Stenciling Sans Stencil…. Part 3: The Big Reveal

I’m dooooooooooooooooone. Can I get a woot?! I have to say, even though this project took much MUCH longer than I thought, and was much harder than I thought it would be, it was absolutely and totally worth it. I think that breaking it up into multiple days was really the key to not hating it (too much) while doing it. And it has made a huge impact. I’m in love. So let’s get to it. The before:



Drumroll please………… Ta da!



I love it!! Okay so, I did it in about the most tedious way possible, but in the end it was totally worth the time. I still think I’d opt for the stencil next time around, but I don’t regret the time I spent on this at all. Let’s look at some more wall porn, shall we? Nekkid wall….



I would love to craigslist the couch and get one really oversized chair with ottoman to go in this area, but since I’m doing the area on a (serious) budget I want to get the chair from craigslist as well. So far I haven’t seen anything I love, so I just continue to stalk it regularly. Also, I need to get something larger for this wall. I just wanted to get SOMETHING up there, and this was the biggest thing I had laying around. I’m not sure what would look quite right here, suggestions?



One more… because this kind of repeated pattern makes my brain happy…



Imperfect, but perfect. And a tremendous upgrade, particularly considering I only spent $1.91 to get it done! A very satisfying project, although I must say I’ll probably lay off the paint for a while after my office stripes and then this. I’m getting my sewing machine fixed this weekend, so I may start my quilt soon!


13 thoughts on “Stenciling Sans Stencil…. Part 3: The Big Reveal

  1. This turned out AMAZING!!! I cannot believe the amount of patience it took, but WOW. Such beautiful results, for such a low price. It really transforms the whole loft space!

    Also, since you asked for suggestions, I think a collage of hanging mirrors (or even just three large ones side by side) might look really nice on the stenciled wall. They would probably stand out really nicely, and break up the pattern a little, but not detract from it. Plus, you could find them in thrift stores for cheap and spray paint all the frames to match if you wanted.

    Kind of like this: or this:

    Looking forward to seeing how the space evolves, you’ve done great so far!

  2. It looks AMAZING! I loved your office stripes, fell head over heels for your dining room stripes, and now this!
    I would love to do something like this – sadly, we’re renting and will be for the foreseeable future, but I think I’m going to have a go at putting this pattern on canvas.

  3. First thought – that looks amazing! Second thought – whooo that’s a ton of work I don’t have the patience for! Great job and props on the tenacity to get er done.

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