Thursday, December 11, 2014

Wall stencil & being spoiled...

I have a customer who is opening a bed and breakfast after the holidays. She invited my mom and I up to take a look at the room progress and get some advice on how to make the space even more special. The rooms are lovely and have the most amazing view of the entire town, Straight of Juan de Fuca, all the way to Victoria B.C. and Mt. Baker. There is a fireplace that is flanked by recessed walls that were just perfect for some sort of wall treatment. 

My first thought was to add wallpaper but that is such a commitment and the carpet had a lot of pattern already. We decided that a wall stencil would be a great compromise...we could add interest with a script that would be a compliment to what was there and easy to paint over if they ever decided to change the design. 
We went with the "Springtime in Paris" wall stencil from Royal Design Studio. The great thing about the Royal Design stencils is the guides they have added to the stencil. They are easy to match up and make completing a large project (like a wall) go without a hitch. 

Our customer had previously purchased the vanity you can see in the corner. It is painted in Coco Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. She LOVES the coco so that was the color we would use on with the stencil. 

I mixed a little Artisan Enhancements pearl plaster to give a slight shimmer and give some substance to the paint. I started in the top corner and worked my way across. The edges and corners at the floor were a little tricky. These stencils are made from a heavy duty Mylar which makes them super durable and easy to clean, but not so easy to bend! Fortunately the plan was to make the script soft and aged a little smudging or irregularities were the furniture would hide any oopsies!

Now, mind you, this work was being done at a future bed & my customer treated me to the most amazing chocolate chip pumpkin bread, coffees, and fed me a lovely lunch! I was feeling totally spoiled!

We still have to find the perfect finishing touches...a great lamp and a piece for the walls. Overall we were happy with the effect of the stencil. It added great warmth and interest without competing with the pattern of the rug. 

The Coco Chalk Paint® in the stencil really looks lovely with the Coco vanity. Once the room decorating is complete I'll add more photos. My client suggested that my husband and I be guinea pigs for her prior to the opening of the B&B. How could I say "no" to that! 

The Artisan Enhancements and Royal Design Studio products are not paid endorsements...simply products I use and love to work with at the shop! 


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