Stenciled Wall - Before and After

Monday, April 2, 2012


A few months back I came across a photo of a nursery on Pinterest that had a diamond pattern stenciled on one wall. It got my mind racing. In an I-want-to-copy-that-look kind of way. 

Could I really, truly break out of my comfort zone and stencil a funky pattern on one of the walls in Little Ninja's nursery? I thought about it. I thought about it some more. I thought about it even more than any person should think about stenciled walls.

{Hello again, indecisiveness.}

It must've been fate because shortly after I couldn't make a decision, I received an email from Royal Design Studio asking if I would like to try out one of their stencils. I did a little happy dance, and then I said yes. Yes, yes, yes!!!

Next came the even harder decision of which stencil to choose. What made it even more difficult was finding out that this little bun in the oven is a boy.

I wanted to choose something whimsical and fun but not too girly. I decided to go with their Endless Circles Lattice Moroccan Stencil. Better Homes and Gardens featured this stencil in one of their articles, see picture below:


Cute, right?

The stencil came in the mail a few weeks ago and I was so eager (but anxious) to get started. Anxious because it seemed like a big project and I always find the hardest part of any big project is starting the very first step.

I called my mom over for back-up (i.e., someone to blame if it didn't turn out. Haha.) Just kidding. I really did need the help. Note to self: Don't decide to tackle this project when you are eight months preggo and HUGE.

I'm not going to write a step-by-step tutorial on how to stencil a wall since there are many other really well-written tutorials and videos out there on the web. And to be completely honest, my project ADD and impatience made me not exactly the best stenciler. I rushed a bit at the end to just get'er done. Translation: touch-ups. However, the project was fairly straight-forward once we got started and the guide marks on the stencil made it easy to figure out where to place it next.

Here are a couple of during shots:




What I found worked really well at the end (see above picture) was to actually cut the stencil so that it fit flush against each wall. That way I didn't have to worry about bending it all crazy-like.


My final verdict on this stencil is: LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THE FINAL RESULT. I'm glad I stuck with subtle colours since the stenciled wall adds just the right amount of interest without being too overwhelming or busy. Perfect for a little boy's room if I do say so myself.

{Updated to Add: The colours in the room are Old Prairie by Benjamin Moore and Simply White by Benjamin Moore.}

I'll leave you with two last before and after pictures but don't forget that this room is totally not done yet. If you'd like to see more, you'll have to come back in a few weeks to see the finished room. :)




P.S. Sooooo.... what do you think? Have you tackled a stencil yet? If so, send me a link!

P.S.S. Stay tuned for a Royal Design Studio stencil giveaway coming up later this week. Score.

P.S.S.S. Cozy.Cottage.Cute. is on Facebook now if you'd find it easier to follow along that way. :)

P.S.S.S.S. My dad thinks Little Ninja is going to be a genius after staring at this pattern all the time. Hahaha!

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49 comments:

  1. I LOVE it!! Great pattern choice and I think you were bang on with the colour. Gorgeous!!

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  2. Looks amazing!! I'll definitely keep this strategy in mind for when we finally have a house and I can decorate!

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  3. um....apparently I don't check in with the blogs that I follow as often as I should....YOUR PREGNANT?! Congrats! When are you due??
    Also, I LOVE this stencil. You make this look easy and you make me wanna try it!
    Helen
    www.pickedandpainted.blogspot.com

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  4. Your stenciled wall is beautiful! It looks so nice with the white woodwork and your refinished floor. What a beautiful nursery this will be.

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  5. Sarah, the stencil looks fantastic and I love the soft color in here! Great job!

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  6. I love it!!!!!! I have been thinking about doing a wall in my bedroom, now you are making me think harder!!!

    Nancy

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  7. Looks AWESOME Sarah!! You did a fantastic job!! I have done a few stenciling projects (which I'm sure you already know) & your right, bending it in the corners is the hardest part & can be such a pain! Cutting it is definitely the easier option, just makes it hard to use the stencil again should you decide to do so!!

    Anyway, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the results!! Lil' Ninja's room is really coming along nicely!! Can't wait to see more!!

    p.s. So glad you are on Facebook now!!

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  8. p.s.s. I just shared this link on my FB page & encouraged all of my peeps to like your page!! I tried to tag you in the post, but it wouldn't let me!

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  9. Wow.Wow.Wow. It looks freakin' awesome!! I know that had to be a lot of hard work, especially being preggers, but I'm sure you must feel like it was worth it. It looks soooo great!!

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  10. That is amazing! You did such a great job! I've always wanted to try a stencil, but we have textured walls, and I've been afraid of how that would look. Love this so much!

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  11. Adorable!! Perfect accent to the room. :)

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  12. You did a fabulous job with our Endless Circles Lattice stencil Sarah! Little Ninja's gonna love it!

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  13. Oh Sarah! It's beautiful! I would so NOT have the patience for that. It looks lovely and I'm sure little ninja will love it!

