Wednesday, July 25, 2012

before and after. dining room style.

first off. you guys win. for being the most encouraging blog readers ever. your words were a comfort to me and a blessing. so thank you. really.

second: winner of the groupdealz necklace is numero 36! EB. so if that's you, email me, player.

moving on to the magic!

three posts in three days? i mean, that has got to be some kind of a record.
for a hermit. i have come out of hermitude to bring you post after post after post. this will be my last one this week because who posts this much?

anyway, everyone loves a good makeover. so let's get on with it.

so i fell in love with this marakkesh stencil at royal design studio. because i am obsessed with all things moroccan at this point in time. it is a classic print that has been around for centuries. i think. i mean, i didn't google that or anything. so i hope it will never ever go out of style because my hand still hurts from painting.

i went for paint because when i was looking around at different wallpapers, i just couldn't get over the price...it's pretty insane. plus you have to know how to match up the pattern and buy the glue and the other tools and it felt pretty overwhelming to me. even though i would have made my mother do it for me. she was basically a famous 80's wallpaper hanger and should be embarrassed for the heinous situations she put on people's walls. including ducks. really? ducks? pink ducks? WITH BONNETS. it's not ok.

so after pondering wallpaper, stencils won my heart over immediately. they are much more inexpensive and easier to work with. if you can push through the tediousness in exchange for gloriousness. and i think you can.

this is what the room looked like when i started. i heart grey. but we painted the ceiling grey as well and that's a lot of one color. i wanted to break it up with something fun.


now, don't get me wrong, this is a tedious activity. it's not particularly complicated, just tedious. but once you get going you will get the hang of it quickly. you will feel like you're going insane also. but you're not. you've just been staring at the same wall for a couple days.

now, make sure to buy the spray adhesive and apply it to the back of the stencil every once in a while.  this will help you IMMENSELY. i used tape too. but it was unnecessary.

and everyone says this, but i'll say it again...don't get too much paint on your roller. you really need to roll it off on something before it goes on the wall.

some people like to use drop cloths but I'm not that classy. i like to let the paint spill into the cracks of my hardwoods so i can always remember the paint-fest.

ok and you should know that i did go a little rogue on the stencil. but i needed to cut it up for some nooks and crannies that were hard to get into with the whole stencil. i think that might be illegal in the stencil world, but i didn't plan on using the stencil again and after all the paint build up on it anyway, i didn't think it would be all that usable again. i'm not sure how you would clean the paint build up off or if that's recommended but i didn't clean mine. stencil rebel for life!

yes, stencils were sticking to every part of me by the time i was done. 



that's the overall pattern. i was surprised at how perfect i DIDN'T have to be with the pattern. you can see where it didn't match up completely perfectly, but i have old walls in an old house. don't judge me. from a distance, you can't tell that it was a little imperfect.


and drum rolllllll, here is the after. yes we put a couch at the table. don't ask. sometimes i nap there and eat chips at the same time. it's great. like i'm a goddess of stencils and couches. or something.

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i hung a curtain and took off the ugly blinds that were supposed to be temporary but ended up staying for, oh....3 years. and the other window will have panels but i need someone to get me them at IKEA because we don't have one here. and can i just say, let's all paint the ceilings. you're light fixture will pop and it brings an extra layer of depth into the room.


so i did one "feature" wall and it took me a good three days of working on it. it was therapeutic actually. considering i was working through a lot in my brain. and if i didn't have kids and events and instagram breaks, then it would have been faster. but what can you do. i mean, you need to know what other people are doing with their lives, like every hour. duh.

i do love the look of this and think it was worth all the tedious-ness. definitely would recommend this to others and already have.
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sorry about the color difference. i took the pictures at different times of the day.

hope you guys feel inspired to do something a little different in your home.

are you feeling so inspired? royal design studio wants to give one of these magic stencils away and i will post the giveaway next week on this very blog. so check back then, players.


