I woke up this morning with a killer paint headache. Ben and I painted all night! He painted the entire family room and I finished up the office. My muscles are a little achy but I am soooo happy with how much work we've done already!
So yesterday I showed how we painted the office grey with a bright white accent wall. After I wrote that blog my stencil arrived from Royal Design Studio Stencils and I was so excited to get started! About 6 hours of stenciling later and the white wall turned into this:
Here's some progress shots:
There were a couple places where I goofed up a little, so please learn from my experience! When you're stenciling, start in the middle as close to the ceiling as you can get. Then do one stencil below that, then do one stencil next to the first (the one closest to the ceiling). Work that way throughout the whole wall - one down, one up & to the right. Then repeat going to the left. I was a spaz and did a bunch in a column, then did the next column and they didn't match up perfectly. By taking your time and going down, up & over - you'll save a LOT of time since you won't have to improvise and fill in the random blank spaces. ALSO - use a small foam paint roller. This isn't the highest recommended way to paint a stencil, but I know myself and I knew I would go insane if I had to do this entire wall with one of those tiny bristly stencil brushes. I think the effect is still beautiful and I am really proud of the way it turned out!
Do you want to try stenciling your own walls? Click the Royal Design Studio Stencils logo above and it will take you to their site, specifically to the stencil that I purchased. It's a little pricey but it's definitely worth it. I purchased through their Etsy site, but you can purchase directly from this site as well. The stencil they give you is really large, which makes a big difference when your patience level is starting to run low. They also send you a 10% off your next purchase coupon + a free small stencil!
I absolutely LOVE my soon-to-be office! Only a couple days until we start moving all the furniture in. Yippee!! In the meantime...
here's a preview of all the hard work Ben did last night! Doesn't it look pretty???
P.S. How jealous are you of our curtains? ;)
P.S.S. When you're painting your entire house, things get pricey FAST. Which is why I went to the "Oops" paint section in Lowes and found a gallon of this beautiful shade of green for just TEN DOLLARS! because someone decided they didn't like it and returned it! The oops section is right by where paint is mixed in hardware stores. It's always discounted, this paint would have cost $33. I used that extra money to buy curtain rods for the office - which I got very inexpensively ($10 each) at the Christmas Tree Shop!
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