Gold Scallops Accent Wall

Two weeks ago I showed you the plan for baby Evelyn’s nursery.  Very Imperial, with rich purple and shimmering gold.  When I showed you the mood board, I didn’t tell you where the scallops would be.  Although it was pretty obvious that it was for an accent wall 🙂  But instead of doing gold scallops on white, I wanted white scallops on a gold wall.
Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mood Board

When it was discovered that I was stenciling, many of my friends, were like “KENZ!  YOU BE CRAY!  STOP HAVING PREGNANCY BRAIN AND REMEMBER HOW MUCH YOU HATED STENCILING LAST TIME!”  Back in the day when only crickets read my blog (mostly because my posts and pictures sucked pretty good!) I stenciled our dining room.  It was awful.  It took me over a month to complete.  The stencil itself was a piece of junk.  I wanted to die.

Painting over a stencil. Dining Room

But when I went to Haven, I met with Royal Design Studio to talk about if stenciling again was worth it.  I told them my ideas for the nursery, and they gave me some great tips and convinced me to go for it!

This time around, I bought a much better quality of stencil (from Royal Design Studio… however, this post is NOT sponsored) and not some cheap-o stencil from Amazon.  When it comes to stencils, you get what you pay for.

Instead of using repositional tack-spray on the back of the stencil like I did the first time, I used painters tape.  It worked MUCH better, and I didn’t have to wash the stencil between each application.

Gold Scallop Accent Wall

Finding gold paint in a quantity for an entire wall was sort of challenging.  Obviously I couldn’t spray paint a wall, and you don’t usually find shimmery paint bigger than small couple-ounce sizes (not meant for walls, usually meant for smaller crafts).  Sherwin-Williams had a faux finish that was perfect for the project.  It was a little pricey.  On sale at 30% off, it was just over $20 a quart.  I thought I would only need a quart since I was doing just one small wall.  However, I ended up needing two.  If I knew that, I would have just bought a gallon.

Royal Design Studio recommended using a stencil brush for paint application.  They say to move the brush in a swirling pattern, not a stippling motion.  I practiced on their stencil at Haven, and it worked PERFECTLY there.

Gold Scallop Accent Wall

However, the consistency of the faux finish paint is not like regular paint.  It’s a lot thinner.  The swirling of the brush made it look like that icky Tuscan plaster paint that used to be really popular.  So I just went at it with a roller.  It ended up working great.

Gold Scallop Accent Wall

I wish my camera could capture the beauty of the gold!  It’s not just gold colored… it looks like gold leaf on the walls.  The nature of the paint makes it look very handcrafted, not manufactured.  So each part of the wall is a little different.  It’s so stunning in real life.  It’s our own little slice of fancy.

Gold Scallop Accent Wall

The thing you need to realize about stenciling, is that it is NOT an afternoon activity.  It’s a slow-going process.  You have to wait for each coat to dry, before you apply more paint.  Then wait for that to dry before you can apply the next register of stenciling.  For me, this was great!  There was absolutely no way I could “over do it” on this project, so it’s so much waiting.

Gold Scallop Accent Wall

Indy and Buster were happy to help too.  They really love this room.  It’s so bright and sunny.

Gold Scallop Accent Wall

The total time it took was about a week and a half.  Really, not bad.  It’s just one of those things that you work on here and there.

Gold Scallop Accent Wall

The edges prove to be a little tricky.  You have to bend the stencil.  Be prepared for it to bleed.  But touch up isn’t bad.  Again, it’s just something you need to be aware of when stenciling.  There’s no such thing as perfect stencil application.

Gold Scallop Accent Wall

I decided to leave the edged on the top and bottom as they were.  I really liked the way it looks.

Gold Scallop Accent Wall

Some people think scallops look like a mermaid tail, but I hold strong to the vision of an army of Russian nesting dolls!

Gold Scallop Accent Wall

The pictures really don’t capture the beauty of the gold shimmers.  But this picture kind of shows how the light shines differently and catches different parts of the wall.

Gold Scallop Accent Wall

Tell me all about your weekend endeavors!

Woodland Pumpkins

Pumpkin Parade

Well, I guess I’m next up in line for the pumpkin parade.  I’ll be sure to throw some taffy at your face as I pass by.

The first pumpkin decision: real or fake.  What it comes down to is cost vs durability.  Do I want these to last more than one season or not?

JoAnn’s had their fake pumpkins 50% off, plus the coups I had for them.  So the cost wasn’t too bad.  I got all 3 for the price of 1.

Woodland Pumpkins

I decided to go with a “woodland” theme.  Maybe because we watch a little too much “What does the fox say” at our house.  (Is there even such a thing as TOO MUCH?!)

I just spray painted the front of the pumpkins only, because once I got the design taped on, I was going to spray them a difference color.  For those of us not cool enough to have a Cricut or Silhouette cutting machine, we do the hoodrat thing and cut some FrogTape into a pattern.  Yeah?