(royal deign studio gave me the stencil for a review, but these opinions are for reals mine)

60 comments:

  1. You crack me up!!

    I LOVE the wall, I think I may have to do it too....and now my husband probably officially hates you for showing me this. I really suck at finishing what I start, what would a half wall look like?

    Good job lady, rock on with your bad self!

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  2. I kind of feel like a stalker since you only posted this nine minutes ago and I am already commenting but I LOVE THIS!!! What a difference. And your table... and the chalkboard... and the mirror. Can I just have this dining room????

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  3. Are you kidding.... ThAt is beautiful! Drop dead gorgoues. I love that grey, your chandlier and that table..... Killer.
    Love that you have a couch on one side and a bench on the other. Fab. Beautiful job, the stencil makes the room. Hmmmm here is hoping i win the stencil next week.

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  4. i am totally inspired i need to paint 2 kids rooms and am thinking stencils is the way to go!!!! amazing!!!

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  5. I want to paint my ceiling and this is just another nail in the coffin. It looks fabulous!!

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  6. Love it!!!!
    I've been contemplating wallpaper on my huge wall from my main floor down to the basement.
    It would be a MAJOR job, requiring scaffolds, etc.
    Makes me want to nap just thinking about it!
    And my hand throbs just thinking about these stencils...
    But maybe it would be a tad easier than wallpaper?!
    Who knows?!
    Anyway.... Love the morrocan inspired dining room!!

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  7. Can I just say that I'm toats jeal over that table? I had to do a little "research" of your blog to see where you got it from... and I think I am now green with envy that you got it for $100 at a garage sale. I mean, seriously?!? All I ever see at garage sales is 80's style clothes and broken coffee makers!

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  8. love love your table too! Looks good!

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  9. holy gorgeous dining room.

    and my sister told me that next year shawnee mission is getting an ikea! but i don't know if that is close to you? have a great week!

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  10. absolutely beautiful! worth every minute or adhesive glue brain clearing!

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  11. It looks AMAZING! I love it.

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  12. holy crap that is amazing! i am totally inspired to run out and stencil something now!

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  13. I'm not sure what I love more...the stenciled walls or the huge farmhouse table?!?!?!?!

    It looks great!

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  14. Please please PLEASE tell us the gray paint color!

    Looks amazing.

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  15. That is Ah-mazing! I love love! You did a great job...I think stenciling is so hard!

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  16. You never fail to amaze me!! Absolutely love this!

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  17. Wow! That's beautiful!

    P.S. I love the couch at the table.

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  18. Wow! It looks amazing!!! Looks like so much work, but certainly the end results are worth it! I definitely want to do this in my home. And also, I love the couch at the table, why not? And the color of the couch pops against your new amazing wall! Great job and thanks for sharing!

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  19. i absolutely love this! such a simple but powerful upgrade! pinning it for future use.

    esther
    lovinglythrown.com

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  20. I love it! Just went to their site and have two I am deciding between. This needs to happen soon. Great job! Sofas at the dining table, duh! Anyone who disagrees can go sit in a chair.

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  21. This looks so great, Jami!! Love it!!

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  22. I am inspired! Loooove what you did!

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  23. The wall looks great! Very inspiring.

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  24. Love it! Totally changes the entire room

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  25. I'm totally afraid to be the first commenter(because, well...the odds) But anyhoo, I LOVE this!
    You mentioning wallpaper made me throw up a little in my mouth because.... look at this(http://www.handbagsnpigtails.com/2012/07/war-zone.html) its pretty much the bane of my existence right now. Seven layers in an 1800s home is just not right. Not to mention WALLPAPER ON THE CEILINGS!!! What the what?
    PLEASE sign me up for a stencil win. We're trying to decide what we'll do in the hallways once everything is finally prepped for the next step.

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  26. Amazing!!! I am inspired, but probably will be too chicken to try it myself! Well done!

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  27. i LOVE every bit of this post!! love it. your dining room is divine!

    also, i read your post yesterday...keep your head up, mama. life is good.

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  28. Dude you rock. As in you rock as a solo band! How in the heck that you ever got this done is beyond me....I was tired looking at the 1st stencil you put up!! My lazy ass would have took a nap on the dining table couch each of the 3 days. LOL
    Love it!

