I'm going nuts with the giveaways this week, huh? I hope you're enjoying it as much as I am!
Hey, remember when I told you about the inspiration for my office makeover? Well, it's slowly but surely coming along. My latest endeavor was to stencil the main wall in my office and the folks over at Cutting Edge Stencils were gracious enough to send me a stencil for review! I did a bit of research and really fell in love with their Casablanca stencil.
Cutting Edge Stencils has a lot of different designs to choose from and I could have easily chosen at least three others, but I loved the curves and simplicity of Casablanca so I went with it. The stencil was shipped promptly and arrived with an awesome clip-on level to help keep the stencil straight and level as you move along. Be sure to read the instructions and go to Cutting Edge Stencils website for some very helpful videos. I watched each one at least twice before I started!
Here is a before picture. My office is painted a sage-y green color. I didn't want to take away from the beautiful color already on the walls and I didn't want too much of a stark contrast so I opted to do a half-tint of my original wall color for the stencil color. This way, I would have a more subtle tone-on-tone effect going on.
I used a high density foam roller (which was included by Cutting Edge Stencils) and a lot of paper towel for this project (rolling the excess paint on a paper towel before painting the wall is a key step). The process took a lot longer than I thought it would, but I attribute that to my having to paint two coats before moving the stencil to the next section of wall (painting a light color over a dark color probably wasn't my brightest idea, but not a big deal). The trickiest parts were the corners where the walls met and the bottom where the wall met the baseboard. I made sure to tape off the ceiling and baseboards as well as the adjacent walls. Cutting Edge Stencil's online videos were REALLY helpful when trying to get into the corners without screwing everything up!
All in all, it took me three days to do one wall but I was multi-tasking and letting paint dry between coats. I have read that stenciling a wall can take anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days depending on the size of your room and if you multi-task like me!
As for the stencil, it was fairly easy to use. The level helped immensely! And it was super easy to clean up afterward.
Here's my office after I finally got everything back in place. (Please ignore my pink chair that I have yet to re-upholster.) I love how it turned out! Not too striking, but definitely adds a bit of interest to the room, don't you think?
I really enjoyed using this stencil and I think you will too. In fact, the folks over at Cutting Edge Stencils want to give one of you a chance to win your very own stencil! Woo hoo!!! Get excited!!!
Once lucky winner will get to choose any stencil they want (for a value of up to $50) from the Cutting Edge Stencil website! All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me which stencil you want (and be sure to leave your email or other contact information)! How easy is that?
The giveaway will be open until 5:00 p.m. CST on Thursday, November 17, 2011. You can only enter once, please! And spread the word...you know your friends would love this, too!