Monday, 18 July 2011

Almost done - stencilled wall dining room

You have seen the makeover of my sideboard in my dining area but the whole area was not looking finished, so my next step was to stencil the walls. I have already had practice in my bedroom. Luckily I had planned it right (for a change!) and ordered the two stencils at the same time from Cutting Edge Stencils.


What you cant see in the above picture is the bizarrely off centered wall light to the left of the sideboard. Why would anyone put in a light on a short wall  that wasn't centered??? Anyway I had to wait for my trusty electrician friend to come and disconnect it and pull the wires up into the ceiling (in Australia it is illegal to do any electrical work yourself - unless you are a licenced electrician).

Fortunately or unfortunately (depending on how you look at it) my walls are all solid brick - which is fantastic because it is such a solid built house but make any changes is a major pain in the butt! Check out nice little hole left in the wall ..... eeek!


The hole on the left is about 2 inch deep and about 3 inchs round, so I had to fill it with a sand cement mix. I cleaned out the hole as best as I could, squirted it with a bit of water so the that dry area wouldn't suck out the moisture out of the wet mix too quickly or it could crack as it drys. I only half filled it (2nd pic) because the hole was so big, then let it dry for a day before finishing the fill and levelling it off with a damp sponge. This was then painted with a sealer undercoat. Now I am not a perfectionist I am afraid so you can still vaguely see the outline but near enough is good enough!!!!!! LOL cant believe I said that!

Once that was all done I decided to stencil the wall in a colour about 3 shades darker than the existing wall colour. I still have to make a mirror to go above the sideboard but I love the new look.....







What do you think? Strangely enough it makes the room look bigger! Cant wait for the mirror!

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25 comments:

  1. Your wall looks perfect. You must be great at keeping things level because it looks as if a professional did it and charged a bundle.

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  2. Hi Janette, thanks for your lovely comment! I actually used a stencil level...it makes life soooo much easier!!

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  3. Gina, OMG it is fantastic!! I love this wall and love the stencil. I am going to have to order one and try this. I love it. Hope you find a nice mirror. Love the top of your buffet.

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  4. Wow! Very impressive.
    You did a great job!

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  5. What a great post! Your wall looks perfect and love the stencil! Hope you will find a mirror soon. You got a very creative space here.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  6. Hi Gina, I saw your feature at the DIY show off and decided to pop over. I am so glad that I did, I am looking forward to seeing more of your DIY style. xx

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  7. Are you a professional designer? Your taste is so elegant and your attention to detail is amazing. This stenciling project was labor intensive.

    I'm your newest follower; found you via Kim.

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  8. I am a designer but working in mostly bathroom design at the moment!! Which is quite funny when I have only given my own bathroom a makeover not a full reno!! But when funds permit....

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  9. wow! that wall is amazing- love it! i have the same stencil at the very end of my hallway and love the effect it has. since mine was a smaller area i went with a charcoal gray for more contrast- your colors are PERFECT for the wall you have and look amazing with that gorgeous sideboard.

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  11. Beautiful--wonderful accent wall. I'm a new follower.

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  12. hi gina,
    only found you recently - love your blog - and really love this stencilled wall.
    i'm a stalker of your blog now too!!!
    look forward to following along.
    cheryl xox.

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  13. What a transformation! I love it! The lamps and buffet top really add sparkle. And I love the painting on the other wall. So lovely.

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  14. Wow! That looks gorgeous!

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  15. It looks great. I think it does seem to make the room look bigger. I love the color, too.

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  16. Wow...beautiful! I'm working on something very similiar in my bedroom, so it's nice to see what it might look like when it's completed! :)

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  17. Wow-what a wonderful wall-I have to do this somewhere-lol-I'm your newest follower!!

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  18. so pretty! I wish you could come and do my walls.

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  19. Ok, I can't even tell you how much I LOVE this wall!!! A friend of mine is going to do something like this in her bathroom and she will definitely want to see how well yours turned out. Love the soft grays, too - so sophisticated and calming. Visiting from The Shabby Nest and now a new follower. Great post!
    Kricia

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  20. Love the stenciled wall. It looks so great with that credenza and the lamps. Can't wait to see what you come up with for the mirror. Thanks for linking up at Mod Mix Monday!

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  21. This looks beautiful - you've given me inspiration for my bedroom

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  22. I love it. That is one of the stencils that I'm considering for my laundry room, actually.

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