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  29. WOW! the wall looks awesome! great job.

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  30. How lovely! I would love to stencil or paint stripes on a wall in our house, but hubby said he'd kill himself if I ever did something like that. True story. Darn those OCD people!

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  31. I don't think my first comment posted, so just in case: this is lovely! Good job woman!

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  32. Lovely lovely! You inspire me to get some of my own DIY projects going again. I adore that grey paint color!

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  33. oh man, i DIE. this is freakin' awesome!;asldkfj a;sdlfkja e;fo iahv

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  34. I've been wanting to do this in one of my bathrooms, and was going to have Ian draw the stencil for me. I'm- a- win that stencil next week.

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  35. It looks so great! I just helped a friend stencil her entryway, so I'm pretty much a pro. I need one for my own house now! :)

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  36. It look amazing! You're so good. ...and terbear? Yeah, my parents are amazing wallpaperers! Seriously! It's like the only thing they can do together without arguing. ;) And my mom has a crazy talent for finding the most beautiful wallpapers ever, but she does have plenty of mauve and dusty blue disasters in her past. :) Again, our moms would be BFFs.

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  37. First of all, your last blog post had me in tears. I live the humble way you write and all the honesty... Totally respect you for that!

    My hubby and I are hunting for a table like yours for our new house and are about to just build our own! I also want to find mismatched chairs to go around it with my church pew bench. Any suggestions locally? (KC area) I live the style of yours. The wall looks GREAT too!

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  38. looks amazing, jami nato.
    now i want to do that.
    and i don't ahve tiiimmmeee!

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  39. I love reading your blog! You are hilarious, inspiring, honest, and a Godly woman. Can't wait to hear from you at the Influence conference!

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  40. your dining room...one word...divine.
    oh, THAT table!!!!

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  41. the room looks amazing!!! i love that you just did one wall and a couch in the dining room? love it!

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  42. Looks gorgeous! And the couch by the dining table is fab.

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  43. the wallpaper with ducks & bonnets sounds like my parent's bathroom by the kitchen, lol!! btw totally need you to come over sometime to help me decorate this house more!! love the wall makes the room look bigger!

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  44. Cool blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere? A design like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog jump out. Please let me know where you got your design. Kudos

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  45. Love the wall! You did such an awesome job on it.

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  46. AHHHHmazing!
    you are one super duper talented girl!
    xoxo

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  47. I thought I had already commented on here but I don't see it. Anyhoo, I love this and linked to it here:
    http://www.handbagsnpigtails.com/2012/07/hello-monday_30.html
    Just so ya know:) Have a great day!

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  48. that looks completely AWESOME. we are about to get our house finally repainted after earthquake damage (hopefully soon anyway!) and am totally inspired to give this a whirl

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  49. gorgeous!!
    and i am totally still your friend, even though you added word verification.

    xo

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  51. i found your blog through carissa's blog. I love your style...mixing faith, family, humor and home decor. Girl after my own heart! Beautiful room. Love what you did.

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  52. Oh my Lord, you are so funny! My side hurts from laughing. So glad I found your Blog. Can't wait to see all the fabulous things you've blogged about...your home decor is classic and you have make everything seem so easy. Thanks for making my morning a little brighter!

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  53. This is gorgeous! I would love to try this one day!

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  54. I am seriously considering how I can talk my husband into putting a couch at our dining room table so I can lay on it and eat chips, too.

    This room is gorgeous and I love the stencil. I am gearing up for a weekend of stencil on one wall in my bedroom. And like you, I am choosing to stencil over spending $300 on wallpaper for ONE wall!!!

    Well done.

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  55. Great job of stenciling...I just have a quick question........maybe if would be easier? to have painted the wall white and stencil the narrow parts grey? Maybe?

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  56. I love the stencil and you did a great job...but , here's a thought....maybe next time....paint the while white and stencil just the narrow lines grey? Do you think that would be easier?

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