Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Cutting Edge Stencil Review and Projects

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A while ago, Cutting Edge Stencils contacted me to see if I'd like to review one of their stencils (ummm.... yes)!!!!

This bedroom hadn't received much attention since we moved into our home, nearly 2 years ago, yikes! I can't believe I waited so long to create an inviting atmosphere in our room. It literally has changed the way we sleep, the way we can relax, etc.... I won't make that mistake again! Next time we move, I'm working on our bedroom first! Our bedroom isn't quite finished, but here is the progress I've made.

BEFORE
 (oooo, this is painful plastering this picture on the internet. so sad)!

AFTER



It is so fantastic. I love everything about it! My mom even loved it. Thank you Cutting Edge!!!

My experience:
It all started when a friend gave me a can of leftover gray paint. (Thanks Nollie)!! I was excited to have gray walls. Then Cutting Edge Stencils contacted me, and I knew I wanted to do something really cool in our room. I took the plunge and ordered the fanciest looking stencil (even though they recommend sticking with something easy for your first project). Then I got even more adventurous and used METALLIC paint. It was a big risk, and I was super cautious with my painting. I'm sooo glad I went for it.

My wall is pretty big (30 feet maybe). I worked on this project at night after my kids had gone to sleep. It took 2 nights, staying up until about 3am, blasting country music from my tin can computer speakers. Around 1am I think I began getting delirious, but I kept on stenciling. My poor husband had to sleep on the couch. And yeah, I was tired the next day. But... it was worth it.

The Stencil:
Diamond Damask

The paint colors: (both from Home Depot)
Main Paint- Behr Anomymous
(comes in a small pot, was only $5. I used 2.5 pots)
The sheen that this paint gives off is so beautiful. It looks different from every angle, and I can't stop looking at my wall. I almost don't need to make a headboard because my wall is so pretty :)

Tools Needed:
I was extremely grateful that along with my stencil, Cutting Edge also sent a sponge roller brush, a bristled brush, and a level. The only other things I needed were painter's tape, a cheap paint tray (you could easily use a paper plate), and the paint. 

My Tips:
I read and followed all the instructions on how to stencil a damask pattern. I also watched a YouTube video which was helpful, (found at the end of this post). The one thing I wish I had done is start the stencil at the top of the wall. I started at the bottom, to experiment, but once I got the top, there were about 2 inches where the stencil didn't cover, which is fixable, but would have been easier had I started at the top and worked my way down.

Here is the video I recommend watching before starting a stencil job. It's really short, and helpful!


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83 comments:

Amberlee said...

Holy Moly Rachel!!!!!! I LOVE IT!! It looks so fantastic! Man you have inspired me!!

kiki comin said...

wow..i love your wall. looks so amazing.:)

Jessica Lucas said...

That silver is gorgeous! Fantastic job. I have paint envy.

Jess @
tupelocreative

Jesse said...

oh. my. gosh. are you kidding me? that looks soooo cute! and new lamps and bedding! I love it Rach!

Tonia L said...

Looks great! Those stencils are amazing!

Kristel said...

LOVE IT!!! Your wall turned out fantastic! I just painted my MB a gray color as well, and contemplated doing a stencil on the back wall, but I also know how time consuming they can be, as I did a wall in my dining room, so I think I will just have to admire your wall instead. Stop by sometime, and take a look at the stenciled wall, also by cutting edge. Great Job!

Alison @ Oopsey Daisy said...

Wow--I am SO amazed! I never would have dared use any metallic paint, but this turned out incredible!!! And PS LOVE your lamps. Great transformation!

Yesenia said...

Wow! I stumbled upon your site while surfing my favorite blogs and must say I'm loving what I see! You did quiet an amazing job with your bedroom, I absolutely love it! If I had a wall that large I would also love to stencil it with a damask stencil. Great Job!

~ Yesenia

Kristin@gratefulbelly.com said...

Wow, this is GORGEOUS! I'd love to have you stop by and share this at my link party running now through Saturday night :)

http://www.gratefulbelly.com/2012/04/whats-new-wednesday-four.html

cheapcraftymama said...

Oh wow, that is STUNNING! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at my new linky party "Pin It and Win It Wednesday" @ www.cheapcraftymama.com!

Ginger said...

Wow! Turned out amazing! :)

Megan and Emily@Whimsically Homemade said...

I am completely in love with that wall! I love the colors you used.

Visiting from Whimsically Homemade!

the cape on the corner said...

oh my gosh, your bedroom looks amazing!

Rachel said...

This is AMAZING! I love the silver over the gray. You did a fantastic job. Pinned! I'd love for you to share this at my link party {It runs Tues-Sat}. http://adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com/2012/04/terrific-tuesdays-10.html
Rachel

the momma (aka Shannon) said...

WOWEE! that bedroom wall looks spectaclar! great job!

Sherika Alston said...

love, love, LOVE!

CSI girl said...

Love this, Rachel! I would love it if you would share this project at the CSI Project. The challenge this week is stencil projects. Come link up!!!
Hugs,
Dee, the CSI Girl

Becca @ The Sassy Penguin said...

I love this. All you stencilers are sealing the deal on making me buy a Cutting Edge Stencil.

ps. Blasting country music is the only way to go :)

idesign said...

amazing!!!

jackie
http://jaclyndesigns.blogspot.com/

Ashleigh said...

