I haven’t blogged in…forever. I think it’s because I haven’t had much to talk about in my regular life. Regular life being the life of me when I’m not being an author. Ha.
My husband and I moved from our house of 14 years in the fall of 2020–right smack in the middle of the pandemic–into a bigger house about 20 minutes away. We love the house. We’ve been here nearly two years. Not sure what got into me, but one day I looked around and was just sick of all the brown walls and brown floors.
I decided to tackle the dining room first. Now, this is the first time I’ve had an actual dining room in nearly two decades so I was really excited to pick out furniture. The original table and chairs I saw online were brown. The table had this chunky wood base. When we got to the store and I saw it in person, I hated it. I knew it was not the right one.
My husband, though, sometimes knows me better than I know myself and found this lovely set in gray with fabric chairs and a matching server. Here’s a good picture of what it looks like in the dining room. Note the brown (aka boring) wall. The second picture shows the light fixture we replaced. I hated that chandelier.
We found this cool contemporary/elegant light fixture at Home Depot. My husband installed it. I really love it. Ignore the Aerograden on the right. LOL
Anyway, I had been searching for wallpaper for this accent wall but never found anything I liked. I had something specific in mind. Everything I saw did not match my vision. And besides that, I wasn’t sure how my wallpaper skills would be.
I headed over to Pinterest in search of design ideas for accent walls wondering what I could do with paint. I love to paint. I know that’s probably weird for most people but I find it relaxing. I stumbled over these cool walls with these designs on them. In paint! Here is my inspiration photo. Not exactly sure where I found this photo, but I’m sure it was on Pinterest somewhere.
I saw this and new instantly this is what I wanted! Now I had to figure out how to do it. Then I found this blog post, which really inspired me!
Who knew this was a stencil? Well, obviously she did. LOL I headed over to Royal Design Studio and picked up the Moorish Trellis to give that wall the Moroccan vibe I wanted. I also bought their stencil paint in Antique Silver.
Once I figured that out, then it was time to pick the wall color. I headed over to Lowe’s and picked up some samples. I chose Valspar Ocean Storm (4004-2B) in eggshell in their Showcase line. It has a lovely sheen that isn’t too harsh and perfect for the dining room.
In progress photo is on the left; finished on the right. You can see how it changes the look and feel of the room by just painting the wall a darker color.
Then it was time to stencil. I watched a lot of videos on how to do it–Royal Design has some great how-to videos on their site. The most important thing was getting started in the right place on the wall. In the center. Which meant I needed help from the husband because I don’t math. LOL
Once we figured out the center, it was go time! I started and moved down the wall. The green tape is the markers for the corners so I know where to put the stencil next.
Then, more stenciling! Moving down the wall and over. The hardest part was the bottom of the wall and the edges. Especially when the ceiling isn’t exactly level.
The key to stenciling is not to have too much paint on the stencil brush. You want to wipe off most of the paint, which is weird to me. But it keeps the paint from bleeding behind the design. When I got to the edges of the wall, it was too difficult to tape the stencil to the wall without it flopping around. That’s when I recruited the husband to help once again.
He measured the space on each end of the wall and we made the executive decision to cut the stencil since I didn’t need the whole thing again. The idea is to make sure you measure precisely and give yourself a little wiggle room to work with. It worked out! I was able to get the edges done faster than wrestling with the large stencil. (Even Royal Design Studio recommends cutting the stencil to fit those hard places and, if budget permits, purchasing a second stencil.)
And then it was done!
The way the light shimmers off the silver paint just makes me happy! And it gives the room the touch of elegance I was looking for without wallpaper! Here are the after photos with the furniture and that wonderful pendant light.
I’m really excited and impressed at how it turned out. I love it so much! All of this was done quite by accident, too (hence the accidental designer). I am not a planner when it comes to decorating. Kinda like how I write my books. ? I found the furniture first, followed by the curtains, then the light fixture and, finally, the wall color.
I am now thinking what I can stencil next! But also trying not to go too crazy because I don’t want to stencil the entire house. Ha!