I fear using the dreaded B word because I am quite sure you are very tired of hearing about it but the bookcase is almost complete. There is still one coat of Polycrylic needed and then I will show it to you and we will never speak of it again. I promise.
I mentioned that I wanted to create a stencil and it turned out so well and it was so extremely easy that I thought I'd share.
I have made stencils in the past using transparencies like the ones teachers use for overhead projectors, an exactor knife and a sharpie but this one is even more simple.
I started with the same transparency, exacto knife and sharpee but added a hole punch with a 2" extension that I bought at Michael's. The long extension allowed me to get to the inside of the spiral.
I drew a spiral and then layed the transparency on top of that and used the sharpee to create a series of dots in a spiral shape at equal (or as close as you get when eyeballing) distance apart.
Using the punch I popped out the dots. In this case I only needed the exacto knife to make sure my outside lines were square before laying it down to be stenciled.
I used 3 different paint colours and just laid the stencil down in a random pattern. There are 2 shelves going in to the bookcase so it didn't need a uniform pattern. In fact, I thought the random pattern would work better for displaying objects in front of the stenciled back.