Not knowing where to start can cause a project to remain stalled for years. In this room, the bed and one other piece of furniture (a desk that is used as a sewing station) had been selected but the homeowners could not come to agreement on wall color, additional pieces of furniture, window treatments or carpeting. I was asked to complete the design using these two pieces as inspiration.
To begin, I started by pulling dozens and dozens of paint chips and had the clients weed out colors they did not like, until there were around 10 good options. (I find that it's easier for people to vote colors "off the island" as opposed to selecting the ones they LOVE). I took this information, along with a sample of the fabric from the bed's headboard and went to work sourcing carpet.
The two clients wanted totally different carpets. One wanted bold patterns (think zebra stripes) while the other wanted something calm and subtle. After visiting no less than 5 different shops and providing 26 different samples for review, carpet was selected. We used the "finalist" paint colors to select carpet, then determined the winning two paint colors.
The highlight of this project was painting one of the walls to look like wallpaper!
Painted Wallpaper Tutorial
Following is the tutorial for this project which includes the stencil template as well as general directions for how to go about transforming any wall into a showpiece!
Base | Eddie Bauer home | Beach EB12-1 eggshell paint
Accent | Eddie Bauer Home | Travertine EB36-4 eggshell paint
Floetrol paint additive
Roller, trim brush, paint pan, dropcloth(s)
Sharpie permanent marker
Once that's done, find the center of your wall and mark a vertical line using a pencil. Lightly trace around the stencil, being sure to add the "additional filler" between each motif. Once a few squares are drawn in, place the stencil between two motifs to the right or left of the line, and, making sure it's vertical, draw it in. Repeat on the other side, then measure and use that spacing to draw the rest of the vertical lines on the wall. Work your way along, taking frequent breaks. The process takes quite a while. once you're done drawing, mix some accent paint and Floetrol in a container. (Floetrol extends the drying time of the latex paint.) Using your small artists brush, begin to fill in the design, doing your best to keep each line straight. I worked in sections, painting different sections at the same time so that I was never touching a spot that was wet. Take your time; making sure you're painting the right place. Make a mistake? Just wash it off with a wet rag, let that spot dry, and try again. As I worked, I would feather out the ends of my painting so that there were no hard lines showing where I stopped and started.
Once the wall was completed, I took a photo of the large expanse of pattern and formatted it to fit most standard computer monitors.
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