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.

P.S Don’t forget to click on the “F” button (Facebook) and “like” Project Queen!

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  1. Wow Mandy, that looks fantastic! Be very proud, that turned out so great! Thanks for the linky love too. :)
    xo
    Kate

  2. Hi Mandy,
    Love the room! I am looking to do one wall in my bedroom. Looking for ideas. Great job! Thanks for the inspiration to be creative!! I am going to have to look at the Nantucket Gray!

    • Yea! So glad that I could inspire you. The Nantucket gray is a grayish green. Very interesting color and very soothing…or “tranquil” as Morgan says :-). Let me know how it turns out.

  3. WOW wow woo. I just love it. Your daughters will one day REALLY appreciate all you did! Ha, I have two teenage daughters. Thanks so much for sharing this fabulous redo at Market Monday.

  4. I have been wanting to do this on one wall in the living room… I a inspired, but still a little scared. :)

    ~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking

    A Mother Seeking…

    This week, “When Life Hands You Lemons…”

    • Meredith – Just start. That sometimes is the hardest part! I did the first 3 and then painted over it and started all over. Remember, IT’S JUST PAINT! If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask as many as you want. It’s daunting…but it’s do-able!

  5. Be still my old heart, what a FABULOUS wall!! WOW!! Bookmarking your hard work for a “hmmm…maybe SOME day” project… hope your sweet daughter appreciates all your hard work!!

    Deborah (happily visiting from
    http://upcyclingmylife.blogspot.com)

    {Sure hope you can drop by too!}

  6. That is just stunning. When I saw the pic on Very Merry Vintage Style I thought – NO WAY did she do that wall herself. Cool.

  7. Wow, this looks soooo good

  8. Beautiful job! I am so impressed! Turned out really wonderful though.

    I’d love for you to share this at Show & Share–

    http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2011/09/show-share-4.html

  9. The wall is so elegant. Great job!

  10. What a beautiful room. The stencilling is wonderful. Way to go MOM.
    Hugs,
    Ellen

  11. That looks so nice!! I’m working on some stencilling too. I hope it can come out that well.:)
    I’m a new follower from Decorate and Organize.:)

  12. Oh my gosh, it is absolutely lovely. Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursdays. Check back next week. I will be featuring this.

    • Woohoo! Thank you Johnnie! Glad you liked it. It was fun to do and it really didn’t take that long. I’ll check in next Thursday!

  13. Bravo! I love it! I can’t believe you made the stencil yourself. That’s amazing. I’m so glad your daughter likes it! Great job.

  14. Beautiful! Love the sheen of the stencil. I have two girls & have definitely been through the “can I change my room (again)” stages. One thing that helps slow them down is now I make them do their own painting! The walls are beautiful–hope she enjoys it for many years! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!
    Mary

  15. are there any sweeter words for a mum than
    ‘okay…you were right’

    oh the joy
    and
    oh how lovely these walls turned out
    i simply adore the effect

    thanks for linking it up to
    fridays unfolded!

    alison

  16. AWESOME job! It’s gorgeous and vary tranquil! I’ve just completed stenciling in my powder room (see it http://afabulesshome.blogspot.com/2011/09/powder-room-reveal.html). I know how much work it is!

  17. maybe…just maybe one of these days I’ll get the guys to do a stenciled wall!

    come link this up to scrappy saturdays @ candacecreations.blogspot.com

  18. That is abolutely beautiful!! I know the challenge of pleasing teenage daughters, I just redid my 2 daughters’ room, too.

  19. Amazing! So happy you had your BFF to help with this job as it clearly took a lot of time and patience. Your daughter must be please as punch!

    I am so pleased that you linked to Potpourri Friday. Your participation certainly makes the party more successful . I appreciate you and hope you will make this one of your regular stops each week!

  20. Hello, I’m Carmen from RoCa and Company and I would like to personally invite you to our new Rockin’ link party every Friday. I really like how the walls turned out…I’m hoping to be gutsy someday and do this but to my game room…your room looks awesome!
    So, anyway, hope to see you at our Rockin party on Friday…come on over and show us what you got…

    Thanks,

    Carmen @
    RoCa and Company
    http://www.rocaandcompany.blogspot.com

  21. Hey! Just wanted to let you know that I featured you today at Southern Lovely. Grab a button if you’d like!

    http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2011/09/show-share-4-features.html

  22. This looks amazingly beautiful! I love it! I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

  23. Wow this came out absolutely amazing!!! You are very talented!!

  24. I featured this at Thrifty Thursday.

  25. LOVE this! It looks fabulous! I just wanted to let you know i featured this on my blog this weekend! Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button! Thank you so much for linking up to the Weekend Soiree! Have a wonderful weekend! :)
    Crystal
    Homemaker in Heels

  26. Thanks for linking up to my Tuesday Confessional party last week. You’ve been featured so stop by and grab a brag button! http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/09/it-is-almost-time-for-this-weeks.html
    I hope to see you at this week’s link party which starts tonight.
    ~Macy

  27. Mmm now if only I could convince you to come to my home.

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