Wednesday, June 1, 2011

3 days of fun :)

I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing weekend! When we have nice long weekends I think to think to myself "D, how can you make a perfectly good weekend stressful and un relaxing?!?!?"

Don't worry... I'm very very good at figuring out these little riddles of mine : )

This past weekend was Ms. Amber's 1 year birthday. I can't believe we have been here for a year! To celebrate I decided it was finally time to tackle the master bedroom. I've struggled for the past year trying to figure out what to do, and how to do it, because this room has very weird walls...

Just take my word for it :)

Here is what I was working with. The keys on the wall was one of the first projects I ever did, and Mr. Husband just recently told me that he hates it and it only took him a year to tell me... He shouldn't have told me that because now he's going to hear it for the rest of his life, but moving on...

Lets talk about Quatrefoil...

Super popular right now, so of I course I wanted to have my share of all the fun. At first I was considering wallpaper, but I think it would have been around $200 for what I was wanting, and I am absolutely not willing to spend that kind of money on something that someone would likely rip down in the future anyways....

So what was my next option? To make my own template and trace and paint by hand....

I was super super nervous to do something like this because 1) having our entire house painted was a little expensive to just paint over it (we ended up going with Martha Stewart's "Sharkey Grey"), and 2) I was most definitely out of my comfort zone as this was going to be pretty modern.

So here's the before....

and after 3 days of straight painting...

and a heating pad on my arm/wrist every night from stenciling (it hurts just to think about it!!)

Ms. Amber turned in to this...

On top of the "Sharkey Grey", I used Martha's Mineral paint in "Silky". My goal was to have the pattern be extremely subtle but when light hits it, to have it pop out... and it definitely worked!!

Here's a close up...
Of course the rest of the room got a little bit of a makeover as well...

One of my favorite finds... Craigslist chair for $30 :)
So one more time... The Before
and After!!!
We still have a few more things we want to do to this room, like add molding around the windows and have crown molding installed (professionally... I've tried and can not do it!!)... but I'm pretty happy with it for now :)

On a side note.... I've wanted to do this project F.O.R.E.V.E.R. and it's Linky Party's like CSI's that make me actually start the project, and finish it in time to link up... I know I'm not the only one!!

Have a wonderful rest of the week!!!



  1. (here from CSI)
    WOW this looks FABULOUS! I love the colors and subtleness of the pattern and paint.
    I have considered the wallpaper too, but this would definitely be a cheaper option. Well done!

  2. Love the subtlety of the qua-trefoil! It turned out so pretty:o) Visiting from CSI!

  3. The stenciling is beautiful! Your hard work was worthwhile.

  4. I love it- it looks awesome! Love the photo wall too, great job

  5. I love it... brave and patient women! ;-)

    Thanks for sharing.


  6. The room makeover looks great!! ;)

    Cheers from SoCali,