November 14, 2012

before + after : living room mini-makeover


You guys.  I tried stenciling a wall for the first time and it was insane.  Crazy hard.  Crazy rewarding.  But really, just all-around crazy.

Here's my process and what I learned.  Take what you will--this is just my experience.
I ended up using an inch and a half Master's Touch brush.  I tried the sponge that's made for stencils, the high density roller that's also made for stencils and about a billion other brushes I had on hand.  Nothing but the aforementioned brush worked for me.  That's not to say they wouldn't work for you, but I think the combination of my plaster, uneven wall and the metallic, thin paint I used made for a disastrous pair.  (For the record, I used Martha Stewart's Metallic paint in Bone.)  Am I being dramatic enough yet?  All that to say, the brush worked perfectly for me, but it took so much longer than if I'd been able to roll the pattern on the wall.  Instead, I pulled the paint from each corner of each diamond shape into the middle so that the paint wouldn't bleed under the stencil.

Ok.  Enough whining.  You know why?  Because I love my wall.  Moving on.


You know what else I love?  My brand new floor lamp (see the last image)!  Geez louise, were we in need for some lighting in a bad way.  This whole room has no above-head lighting so this beauty has recently saved the day.

MORE LINK LOVE FOR THE ROOM:
lamp, Fashion For Homestencil | amber pillows on bench, World Market | kilim pillow on bench, Pottery Barn (sold out) | gold sequin chevron pillows, TJ Maxx | bench, Craigslist | couch, ZGallerie | ikat pillow, Target | black and white smaller pillow, Ikea | yellow and gray pillow, TJ Maxx | black and white larger pillow, Urban Outfitters (sold out)

21 comments:

Lucy said...

this is beautiful! great job!

Allison said...

Oh my goodness that room is perfection. I have a couch similar to yours and a huge blank wall behind it. This is the inspiration I've been looking for!

Katie said...

Beautiful! I love that your home looks so fantastic and so welcoming and comfy all at the same time! Great job on the stenciling too, I've tackled that a few times with my friends for their nurseries and it's no easy task... Love your blog!

pink cupcake vintage said...

It looks fab! You should be so proud!

keli said...

impressive... your home is so cozy. thanks for sharing.

mollika said...

it was totally worth it, came out beautifully!!!

Briel said...

The stenciling looks great! Nicely done!

Rhiannon said...

It looks amazing, Chelsea! I love that wall pattern :)

Gaby said...

this is amazing, though i don't think i'd ever have the patience to pull it off!

p.s. just wondering if you got my email about the address stamp?

Andrea Michele said...

great quote! & the stenciled wall is lovely...i'd love to do something like that in my home one day

jessica sloane said...

looks great, chelsea! you did a beautiful job!

Eden Marie said...

The wall looks so good! I love the Emerson quote too! So pretty!

Giannina G. said...

Hi Chelsea, I love the Ralph Waldo Emerson prints..did you purchase those or were they handmade? It's perfect. I want!

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Life rarely gives us what we want at the moment we consider appropriate.

Abigail said...

Holy wow, I love every single thing about this room. The stenciling looks gorgeous.

{annie_loo} @ The Farrar Four said...

Did you paint the canvas(es) above the bench??? I love those!!! Everything looks great!!!!

Anonymous said...

Would love to knw where you found the quote prints!!!!

sweetapple3- said...

Yes! I'd love to know where the wall quotes came from too! Stunning!

Dana at Happy Little Lovelies

Anonymous said...

And your awesome rug came from where?

Katie said...

Also wondering where you got the fab wall quote or if you DIY'd that?

chelsea {oh, my deer!} said...

hi ladies!

i created the canvas prints above the bench. thanks for inquiring! email me at ohmydeerhandmades[at]gmail.com if you'd like a couple of your own!

if you'd like a smaller version, here's a link to one of my 8x10 prints of the same quote: https://www.etsy.com/listing/129774214/8x10-print-ralph-waldo-emerson

best!
chelsea