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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Indy and Buster were happy to help too. They really love this room. It’s so bright and sunny.
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.
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.
I decided to leave the edged on the top and bottom as they were. I really liked the way it looks.
Some people think scallops look like a mermaid tail, but I hold strong to the vision of an army of Russian nesting dolls!
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.
Tell me all about your weekend endeavors!