Wednesday, June 20, 2012

DIY: Wall Stenciling

My husband and I moved into our first home almost 2 years ago to the day! When we laid our eyes on our home for the first time, it was love at first site! Finally having the chance to make a space “my own” felt like a dream come true.  Sappy, I know :)  I took two weeks off work that summer to repaint almost every single room in the house and loved every second of it! It’s been SO much fun remodeling and redesigning our home.

I hope to share many of the projects we’ve done with you on this blog - - from our larger scale projects (remodeling our kitchen) to smaller, weekend DIY jobs (creating a laundry room folding station).
Hope you enjoy!

For my first DIY post, I want to start with one of my favorite projects and one that I’m probably the most proud of - my living room wall stencil.

As you can see, we had a very blank and boring canvas to start with.
I wanted to do something that would make an impact yet not make the room look darker or smaller.

I started looking for ideas online and ended up on Etsy and found Royal Design Stencils. My first stencil adventure (and it is quite the adventure) started with the “Endless Circles Lattice” stencil.

I used the color "Dusk" by Restoration Hardware and it was, well not my best choice.  Even though I thought I wanted a navy color, it just ended up being too glossy and dark.  And about 6 months later I decided to re-do it!

For my 2nd try, I went with the "Zagora" design from Cutting Edge Stencils - another Etsy site.  And OMG, do they have a TON of cute options!  If I didn't have any restraint, I'm telling you my every wall in my house would be stenciled. Here are some of my other favorite designs for their site. Lots of options for kid's rooms too!

The Zagora stencil came with a separate ceiling stencil that made butting up to the ceiling and windows sooo much easier. 
You can use the stencil horizontal or vertical depending on your preference.

I would definitely recommend using  a flat paint for both your background color and the stencil color. Since you're only applying one coat of paint on your stencil, you want to get the best coverage possible out of that one coat. However, if you are going for more of a rustic, weathered look - by all means, go for an eggshell finish. 
Overall, even though it took me many hours to get to this point, I couldn't be more pleased with the results.  I still need to add some more color to the room, but for now this is exactly the impact I was looking for.  If you're interested in hearing more on this project or would like me to help you with yours, feel free to email me!



  1. LOVE the Stencil Kim, I think the blue looks nice too!!! Do you think you could get a similar look with a wallpaper?? I'm not at all crafty not sure I could pull the stencil off.

  2. Thanks Maria! I think you can definitely get the same look with wallpaper, and to be honest, it's probably an easier process. However, good wallpaper seems to be super expensive now! Oh how times have changed...back to wallpaper! What's next, borders? LOL


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