Tuesday, April 12, 2011

For better or Worse....

When my husband said those vows to me over six years ago, he didn't realize for worse would be coming so soon in our marriage. Why is this? Well, when I was pregnant I became a slightly moody and demanding decorating beast! I wanted to do the impossible, on a very limited budget on super warp speed, and by I, I really mean I wanted the Hubs to do the impossible, for super cheap, super stinkin' fast! One of the most painful projects I signed him up for was our soon to be son's wall in his bedroom. To every one's shock I picked black for his nursery which most people thought was morbid...meanwhile, my mind was racing with ideas. I knew I wanted there to be a strong visual focal point....I wanted the look of bold black and white wall paper without the commitment of wallpaper and the not so friendly price tag of modern wallpaper. So I decided, in my amazing wisdomness to have the Hubs stencil a wallpaper look-a-like wall! Not only did I want to do that, I wanted him to actually help me make our own stencil and design. I know, always something else, right? I blame it on the pregnancy. Now looking at the room, especially as we get ready to leave it behind with our move to California, it is our favorite part of the office to nursery transformation. It was one of the cheapest things we did to enhance the very small space (7 x12) as well as the MOST time consuming thing EVER! My pregnant cuckoo brain wanted it done so quickly & I was so anxious to have everything in place, but just a warning....this was NOT a fast process, hahah. It was anything but a fast process! It took him about two months of night time stenciling/weekend stenciling to make it happen...but isn't it super fun????
With each potential renter we show the room to, I cringe at the idea of painting over it, however, I do realize it is not every one's taste. But this is something that everyone can do with your own favorite pattern and colors. You don't even need to make your own stencil...you can start out more sensible than I was and purchase one from this awesome company whose stencils are truly amazing, modern and nothing at all like the stencils that still haunt some "leftover" walls of the 80's and 90's. However, if you venture off to crazy town like we did, you will need to purchase stencil paper from any craft store (use a coupon to make it cheaper..I think it cost us $4 a sheet). We drew the image on the special paper, cut it out with a razor blade (BE SUPER CAREFUL) ;.) and then just used stencil tape to hold it to the wall and the Hubs used a small sponge brush to dab it on. We actually went through quite a few sponge brushes so we went on the day it was 20 for $1 at Michaels. We also made two stencils so that when the paper started to wear thin we could do a magic swaparoo! We started in the center of the wall and worked our way out...it looked like a giant puzzle!

 Crazy right? 314 stencil appliques later we were finished...well, he was finished, who am I kidding? To this day he says that I am crazy but admits that it was worth all the trouble because we both just love it and we were totally excited the first time someone referred to it as wallpaper! We can't help but stare at it every time we walk by the room. I really hope the incoming renter can appreciate this labor of love! 

What crazy project have you done lately?

19 comments:

  1. Hi there, I just found your blog and I am in love, truly! I have ready so many of yours posts and I think I could have commented on all of them! This is an amazing room for a boy, I am in love with every detail and that wall, Wow!

    I could go on and on but I don't want you to think you have a stalker, lol!
    So your newest follower and wow you are inspiring me to get my craft on!

    Love your blog!

    Megan

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  2. Thanks so much Megan!!! You're too sweet! It's okay to blog stalk, I do it hahahah!

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  3. Beautiful job!! Would you share where you found that neat garland? I love love the room.

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  4. Hey Morgan! I actually made it:.) I put a how to up on the website the week of Easter :.) if you can't find it let me know and I'll send you the link :.) welcome to the blog!

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  5. Found you from YHL today. I can't believe you have to move and leave all this fabulous stenciling behind! I know what you mean about hoping a renter will like it. It would be painful to paint over it after all that work and beauty!

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  6. I love your tag miss. I'm busy procrastinating hahhaha, so funny! Welcome to the blog. We think we found a renter and they love it Thank the Goodness!!! ;.) Thanks for stopping by, have an awesome day!

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  7. What was the original source for the pattern that you made your stencil from? I love the design impact and I'm looking for something similar.

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  8. Hey girl we actually drew our own pattern on the computer...well, the HUbs did ;.) He printed it out and then transfered it to stencil paper and then cut it out with a razor blade (be super careful ;.) You could always find some fabric you like or print a picture of the computer and see if you can either mimic or trace the pattern you like onto stencil paper. Or check out Olive Leaf stencils on etsy they are fab!!!! I hope this helps ;.) sorry for a long time for a reply, this weekend has been out of control! ;.) Have an awesome day!

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  9. This room is incredible. All your hard work has definitely paid off. It's a beautiful, eclectic design that will transition perfectly.

    We'd love to feature this room at Baby Lifestyles. Please email me at editor at BabyLifestyls dot com if you're interested to discuss further.

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  10. Wow!!! I have been looking for a stencil pattern that I absolutely LOVE and yours is it. I have been looking at as many stencil companies as I could find, but nothing grabbed me, until this. Soooo disappointed to find out it is custom, (although you are very talented). Must see if I can copy it.

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  11. Thanks so much! I sort of fell in love with the pattern on a pillow...so we adpated it a tad and the HUb's was the real genuis who brought it to life on the computer! You should totally try to make it...it's a fab pattern! Good luck! ;.) Super excited you visited the blog!

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  12. LOVE YOU!!! You're my savior!!!! I want to do my daughter's nursery in navy, white and hot pink...and want to do EXACTLY what you did with the walls but EVERYONE is telling me I'm crazy, it's too dark for a little girl, blah blah blah. You are giving me the inspiration to keep plowing through!!! :) :) :)

    I've been looking for the perfect navy/white wallpaper but now you've rocked my world with this stencil idea. Not quite as ambitious (or talented) as you and I'll just have to order one through your link. Really wanted a large geometric pattern but might have to settle on the Fan Flowers Art Deco pattern? hmmmm.

    THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!!!

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  13. oh WOW!!! I think I might have found the stencil!!! YAY!!! http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/stencil-wall-stencils-fuji.html?category_id=12

    THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for introducing me to the world of stencils!! I thought I was limited by the wallpaper options out there.

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  14. Gloria you are so welcome & I think you're on a fantastic track for your baby girl, just shake dem' haters off like I did haha! I LOVE the stencil you found... So perfect, so chic... I know u will do amazing and it will be fab!!! I would LOVE to see pics when you're done :.) let me know if u need anything else & welcome to the blog Double love to you back!!!!!

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  15. OK! So of course I'm an indecisive-procrastinator and am FINALLY getting around to decorating that nursery ;) my daughter is 7 weeks old...so just a wee bit late LOL. The last trimester got away from me, exhaustion from chasing around my 2 1/2 yr old son. But room will be painted next week and I'll have some pictures!! Are you on facebook? I'll post some pictures there (ha ha because I bugged a ton of friends for their input, have to show them the final product) I am so freakin excited to have this done!!! Can't wait to show you!!!

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  16. This was the project that led me to your wondrous blog from chic & cheap nursery. I got sidetracked with the rest of your blog and now my pregnant brain is swimming with ideas I want completed yesterday! I've been scouring the web for new inspiration for my second boy and you are a goldmine!
    I have blog stalked you tons tonight, well this early morning, but it's okay bc I can't sleep anyways. Dumb pregnancy insomnia. Such wonderful, creative ideas you have!
    Looking forward to further inspiration.

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