February 22, 2012

Stop... Stencil Time

KK and I survived stenciling her master bedroom!  As I posted here, this past Friday I jumped in my wagon and made the 2 1/2 hour drive to Richmond to help a bestie in need.  Friday night KK thanked me for my help with a yummy homemade dinner and bottles of red wine.  Saturday morning I woke up in a wine fog and after a breakfast of champions we got to work. 

KK chose the tailfeathers allover stencil from Royal Design Studio.  If besties can survive stenciling a room together we can survive anything, right?!? 
We measured, we prepped, we took a deep breath, we got to work!
Go KK go!
Things were going pretty smoothly when shocker with any home improvement project some unexpected problems came up . Because we were using the same wall stencil over and over a thick layer of paint started to peel off the stencil like a bad sunburn.  We first tried peeling the paint off with our fingers but could never get it all.  We were worried big clumps of paint from the stencil were going to start sticking all over the wall from the paint roller so KK jumped into action with a brilliant solution.
Yep, she washed the damn thing in the tub with a scrub brush!  See the pile of paint on the tub edge, that is what was going to come off on the flipping wall!  I think during the stencil scrub I might have "disappeared" for a few minutes.. shhh I was soo tired at this point.
We dried the stencil with a hairdryer and got back to work.
Problem number two.  Outlets and cable wires that you must deal with as bad as you wish they would go away.  We waited until the entire wall was painted and then cut the stencil up into smaller pieces to work around these annoying little roadblocks. 

We finished about 5 1/2 hours later!!!  Hands down this was a two person job.  While one of us was rolling the big stencil, the other was using a hairdryer to quickly dry the last piece.  While one was using the edge piece the other was using the spray adhesive.  The tailfeather stencil was one of the most intricate I have seen and took a ton of TLC to ensure it was lining up with the patten, etc.

~ Before ~
~ After~
~ Another angle ~
We are soooooo happy with the results!!  When the light hits the paint it creates this beautiful warm golden glow.  We laid in her bed for a while admiring our work as we tried to recover from what had just happened.  Lucky me still had the 2 1/2 hour car ride home.  I was sooo exhausted I drove home in my sock monkey pj's and wore mu sunglasses to protect me from judging drivers.

What do you think of our Saturday handy work?

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30 comments:

CherylM. said...

WOW!!! looks great... do you know what colors she used?? In one picture the background looked kind of pinkish...but then in another it looks Chocolate brown.

Kim said...

It looks great! Loving all the stenciling I'm seeing out in blog land these days, and the pattern you chose is beautiful!

Decorating, dining, drinking thru Durham said...

Thanks ladies!! Cheryl, let me ask KK and get back to you.

Nicole Blean said...

Love your stenciling! A very cozy home you have!

mishebe said...

very cool! love the look but i dont have patience to do it myself:)

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

OMG!! It is stunning!! I bet you are tired because I can only imagine the time that you put into this but it surely paid off.

Hugs,
Deb

mississippi artist said...

Beautiful! But I would either hire someone to do this or buy wallpaper-too much work for me!I do love the colors and stencil you chose though.

Chiwei said...

Holy freaking cow. That is amazing work! You pretty much had me at "decorating, and drinking", but this is great work! Stopping by from Tip Junkie, hope you can check me out too!

www.onedogwoof.blogspot.com

Decorating, dining, drinking thru Durham said...

Thanks for everyone's kind words. KK is really happy with the end results. Now I want to stencil my bedroom, eek!

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

That was quite a project and it is gorgeous! I don't think I would have been brave enough to try it...well, maybe at someone else's house:) I love how it turned out, well done!

Traci said...

Great job. The colors are fabulous. A big step forward from the typical 1980's stencil.
Traci

Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes And Cozy Home Kitchen said...

I recently did a stencil project myself, so I know how much work you put into this job. It all paid off because the wall looks great. I like the dramatic color choices you used. Thanks for linking up to my party!

FineArtPainting said...

wow wow wow gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!

I am actually coming to your site re. the Follower linky blog hop. I AM FOLLOWING YOU *** WILL YOU FOLLOW ME BACK ? Thank you so much when you do.

There is also a link party on our blog, where you can feature 'your best creative work'. There are some great projects to see already, but we want to see your work!

This url is both to FOLLOW and to PARTY:
http://www.FineCraftGuild.com/party/

Hope to seeing you around!!
Have a happy, creative day!

Artsy VaVa said...

Beautiful! Next time stay another night and celebrate your hard work with more wine!!!

Debbiedoo's said...

Love your stenciled wall! Great job! I see you are new to blogging. I would love to have you sometime at my newbie party that I host every Monday.

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Fab stuff, girlies! The wall is so elegant. And you sound like you are alot of fun :)
Cheers, Andrea

Samantha Arilotta said...

WOW! This looks awesome!

Katie Goldsworthy said...

Great job! I love the slight sheen to the stenciled places.

Looks fabulous!
Thanks for linking it up @ Creatively Living!
--Katie

Michelle said...

Wow thats a lot of work going into that wall and well worth it looks ah-mazing!

Craftygyrl said...

Wow, this is amazing from whimsyspace

AmieAnn said...

This looks Awe-Some! Just love the two colors together and the way it breaks up the space in the bedroom.. and really alcohol makes everything more fun!.. Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next .. so I am your newest follower!

Becolorful said...

Wine fog. Ahhh , that's what's going on with me. :D Love the post and damn, I know it is a boat load of work but it looks amazing. So glad you linked it up to BeColorful's Motivated Monday.
pam

Tiff said...

Beautiful!!! I love that you drove home in your pj's!!!

Maridith Fitts said...

LOVE, LOVE, the stencil. Excellent job. Are you ready for another stencil job? I live in Raleigh!! I have wine, beer...I am just saying! hehe! I just wanted you to know that I am featuring you tomorrow over at Strictly Homemade Tuesday. You give an honest report on stenciling!!! I love it!! Thanks so much for linking up and I hope to see you back this week!!

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

love this end result!! so gorgeous! :)

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

Looks GREAT!!! I am planning on doing this...glad to see how nice it turned out! XO, Aimee

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

PS I'm your newest follower! XO, Aimee

very merry vintage style said...

Really pretty--love that color combination!
Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday at Very Merry Vintage Style!
Mary

FineArtPainting said...

Thank you for sharing this gorgeous wall, and the reality of the challenges while doing it!

And thank you for linking it up at http://www.finecraftguild.com/party/ and of course for linking back to the party. We are not yet mentioned at your little list of parties here, but I'm sure you'll get around doing that soon.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Beautiful! I have been wanting to try this but am a little intimidated. Thanks for joining the Open House party.

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