Monday, November 28, 2011

Master Bedroom Progress - Painted Wallpaper

We have been making major progress in our Master lately...this will be the first of 4 posts about the projects before the big make sure you come back!

I LOVE the look of wallpaper but I am: 1) a bit of a commitment-phobe (except for when it came to marrying my wonderful husband) and 2) renting...which makes wallpaper out of the question. However, I didn't really ask permission to do this to our rented walls either...oh well, nothing a little sand paper and paint and a husband with strong arms can't fix in a few months :)

You have probably seen similar painted walls all over the blogsphere and Pinterest, but mine are even better beacuse I designed the stencil! I used the middle pillow on our bed (you'll see in a second) as inspiration for the pattern I wanted repeated (email me if you would like it).

I won't lie to you, this project was not exactly easy and took about 8 hours to complete...but it was worth every minute.

Without further adieu here are some pictures after the wall was complete and the steps I took and things I learned along the way...



First, measure your wall and decide how large your stencil should be and how many times you want it repeated. If you are purchasing a stencil the size will be predetirmied, so you may have 1/2 of the image at the top, bottom or sides - that is fine and would happen with wallpaper anyway.
I designed my stencil, so the size was up to me and right now I can't remember the exact measurements. I drew it onto a couple of pieces of paper, cut it and then traced it onto cardboard.  Then I taped the two sides together, made sure they were even and got to work! I used a bit of tape on the back to hold the stencil in place, but still needed one hand on it. *be careful when tracing to ONLY use pencil and try not to make your line too dark. I learned my lesson and ended up erasing my lines because they were too dark*

I worked from top to bottom and each time lined up the top of the stencil with the line from the bottom. Be careful to keep it in line horizontally as well.

 After you have completed your stenciling (hopefully with a hand much less heavy than mine) start painting! Painting freehand is daunting at first, but part of the beauty of this is: a) you can use a wet cloth to wipe off as you go and b) it doesn't need to be perfect. Every person who has seen this has assumed it's wallpaper and hasn't noticed the imperfections until I tell them!  I blended two colors of acrylic art paint and applied it with a long handled artist brush about the width of the lines. My paint was metalic because I wanted that look but this would work with the same color, different finish or two different colors.

Here is the finished product again! Isn't it lovely? I love it! Just wait until you see the finished space!

 Next up:
a DIY Upholstered Bed
Painting Furniture
DIY Curtains and Pillow Shams

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Project #1 - Master Bedroom

The last few months have been busy around our house and I can't wait to show you what I have been up to! We moved into a new condo in March and I have been busy turning it into "home" and *hopefully* using some of the rooms for my portfolio.

Project #1- Finally finishing our Master Bedroom
I feel like our bedroom as been in a state of flux since 2009. We have lived in three different "homes" since our wedding in May 2009 and each time our bedroom has changed. One thing we have always had is a very comfortable king size (a must in my opinion!) and an upholstered headboard (DYI project with details coming!). I want a soothing abode, but not something that is boring. Our color palette is "neutrals with a hint of blue".

Here are some sneak peaks of my inspiration for our bedroom...
We have (and love) a duvet and throw pillow in Pottery Barn Medici Blue and defnitely wanted to keep it in the room.
We already have an upholstered headboard (which I DIY'd...twice), but do I LOVE an upholstered bed! I do not, however, love the $3,000+ price tag on most of them. Never fear...I have plans to turn my regular old bed frame into a fabulous upholstered bed! Here are some of my inspiriational pics...

I also have a few painting projects in store...including painting our existing side tables and dressers and something similar to these fabulous stenciled walls! I LOVE wallpaper, but since we are renting right now, something a little less permanent is in order...

Finally, these are some images that set the mood...hee hee...and show the feeling we are going for. 
source unknown for last two pictures
 Stay tuned...

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Something to "settee" on

Since we moved into a large condo back in March (pictures will be coming as we "finish" projects), I have been shopping for the perfect piece of furniture to add to our living room. We had an old hand-me-down mauve, floral sofa (not exactly in my design plan) and two chocolate velvet slipper chairs. I was dying to replace it with something more modern and neutral, so we looked and looked and looked, and finally found something perfect.
Next we started searching (ie. I started pinning) ideas for a new piece. We love to entertain and wanted to make sure we didn't loose too much seating. I decided that a settee/ loveseat would be perfect - doesn't take up to much space and still provides seats for our football-watching/ Catchphrase-playing friends!
Here are some of the pieces I liked...

I quickly realized that most of my favorites were traditional Camelback sofas in updated fabric....More to come on the settee search and other projects around the house!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Time Flies!

Wow! 1.5 years since my last blog post...that's embarrassing. Even worse is that I don't have a very good reason for my absence. Life in the Capitol City is busy and stressful!

Here is a quick run down of the last 1.5 years:
1. I got a job as a recruiter and work about 3 blocks from the White House!
2. We moved into a gorgeous will get to see pics soon!
3. We went to Mexico...twice!
4. Celebrated our first and second years of married bliss
5. Nick got a promotion
6. We did NOT get a puppy :(

A new blog has been in the works for a while, so stay tuned for changes and updates. In the mean time, follow me on Pinterest to see what I have been up to!