By this time, everyone knows about “the flood”. If you don’t, you can catch up here.
There is exciting news in the Blakesley household. After 4 weeks of running up the stairs to use the bathroom for everyone, we finally have redone our downstairs bathroom!
As soon as I realized that we were just going to redo the whole thing when the floors were being redone, I immediately did what every other woman (and some men) on this planet are doing right now and took to Pinterest. I decided I didn’t just want it to be the classic paint four walls and call it a day kind of bathroom and since the whole thing was gutted, we were going all out. Go all out is what we did (within reason) and I opted for a non-traditional paint job.
I took to researching some of my options when it came to stenciling (not the old-fashioned border) the wall. When I came across Cutting Edge Stencils I was thrilled. With a website full of options, videos, and tutorials, I had found exactly what I wanted. I would consider myself a crafty individual. One that really won’t ever say that I CAN’T do something BUT…I am certainly not an expert DIYer when it comes to home remodeling. By browsing the website and their blog, I found enough resources that gave me great confidence in myself that I could make this project turn out great.
After deciding on Friendly Yellow, a Sherwin Williams paint and color, I decided an accent wall would be best for this space. I used Emerald, Sherwin William’s newest line of paints (an Interior Acrylic Latex paint) in a satin finish. After all, I was advised by Zach, the (very patient) manager at my neighborhood Sherwin store.
Step One in the process was painting. I (or maybe my dad) painted three walls Friendly Yellow and one wall white. The wall that I chose to be my accent wall was the one that would house the toilet and sink, the one that you could see from the doorway.
I would stencil the white wall which I had chosen to be the one that you could see from the doorway, the one with the toilet and sink. That was the plan.
After browsing the site (I couldn’t resist) for hours, I finally decided on the Tuscan Trellis All Over stencil. I ordered and a few days later, received a tube of materials that included a single sheet overlay stencil panel, a top edge stencil (for the ceiling edge), and an individual stencil. I also received a Stencil Essentials Kit.
I had the luxury of painting over floorboards and without any appliances in the room. It was fabulous! I didn’t have to worry about dripping or taping off the floor and there was no baseboard in the bathroom to worry about. That definitely made for a smoother process. A few days after painting the walls a solid color, ensuring enough time for drying, I went at it. The whole process start to finish with breaks included took about 3 hours.
Tuscan Trellis All Over Stencil
4″ dense foam roller
Sherwin Williams Friendly Yellow Emerald Satin Finish Interior Paint
small painting tray
Before starting, I watched this video a few times first and tried to follow every one of their hints. The biggest thing that I had to trust was that it didn’t matter where in the room you started, it would just work out. I took the leap, picked a random spot that was un-interupted, and began.
I did make sure to attach the level included in the kit (which is super handy and I will be saving for future projects) and lined up that first panel perfectly. I then taped the stencil to the wall. Just like the video stated, after getting paint on the roller, I blotted it on a paper towel by rolling it gently. This made sure that the paint was even and didn’t run under the stencil. After finishing the first panel, lining up the design was easy! Once I did a few repeats, I was on my way and had the hang of it.
At first I was intimidated by the corners and the ceiling but really, it went really smoothly. I actually ended up not using the top stencil that came in the package and instead just used my large panel along with my individual stencil. As for the corner walls, I just again used my large panel and carefully painted. I will say, it helped that I was stenciling the same color as the other walls.
Before I knew it, I was done and had a gorgeous room to finish by adding a toilet and sink!
Curious to see what it looks like after adding the fixtures?
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**Disclosure: I received this product to review. All thoughts and opinions of it are my own.