Sunday, January 13, 2013

My Stenciled Wall - Harlequin Trellis

So it took me a few months, but I {finally} stenciled a wall in my living room over Christmas break. I am in love with how it turned out! Why did it take me to long to do it?! It was so hard to decide which wall in my house to stencil because I don't have many nice small rectangle walls and my family room has wood paneling so that wasn't an option. So I did the random wall to the right when you walk into our house.
My stencil is from Cutting Edge Stencils and I won it from one of my favorite DIY bloggers - Sam at The Junk House. The stencil I choose was the Harlequin Trellis Allover Stencil. The background wall color is Comforting by Behr and the stencil color is Metallic Silver by Martha Stewart.
Silver metallic paint
Metallic paint is so much fun! So glad I choose that after MUCH debating over what color I would use. Surprisingly, it didn't even use half of the paint to do the entire wall! So, I have a lot to use on other projects...hmm. However, it is really difficult to take pictures of because it reflects light, but that's what I love so much about it in real life!

It took about 4-5 hours to complete. And that was with my standing back and admiring my work after each stencil and also "erasing" a few sections when I decided they looked funny or didn't match up perfectly. (The paint was actually pretty easy to wipe off even after being on the wall for 10-15 minutes!)
You can see in the progress pictures that the stencil does not go directly to the corners. Well, thankfully Cutting Edge Stencils gives you three stencils - the large one, and two smaller ones to help fill in those smaller areas.
Stenciling a wall
Painting the corners was the most difficult part of this project for me. Cutting Stencils recommends to bend the stencil so you can reach the corners, but this was really hard for me - probably because I didn't have any help.
Cutting Edge Allover StencilCutting Edge Allover Stencil - painting corners
After a little self convincing talk, I decided to cut the small stencil so that it would line up nicely against the wall. See the difference that made in the pictures above. It saved me a lot of time and frustration and probably some tears too. Just being honest here!

Isn't my wall beautiful?! I could just stare at it forever :)
 Do you like our little snowman?! It was a Christmas gift from our neighbors. His name is Francis.
Cutting Edge Stenciled Wall
We're dog sitting for my in-laws right now as they are in Italy. JEALOUS! Anyway, Raphie likes Francis too.

Have you ever stenciled a wall? Please share!

The same day I was painting this wall my in-laws brought over this china cabinet for us! I love having a spot to put some of our pretty glass/crystal items - which mostly from our wedding :)
I was really frugal in my wedding planning adventure - but one thing I splurged on was this gorgeous cake topper from Gina Freehill:
Gina Freehill "Embrace" Wedding Cake Topper
Sigh. It is so beautiful. I get so happy every time I see it. The couple just looks so intimately in love; I love the way the guy is holding the girl. Plus, many of my friends said this figurine reminded them of Kevin and me too. Down the side it says "This day I will marry my friend, the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love." I love Gina's entire Language of Love cake topper collection - check it out if you're getting married! It was almost as much as my wedding dress (granted, I got a really good deal on my dress, so it really wasn't THAT expensive!) I'm really happy it's no longer in hiding in our closet. Also our toasting flutes are "Waterford Wishes Happy Celebrations" and were a bridal shower gift - I put them on our registry even though I knew they were ridiculously expensive, but I just loved them so much, so that's another kind-of splurge that I am so happy to display!


  1. I completely forgot that you won that giveaway! Anyway, I LOVE your wall! It looks amazing! Stenciling is definitely time consuming, but it's worth it.

    Oh, and I love your cake topper! It's gorgeous - definitely worth the splurge in my opinion!

  2. Love your stenciled wall—you are one creative gal. I guess you know that you’re special in my book. Love, Grandma

  3. I heart the stenciled wall! It looks super fabulous! I think I now want to do something like that in my master to really spruce up all pretty like... good work! yay!

  4. Hello, I am considering this pattern for an accent wall in my baby nursery and I was wondering if you used the attachable level for this project or if you think that it is no necessary if you start in the corner where there are straight edges anyway, then work from there to maintain a straight pattern? Thank you for your time.

    1. Hi Carole! I did not use the level. I started on the bottom and later filled in the sides and top with the smaller stencils. I matched the stencil up as I went and it worked fine! Plus it was easy for me to wipe off if I decided it didn't line up well enough. I didn't start in the corner since the large stencil didn't go all the way to the edges. Hope that helps!

  5. I love your front door! We are wanting to paint ours grey but we're not sure the landlord will let us! I hope so becasue I love the effect it has. I am yout newest follower, I am also the featured blog on the blog hop, would love a follow back Kayleigh x

  6. You did a GREAT job! I know how time consuming this is! Love stenciling :)


  7. Found you at the meet&greet, I absolutely love that wall!! Such a difference!

  8. Great job with the stenciled wall! It looks amazing.

  9. So it took me a few months, but I {finally} stenciled a wall in my living room over Christmas break. I am in love with how it turned out! Why did it ...


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