Stenciling how tos

As promised, here’s my DIY instructions for stencilling the back of cabinetry. I did this in my laundry room, you can see the reveal of that room here (and you’ll see the original room and cabinetry).

I started off with regular plain cabinetry and after removing the doors, I wanted to do something to dress up the backs of the cabinetry a little.

These are my tools – a stencil, fat stencil brush and Pittsburgh Paints sample pots in:

– silent night

– swan lake (missed this one in the photo…geez)


– prussian blue



And I was off, I just did a random pattern using one colour at a time.


My tips for stencilling with a small stencil like this is to use a dry brush and only put a small amount of paint on the brush.  Dap the brush to take off any excess paint and then pounce or pound the brush against the stencil.  Having very little paint on the brush helps to ensure that there is no bleeding behind the stencil.


I’m not an expert and the main thing to remember is that it is supposed to look handmade and as such it won’t be perfect.   So don’t sweat it!


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Guest room stencilling

Okay, I’ve finished the stencilling and I love the results!  I ended up going with Pittsburgh Paints  – Quaking Grass for three of the walls and Atrium White for the bed wall.

And here’s the finished walls!

That ugly light fixture will be a thing of the past, shortly! 

And of course, I had my little devil helper, Milo, who couldn’t stay away….. 

He loves that the drapes are not hemmed yet….

Up next, the upholstered headboard, the light fixture installed and the finishing touches!


Guest room update

Here’s a little update on my guest room.  I’ve been a painting madwoman lately and got the entire room painted in one weekend, (along with hosting a dinner party and being a guest at another one – it was a busy weekend)!

To refresh your memory, here’s what it looked like before I started.

And a couple of cans of paint later as well as some elbow grease…..

The “all white” wall will be the one that I’m doing the stencilling on.  I had to do FOUR COATS of white to cover up the previous dark blue wall…PHEW!!!
I hope to get to the stencilling shortly and I’ll post some pictures once I’m done.  Then it’s on to the upholstered headboard.

The continuing transformation

After four years in this home, I have been gradually changing the foyer. Here’s the transformation over the last year or so.   It started out looking something like this.

Okay but “yawn”,  a little boring.  So, I decided to paint the doors black and it looked like this.  Better, but still……

(I did end up painting the closet doors black, later on.)  
So, now on to the hopefully, final stage – stenciling.  I had thought of doing wallpaper but I saw this stencil over at Royal Design Studios and loved it and thought that it would look terrific.


 After a couple of days painting, here’s the results!

Isn’t it just fabulous!  I so love it! 

Now I just need a new welcome mat.  Something with a little more pizazz!

I’ll be linking this post up to Metamorphosis Monday on Between Naps on the Porch.   So on Monday, be sure to check out the other fabulous makeovers and transformations there!

Update on Guest Room

I’ve been spending alot of time thinking about my guest room and I’ve gotten quite a few things accomplished these past weeks.  And look what I saw today while checking out the blog world, this lovely image on Shelter.  This is the kind of feeling I’m going for, FRESH!

via Shelter

So I’ve ordered the stencil that I’m going to use for the bed wall from Royal Designs Studio

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I also found the perfect fabric for the upholstered headboard that I’m going to do for the bed.  SHHH! Don’t tell my hubby that he’s being drafted into doing the wood cutting!!
It’s from Robert Allen and was a steal at $13/yd down from $53/yd.  YEAH!!
I’m thinking about these paint colours but haven’t decided as of yet.  I’ll have to wait till I get the fabric in my hot little hands before I pick up the paint.
Guacamole, Pittsburgh Paints
Quaking Grass, Pittsburgh Paints
I also purchased some sheers from Ikea, to add to the white wood blinds that are already in place.
Now to cut all these lovely spring greens, I will be using a sky blue tone on tone striped duvet cover and shams.  I also plan to make some cute pillows for the bed.   Here’s some of the fabric that I’m considering.
Which ones do you like?