Started a home decor project that you thought would look really cool, got halfway done and decided it wasn't quite what you wanted? That's what happened with my DIY cardboard letters. I wanted to spell EAT on my blank kitchen wall - but I wanted the letters to be about an inch wide and 12" tall... and I couldn't find them ANYWHERE! I could buy them online here or there, but they were either out of a letter or the shipping was too high. Turning to my Facebook page, I got the swift kick in the butt from my readers that I needed to just make my own. I used cereal boxes, painters tape, paper, mod podge and silver paint to make them... well, I only finished the E, but you get the drift. I loved the end result and it was exactly what I wanted... until I put it up against my wall and decided it just wasn't doing it for me. I already shared the tutorial on how to make those here.
Today I'm going to show you what I ended up putting in that blank space in my kitchen that I felt needed a little something. After changing my mind on the letters I hopped onto Facebook and in my feed was a post by Cutting Edge Stencils. I have had this running thought in my head about how it would look cool to have just a strip of a stencil running vertical on my wall so when I came across their name again it provoked me to visit their site. Which is where I came across THE PERFECT stencil to turn my idea into reality. It fit my kitchen style and I thought it would be a fun touch to the blank space. Without further ado, check out my new stencil accent that I created using the Wild Berry Damask stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils:
I'm.in.love. It adds just the touch of what I was looking for!
And here's a close up:
The color is the same as the wall color with a bit of white added in to lighten it up.
This stencil was very simple to use. I used the roller that Cutting Edge Stencils provided, as well as their level that attaches to the stencil. The level was a BIG help with this stencil - especially since I was going vertical in the middle of the wall. I really didn't want it to be crooked! I did about three VERY THIN coats for each (their are two patterns on the stencil) and I had to reposition the stencil 5 times. All in all it took about 1.5 hours to complete... mostly because I had to let the paint dry before moving on to the next set.
My central vac input through me for a bit of a loop. When I started stenciling I figured I would take the input off the wall and just stencil on through... but it doesn't - well, I think it might if I get my hubby involved to detach the wires holding it in place - and trying to stencil around it was going to be near impossible and end with a clean and crisp design so I decided to just end it there.
What do you guys think? I asked my Facebook friends and the majority said leave it as is. It isn't bothering me... but I'm a symetrical person so it might get to me after a while. Should I make my husband go the extra mile to remove the input and finish both the top and bottom so it goes baseboard to ceiling? Share your opinions please!
UPDATE: the longer I look at it the more I know I need to FINISH it! As soon as I get my hubby to take that outlet off, I'll finish and snap some pictures to share the goodness!
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