Monday, April 11, 2011

Painted Wallpaper

Our house is old.
Our house isn't perfect.
Our house has *character* out the wazoo.
Our house has a room just off the living room.
It used to be a covered porch.  {Who gets rid of a covered porch!?!}

And our house is our home.  I love it.  I try to find ways to make it pretty.


When I saw the painted wall paper at Jones Design Company, I was blown away.  All that time.  All that energy.  All that cuteness.
How did she do that with four children running around?
Did she send them away for a month?

Oh how I loved that painted wall paper!
I wanted it.
If she could do it with four children, well dang it, I could do it with one!



One very inspired, audacious, brave day, I decided that I was going to do it.
It only made sense to do it.  I had a good list of reasons why:

1.  It would beat my winter blues.  January and February were stencil time.
2.  I would do it slowly in little spurts of time-aka, nap time.
3.  If I didn't like it, I could always paint over it.
4.  If I liked it, then that would be awesome.


For several weeks, I spent little bits of time in my craft room.  Here were my companions:

my stencil
a pencil
pencil sharpener
paint brush
glass jar {with lid} of white paint

{Side story:  this used to be the tool room, until I took it over.
Now it's the craft room and soon to be the craft/computer room.}


If you are crazy and are thinking about doing this, then here is what I would like to tell you:

1. Painted wall paper on plaster walls is a bit more difficult.  I'm currently working on stencil coat #2 because the paint goes on thin on plaster.
2.  Next time, I would use a WHITE PENCIL to trace with.  The pencil marks are bad.  
3. I would get a better pencil sharpener.
4.  It is 100% worth the effort!  


I really love it!  John really loves it!  Without the stencil, my living room felt like one big room with a partial wall in the middle.  Now, it feels like a separate nook just off of the living room.  The blues are the same, so the rooms still flow.

I would do it all over again.  

If you want to see other crazy people with too much time on their hands, click on the link below:

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15 comments:

  1. okay, i'm showing this to my friends at work and they want to know how big your stencil is. let us know!! (ie-is it one of the little shapes or 4 of them, etc.)

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  2. I've been waiting for this post! I paint wallpapered my sunroom in a two-toned yellow williamsburg pineapple stencil. I absolutely love it! And I love your room. Love the white on color.

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  3. Love it with the fireplace and chairs! :) Thanks for stopping over and commenting.

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  4. wowwww love it!

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  5. You did a great job!!! Love it...it gives that room texture! The color is a perfect choice!

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  6. I am so jealous - it looks absolutely lovely. Your living room is gorgeous, so light and airy. It looks like it could have come right out of an interior design magazine. x

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  7. I can't get over how great it looks. All the time you spent WAS totally worth it.

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  8. Meg, it looks amazing!! I love how it sets apart that nook from the rest of the living room. Your patience definitely paid off!

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  9. That looks so amazing, Meg! I can't believe you did all that work. HOW? you must be so awesome at multi-tasking!

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  10. It's so pretty! I keep wanting to do it, but I haven't gotten the ambition to do it yet.

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  11. Bravo- it is fabulous!!! I defintely don't have the patience for it but wish I did. You should be quite proud of youself.
    Hugs~
    T

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  12. i actually like the pencil marks....maybe i'm weird, but it looks more artsy and unique :)

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