Monday, February 20, 2012

My Nemesis...The Stencil

Ok, so I gathered up the energy to start on the stencil.  What a giant pain in the butt!!!!!!!!  I've stenciled before, but this stencil was NOT made to go around a corner and is giving me all sorts of problems.  Without further ado here's what I've done so far.


I ended up going with the Chinoiserie one.  I painted all the walls of the powder room, including the ceiling, BM Chelsea Gray.   You may remember that this is the paint I originally used (and hated) in the kitchen.  It seems to be working well in here and I had it on hand so it was a win-win.  I used a white semi-gloss for the stencil.  Because the walls are dark I had to do a few passes on the stencil each time for the right amount of coverage.  Pain in the butt #1. 




 As I got to the end of the wall where it turns I quickly realized that this stencil wasn't having it.  I'm going to have to cut it to do the other walls and possibly freehand (yikes!) a bit in the corners.  Pain in the butt #2.  The good news is that my husband loves it.  What?  I know, right?    I tried to get him to tell me why all of a sudden he liked it.  He couldn't explain it.  I guess I shouldn't push it.



This was a difficult picture to get, but here's the new light.  Just ignore the ladder, unfinished stencil, boarded window and orange stained door (which is getting a darker stain) and the room looks great.  Ha!

18 comments:

  1. I think it looks FANTASTIC!! I have worked with stencils before and they are a pain in the butt...but so worth it in the end if they come out like this!

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  2. Wow, Tiff. It looks incredible!

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  3. Gorgeous! Totally worth the effort! (Easy for me to say though, right???)

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  4. It is totally worth the pain...love the wall color, and the stencil...fabulous!!

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  5. I think it looks fabulous! I agree that going around corners is a pain in the butt.

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  6. Wow, you are very talented and that stenciling looks amazing! Worth the pain! Oh, and I also love your kitchen tiling as well. You have a great eye for detail.

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  7. This is stunning. I am excited to hear that your husband loves it. Did you tell us where you got the stencil? I want one. The only stencil trick that I know is to lightly spray the back with adhesive and gently press it on the wall. I think this helps keep it in place. Just beautiful!!

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  8. I got the stencil from The Stencil Library. This link will take you to the page where the chinoiserie stencils start (they have a lot). http://www.stencil-library.com/docs/cat292.htm
    Warning, they're not cheap. Cheap compared to wallpaper, but expensive for a stencil.
    I did use the repositioning adhesive, but the stencil won't bend in the corners adhesive or no adhesive.

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  9. Thanks so much for both compliments:)

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  10. Thanks so much everybody for your comments. It's encouraging me to press on and finish the darn thing.

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  11. Amy@FiveKindsofHappyFebruary 22, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Wow I have never seen a stencil like that... ever. I love how it doesn't look like a stencil! awesomeness!

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  12. Gracious! That is absolutely gorgeous! Great job!

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  13. I can only imagine how much work its been but its looking really cool. Go you!

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  14. Thanks so much Amy. It is unusual isn't it...in an awesome way!

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  15. Yes, it's been a pain...so much so that I haven't finished it. I do love it though. Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. Stunning! The most beautiful powder room I've ever seen! Would you mind sharing where you got the pretty light fixture? Amazing job!

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