Tuesday, March 15, 2011

buh-bye red {1 of 3}

My painting project is done.  Finally.  It took me 6 days.  But it's done.  And I love it.  It was worth all the time and effort.  Would I do it again?  Uhm, probably not.  But did I mention I LOVE it?

This is what I started with.  A big red wall in the living room. (See more red in the house tour.)

I freshened up the wainscoting with some white paint, and then primed and put up a coat of white paint on the wall itself.  Better already, right?

This is what inspired my labor of love.  But at $50 for a stencil, I said, "Psssht!  I'll just make my own."  So I headed over to Hobby Lobby and picked up two packs of stencil blanks.  Each pack came with three sheets of 12" x 18" stencil paper; of course I needed 4 sheets, hence the two packs.  All I had to do was tape together the 4 sheets to get the size I needed.  Everything stencil related was on sale, so I spent under $6 for my homemade stencil, saving myself $44.  Woo hoo.

I saved the image on the left (below), enlarged it in Lightroom and reprinted it on 9 separate sheets, put it together like a puzzle, taped it, traced it onto my stencil paper, and then X-acto knifed it.  I stepped back to admire my very LARGE stencil.  Time to get a-painting.

I decided to work in layers to allow paint to dry and to make my job a little easier.  (Plus I only have one small foam roller, so I guess that kinda decided it for me, eh?)  I started with the dark tan color first (Valspar's Prarie Dance).

Then added the light tan (Valspar's Belle Grove Buff).

{Up close, you can see that the wall is textured.  It's the only wall in the house that's textured like that.  When looking at the wall as a whole, the new stencil pattern takes away from the texture, which is kind of nice.  I'm not a huge fan of the dated texture technique, and it really stood out when the wall was that ugly red, so the new texture camouflage is very welcomed.}

And then, finally, I added the last of the colors, a blueish/green (Valspar's April Thicket.)

And there you have it.  My stenciled feature wall in the living room.  Not bad for a day's 6 days worth of work, huh?  (I can't wait to get rid of that yellow in the hallway [and entry and dining room] - it totally clashes with the newly painted wall.)

Heck of change, right?  The room is so much brighter and a lot more fun to be in.

If I have to see all of my hubby's tv components on a daily basis, at least I now have a pretty wall behind them.  :)


  1. WOW! I'll say it again. WOW!!!!!!!!! I'm totally impressed with your work!

  2. NO, REALLY - WOW!

    I too am impressed & since you don't know me, I'll just tell 'ya - that's not easy to do! :)

    You're gonna get some attention in blog land for this one girlie! :)
    Weeeeeell done!

  3. Wow this turned out SO beautifully. Great job :o)

  4. Awesome job! This looks beautiful!!!!!!

  5. wow...amazing....great job!!!! Looks like a magazine girl!!!


  6. HOLY CRAP!!!!
    This is amazing.
    Seriously amazing.
    Where do you live? Can you come paint my house?
    Pretty please.

  7. shut the front door! it looks seriously amazing~ love love~

  8. Looks SO prefoessional! I am so impressed. kind of shocked that you did it all by yourself! great job!

  9. That looks so fantastic!! Love it!

  10. How cow!!! That is awesome! Never would have thought that was done with a DIY stencil.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm your newest follower :D


  11. Thanks for all the love, ladies - I'm totally feeling it!

  12. Totally gorgeous!! Great job!

  13. You did a fantastic job!! This looks fabulous! Love the colors!!

  14. Um LOVE!! Can you explain to me how you got the lines perfect tho??

  15. Hey, Melinda! My lines are far from perfect, but I did go in and touch up EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM. (Aside from the few that I unintentionally missed!) Let me just tell you, it took FOREEEEEVER! But it was totally worth it since I'm a bit obsessive ;)

  16. Absolutely beautiful! (My entire 1970s house has textured walls, I imagine touch ups took about as much time as the original painting, if not longer!) Totally worth it.

  17. so very impressed with this! my husband and i just closed our on first house this weekend--this post is definitely giving me so much inspiration! absolutely love this!! just wow :)

  18. Thanks, Katie! And congrats on the house! Enjoy every second of making it a home :)

  19. Wow this is beautiful! I just discovered your blog, and I've enjoyed reading through your projects. :) Do you remember where you got the image for your stencil? I'm not sure I have the chops to make my own stencil and wanted to look into buying it.
    Thanks for sharing this pretty project! :)