Woodland Pumpkins

Then you spray paint it a different color of course.  There is no other way to be creative. 😉

Woodland Pumpkins

And then you peel the FrogTape off.  Except, it really screwed up the fox.  Which I was sad about.  I’m not sure why the tape peeled paint off the fox, but not the other 2.  I was really excited about that fox.  I thought the feather would look the worst and the fox would be the king.  But turns out I was way off with my hypothesis.  Like that time I thought 1/3 cup siracha would be yummy to cook chicken in.

Woodland Pumpkins

And the last step is to put them somewhere you can see them.  I, predictably, put them on the hearth.  Because that’s what fireplaces are for.  Seasonal decorating.  The thing I suck the most at… as you can see by my staging a crooked tower of woodland creature pumpkins.

Woodland Pumpkins

Remember, the Pumpkin Parade Link Party is tomorrow!  And I WANT to see all your pumpkin crafts.  So please please come back.  And be sure to check out all these rad-action blogs for their wicked pumpkin designs.

Shift Ctrl Art
Primitive & Proper
Decor and the Dog
A Little Bite of Everything
A Swell Place to Dwell
Newly Woodwards
Boxy Colonial
Wills Casa
Cuckoo4Design
Bliss at Home
Go Haus Go

 

Evelyn’s Matryoshka Nursery Design

Welcome to this edition of Procrastinators of the World Unite.  

This one time, I got pregnant back in April, and thought “Oh, I have plenty of time to do anything.”

Then we found out we were having a girl in July, and I thought, “We still have plenty of time.  She’s not due til Christmas, and it’s 107 degrees.”

And just like Voldemort sneaked in the Tri-Wizard Tournament, we realized Christmas was sneaking up on us in less than 12 weeks.  There have been a few things happen lately which make us think she’ll come a little early.  We hope she doesn’t, but we need to be prepared.  Lessons learned from Titanic and icebergs.

The original plan was to completely finish our open concept renovation before we started the nursery.  But we just felt like we couldn’t put it off any longer.  So my fantastic mother came over to help me get things in motion by helping me clean out the room and rip up carpet.  If Mary Poppins and Maria Von Trapp had a magical Julie Andrews love child, it would by my mom.  She is practically perfect in every way, with a touch of cheeky-ness.

The chosen nursery… formerly known as the office.  This was the already existing paint color when we moved in, dirty rotten beige.

office room

office room

First step, rip up carpet.

Nursery Paint

Next step, prime & paint walls.  Heidi and my mom knocked it out like a professional wrestling duo on a Saturday night in front of a stadium of 80 thousand.  (Is that even a thing?  I know nothing.  Seriously.  I’ve never seen a fight in my life.)

Nursery Paint

Nursery Paint

Nursery Paint

The plan is NOT to have an all white nursery.  The plan is to be cute, and do this.

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mood Board

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This mood board is some inspiration, and some actual items that we are using.  I thought Russian Nesting dolls were a perfect route to go.

I’m getting all DIY up on a bunch of nursery items.  There are going to be quite a few surprises with the nursery.  IE:  I’m not telling you what I’m using the nesting doll fabric for, or what the mobile is, what the dresser looks like yet, or where the scallops will be.  But I LOVE the scallop pattern, because when you use your imagination, it looks like an army of nesting dolls all stacked in front of each other.

 The flooring is the same we’ve been using upstairs, and will be continued into her room.  And the crowning jewel will be my DIY Wingback Rocking Chair that was made when I was only 7 weeks along.  Still sturdy, still comfortable for the curious minds out there.

And just to remind you fine people, the pumpkin parade started today!  Check out the links below for some kickin pumpkin projects.

Pumpkin Parade

Shift Ctrl Art
Primitive & Proper
Decor & the Dog

Rockport Gray Paint: Open Concept Color

Did we all survive the weekend?  Are we all ready for next weekend already?!  Yep.  Thought so.

Let me take you back to a time when the world didn’t make sense. When the living room, dining room, and kitchen were 3 different rooms… with 3 different wall colors, and 3 different floorings:

Eclectic Living Room

I’ve been really looking forward to painting and making it one cohesive space.  We polled you on facebook, and dang!  You are all very opinionated when it comes to paint color.

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Damask, No More

If you follow me on Facebook, you might have seen this coming.

The dining room was the first project Aaron and I did in Green Meadow Manor.  But we hadn’t really figured out our style yet.  As we started to work on the rest of our home, it quickly became obvious that the dining room wasn’t our style anymore.

How unfortunate that the odd man out happened to be right in the center of the house.  Like me in Tiffany & Co.

If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I loath the damask stencil like my yearly gynecologist appointment (tmi?).  Yes.  That’s how much I hate it.

It distracts from the living room.  It’s bold.  And not in a good way.  At one point we loved it.  But that time has gone.

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