Dining Room Reveal & Stencil Giveaway

Andrew and I have been working on our family room and dining room makeovers.  Today, I am ready to share with you the dining room reveal.  (*Be sure to read through to the end of this post for a BIG giveaway from Royal Design Studio - the website where we bought our stencil!) Here is a before picture of the dining room:

sage green dining room - before

It was a sage green color with stripes above the chair rail in different sheens of paint.  The stripes were very subtle.

sage green dining room stripes

And the after:

blue stenciled dining room


How did we get from green stripes to blue stencil?  First we chose our colors and the stencil:

dining room paint colors

Lightest to darkest (all Benjamin Moore): Blue Allure 771, I’ve Got the Blues 774, & Bermuda Blue 2061-30


 (Royal Design Studio’s Chez Ali stencil)

Next, we painted above and below the chair rail.  We decided not to tape prior to painting because we knew we were going to come back and repaint the trim anyway.

dining room base colors

After a few days – to allow the base coat to fully dry – we were ready to start the stencil.  Our supplies included:

-the stencil -tape -stencil level -paint -a 4” foam brush roller

dining room first stencil

The instructions recommend ending your stencil in the least conspicuous location in the room.  They say that with an all-over repeat pattern, it is almost impossible to end with an exact match of the stencil.  So, we came up with this plan:

-Start over the window you see when walking into the dining room. -Alternate right and left sides (to give the paint a few minutes to dry each time). -End over the door way where you walk into to room (only about 8” of wall space).

After one evening of working, we had completed the first wall:

dining room one wall stenciled

It was not the quickest process in the world, and we briefly contemplated only stenciling the one wall, but we stuck to our original plan and continued on!

I wish I had taken more ‘in-progress’ pictures, but I think I was too focused to stop and pick up the camera.  You can see in this picture the stencil level (bottom left of the stencil) we used each time to make sure that we were staying level.

dining room first stencil

You can also see that the stencil does not go all the way to the ceiling.  Royal Design Studio sends with their stencils an extra top stencil to be able to go back and stencil the top row. (The stencils are made this way so that when you’re stenciling near the ceiling, the big stencil is not flopping over and hitting you in the head.)  After we completed each wall, Andrew would go back and stencil the top row.  You can see here one wall where he had done the top row and the other where he hadn’t gotten to it yet.

dining room stenil top row

After stenciling for another afternoon and evening, we were finally done!  (We’re talking about 12 hours total!)

blue stenciled dining room

We were done with the stenciling at least.  Our to-do list still included:

-repaint the trim -hang pictures -lay down a new rug

So, we took about a week to recover ;), and then continued on with the project.

We found the perfect Suzani rug online at RugsUSA.com to coordinate with the room:

blue & brown suzani rug

(I now see that the rug is no longer available.  I’m glad we found it when we did!)

With the new rug, crisp and clean white trim, and pictures back on the wall, we are loving our new dining room!

blue stenciled dining room

Here are a few detail photos:

blue chez ali stencil

blue stenciled dining room

I love how the stencil echoes the shape of the detailing on our corner cabinet.

stencil meeting point

You can see here where we matched up the stencil.  It would be almost impossible to have it match perfectly - but we came pretty close.

One more time, before:

sage green dining room - before

And after:

blue stenciled dining room

It’s bold and it’s beautiful, and we love it!  We still have a few things we want to do for the room – new window treatments, a few new accessories, and maybe some new artwork – but for now, we are enjoying the result of all of our hard work.

So, here is the good news for you:

I’ve team up with Royal Design Studio to giveaway to one lucky reader the stencil of her choice ($50 or less) + free shipping!

How to enter:

1.  Head on over to Royal Design Studio, and select a stencil you would like to use for a project.

2.  Leave a comment on this blog post telling which stencil you like and where you would use it.

3.  You will also receive 1 bonus entry each for:

*For the bonus entries - leave a separate comment on this blog post each time letting me know what you've liked, followed, or shared.*

So, look around your house and pick a project!  You aren’t limited to walls either – think about furniture, pillows, window treatments, etc.  It is a great way to transform any space or piece in order to make it uniquely yours.

º What Royal Design Studio stencil would you choose?

Thank you to the team at Royal Design Studio for pairing up with me for this offer!

(Winner will be chosen at random.  Comments must be posted by Tuesday May 22, 2012 at midnight to be eligible for the giveaway.  The winner must claim the prize within 3o days.  Free shipping is offered within the continental U.S.)

*Congratulations to Cheryl!  She was the winner of the Royal Design Studio giveaway!*

Cathy Green Interiors monogram