My hatered of wallpaper has been expressed many, many times on my blog. That’s not to say that I don’t like patterns on walls, there are just other ways to accomplish this.
I fell in love with stenciling many years ago. I, like many others in the 1990’s, did those floral stencil boarders either at the top of my walls or around the middle of the walls. Well, that phase passed and soon, every body hated stencils. They were quietly put away in the “don’t ever try that again” closet along with all my Americana decor, Pier 1 Papasan chairs and Claude Monet pastel prints.
Many years later, I started seeing stencils on walls that looked like wallpaper, sans the headache! “You must try it” part of my brain said. “You can’t open that closet door again! Noooooooo” said the other part. But, I found myself purchasing several stencils from Cutting Edge Stencils the next day.
Not knowing how to use these large stencils, I watched every “how to” video on the Cutting Edge Sencils website.
My first project was my dining room. This is my old house, by the way. I used the Funky Wheel wall stencil and used black and metallic silver for the stencils. I copied the Zinnia Grande wall stencil colors from the web site because I fell madly in love with them.
I did an accent wall in my music room. I painted the walls with a satin gray and then stenciled over the paint on the accent wall with Martha Stewart metallic silver paint. I used the Zamira Allover stencil. It really looked fabulous! Sorry the photo isn’t great. It’s the only one I have unless I show up at my old house and ask the owners if I can take a photo.
I tried my hand at many different other stencils and really enjoyed the affect.
I purchased a picture frame from Goodwill and took out the glass. I spray painted a white pattern on the glass using blue Martha Stewart tape I got from Michaels. Once that paint had completely dried, I taped directly over the white lines and spray painted the glass with metallic gold.
Once the paint had dried, I took off the tape and put the glass in the newly painted frame, unpainted glass side up. I put it in Lucy’s bathroom as a cute tray.
Next, I took a box I purchased from Goodwill and spray painted it white. Using the same tape, I made a Chevron design on top of the box and spray painted the top gold.
Once I find where I put my Moroccan stencil, I will attack a wall in this house. Just got to find where I put it…..