The Stenciled Wall

Hello Family and Friends~ I pray all is going well for you this week.

Today I’d like to share the saga of girls and their bedrooms.  Do you have a daughter or two?  Do they want you to decorate and paint, only to change it the following year because they don’t “like that color” anymore?

Madison left for college 2 years ago.  Last year, Morgan decided she wanted to re-decorate her room AND she wanted to switch rooms with Madison!  This meant  I had to re-paint and decorate 2 rooms, not just 1!  Of course, SHE wanted to pick the color (I liked it when I got to pick everything for them, including their clothes) and decorate it herself.

Morgan chose a very dark hunter/peacock green and she only wanted it on one wall.  Ugh.  I hated it, but (gritting my teeth) I stuck to our agreement of allowing her to decorate.  For 8 months she and I would shop for bedding, curtains, accessories only to bring them home and return them because she didn’t like the way they looked.  FINALLY, she said “Okay, Mom you were right, you can do it.”  Sweet Jesus, I could NOT believe what I had just heard.  Did my 17 year old daughter just tell me I was right???? Of course, “I told you so,” was right on the tip of my tongue, but I SWEAR…I did not say it!  Boy howdy, I wanted to though.

“TRANQUIL” = free from disturbance or turmoil

(Is there such a room like this for us mothers????)

Tranquil is the word she used when I asked her to describe the room she wanted.  Her one stipulation was it couldn’t be “matchy-matchy.”  She knows her mother well.  This was going to be a challenge.

I got right to work and started surfing the net.  I came across an archived post on one of my favorite websites Centsationalgirl.  You can see what inspired me by clicking here.  Could I do it?  Centsationalgirl (Kate)  didn’t use a stencil, she made her own! YIKES! AND SHE HAND PAINTED IT!!! I emailed her and she was gracious enough to take the time to email me back with the color of the wall and also the stencil paint color. Thank you Kate at Centsationalgirl!

Have you noticed the header of this blog?  The little sentence under PROJECT QUEEN?  “Turning the daunting into the doable.”  Yup,  I tackled (me, Mandy who is afraid of failure) the daunting and I DID IT!

First thing I did was call my BFF, Carrie Lynn, to help me make a stencil.  We took a piece of poster board and folded it in 4ths.  We copied Centsationalgirl’s picture of the trellis and blew it up on the copier (you’ll have to just play with the enlargement option on your printer), then we traced a 4th of it on the board and then replicated it on the other 4th’s. The diamond (for a lack of a better word) ended up being: height 11″, width 10″.  They are spaced 2″ apart vertically (I hand-painted the circles to connect them).  Horizontally, they are connected.

I painted the room with Benjamin Moore‘s Nantucket Gray (same as Centsationalgirl).  I always use an eggshell or satin finish on my walls so that I can wipe the walls off without a problem.  I used FolkArt Metallic paint in Taupe that I found at Michaels (same as Centsationalgirl).  I used a stencil spray adhesive and a stencil brush.

Next, I grabbed my hubby’s handy-dandy laser level (Skil 30′ self-leveling cross-line) that he purchased from Lowes.  I placed it on a very tall ladder (had to do the first line high up!) and started to work on the left side of the wall.  I worked my way (one by one with the stencil) all the way across the top, aligning the top of the stencil along the laser line.  When I got to the end of the wall on the right side, I repositioned my laser level for the next set of diamonds and started on the left (leaving a 2″ space between my diamonds to paint in my circles).

If you have never stenciled before (like me)I found a ton of useful information at Cutting Edge Stencils.  They have tutorials, videos, galleries and best of all beautiful stencils that you can purchase.  They are amazing…I’m scoping out a wall to stencil with one of these puppies as we speak!  If you get a chance to look at Cutting Edge Stencils, tell me which one is your favorite…I have mine :-).

Now, might you ask….“Is there anything you would add or change Project Queen?” YES, I would add coral/salmon colored pillows like this (Aryanahome/Etsy) and this (Willowwhimsy/Etsy) and this (KainKain/Etsy). But that would be “matchy-matchy” :-)….Oh and by the way, Morgan LOVES her room!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send me an email or click on COMMENT below.  Thank you for stopping by!

I couldn’t resist adding my furry children – MIA and TUX.  They wanted to be in the picture!  I had to shoo them off the bed.

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