Friday, January 11, 2013

What to do with the Bedroom?

In the planning phase I was thinking of putting reclaimed wood on the wall behind the bed.

Two things made me drop that idea. First was that it might be too heavy and make the room look and feel smaller. Second, I didn't want to spend 1000+ bucks on it.

So I started looking at my other idea, stencils.

I really liked the birch tree forest stencil that Cutting Edge Stencils was offering. Stopped by their site almost every other day, drooling over it.

When it went on sale in November, I jumped on it. I watched their tutorial videos, read up on the technique and was sooooo ready when we got there.

Because the stencil was a negative stencil (stenciling the back ground and not the tree) the first thing I had to do was paint the wall white.

You can't see much of a difference, but there is.

My roller brush was ready to roll, but I'll admit, I was a bit scared to start...

Ok, first bit done. Looks like a barcode, doesn't it?

It was at this stage that I realized that because the walls are textured I'm going to have to put spray glue on the back of the stencil.

After the 3rd application I started to notice that the edges are not as crisp as the first use.

I hurried down to the laundry room to clean the stencil. What a piece of work that was!  We have a large utility sink, but it wasn't wide enough to lay the stencil flat.

The paint that peeled off the painted side stuck to the spray glue on the other short, it was a mess and absolutely no fun to clean.

But I started, so I had to finish the job.

After each application I stepped back and loved watching the forest grow before my eyes.

As you see, the left corner is really narrow. I didn't want to fuss with trying to squeeze the stencil in there, so I just turned it into a wider tree.

Down the road, when I find the right ones, the curtains will cover it up.


It was so worth the effort and we love, love, love it!

Shared with:
Funky Junk Interiors
City of Motherly Love

Aloha A Hui Hou!


  1. Sounds like it was a lot of hard work, but the effect is well worth it - gorgeous!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

    1. Thanks Liz, It was! I spent more time cleaning the stencil than actually stenciling!


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