September 10, 2012
Before it was just kind of boring. And the sad thing is that I picked the colors - we painted them when we first moved in and I never loved them. Now that it's crisper and funner I feel that it has so much more personality. We had some people over for dinner and as they walked in they said "your house is so FUN!" and I thought to myself - "my work here is done" because that's the message that I want my house to convey.
A couple more "before" shots - - my dining room and living room open up to each other, and are the first thing to the right when you walk in the house:
And a couple more "after" shots:
Obviously the star of the show in the dining room is the stencil. I've have several comments on other posts and facebook that say "love the wallpaper" - but it's a stencil! Tons of work, but so worth it.
I got the stencil when I won a contest at Royal Design Studio - it's called Endless Circles. The paint color looks white, but it's gray. I painted the wall a dark gray, then painted on the light gray - which is the same color in the living room (with the Gallery Wall). It's an optical illusion that it looks like a lighter color.
The start of the stenciling:
I have done an all-over stencil before, but only on one wall. This time I did the whole room above the chair rail. And let me tell you - corners are super tricky!! But I kept at it, and did a lot of hand touch-up work, and it's looking good. Here's where I was going back around doing the very top so that the stencil covered the whole wall:
I am obviously a big fan of stencils - see other things I've done:
--Vaulted Kitchen Walls
--Craft Room Desk and Craft Room Mat
Stencils are so cool lately! They have tons of designs to choose from to fit your personality. They give you the look of high-end wallpaper without the price - or commitment - you could just paint over it when you're ready for a change. I love how it gave my dining room a Statement.
To see other things about this Dining Room/Living Room redo, here ya go:
--Giant Picture Tutorial
--Living Room Gallery Wall
--Curio Cabinet Redo
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