Well, I guess it’s high time I’m back to blogging! After wrapping up our 30 Days to an Organized Home series, I was a bit pooped and had tons of things to catch up on! First, exams are coming up for law school, then I’m working behind the scenes at home on a bunch of projects, and finally and more importantly, I recently started my own business, and business while it had been steady, suddenly blew up!!! Seriously… I am counting my blessings and thank the Lord every day for the opportunities that I’ve been given.
Now, on to the first of many big projects to come! With Julia moving in, I’ve mentioned a time or two that we’d be overhauling my “mellow yellow” home office to become a home office for both Eric and me. I have to say that designing a double-office and guest bedroom with a full sized bed into a 10’x12’ space has been quite the challenge! But, I’ve definitely been enjoying the process.
Yesterday, I officially primed the office, painted the office, and then stenciled that office!!! Whew… thank goodness I had two lovely assistants to help and cheer me on through the process! Thanks Eric and Julia!
First, let’s take a quick look at the color change! From my favorite buttery yellow to a sultry and fresh grey. LOVE it!
After priming and painting the room, it was time to stencil. Royal Design Studio was kind enough to send me a stencil of my choosing for free, and all I had to do was share my opinions about using the product. Don’t worry… opinions are 100% my own and I had been dying to try my hand at stenciling after my laundry room herringbone wall! With a ton of amazing stencils, I settled on the Moroccan Arches Allover Stencil.
I really loved the Moroccan styling (reminds me of when I traveled to Morocco) and that the stencil would allow for a subtle background color (grey) and a huge pop with the foreground color! We chose to go really bold and use orange paint to contrast the grey! (Remember, we’re pretty big SF Giants fans around this house, so for a joint office, this was a perfect accent color choice!)
The setup of the stencil was pretty basic. I used Frog Tape for delicate surfaces to hold the stencil because I knew it wouldn’t damage my freshly painted walls. And, as instructed, I used a foam roller and a level to make sure that my design wouldn’t end up looking all wonky.
Little by little, the stencil went up and the wall came to life!
Let me tell you… stenciling is a delicate art, but it’s not difficult. You just have to have the time and a bit of patience. In the end, we LOVED the results!!! And if you think you can’t get clean lines on textured walls… YOU’RE WRONG! It’s not easy, but it’s possible!
How to get clean lines on textured walls?
- Follow the tutorials provided by Royal Design Studio online!
- Use the proper foam roller
- Adhere your stencil to the wall using tape on all corners and (top and bottom if necessary
- Blot roller on paper towel to get rid of excess paint
- Have a steady hand and be patient!
And really… that’s all there is to it! You may still get a bleed here and there, but for the most part, you’ll have clean lines, and you won’t really see the couple small bleeds once you step back!
And just because Royal Design Studio is sooooo awesome and love my readers so much, stay tuned next week for a giveaway from them! A lovely reader will win a credit to pick their very own stencil to decorate their own home!!!!!!!!!!!! How cool is that?!?!?
Since Royal Design Studio is going to spoil one of our readers, we figured we’d entice you a bit more to come back by saving the “final” reveal of our stenciled wall for the giveaway post! So, come back and check out the final look, and enter the killer giveaway!!!
WHAT DO YOU THINK? IS THE ORANGE TOO BOLD?
*Again, I was not paid for this post and the opinions are 100% my own! Pictures really don’t lie, right?!? Royal Design Studio simply provided the stencil of my choice for free in exchange for me sharing my experience, no matter what it may be.