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

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  • Michelle

    That looks painful. I’m not going to lie. But as with most stencil projects, it looks totally worth it!

    • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

      I agree- that looks so painstaking, but at the same time, you would NEVER have gotten the look without it.

      • Kenz

        I promise it isn’t as painstaking as it looks!

    • Kenz

      It really wasn’t that painful! It was just a ‘here and there’ type project. I would pick stenciling over wall paper ANY day!

  • Bethany Kline

    this looks so cool!! I love it!

    • Kenz

      Thanks! I love it too!

  • Gretchen

    Fabulous!! Are you incredibly excited about how awesome your nursery’s going to be?! Because I am!

    • Kenz

      YES! I am dying! I’m nesting like crazy, and I just want to sit in there and never leave 🙂

  • Anu

    Wow! I’m glad that you tried stencilling again. 🙂 It looks so good! I’m super excited to see the rest of the room come together.

    • Kenz

      I’m glad I tried it again too. This time around was much much better than the first. I didn’t even cry this time, lol

  • I think your decision to reverse the gold and white was right on! The wall looks wonderful and you can see the sheen on the first finished stencil. The bottom of the wall reminds me of lace ruffles on a little girls dress. Great job!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Vickie! It reminded me of little lace ruffles too! It melts me 🙂

  • Tara @ Surburble

    Wowza! That is so awesome! I admire your stenciling patience, Kenzie. I am SO into instant gratification – this might be a good way to slow myself down.

    I need to look into these stencils… if they have patterns as cool as your damask and your scallop, I wonder what other rad designs are waiting for me?!?

    Also – LOVE that your little girl has a golden wall. You need to get some brass in there, lady, and then it would be MY dream bedroom. 🙂

    • Kenz

      Ohhhhh Tara! We are the same. You’re going to love the brass coming your way. You should definitely look into their stencils. They’ve got some really really great patterns. They are rolling out a new “lace” line which is fantastic!

  • Julia @cuckoo4design

    Wow hello there gorgeous! LOVE it a lot!

    • Kenz

      Thank you Julia!! It definitely deserves a “well hello there gorgeous!”

  • Ainhoa

    Gaaahh I love it!! It’s going to be so perfect for a little girl.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Ainhoa!! I definitely think that there are more ways to do a girl nursery than just pink… not that there’s anything wrong with pink!

  • Amy

    The fabric on their dog bed is the exact same fabric I was hoping to redo a wing back chair in… ‘cept I couldn’t find it for a reasonable price.

    • Kenz

      Want to know a funny story?! That definitely did not start out as a dog bed. It was the cushion to a coffee table turned bench. But then the dogs just kind of stole it and decided to use it as their own. I would have NEVER used such nice upholstery on a bed for the pups. But I did use one of my JoAnne coupons on it and got it for a pretty good price at the time!

  • Caitlin J.

    Kenz, it’s gorgeous!! I love that you left the top and bottom edges as is–it gives me the impression that there’s gold lace or ribbon wrapped around the wall. It’s gorgeous and so special: perfect for Evelyn!

    • Kenz

      Oh thanks Caitlin!! I love you! I’m so excited to see you over Thanksgiving! xo

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART

    This is so, so, so pretty. Omg that nursery is going to rock. I love it! I can totally see the shimmer from the gold and picture the rest in my mind. So beautiful!!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Katja! I’m glad you love the wall just as much as I do. It’s a work of art, in and of itself

  • It’s so cute! I was going to stencil our entry…but honestly, I don’t think I can handle it. My patience is that of a gnat, so there is no way I’d last. Can’t wait to see the rest!

    • Kenz

      I know what you mean. It took me over a year to even toy with the idea of stenciling again. The first time was SO traumatizing!

  • Brittney Paulsen

    Looks sooooo flippin FAB!!!! I am about to start my own stenciling venture as soon as I finish smooth coating my drywall. (Not something I would suggest ANYONE trying on their own… sheesh) But my question is, do you start the stencil in the middle of the wall? And how do you line um the next ones evenly?

    • Kenz

      Oh girl, I feel your paint. Skim coating is NOT fun!!! We had to do that in our dining room not too long ago. It’s definitely on the not-so-fun side of DIY projects. Hang in there! To answer your question, yes I started in the middle of the wall and then started working from side to side fanning it out. And the way it matches up is by the registers on the stencil. There are little lines (which you can’t really see in the picture) that line up with the previously painted section. Good luck!!

  • Amber @ Wills Casa

    Whoa Kenz! It looks incredible! I mean a scalloped wall in gold nonetheless!! Great choice. I’m about to tackle a stencil project (and by about to I mean like sometime within the next year or five), so good to know I need to work on my patience! Okay sweet Evelyn you’re nursery is almost ready for you!

    • Kenz

      Oooooooo!!! I want to know what you’re stenciling!!! I actually like the slow pace of a stencil project, because I don’t feel stressed or rushed to get it done.

  • JaneEllen

    Oh yeah, you stencil a wall gold scallops and now what can I say to sound like I did anything worthwhile?. lol. Just kidding your wall looks so exquisite, it’s gorgeous. I’d have never thought to do that but you sure did, it’s fantastic. What a lucky baby. She’ll love that wall. Babies love to lie and scan their rooms, see what’s around them and that wall will really capture her attention. What kind of art will you put on that wall? I’m dying to see the room finished.
    How’s all your other projects coming? Hope all well, take good care of yourself, don’t be doing too much Mom. Happy week
    When is your baby due?