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  14. This looks incredible! What is the tan paint color?

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  15. it looks amazing! i love the soft neutrals, and love the pattern you chose. seriously cute nursery!

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  16. Your wall looks awesome! I did do a wall in our master bedroom--very neutral, tone on tone, and now I am working on a large gallery of old family photos to put over the subtle stencil. I am very happy with it, and if I get tired of it, I don't have to rip down wallpaper!

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  17. WOW! It looks fantastic! Great job mama! :)

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  18. The stenciled wall is gorgeous! I think Little Ninja will absolutely love the work his mama has put into his beautiful nursery. Sheila S.

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  19. Anonymous,

    The paint colours are Old Prairie by Benjamin Moore and Simply White by Benjamin Moore.

    Tonya,

    Thank you SO MUCH for linking up my new Facebook page. I have some new "likes" thanks to you. :)

    Nancy,

    I'm due at the end of April, so only a few more weeks. AHHHHHH!

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  20. Everyone else who left comments,

    THANK YOU!!!!!

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  21. Sarah! OMG!! Looks amazing - I did not know about your blog which is awesome btw! Looking forward to more posts :)

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  22. ZOMG, the stenciled wall looks absolutely amazing! You did a terrific job and now I feel inspired to try something similar. Keep up the great work! I can't wait to see Little Ninja's finished room. :0)

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  23. You did an amazing job on it, love it! I especially like the paint colors and how it's not so overwhelming, I can't wait to see it all done!

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  24. It looks great! I did a very similar stencil in my bathroom (only on a smaller scale). I love your area carpet too. Wishing you the best with your little one!

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  25. You did a fantastic job! I love the soft serene colors of the room! Can't wait to see it all finished!

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  26. I always love stencil jobs. The walls look amazing!

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  27. It looks great! I opened up your blog page and squealed, "She did it!" Now, where can I do that in my house?

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  28. Hi Sarah!

    This is my 1st time here and I'm your newest "fan"! :-) This is sooooo cute! I'm loving this!


    Big hugs,


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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  29. It's perfect. Great pattern and colors. I've been contemplating the same for a while now.

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  30. So beautiful! I just came across your blog, love it! you def have a new follower!

    door251.com

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  31. LLOOOOVVEEE it - you are one adventurous {and brave} woman at 8 months along...;)

    Too bad we don't live closer...i think we could keep each other company quite well...lol

    Cannot wait for the finished product!!!!!

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  32. The wall looks great! Love how the nursery is coming together ;)

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  33. Fabulous! Love the stenciled wall! Have a gorgeous weekend, Kellie xx

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  34. I just found your blog via your Simply Klassic Home link up and I'm so glad I did. This is so pretty. So subtle, yet it adds so much. I love that it's something for your little one to grow with too. This would be the perfect stencil for my almost 6 year old's slanted wonky wall.

    I am about to tackle my first stenciling project in my hallway. I hope it turns out half as nicely as yours did!

    Have a wonderful weekend!I'll be following along for sure.

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  35. You did a really good job on the stenciling and picking out colours! I LOVE it! I think subtle colours is the way to go with stencils. I can't wait to see the finished room.

    It's my dream to get a free stencil from Royal Design Studio. I could never afford to buy one. Their giveaways though never seem to be for Canadians as well, so I might just have to make my own, lol!

    Anyway, really nice work! Loving the room so far.

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  36. wow...so cool! and beautiful. i would love for you to link this post or any other posts you want up to my weekly link party called spread the love. it's a weekend wrap up party where you can share anything and everything you want! there is also a really awesome vinyl giveaway going on there right now too, so go check it out! http://www.lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com/2012/04/spread-love-5-decallove-giveaway.html
    have a wonderful weekend!
    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

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  37. Wow Sarah this is gorgeous! That is one lucky little Ninja!! :)

    thanks for sharing at Simply Klassic!

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  38. What a sweet nursery and I love the stencil wall! (including a link back in this week's highlights). Beautiful job!

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  39. Love the stencil! I don't know if I would have the patience to do the stencil but the end result is gorgeous and totally worth it.

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  40. wow, i love it! I was just oogling that diamond pattern recently!

    We are running a Before and After Link party to support Habitat for Humanity, with a chance to be featured on other big blogs and win gift cards. Would love if you entered! http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/2012-before-after-series/

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  41. I absolutely LOVE this!! My home is currently being built and I will absolutely be using this idea in one of my rooms, it's just stunning! xoxo

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  42. MAGIC! I love this! So many great idea for a very old house (we have one too!) Just great!

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  43. The wall looks awesome!!!

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  44. Hi Sarah,

    My name is Alesha from Style Me Modern. I just wanted to let you know that we featured your stencil post on our blog today.

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  45. Beautiful! and sooo neat! it looks like wallpaper. Love it.
    Giselle

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  46. Love it!! Great idea! It Turned out wonderful.

    Also its PPS (post-post-script) ;)

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