2.13.2013

ORC Week 2: Blue and White Paisley Wall

Last week, I told you I was going to redecorate our guest room.  This is for the One Room in Six Weeks Challenge 
involving twenty bloggers.
In the past week, I bought two 
100% linen European shams from Pottery Barn.
They have a nice feel and are on sale!
The blue and white ticking bed 
(that I already had) is a starting point.
hand blocked wallpaper from India.
Source: Schumacher
But to install it just on the bed head wall 
would cost over $550.
Which got me thinking...why not hand block 
it myself with a paisley stencil?
I researched stencils online and found this one

Let me just say that I am not a DIYer, and I mean NOT.  
So, this little project had me terrified.
As soon as the $29 stencil and stencil brush arrived, I went to Michaels to buy the $.89 acrylic paint in a denim blue.
I did a practice run on some cardboard.
Not bad...now to tackle the WHOLE wall.
I drew a grid on graph paper and then
translated it to the wall with painter's tape.
This was NOT fun at all. 
 I made a couple copies of the print so I could get a feel for the scale.
I messed up one stencil (smudges--but I can fix it with the wall paint and a little brush).  It was nerve racking each time I pulled the stencil off.  The trick is to not get too much paint on the brush and to blot the paint brush on paper towels frequently.

Also, I wanted it to look hand blocked so I varied the concentration of paint a bit.  
You'll see the finished product next Wednesday.

And guess what?  
I spent less than $45 for the whole wall!
It only took one little tube of paint.  We are going to use the stencil next in a friend's bathroom...it's reusable.
I'm going to be doing something with this next.

Check out what these other fellow challengers have 
accomplished in a week...


65 comments:

  1. It looks amazing!! I think you are a DIY'er in the making :) I am a huge fan of hand blocked wallpaper and your wall looks just perfect.

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  2. Your wall looks gorgeous, Mary Ann! I'm very impressed! I'm not a DIYer either and completely understand what I big deal this would be! Your room is going to be BEAUTIFUL. I can't wait to see it completed!

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  3. oh this looks so great! Linda and I have been talking about stenciling. You've made it look so easy!

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  4. wow!!! looks fantastic! i thought i was over stencils (have two in my house to mock wallpaper) but this is a whole new level of goodness!

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  5. You really made this DIY project your own! I love it!

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  6. I can't wait to see this - I would have been terrified. I know it is fabulous!

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  7. I am SO Impressed! Awesome idea and great execution. You ARE a DIY'er after all! Loved this update...can't wait to see what else you're doing!

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  8. Mary Ann! What a DIY coup- it looks fantastic and Im so proud of you for trying..and succeeding! You are inspiring. I love that design and look how much you saved. It is going to be great, already is. Love the ticking stripe bed. I want to be your house guest!
    xo Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  9. first of all, what a gorgeous room! i love seeing it come together. (and why is gorgeous wallpaper so darn expensive??)second----i am pulling a plan together for my younger daughter, and i plan on using the exact same stencil from RDS. (it will be more tone on tone effect. hopefully)
    i think the wall turned out BEAUTIFULLY. pretty darn amazing for a "non diy'er"!!

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  10. Ooh, I can tell already this room is going to be great! Can't wait to see more.

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  11. Oh my gosh!!! Gorgeous!! I am SO BAD at DIY. You are my hero:).

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  12. AMAZING! I think $45 is a MUCH better use of makeover funds then having to shell out for the wallpaper. This came out so fab, I cant wait to see more now!

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  13. That stencil is a GREAT alternative to the cost of that wallpaper. You deserve a big pat on the back not only for saving a lot of money but doing such a great job. Very impressive!

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  14. Mary Ann this is fabulous, it's incredible what an impression it makes and how professional it looks - I can't believe you did it yourself and how much money you saved!

    Eda x

    www.candyflosscurlscupcakesandcouture.com

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  15. Oh my gosh, I love the stencil! Love, love! Can't wait to see it all come together.

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  16. I love this! I might think about doing something like this in my oldest's next room. And to think at a fraction of the cost of the wallpaper. Nice job!

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  17. Mary Ann, Wow....you did a fabulous job! I give you an A+++. And being a DIYer myself, I KNOW that was a difficult job to take on. Just the grid on the wall would be a nightmare to do! Great job! I've always loved that wallpaper, but I love what you did even more. You've given me an idea for my downstairs powder room!! Can't wait to see the room finished. I know it will be a showpiece!

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    1. Gail, that is a HUGE compliment coming from you. Want to borrow the stencil after Debbie?

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  18. I love where this is going and that stencil adds so much to the space. Good for you for taking the risk - it's paid off!

    www.chattafabulous.blogspot.com

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  19. It looks so good!!! Yay for stepping out of your comfort zone!!

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  20. Oh Mary Ann, here you go making yet another room that I am going to be drooling over. I am so not a DIYer either so I really applaud your courage taking on such a difficult task. And WOW you did a fantastic job! So impressed!! Super excited to see what's next. Loving it so far!

    xo
    Karen

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  21. Gosh, you're brave!! I can't wait to see the wall. Do we have to wait till next week??? I might have to copy this project :)

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  22. Great job Mary Ann!!! It looks so john robshaw

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  23. I love your translation of the wallpaper. My husband stenciled ikat all over my dining room wall, so I understand the frustration you feel. Though not with the wall, we have had to graph things out to get it right and it's not fun.