What a gorgeous wall with perfect color choices! Your bedroom makeover is so pretty!!

Amy Fountain said...

Lovely! I love the before and after, I would never have recognized the walls.

Jenny said...

What an amazing look! I love the metallic that you chose - really modern and classic all at once. I'm smitten with stencils too, and have been adding them to my home. They've come a long way baby!

melissa @ daisymaebelle.com said...

Fabulous! Our bedroom is in desperate need of a makeover! It is just the catch-all room now. I love the honest before picture!!!

Taylor-Ann said...

I LOVE IT!!! What a transformation. I would love it if you linked it up to my link party.

http://momslifevents.blogspot.com/

Thanks~ Taylor

Janis@All Things Beautiful said...

Wow, wow and wow!! Love it all!! The stencil design is incredible! The metallic paint is stunning! I adore your lampshades too!! I'm jealous....but excited to have found you!

Jeanette www.craftyincrosby.com said...

Beautiful!!! I bought a large stencil quite some time ago to use on my dining room walls. You've inspired me to actually use it now!

Urban Hoot said...

Your bedroom wall is freakin awesome! You rock!

Kim said...

Holy Crap. That silver looks sooooo awesome! I would have been scared out of my britches to do silver, but it is GORGEOUS!!!

Just For Me And You-Ladies said...

Wow! What a transformation. It is stunning. Great color choce!

Shannah @ Just Us Four said...

This is a really great project! Your wall looks amazing! I would love it if you would come link this up at my Pinworthy Projects Link Party.

ARod said...

OMG YOUR BEDROOM IS AMMMMMAZZZZING TOTALLY LOVE IT

Mindie Hilton said...

Stunning, seriously so romantic and pretty!

Jocelyn said...

I am still in the middle of redoing our room. (we repainted in Jan...and it still isn't done:-) I LOVE your stenciled wall...especially that you used a silver metallic. Now I am totally considering stenciling a fun sheen on my walls!

Maria said...

Wow absolutely gorgeous!!!!!! Great job stenciling, it's perfect!!!!!! Love how the silver pops against the dark colored wall. Beautiful! (I wish we weren't living in a rented apartment so i could do this too!! One day...!)

Karla said...

Your wall is beautiful. I love it!

TidyMom said...

Love. That. Wall!!

Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up! http://tidymom.net/2012/diy-ideas-for-home/

Have a great weekend

Sarah A. said...

Your bedroom is absolutely beautiful!!

ARod said...

totally inspiring i want that lol on my list to pick up this stencil great job

aimee said...

wow how beautiful it looks amazing i would love it if you have the time if you could come and link up at http://www.twiggstudios.com/2012/04/sunday-show-of-linky-party-features.html

thankyou aimee xxxx

Megan said...

The bedroom looks unbelievable! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

poindextr said...

you did such a great job and your interior style is fabulous! Love the results!

SayNotSweetAnne said...

I don't even think I can express how AWESOME this is! You are an inspiration. I would have been exhausted and given up only a few minutes in. I LOVE the colors, the stencil, just everything. WAY TO GO! I would love for you to link up to my debut of Sweet Sharing Mondays (new weekly party)! http://saynotsweetanne.com/2012/sweet-sharing-monday/

Michelle Johnnie said...

I want silver stenciled walls now! LOVE it! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

Your bedroom looks GORGEOUS!!!

Kei said...

Wow, that looks utterly fantastic! Brilliant job!

Maury Kilgo said...

This is stunning! I love the design you chose. I did a stencil on my master bedroom wall as well, but I like your design better. Great job!

I'm a new follower!

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

I featured this on my blog tonight! Thank you so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday. Come check it out and grab a featured button! http://www.mygirlishwhims.com/2012/04/your-whims-wednesday-55-and-features.html

Deauna said...

I think this is an awesome idea! I rent my place, but I'm considering ironing fabric on the wall and stenciling the fabric.

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

You totally ROCK!!! I'm so loving this I can't hardly stand it! Featuring you tomorrow! XO, Aimee

Olga@Stardust-Decor&Style said...

What a transformation! Gorgeous after!

Marcie said...

I would love for you to share this on my linky party!
http://www.igottatrythat.com/p/blog-hop-linky-colde.html
I am also following you on linky, would love for you to follow me back!
Thanks, Marcie

 Genevieve said...

This came out lovely! I hope you don't mind that I included a photo and link in a post I did on stencils.(I'm new to blogging and unfamiliar with linking etiquette). Thanks for the inspiration!

Genevieve http://turnedtodesign.blogspot.com/

Jena @ Involving Color and Home said...

Rach, this stencil looks fantastic! The metallic paint over the darker gray looks perfect, and it is such a neat and unique stencil design. I'd love to feature this on my paint color blog. You wouldn't have to do a thing, just let me know if you're interested!

Anonymous said...

Love the stenciling. Also love the lampshades? Are these another project ?

Susan @ Oh My! Creative said...

Gorgeous - I love the stencil you used! Worth every minute of your time!

Anonymous said...

LOVE it! I've been debating on Behr grays forever and I'm glad you mentioned which one you used. Is the gray paint matte or glossy? I have to know! Thanks

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