky mural and then shut off all lights and enjoy the mural.
- Less expensive
- Great in a soffit
- The right light strips will do a great job of charging the glow paint evenly, around a room.
- You’ll usually use UV strip lights to charge the glow paint, then shut them off (unless they are 365nm lights), in which case you can turn them on during a movie and the paint will fluoresce nicely without a lot of extra visible light.
- RGB strip lights are not good to charge the glow paint, but they are great to add different colors to the soffit.
- If you’d like to put UV strip lights in the soffit and also RGB strip/rope lights too, then make sure that you have separate outlets that each go to a separate light switch (you’ll run them at different times).
- Great in a soffit, but NOT good to charge the glow paint (even if they say they are blacklight rope lights).
- RGB rope lights, just like the RGB strip lights are great for adding different moods with the different colors, but they are NOT good to charge the glow paint.
Floodlights - Just as with the strip lights, there are some lights that are great to charge the glow paint and there are imposters. I usually have a handful of suppliers that I can refer you to if you’d like floodlights. I had a supplier who I got these lights from, but they changed the LED chip and now I can’t find the same, good chip. But, I can direct you to place or two.
- Great when there is no soffit to put strip lights in
- Small footprint
- Powerful UV lights
- True 365nm floodlights are expensive, but are great in a theater room, just as the 365nm strip lights
- 395nm-405nm floodlights are great in all other rooms
Nope! But, realize that you will see some stars when the room lights are turned on. plan on maybe 80-150 out of 4000 stars that are visible.
Now, a quick suggestion for your "flat" paint. Normal flat paint will mark up super easily. If you want to wipe it down later to get spider webs or dust off of the ceiling, there is a good possibility that it will leave streak marks. This is because flat paint don't have enamel in them to make them durable.
I have had customers tell me that they have found flat paint that has some enamel in it. When I painted my murals on those ceilings, I did so with caution, but the ceiling paint help up nicely.
So, if you want a flat paint on your ceiling... I would suggest one with some enamel in it. Sherwin Williams sells their "Cashmere" paint that many customers have told me works great.
Absolutely! You can use the stencils on pretty much any type of ceiling. I've painted on suspended ceilings, many times, and they are great! One bonus of a suspended ceiling is that when you don't paint the suspended frame, your ceiling will look like your ceiling is made of lots of windows.
Yes. Enough to paint between 200-300 sq. ft. (18.5 - 28 sq. meters)
I usually tell people that the paint supplied in the kits is enough to paint up to 300 sq. Ft., it should easily paint both of your 10x10 ceilings, and still have extra paint left over to paint a third room.
The reason that I say 200 - 300 sq. ft. is because that is about what some people, who go crazy with the paint, get out of a jar. But, if you are good at following instructions… you should be fine painting both rooms... and possible a third.
If you are in doubt, then go ahead and get an extra jar of paint. At least you’ll save on shipping costs later if you do need some. And, if you have extra… then paint another room.
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Well, the most important reason is that they were designed by someone who has actually painted these murals for over 2 decades, and is a leader in painting star ceilings.
The same techniques that I use to paint a mural have gone into designing the stencil guides.
If you want a mural to look very realistic and be something that you will enjoy looking at for years to come, then there are no better DIY options.
If you just want something that is slightly better than plastic stick-on stars, then you don't need to spend the extra money for my stencil.
I'm not cutting down the other stencils. Those other stencils will give you a fun mural that young kids will enjoy. Possibly even adults too. But, there is a significant difference in the finished product.
My DIY Kits are for people who want the best, most realistic looking murals. And, we deliver.
I've tried to make them accurate in size on a ceiling that is between 8 and 10 feet high... though they will look very close on any ceiling.
I have seen other stencils that are available that have constellations that are very small and almost not recognizable. I didn't want that with our kits.
This is one of those... “that depends” type of answers.
The duration of the photo-luminescent glow is entirely dependent on your environment and your ability to control it. The darker the room, the longer (and more detailed) you will see the night sky. Under normal conditions the glow lasts for several hours after the lights go out… and chances are, you will fade off long before the stars do.
With our stencils, and by following instructions, you will get between 15 to 20 different sized stars in your mural, and the larger the star is, the more glow pigment it has in it. So, the smallest stars may glow for up to an hour before it fades away to where you can no longer see it. Then, the stars that are slightly larger than the smallest ones will possibly glow for a couple of hours. The mural will constantly be changing as the smaller stars fade first, and the larger ones stick around for several hours.
As far as how many years will the mural last… we don’t know. I’ve painted murals over 25 years ago that were still glowing the last time we checked. The pigments that we use, plus the medium that we mix the pigments into, is the same that we include in the DIY kits, and should keep your mural glowing for over 20 to 30 years, or beyond.
Usually, there is not much for you to do to get ready to paint your ceiling. It’s usually as easy as moving a few things out of the way so that you can move around easily.
Furniture along the side of the room is usually OK and you can just drape cloths over them. If they are close enough, then you can reach over the furniture to paint the ceiling. But, if you feel that you will want to put a fresh coat of ceiling paint on the ceiling first, we suggest that you do that before your night sky star ceiling is painted. It will make a huge difference. The same applies to popcorn ceilings. If you’re going to be replacing it, then get that done.