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  24. Shut Up!! This is perfect. I think everyone is a DIY-er at heart, and now you are officially bitten by the bug...I can tell. I love this room, already. Like Julia mentioned, I think we will be copying you on this one.

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  25. I cant wait to see the final product, but I can already tell by what you have done that it will look GREAT. Good job saving some $$$. -Tonya

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  26. Oh my gosh... I love it!!! I want to stencil a powder room, and now I'm motivated to get going. It looks awesome :)

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  27. Excuse me, you are so a DIYer! It looks fantastic. I love Indian designs, we use them in our house (husband is from India) I just used a similar stencil on a little tray table that I chalk painted with Annie Sloan but used gold leaf. It looks so pretty, Mary Ann. I know you are thrilled with the results. Completely worth the effort!

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  28. What the .....you just out did your self!!! I am completely impressed with how this turned out and I might need to give this a try!!!

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  29. Mary Ann, you have out done yourself! It turned out amazing! The spacing is perfect. So, so impressed. You must be thrilled!

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  30. Mary Ann, I'm planning something SO similar!! Yours turned out great. I just love hand-blocking. It's good that its not perfect, and it looks so pretty.

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  31. WOO HOO!! You are totally a diyer, it looks fabulous, and the second time will be so much easier! You'll be sewing your own pillows and window treatments next! :)

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  32. I love what you created here! So fresh, and I would have been TOTALLY paralyzed with terror!!! Can't wait to see what else you have in store for us! xo

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  33. Love it! It looks fantastic! I can imagine how nerve wracking that would be!

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  34. manually stenciling the walls? that is really awesome!

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  35. Awesome job!!!! Can't wait to see more!!!

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  36. I love it - it is the perfect compliment to the ticking stripes. Now I want you to head on over here and stencil a wall for me since you are now the pro. By the way, you can no longer say that you are not a dIYer! You have joined the club.

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  37. Mary Ann, so impressive for a self proclaimed non DIYer! It looks beautiful!

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  38. Wow. You are a brave woman. Like Bethany said, I thought I was over stencils. This is just gorgeous, even better than the $550 option! You have me reconsidering wallpaper in the kitchen for a stencil. Bravo.

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  39. The wall is looking fabulous, Mary Ann. You can't say you are not a DIYer ever again. The completed project is bound to be a winner. Where did you get that lovely matelasse coverlet with the picot edge? Love it.
    Best...Victoria

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  40. Mary Ann,

    You are so clever...the wall came out so pretty. Looks like you are off to a great start on your project!

    Linda in S.D.

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  41. Mary Ann...it looks amazing. What a great idea to stencil and you saved a bundle!

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  42. What can I say.... You rocked it!!!
    Love the headboard too!!!!
    Happy Valenines
    xo

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  43. Oh, I was just thinking you could do it on fabric too!!!
    What fun!

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  44. Gorgeous! Love your wall, bedding and the colors are so soft and pretty!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  45. I am SO impressed! I'm terrified of trying something like that but it looks amazing! Congrats on saving tons of money too!
    -Shelley

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  46. So far it looks beautiful. You did an amazing job with the stenciling I cant wait to see the final project.

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  47. Mary Ann, I am just like you, I am not a DIYer, I use to be, but not anymore so I know exactly what you are saying about nerve racking. I would have been too!! It looks great and the cost factor makes it a real winner!! Kudos to your for plunging in and doing it. Happy VDAY! ♥

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  48. Mary Ann....you did a GREAT job. I don't consider myself a DIY-er but I have tackled many DIY projects. Your room is going to be great!

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  49. Well, you weren't a DIY'er, but now you are a pro. That wall looks great! Love this so far Mary Ann!

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  50. So cool, Mary Ann! Can't wait to see the finished room! Love ALL of your ideas- crafty or not!

    Jennifer :)

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  51. So awesome! Have you seen Miss Mustard Seed's fabric wall. This is a similar look at a great price. Love it!

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  52. Love the room Mary Ann ! It looks great so far and I can't wait to see the finished product! I'm really loving the stencil, I've thought about trying that on some white ikea curtains. Maybe I'll give it a try now that I have seen how great your wall has turned out. Have a great weekend!
    Debbi @ the beach

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  53. It's going to be amazing, Mary Ann - just love the stencil!!

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  54. I am honestly in awe.. you are truly amazing.... absolutely, positively BRILLIANT!!

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  55. Mary Ann! This is amazing! I love it and can't wait to see the whole wall. Brilliant!!

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  56. Oh my goodness!! This is fabulous!! Can't wait to see the finished product!! I know it will look awesome! And so much for not being a DIY'er, right!??

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  57. I can not wait to see how this came out!!! Looks like it will be awesome!

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  58. How did I miss this??? You are a genius...wanna come here and work your stencil magic on one of my walls:) I soo cannot wait to see this finished room, its already looking amazing!

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  59. Great work, Mary Ann. Your room is already looking very pretty now, can't wait to see the final results, I know it will be even more amazing!

    Love your beautiful ticking bed, by the way!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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