This is what the project was SUPPOSED to look like:
A nice worn/vintage looking piece.
Here are some views of my disaster:
I didn't even bother sanding it down. It just looks terrible. The vinyl stencil pulled up a lot of the paint and the whole thing is a rotten mess. I'm not sure what to do at this point. The stencil is ruined as it is a one-time-use sort of thing. I'm not even sure going over the ruined areas with fresh paint would help. At this point, I'm thinking of gessoing over the whole piece and using it for another art project some other time. Such a disappointment!!! I was really looking forward to having this lovely piece in my workroom.
I guess you win some and you lose some in the arts and crafts world.