Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Front Room Sneak Peek and Cutting Edge Stencils Review

Have I told you I have been working on getting our front room all pretty and front room like?  Cause I am.

I still have a LOT of work to do.  But in the meantime would you like a seek peek???  Good because I am SO excited to show it to you.

Do you LOVE it???  Because I LOVE it??

I really wanted an updated vintage wall paper look.  

So I used the Anna damask stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. 

   First I painted the ceiling and then I painted about halfway down the wall.  The wall color is Lagoon by Martha Stewart from Home Depot. Just in case you were wondering.  Cause I know you were all like "Wow, that is an awesome color."  I know this because I say the same thing in my head just about every time I walk by this room.  Umm Okay, moving on.

Cutting Edge Stencils come with a top stencil so you can easily get the design in the harder places like the corner at the top of the ceiling, so I decided to start there and used that pattern for the rest of the stenciling.  See, I just used the top of the ceiling as my level. That way all around the room it had the same pattern by the ceiling.  Then I did rows down with the full stencil.  I also used the stencil level to make sure the pattern stayed level as I worked my way down.  With some patterns the level might not be that important, but with this pattern it really helped.  

For the actually stencil paint I used a faux glaze mixed with some of the ceiling paint, and then rolled with some Martha Stewart mercury matalic galze.  I used one of the little foam rollers with a very little amount of paint in it.  I really wanted that old wallpaper look and I feel like the mix of the 3 really makes the pattern have that quality.  It is really pretty when the sun shines in the room, because little bits of the mercury glaze pick up the light.  You can kinda see little bits of shiney in the picture above.

In case You are wondering, yes stenciling was a big job.  I spent the better part of 2 days doing it.  But it was fun and goes pretty quickly.  If I had just been doing like one wall or a smaller room it would not have been a big deal at all.  And I think I have totally caught the stenciling bug.  There are about 3 other stencils that I have plans for now.

But more on that in a moment... 

The really time consuming part was the board and batten.  Oh man that took FOREVER.  So much cutting and then so much nailing and then so much caulking and sanding and then more caulking and sanding. Then painting, and painting, and painting and then in some spots... more painting.  I was so sick of white paint by the time I finally finished.

First I want to share a few more pictures of my soon to be done (I hope) front room.

Can you see where I am going here?  

SO Cutting Edge Stencils is giving away one of their awesome stencils to one lucky Conner House reader.  


  1. Wow! I can't wait to see the finished room!

  2. Oh.My.Laura.... this wall is awesome! I want one JUST like it and maybe i will sometime SOON! Thanks for sharing.


  3. Oh yes I do love it! Can't wait to see the whole shebang!

  4. I was wondering what the paint colour was :) It looks great!

  5. I LOVE the colors and the stencil! It's amazing!! I am totally stenciling something now! Great job!

  6. I just love it. I will be featuring it tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

  7. This is absolutely GORGEOUS!! Love it! Pretty please link this up at my turquoise lovin' party!

  8. I LOVE the colors that you picked (bright white and the teal) and I adore that stencil! Ohhh thank you for the great inspiration!!!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

  9. Oh, I do so love how it turned out! I'm not sure which of their stencils I'm going to order. I'm so indecisive! I have it now narrowed down to the Anastasia damask stencil, or the all over trellis. But this is just so gorgeous! I love looking at it!:)

  10. Did you mix all three of the paint/glazes together and roll on all at once or did you mix the paint and the faux glaze, roll that and then roll on some of the metallic glaze? I really want to try this but didn't quite understand your directions. Thanks!

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