Thursday, December 22, 2011

Stenciling Our Dining Room with a Cutting Edge Stencil

**Update: The Winner for the GIVEAWAY has been chosen! It was comment #2. The winner was picked using Random.org, and has been emailed. Thank you all for entering!

Oh yeah! My blood, sweat, and tears went into making this wall look amazing.
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I honestly thought I’d never bee done. And it’s not even because using the stencil was hard, it’s because painting while my kids were home was incredibly hard. I would start painting with the stencil and they would need me to hold them, or they’d try and sit in my lap, or they would try to grab the roller and paint themselves. But it’s finally done, and I LOVE  it!
Cutting Edge Stencils was kind enough to let me choose a stencil from there store, and after browsing for hours on their site, I finally picked the Rabat AllOver Stencil in large scale.  I had never stenciled a whole wall before but after watching some of the videos on the Cutting Edge site, and reading the instructions, I felt pretty confident that I could tackle doing a whole wall.
The directions they send along with the stencils, are very detailed and clear, but if you’re like me, then watching the videos makes everything so easy.


This is what the dining room looked like before painting. The walls were a very light beige or khaki color. accessorizing_the_buffet (2)
Before I started stenciling, I cleared everything away from the wall, and painted it with 2 coats of an Ultra White in semi-gloss. I also painted our ceiling white too. (I know, I am crazy to start this project 2 weeks before Christmas.)Cutting_Edge_Stencil (21)
After painting everything, I got to bust out my new stencil!
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Cutting Edge Stencils also sent me a roller and a foam roller brush. And their easy slip on level.
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I used painters tape to hold the stencil onto the wall, which also made it easy to reposition, and move around.
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I used a plastic paint tray liner since I didn’t have any paper or Styrofoam plates around. I just poured a little paint at a time and made sure to roll off the excess, before rolling over the stencil on the wall.
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I rolled a light coat of paint over the entire stencil, and pulled the stencil away to make sure it wasn’t bleeding through.  I had to do two coats of paint over each stencil to get the coverage I needed. Instead of waiting for each coat to dry though, I used my blow dryer to dry each section so I could continue painting faster. And it really did make it faster. I only had to use the blow dryer for about 30 seconds before paint was dry enough to do a second coat.
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In between coats, I just taped my stencil to the wall near by. I was going to paint the whole dining room and kitchen afterward, so it didn’t matter to me if the stencil got any paint on the wall.
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Progress!
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And yesterday I finally finished!!
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The wall looks so pretty now, and gives such character to our dining room. It was seriously easy to stencil, it just took a long time since I chose such a large wall to do. (Oh yeah, and my kids go a little nuts when I don’t give them constant attention.) 
I love the color I chose too. It’s Alpaca Yarn from Dutch Boy. It’s kind of like a muddy, gray brown. In some light it looks brown, and in others it looks gray. But it goes great with accent colors I have been using…
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Cutting Edge Stencils was also nice enough to let me host a giveaway for them! So you guys will get a chance to create a fabulous stenciled wall in your home too! But if you’re not up for doing a whole wall like I did, then you don’t have to worry, because Cutting Edge has so many different stencils in their online store, they even have craft size stencils, for doing projects like pillows, or prints.

GIVEAWAY
This giveaway is for one stencil of any value up to $50!
***PLEASE LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN THE COMMENT(S) OR MAKE SURE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IS CONNECTED TO YOUR USER PROFILE!!
HOW TO ENTER:
1. Go to the Cutting Edge Stencils site and tell me which stencil you would like to have if you won. (1 entry)
2. Like Cutting Edge Stencils on Facebook, and leave me a comment here telling me you liked them. (1 entry)
3. Share about this giveaway on Facebook, or Twitter, or Google+, and leave me a comment telling me that you shared. Please include the link from where you shared. (1 entry for each, up to 3 entries)
The giveaway starts today, December 22, 2011 and ends December 29, 2011 at 11:59pm. The winner will be chosen using random.org, and will be announced/contacted on Friday, December 30, 2011. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be chosen.

Disclosure: I received product from Cutting Edge Stencils for the purpose of giving a review. The experience and opinions are honest and completely my own.

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72 comments:

eclairre said...

I like GABRIELLE DAMASK STENCIL

Anonymous said...

i love the Paisley Allover Stencil ! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=163960430371027&id=100002939351950 shared scg00387 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

i like them on FB steph sweeper scg00387 at yahoo dot com

Lesli said...

I think I would choose the Brocade No.1 Stencil

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Lesli said...

I like Cutting Edge Stencils on Facebook.

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Lesli said...

Shared on FB

https://www.facebook.com/a.little.umbrella/posts/204613649625883

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MarilennAlcantara.Com said...

Beautiful Work Jen!!

Chrissy Farnan said...

Oh my how to pick!! I think I like the Zinnia Grande stencil. So fun!! and your wall is amazing.

Chrissy Farnan said...

I now Like Cutting Edge on FB!

Michell @ Girl In Air said...

First of all your room looks fabulous! I seriously thought it was a picture from a magazine when I seen it on FB!

I NEED a new stencil...I would do my living room in the same stencil you used:-)

Michell @ Girl In Air said...

I liked CES on facebook!

Michell @ Girl In Air said...

I'm searching the giveaway...via twitter and FB:-)

Have a Merry Christmas!

Liz said...

Not an entry, but just had to tell you that your wall looks fabulous!

terri said...

I love the tree and branch stencil
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terri said...

I liked cutting edge on facebook
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JMK said...

Casablanca Allover Stencil, love it!

JMK said...