    • Kenz

      haha! Oh JaneEllen, you have to remember this took almost 2 weeks, so I’m sure anything you did was plenty worth-while! I’m hoping she enjoys looking at the shimmery gold wall. It’s the wall where her crib will go. I’m not quite sure which art will end up on that wall. I’m going to have to play it by ear 🙂 I’ll be sure to take it easy!
      Oh! And she is due Christmas day!

  • Just love it Kenz! xo Kristin

    • Kenz

      Thanks Kristin!!

  • andrea @ mykindaperfect

    Um, that is GORGEOUS!!!!!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Andrea!!! I’m loving it so much!

  • Cassie Bustamante

    sooo fun!!! i love me some gold!

    • Kenz

      Yeah gold!

  • Gorgeous! I love how to light catches the shimmer! Are you still thinking about going over the stencil with white for the white on gold look?

    • Kenz

      Well, we are putting some white furniture on that wall, and I’m going to see how that looks before I see about changing anything.

  • Emily May

    This wall is so, so awesome. I like the you left the little border on the top and bottom… it makes it look like a big statement piece!

    • Kenz

      Thanks! I LOVE the top and bottom 🙂

  • The gold is PERFECTION. Like, so stinkin’ cool I could die.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Kim! I want to paint everything gold now!

  • Pam @ Little Red House

    Now that you’ve described scallops as looking like a matryoshka army I like them a lot better. Kudos to you for stenciling an entire wall. I just would not have the patience for that and it amazes when people actually do have the patience for it!

    • Kenz

      hahaha oh Pam! You are right, stenciling something smaller would be so much easier 🙂

  • anne @ wit wisdom and food

    That looks amazing. I am with you that it is like an army of nesting dolls. If it was my wall I would paint just one of those scallops to look like the top of a nesting doll in a sea of gold nesting dolls. Evelyn is going to love it.

    • Kenz

      Anne that is SUCH a great idea!!!! I love that so so much. You are a creative genius!

  • kelly @ view along the way

    Ohhhh MIGOSH. I am falling all over myself in love with this wall! I’ve only stenciled once but I swore to myself NEVER EVER AGAIN. But now that I’m looking at your wall? Hmm. Maybe I could just do it ONE MORE TIME.

    • Kenz

      hahaha that is the same story that keeps happening to me. So many beautiful patterns and stencil options make swearing off stenciling nearly impossible 🙂

  • thediynurse

    I’m not sure how but this is the first time I’ve been to your site. I saw the stencil and I though ‘hm I could be down with this.’ And then I saw it in gold and I was like ‘yessss it’s meant to be!’ Love it!

    • Kenz

      Thanks!!! It really is meant to be!

    • Beta Cummins

      I feel the very same way about this! I am actually doing my powder room. I’ve been browsing stencils for a very long time, and I think this gold pattern will make it look very sophisticated with my antique dresser mirror. Thank you for Sharing, Kenz!

  • Maggie Rust

    Not that I thought you couldn’t do it, but when I read you were doing a gold wall with white accents I felt an inner “ruh-roh”. That’s a ton of work. But look at you being amazing at home-hacking as usual. Baby E’s room looks so spectacular I’d like to move in (please.)

    • Kenz

      haha thanks Maggie! I actually was secretly doubting myself too. I wasn’t sure how the gold was going to turn out. But I just decided to go for it. I’m really glad I did. It’s pretty bitchin 🙂 You can move in! You’ll be on diaper duty lol

  • PersiaLou

    I am seriously amazed by this wall! It is so, so beautiful. The time you put into it definitely paid off. Pinning for sure!

    • Kenz

      Thanks PersiaLou! It didn’t even feel like it took that long. Maybe because my other stencil project too a month, lol. I just love how shiny and fun this wall is. 🙂

  • Did you leave it taped to the wall while you waited to put the second coat on? Also is this the small or large size moroccan scallop stencil? Im so inspired by you, my half bath is calling to me!

    • Kenz

      Hi Mary Cole! I left it taped up while I waited for the first coat to dry before doing the 2nd coat. That’s why stenciling takes so long. But I actually like it. You can do lots of things in between while the paint is drying. This stencil is the large scallop. This would look GREAT in a half bath! Be sure to send me pictures! (Let me know if you have any other questions!)

      • Awesome thanks! Did you just put your roller in plastic wrap in between?

        • Kenz

          I sure did! And I covered the paint pan with some tin foil.

  • Fan-Effing-Tastic. OMG I need a gold accent wall in my life! It would just make me ecstatic. Great work.. Lucky baby!!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Mindy! I think EVERYONE needs a gold wall in their life 🙂

  • Heather K

    Wow. Just wow. You are amazing.

    • Kenz

      Thank you so much!

  • Sarah

    This is gorgeous! Will remember this stencil for painting my bathroom 🙂 Love it!

    • Kenz

      Thans Sarah! We sure loved it!

  • Ange

    I want to see the room all done!! Such a good job!

  • meg

    I also had to search for a gold metallic paint. I went to Sherwin Williams and they said I had to mix this faux finish with a base color I wanted. did you have to mix this with a base color?