My music room walls aren’t finished, but I’m hanging up my stencils for a couple of days before I tackle the last little bit. This has been one of the most tedious and frustrating projects I’ve ever done, and I can all but assure you that you’ll never see another stenciled wall in my house in the future. If this experience has taught me anything, it’s that wallpaper is an amazing thing. You can put it up in a few hours, the pattern is perfect, and most companies today sell the easily removable wallpaper that comes off in whole sheets without all of the tedious scraping that the old wallpaper requires.
But I’ve gotten myself into this project, and I’m too far to turn back now, so I must finish.
On Monday, I had done this much on one wall, and was wondering how in the world I was going to stencil around the edges and around the little slivers of wall between the doorways and the bookcases.
I know a lot of you said not to worry about those areas and to just do the big areas on the two walls. Well, I considered that for about two minutes before realizing there was no way I could live with that. It looked so unfinished to my eye, and really accentuated the fact that it was a stencil and not wallpaper. I had my heart set on a wallpaper look, which meant that those tiny areas had to be stenciled regardless of how infuriating it would be.
I ended up using the suggestion that many of you gave me to cut new sections of the stencil as needed out of cardstock (I used file folders) using an X-acto knife. It was time-consuming, but it actually worked well. Then I used a tiny 3-inch roller to paint those areas, along with a stencil brush right along the edges.
I had to go back with a small paint brush (i.e., a craft brush) to do some touchups. That was incredibly tedious, but necessary for a perfectionist like me.
Anyway, I still have a few small areas to go, but the bulk of this project is done. The wall on the left is the most finished area in the room. I got all of the areas along the ceiling, the chair rail, the bookcase, and the doorway casing on the right and the top. And I also did all of my tiny brush touchups, so this is about as done as it’s going to get. I just need a new light switch cover.
Many of you were concerned that this pattern would be too busy on the walls, and perhaps it is for some. But I think the colors make it subtle enough that the pattern doesn’t really hit you in the face. It really will just serve as a subtle pattern backdrop for whatever I decide to put on the walls.
On the other end of that wall, where it meets the non-wall wall between the music room and the entryway, you can see (if you look closely) that I still need to finish the very bottom part on that little sliver of wall between the doorway to the hallway and the 10-lite panel. But other than that, that part is finished, as is the area along the top of the opening to the entryway.
At the other end of that wall, I still need to do that little bit right up next to the casing, and then I have quite a bit of detail brush work to do. But it’s getting there! At least the edges along the ceiling and the chair rail are stenciled. The brush work is tedious and time-consuming, but it’s much easier than the stenciling.
And then I have the part that I’m dreading the most — the area on the top and to the left of this doorway.
It’s a tiny sliver of wall between the door casing and the bookcase, and I just might cry a few tears before it’s all said and done. But again, I’m way past the point of no return, so if it must get done through tears and cursing, then that’s just how it has to be. 😀
So that’s the progress. I’m so ready to move on to another project and be done with this!
But I am glad I took the time to do one continuous pattern from one side to the other without any mismatched areas. After all of this tedious and frustrating work, I would have been so frustrated to have to look at a mismatched pattern on my wall, no matter how small the area.
I still have quite a bit of paint touchup to do in the rest of the room. The baseboards and door casings have wood stain on them from the floor refinishing, and the paint on those doors has gotten quite banged up over the last two years. I’m also missing a peacock door handle that got knocked off way back when we took the sheetrock off of the ceiling in this room.
So all of that will need to be done before I start furnishing and decorating this room, but the fun stuff is getting very close!
Unfortunately, those two chairs that I bought at the consignment store for this room will have to be reupholstered. Remember those? You can see a glimpse of them here in the middle of the living room (where I moved everything to paint these rooms)…
…under the piles of Amazon and Target boxes and the bags of items I keep forgetting to return to Target and Pier 1. 😀 (Does anyone else hate returning stuff to stores as much as I do? The only thing I hate more is grocery shopping.)
Anyway, they’re covered in a blue velvet-ish fabric that would have worked just fine if I had kept with the dark blue/light gray combo in the kitchen. But it clashes terribly with the teal, so now I have to find new fabric. And this room has one more huge project — refinishing the piano. This piano won’t be painted. I do actually want to refinish it, but I don’t want it really dark like the current finish is. Right now, it’s so dark that the details don’t show up on it in pictures (or in person). I’d love for it to be a medium wood tone, so I’m anxious to see what the wood looks like underneath that thick, dark finish.
But for now, I must press on with these walls. I figure I have one more full day of work on them before they’ll be completely finished. Ugh. Have I mentioned how much I hate stencils? 😀