Friday, April 23, 2010

accent wall

to the sweet, inquisitive young house love readers - i actually cut a stencil with an exacto blade from a pattern i drew out. i used foam board to make the stencil with, then lined it in duct tape so that it'd be water-resistant. i drew vertical lines on the wall for my "guide", but a lot of it was just freehanded/eyeballed! sorry i dont have a better explanation! it's one of those things that's kind of hard to describe! i'm also not selling any stencils, because i'm afraid it was a little awkward to do, and i don't want any one to mess up their wall and be mad at me! :) haha...anyway...let me know if you have more questions! also - the wall color is "aloof gray" by sherwin williams! it's a great gray!

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this is the accent wall that i painted this week. i've been wanting to do a pattern that resembled wallpaper, and i finally got to! megan was pretty open to my ideas, so after i selected the color for her bedroom (she already had her "colors" in mind - grey and burgundy) and she had it painted, i went in and added the pattern. we were both happy with the result!

it was sort of a combination of free-hand work, and stenciling. i hand-cut a stencil for the pattern (after being inspired by a photo that a friend posted on twitter!), and hand-painted each line on.

before:

after:

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i used a high-gloss paint to contrast with the flat look paint that we used as the basecoat:
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initially, the room looked like this:

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(which is the same color paint - the wall is a flat finish, and the lines are a high-gloss of the same color, BUT we decided that the lines needed to be a little darker, so we used a color 2 shades darker than the basecoat. i still like the original look, though, if you are wanting something very subtle!)

21 comments:

  1. AWESOME! Love it! Did you freehand it or did you use a stencil or something? It's incredible! I could see a treatment like this being really neat in a powder room (or any room at all, really).

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  2. Oh my goodness! I LOVE this!!! So creative and beautiful!

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  3. erin - i made a stencil and hand painted it on! :)

    thanks guys!

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  4. LOVE it Kristen - great job! What would you charge to do one relatively small wall like this?

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  5. Wow! This is beautiful - great job!

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  6. Absolutely beautiful. What color paint did you use?

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  7. This made me gasp out loud! It's gorgeous!

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  8. thank you guys! it was fun to do something that i totally dreamed up and came up with on my own - i can't wait to do more "wallpaper-esque" patterns in the future, too!

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  9. Amazing! I love how this turned out -- these are some of the best "after" shots I've seen on your blog!

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  10. thanks katie! i just looked at your blog - we live so close! i'm in grant park, funny!

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  11. ok.....this is freakishly amazing....LOVE it!

    xo

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  12. barb @ knack- oh thank you! you are my idol, so that means a lot! :)

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  13. fantastic! how long did this take to do?

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  14. I would LOVE a more detailed explanation of how you did this! Beautiful!

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  15. Gorgeous! I found this from YHL, and I would definitely buy a stencil and take the risk that it wouldn't work out ... just sayin'. :)

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  16. I love this. Now I am itching to do something similar!

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  17. I just found your blog via YHL and I love some of the ideas you come up with. The subtle accent wall is beautiful and classy. Well done, great eye.

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  18. I also found you through YHL, and I'm so excited that you posted a tutorial! We're moving over the next 2-3 days and I desperately wanted an accent wall in our bedroom and was thinking about a light grey wallpaper with a glossy damask print just a few shades darker, but, alas, our walls are textured and could't hold wallpaper without some serious willpower/elbow grease/sanding. Being nearly 36 weeks pregnant, that's definitely NOT in the cards. (Also the fact that the only wallpaper I could find to match what I wanted was $60 per SINGLE roll may have weighed in on that...) I may be able to talk the other half into this, though, so thank you!! (:

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  19. PS I will be linking after I talk him into it and post the finished project on our blog! (:

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  20. Love the color! What's the name of it?

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  21. Silly question.....is the stencil of the outside lines or the inside oval design?.........love this for our new hair salon wall

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