Monday, November 14, 2011

Look What I Did - Stencil Alert!!

Happy Monday! I am so excited to share this project with you today. I just wrapped up my first stencil project on a wall in our dining room. I have wallpapered before, as you can see here, but never stenciled. I was very excited when I was contacted by Royal Design Studios to do a stencil review, where I could choose my own pattern and create the project however I choose! I was definitely ready to try it, as I have always wanted to see what a large, graphic stencil would look like on my wall! I chose a main wall in our dining room for the stencil treatment. The bones of this space are traditional, and I wanted to infuse some modern elements. So when searching for the right stencil, I know I wanted a large, bold print that read more modern in style. I chose a moroccan print called Large Chez Sheik. This print looked beautiful on the computer and even more amazing in person! Here is what the space looked like before:


  Another before with newer accessories:

And now for the afters: (Get ready- there's a lot!!)

I am so appreciative to this amazing company for giving me the courage to try my hand at stenciling! Now, let's get to the details of this project and my honest opinion on stenciling! Truthfully, I am soooo glad I tried it! It was time consuming, but so worth it in the end! For me, stenciling is definitely doable for a partial wall. It gave the space a focal point that it didn't have before. For those that might not want to tackle a wall, stenciling is great for details, like dressers, tables, behind bookcases and drapery. Here are some during shots of this project:


What I used for this project:

- Creamy white semi-gloss paint that I already had for the room's trim work.
- A stencil brush for the smaller patterns and a small paint brush for the larger patterns.
- Blue painter's tape. (You could also used spray adhesive, but I already had the tape and it worked great!)
- Drop cloth (just in case!)
- Small bowl for paint.
- Lots of paper towels for rubbing off extra paint on brushes.

I started at the top of the wall, so I could get my initial stencil patterns straight and lined up with the crown molding. I added the painter's tape to the edges of the stencil and began with only the small stencil brush. I wanted to make sure I wasn't using too much paint in the beginning. You can always add more paint later, but it's much harder to remove it! Once I was confident in the amount of paint I needed on the brush, I began to add the small paint brush for the larger patterned areas. This made the project move along much quicker. Just make sure you take off as much of the paint as you can, from the brush! If it bleeds through the stencil, you have a bigger problem on your hands!

When stenciling, I would try to paint from the outside of the stencil in, helping to keep the pattern in place. If I was going to move my stencil to the right for the next set, I always made sure to stencil that side first. That way, the paint would be dry when I had to overlap. The stencil comes with pre-cut dotted lines, so you are always on track for matching up your stencil. It leaves no margin for error! I left the corners and trickier areas for the end of the project, to make sure the back of the stencil was completely dry when I had to move and bend the stencil. I just took a break at that time! I only used one coat for this stencil. The shading does look darker in some areas, but that just adds to the character of the treatment. (Hopefully) it gives the wall some depth and character. With a bit of the darker wall color showing through, it almost gives the white paint a silvery effect, which shimmers when the lights are on! In time, I will do some touch ups, but they are very minimal and can be done at some point! Overall, it was pretty easy to use!

Thanks so much to Royal Design Studios for their generous idea! Their site also has very helpful tips for your stencil projects! And stay tuned... there will be a chance for you to win your very own stencil soon!

I'm linking this up to the wonderful blog, Savvy Southern Style, for her Wow Us Wednesdays!



Melanie said...

Wow Amber! I am super impressed with your new found stencil skills! We were very happy to share a stencil project opportunity on your beautiful blog and I appreciate the post and especially all the wonderful photos! :) Melanie Royals

eead3 said...

What a transformation! You've amped up your dining from casual to elegant n' cozy! Great job. If I could offer my 2cents .... I'd change out the rug to a light textured (gray perhpas). Great job!

Danielle Oakey Interiors said...

Wow, you did such an awesome job, it transformed the room. I love it!

Melissa, The Happier Homemaker said...

looks amazing!

Holly said...

It looks really awesome Amber! You did amazing work and look what it brings to your dining room. And it also lends a great view into the kitchen as well. I might need to consider stenciling our master as it might be what it needs for a focal point.

Danielle said...

This looks gorgeous! My Hubs and I are in the process of buying our first house and this is one of my favorite design ideas thusfar!

Happy Monday!

pam {simple details} said...

What a dose of personality for your dining room, love the bold pattern! I'm inspired to get going on a project!

simply brookes: said...

this looks amazing. good job, friend. love the colors, the bold contrast and everything in between. keep up the great work.

Melanie said...

May I ask what brand/color of paint the base coat is? Love your color choices...very classic!

Marci@TimberandLace said...

Amazing. The crisp clean lines of the stencil are so fresh and modern. I love where you are going with this space.

Jenny said...

I love the changes a stencil brings to a room, and your room is no exception! Great colors, awesome pattern - love it!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It looks great, Amber! I'm so glad I read this post because I have two of their stencils sitting here waiting for me to pick a day and get to it! I'm probably a little more nervous than I normally would be because we just moved into our new place and the former owner didn't leave me any of the paint she used. So there's no room for any error!

Visiting from WUW! : )

WhyCuzICan said...

Visiting from Savvy Southern Style's WOW US WEDNESDAY and my goodness, to say the least I am WOW'D by your effort!!!

You picked a great pattern for your stencil and it reminds of me of fine wallpaper. No one wants to change someone else's wallpaper style if the, say, by your house, but they could paint over it IF they wanted to---but if I bought your house (no, I'm not in the market to buy--'jist saying) I wouldn't change that Wow-Wall for ANYTHING!!!!!!!

Visiting from NW Illinois,

Michelle said...

I have so much respect for you - that would have taken such. a. long. time.! It looks fantastic though, well worth it :)

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

And a good thing about stenciling is that you can change it a lot easier than wallpaper! :) This is such an amazing pattern that it looks like wallpaper! Great job!!

Terry said...

This is crazy good. Love the look.

Simple Dwellings said...

Thank you all for your wonderful feedback! The dark wall color is Bungalow Gold by Eddie Bauer. We painted the walls about 6 years ago, and we bought it then at Lowe's. :)

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

ooh that is stunning!!!!! love the colors!


It looks great Amber...really! It also looks hard and time consuming...but good things always are right??? What a dramatic change!

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