Saturday, November 23, 2013

My First Stenciled Wall!

I was itching to do SOMETHING to my dining room wall (well, our main floor has more of a Great Room feel, so really, its just the wall our dining table sits against), and my husband and I were going back and forth on whether we wanted to stencil it or wall paper it. It took us a few months to figure out what we wanted to do, but we ended up stenciling it, and I LOVE the outcome!

First, I will say, stenciling was a little more challenging than I thought it would be, and I was pretty frustrated with the process at times, but it was worth it in the end. (Although I am waiting a little while before I do my next stenciling project, haha). 

We ordered our stencil from http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/. We used the Gabrielle Demask stencil design: 
damask-stencil 


This is what our wall started out like:


My husband then painted two layers of Behr Cracked Pepper (matte/flat finish) on the wall:
(The paint is not quite dry yet in this pic, so it looks a little darker than it actually is)


I was in charge of stenciling, We used Behr Broadway in a high gloss finish. Here are some of the "in progress" pics:





You want to use a stencil roller with very little paint on it, so you don't get seepage, but even with using very little paint on the roller, I still had some issues along the way of paint seeping under the edge of the stencil and building up, causing your lines to bleed/smudge. After I had used the stencil a few times, I had to let the paint on it dry, then peel it all off (which was VERY time consuming and annoying). There are definitely imperfections, but when you step back and look at the whole wall, you don't notice those small blemishes. (I'm very much a perfectionist, and it bothers me that some areas are not perfect, but really, the imperfections give it character... and your guests really have no idea they are there. I have had many people think we used wall paper on the wall!).


The final outcome is GREAT! We love it!

 (Sorry the lighting isn't really great on this pic).

We still need to add some decor to the wall (thinking of getting one of those shiny white acrylic deer head busts possibly, or maybe just putting the studded black leather mirror that we used to have on this wall back up.... I haven't made up my mind yet). I'll post updated pics once I have this wall decorated. 

Let me know your thoughts or if you have any questions!

Until next time,
~B

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