A couple of other very important things that I guess I should mention are:
* Extra drop cloths for large rooms
Ladder– For most ceilings a 6 foot ladder is sufficient. If your ceiling is 12 feet high, a 6-foot ladder won't be tall enough, but an 8 to 10 foot ladder would be.
Drop cloths – Even though our kits will produce much less mess than is created when we actually paint our murals, there still might be some paint (shooting stars) that might fall to the floor. Or, as unlikely as this is, there are times when the paint jar could even fall. If that were to happen, you'll be glad that you had drop cloths on the floor and furniture.
When we paint:
Most surfaces that we have been asked to paint on have been great for our murals. We’ve created Night Sky Murals on many types of ceilings…tape & texture, popcorn, acoustic panels, metal, cloth and wood.
Chances are that your ceiling surface is in the range of possibilities and should be no problem.
In our experience, almost every ceiling has some type of obstacle… like fans, lights, smoke detectors, ventilation registers…and more. You can simple draw these items into the mural by painting stars right onto them too. Remember that the paint is usually not visible in the light, so these items look normal when the room has lights on. When the room is dark, these items disappear and blend into the rest of the mural.
Yes it does. Just as city lights wash out the beautiful star-filled night sky that is around us all the time, the same thing happens with projector light, or any other light that gets into a room.
So that clients can still see some stars while a movie is playing, we have created a special paint that will also fluoresce under a black light.
Fluorescing is different from glowing. The fluorescing attribute takes place when a black light is turned on… which causes the paint to glow brightly. But, that paint stops fluorescing once the black lights are turned off.
But, when the black lights are turned off and the paint stops fluorescing… the paint will then start to glow (on it’s own) as long as the room is dark, for up to about 8 hours.
So, again, yes the projector light will affect the mural, but you can turn on the black lights to cause a good number of the stars to fluoresce.
Then, once the movie is over, leave all of the lights off, sit back and enjoy the peaceful, romantic mural in total darkness as it glows for hours. We’ve had many clients tell us that they’ve thrown sleeping bags out on the floor of a home theater room and camped out in there. Or, their kids have had sleepovers under the night sky.
We’ve also had many customers tell us that they have friends who will come over and ask to just sit in the theater room, without even putting a movie on. Many customers will do the same. The beauty of that is that you are getting so much more out of a theater room (or any room, really).
To get the most out of a Night Sky Mural you will want to be sure of a couple of things. They are…
Dark room – This is probably the most important thing to really enjoying one of our murals. Remember, our murals act just like a real night sky… and any light pollution that gets into your room will wash out some of the stars. A little light will wash out a small amount of stars. A lot of light will wash out a lot of the stars, and in some cases all of the stars.
Good light source – We’ve touched on this some… but a good source of black light, or fluorescent light is very important to charging your mural to it’s peak level so that it will glow for hours. We like to suggest black lights because they don’t affect your eyes as much as white, fluorescent light will… so your eyes can start adapting to the dark while charging the paint with a black light. White lights will cause your pupils to close up and it might take up to 10 or 15 minutes to see most of the stars or Milky Way that are in the mural.
Absolutely! I like to think, and will even joke around with people and tell them that it's a secret to the way that I paint... but it's not. Actually, there are a couple things that I do, that helps, but it mostly has zero to do with me.
It has more to do with the way the glow paint releases it's glowing charge and also the rods and cones in your eyes. So, while I wish that I could say it was all me who created the really cool effect, it's really only about 5% me.
If you are redoing a room, or building a new house, and you have the choice of smooth or textured, I will always recommend texture. The reason is because the stars on a smooth ceiling will look like little bumps. In the right conditions (each room is different) you may not even see them. But, in a different room with the very same smooth texture on the ceiling you might see a lot of the bumps. Each room is different. I have painted on many smooth ceilings over the 20+ years that I've been painting and because people knew that they might see little bumps in the light, they weren't surprised and they were just happy that the night sky was there.
With a textured ceiling those little pretty much vanish in the light and the night sky will look amazing in the dark.
Quick note: Even on a textured ceiling... when the ceiling color is very dark, you will probably see some of the stars show up. It isn't the little bumps that you are seeing, but the difference in the paint color and the color of the glow pigments. But, what I've noticed is that most of the stars taht show up on dark colored ceilings (in the light) are the constellation stars, and I've had a lot of people say that they like that.
I wouldn’t really say that one is better than the other. There are differences, and there are times when each has its place. (See THIS blog post that goes into depth on painted vs fiber optics)
Fiber optic star ceilings are great for areas where there will be a lot of light in a room. We get asked to paint star murals in entryways all the time. But, unless you want to invite guests into your home in a pitch black house… a painted mural just isn’t the right option for that area.
Same thing with a nightclub or hotel lobby. Fiber optics are the way to go in those areas as well.
If, on the other hand, you have a room that can be made to be dark (bedroom, home theater, relaxation room, bathroom), then a painted mural is the way to go. You really can’t get the realism from fiber optics that you can with a painted night sky. Side by side comparisons are astounding. A painted mural is light years ahead of a fiber optic star ceiling as far as realism goes.
But again, there is a place for both. We will have no problem letting you know if we think that you would be better served with a fiber optic ceiling. We’d rather tell you up front than have you discover it after we’ve finished painting.