Corey and I have been planning on doing something to this wall in our living room for a while now – we never intended to stick with the gray-dresser-on-a-gray-wall look (how boring!) but things just kept getting in the way and we never got around to doing anything about it.
So, when I got the chance to review a stencil from my newest sponsor, Cutting Edge Stencils, you know I was all over it. I might have even done a happy dance in the living room – not even kidding. I hadn’t really thought about using a stencil on that wall before, but it seemed like the perfect solution – cheap, easy, and makes a big impact!
Corey and I spent forever browsing all of the options on Cutting Edge’s website and we finally narrowed it down to the Zamira Allover Stencil that I gushed about on my last Sponsor Love post – it’s bold, graphic, and we thought it would look amazing in the living room. And we were right – you know I don’t like sharing the full “after” photos until the end of the post, but I can’t resist sharing a little peek to let you know the gorgeousness (is that a word?) that you’re in for today.
Drool. It makes me giddy.
Let’s get on with the process. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little
intimidated terrified when I received my package from Cutting Edge in the mail – it included the stencil, a level to make sure things are nice and straight, and a foam roller. I read the directions about four times, growing more nervous each time I read it, and then I promptly shoved everything into the garage and pretended like it didn’t exist for a few days. That’s what I do when projects scare me – I ignore them.
Unfortunately, now every time I looked at the wall in our living room (which meant every time I watched television), I was reminded that it was supposed to be covered in a pretty stencil that had already defeated me just by existing. I couldn’t let myself be scared anymore, so last week Corey and I marched ourselves into Lowe’s, picked up some paint and Frog tape, and declared that it was time to get the damn stencil on the wall.
When we got it all home, I didn’t even let myself pause to catch a breath before I dove right in and started working – I knew if I stopped for a second the pressure would cripple me and I’d be forced to ignore the project again. So, I watched some of the tutorials on Cutting Edge’s website (seriously – SO helpful) and went for it.
I won’t even try to give you guys a ton of tips on how to do this, because the directions and the videos that Cutting Edge provides explain things so much better than I ever possibly could. I will, however, toss in a few tips that I learned along the way…
- When they say to blot off the excess paint before you put it on the wall, they aren’t kidding around. It’s vital that you don’t have a ton of paint on your roller, even if you feel like it’s too light. If you’ve got too much the stencil won’t go on well, and you’ll get some splotchiness.
- If you mess up, don’t worry about it. This was a hard thing for me to get through my head, but I was shocked by how the little mistakes that I made throughout the process were completely invisible once the wall was all done. I had a few rows that become crooked despite my use of the level, but you absolutely can’t tell. I had some splotches that seeped through at the beginning because I had too much paint on my roller, but you can’t see them unless you know they are there. There were even a few spots where I tried to line up the stencil and realized that something had gotten way off and things were really wonky – but, again, you can’t tell! So, don’t sweat the small stuff in a project like this.
- If possible, I’d recommend painting a darker color on top of a lighter color, not vice versa. We were painting white onto dark gray, and I absolutely love how it turned out, but there are definitely a lot of spots where the white didn’t cover very well. For Corey and I, this ended up being a great thing because we love how it has kind of a worn-in, always-been-there look to it versus being super crisp, but if you want a more solid and thorough coverage, be careful in your paint selection – this isn’t really a project where you can do two or three coats of paint.
And that, my friends, is just about it. I was absolutely blown away by how easy this ended up being – I did the whole wall by myself in about 3 hours!
Okay, are you ready to see the whole shebang with the television back in place and everything? Brace yourself, because it’s mind-blowing.
Love, love, love, love, love. As you can see, we also picked up a couple of new plants (from Ikea, of all places!) to add a bit of a pop of color to the wall. We also finally got around to hiding the television cords, which made a huge difference.
There are no words for how in love I am with this entire project. The wall turned out better than we ever could have imagined, and we are so happy with the impact it makes in the room – and it was SO EASY! I am now officially looking for an excuse to use this stencil on every inch of my house. Too much?
Have you ever used a wall stencil before? What are your feelings about accent walls? I know people tend to love ‘em or hate ‘em!
Pssst: I don’t usually post on Thursdays, but if you check back in tomorrow morning you’ll be in for a verrrrrrrry exciting surprise!
Disclaimer: Cutting Edge provided me with this stencil and the tools I used in exchange for this review. I am, however, more than just a little bit in love with this project and all of the opinions here are completely and totally mine.