I liked Cutting Edge Stencils on Facebook.

Anonymous said...

Your wall turned out amazing! sxo inspiring! I liked CES on FB and my absolute fav for the contest is the Houndstooth allover stencil! My email is fairygodmothersweets@yahoo.com Happy Holidays!

The Virnig Family said...

Love the Aspen allover stencil!

The Virnig Family said...

FB fan

Kristy said...

The GABRIELLE Damask is DEVINE!!!

Jinky Winky and Mr. Jinky said...

Casablanca is my favorite!

Kristy said...

I have always "liked" you on FB!! ;)

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

I need the quatrefoil you used! :)

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

And I like them on FB!

Anonymous said...

i love the Sweet Dreams Stencil

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Steph said...

My fave is the ZINNIA GRANDE FLOWER STENCIL

Steph said...

I like them on FB

Steph said...

Shared on FB http://www.facebook.com/TheSillyPearl/posts/158779690893328

Thanks Jennifer! The wall is AWESOME!!!!!!

Trudy said...

I would choose the Casablanca or the Rabat. tjbaker at aristotle dot net

Trudy said...

I "like" CES on Facebook. tjbaker at aristotle dot net

Sam @ The Junk House said...

First off, your dining room looks AMAZING! I'd pick the Casablanca Allover Stencil! I think...it's so hard to decide!

SabrinaSides said...

i would use large rabat in my living room

SabrinaSides said...

liked on facebook

Debra said...

I love the houndstooth stencil!

Debra said...

I like Cutting Edge Stencils on Facebook!

Debra said...

I Googled +1 it!

Debra said...

I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/#!/Lealee33/status/150857433152102400

Debra said...

I shared on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1392606405&ref=tn_tnmn#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=2518013674987&id=1392606405

bharati said...

I love all of Ikat stencils. Happy holidays

EmTea Designs said...

I like them on Facebook! Your wall looks AMAZING!! I WANT I WANT I WAAAAAAAAAANT!

Simba's Mom a.k.a. Sonali said...

I would love their Nadya damask stencil! Thank you for doing this giveaway.

Simba's Mom a.k.a. Sonali said...

I like them on facebook. You have done such an awesome job. Merry xmas and happy holidays to you and your followers.

sonali said...

I would love their Rabat stencil, the one that you used on your wall. It is stunning.

sonaliagrawal at gmail dot com

Sonali said...

I am a like-r of cutting edge stencils on fb now.
sonaliagrawal at gmail dot com

Liz @ Here's to Handy Andy said...

I love the Outside of the Box all over stencil!

Liz @ Here's to Handy Andy said...

I already like Cutting Edge on Facebook!

Liz @ Here's to Handy Andy said...

Tweeted about the giveaway! https://twitter.com/#!/heres2handyandy/status/151679585891790848

Susan said...

so hard to pick just one! ♥ the damask and the zinnia...hmmm...cutting edge stencils have quite the line up.
I need one for my in-progress bath/bedroom!

K.Chong said...

I Like the Rabat or the Wild Berry Damask...love them both and can't decide which one to use in the master bedroom!

Kirstenjchong (at) gmail (dot) com

K.Chong said...

I like them on facebook :-)

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Lindsay said...

I would love the hand-forged stencil. I think it is absolutely lovely.

LindsayAStevenson@gmail.com

Lindsay said...

I like Cutting Edge Stencils on Facebook.

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Lindsay said...

I shared this contest on Twitter.

http://twitter.com/#!/lindsayloo

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Rhonda said...

Liked them on FB! :)

Rhonda said...

I think the damask would look divine in my living room! :)

Rhonda said...

Tweeted!

https://twitter.com/#!/rhonda_greene/status/152849003388731393

Rhonda said...

And a little G+ love for you too :)

https://plus.google.com/u/0/?tab=mX#111353897125895612845/posts/7PEMwTMURmm

Rhonda said...

...and Facebook for good measure! :)

https://www.facebook.com/#!/rhondaannegreene/posts/289866747730765

Alissa Circle said...

I would get the Casablanca Stencil

Alissa Circle said...

I liked them on Facebook! Hoping I win!

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

Wow - I love it!! Sorry it took me so long to get over and see it. It's beautiful!!!

I featured it on my TT&J FB page :)

xoxoxoxo
Jen

Abuzeid Family said...

That looks amazing!! and I'm stealing that color -- I LOVE it! I would choose the Rabat stencil ... I'm loving the slight Moroccan feel! :)

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Abuzeid Family said...

I like them on Facebook!
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Abuzeid Family said...

I tweeted about this!! :) We just bought a new house ... and this would look amazing in the master bedroom!! :)
@DiaryPreppyMom

I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes said...

WOW this is stunning!! Beautiful job!! I love the whole room. Gorgeous! Hope you have a Happy New Year! xo

Anna said...

So gorgeous!

Anna
www.askannamoseley.com

Anonymous said...

Your wall is gorgeous!!! I'd choose the All Over Rabat as well. Would look great in my kitchen :). Commenting from my phone so had to choose anonoymous for the comment to post. Michelle beachluver{at}msn{dot}com

Tauni @ SNAP! said...

Yay! I am glad your giveaway is over so that I can leave a comment without messing everything up.

Your wall is absolutely gorgeous! I love, love, love the color you selected. I've been looking for a color that would go well with the one I already have and this just might be the ticket!

Fabulous job my friend. It really is lovely!

Radke said...

I like the Oceana Damask Stencil.
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Dree said...

That looks great! Love the color, and he stencil. I cannot imagine trying to do that with kids around. Certainly not my kids lol.