Thursday, November 10, 2011

Office Makeover: Accent Wall and a Giveaway!


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!

8 comments:

Mary said...

Oh my! These stencils are beautiful! It's difficult to pick just one. I really like Hand Forged allover stencil, though. I like that based on your color selection, the design can be subtle or bold. Your room looks great!

Lori @ SortOfCreative.com said...

I like the HARLEQUIN TRELLIS ALLOVER STENCIL... it kind of looks like argyle.

Unknown said...

I've been afraid of Stenciling but am ready to give it a go. I'd like to try the "Outside of the Box Allover Stencil" the small size. Thanks for the inspiration.

Mary H. said...

It's really difficult to choose just one stencil at Cutting Edge, but I do love Rabat allover stencil. I like that you can make the design bold or subtle, depending on the colors you choose. BTW, your office is beautiful! Nice work! (my email is mhenny at gmail dot com)

Susan Krauss said...

Oh my!! I am in LOVE with the Gabrielle and Kerry Damask stencils! I would love to do a wall treatment in my laundry room to cheer things up a bit!
-Susan Krauss
ligirl@verizon.net

Jennjilla said...

I like the one you used, Casablanca? I have lots of walls ready to paint now... ;)

Katie @ Strawbridge Stuff said...

As much as I would love to find a place for one of these in my house, I would definitely have to get the Sweet Dreams nursery stencil and redo my pregnant sister-in-law's nursery (has two boys and hoping for a girl!) It would be so adorable!

strawbridgestuffblog at gmail dot com

Mushi said...

So many gorgeous designs to choose from- I like the covington allover as well as the oasis allover. :)

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