Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Adding Some Interest.

Our master bath is a place that I barely share with you guys.  I literally had to hunt down the last post I mentioned the space in {which happened to be here}, because I could not remember off the top of my head.  Don't worry, you haven't been missing much.  Since the shower doors went up, there wasn't really much else that happened in there.  I knew it needed some attention in order to feel finished, but other spaces...like our living area or our bedroom...took precedence.

Well a couple weeks ago...wait no, it was months...as in, I did this right before Christmas...I decided to pay some much-needed attention to our bathroom.  It definitely needed "something".  My brain was telling me the answer was a wall full of tile, but my bank account was telling me that a stencil would work just as well. ;)

After conquering my fear of stenciling in our hallway, I was pretty sure I could handle a single wall in our bathroom.  So I hopped online and searched for a pattern that felt right.  I came across Cutting Edge Stencil's Retro Flame all-over stencil and I was sold!  It would be the perfect accent in our bathroom.  And since our 1950's walls are never level, the irregular zig-zags would help to hide any flaws.

Around 10PM on a random Sunday night, I got busy stenciling {like most normal people do}.  I removed the large mirror above our vanity, and hubby's towel holder {after I took the picture}.  I had a blank slate to start with.



I figured that stenciling around the back of the toilet would be the hardest part of this whole process, but I was wrong.  Since I could not figure out how to remove our beautiful light fixture from the wall {I even went so far as to Google the installation manual, with no luck}, I had to work my way around it.  Not the easiest task, but I managed.

In the process, I may or may not have melted part of my stencil onto a light bulb because a piece of it was laying on the fixture as I was diligently working.  {High five to my forehead!}

I used the same method as I did with the hallway.  I sprayed the back of my stencil with some Easy Tack spray adhesive and let it tack up for a couple seconds.  Then I stuck it to the wall and secured the corners with painter's tape {sometimes I didn't even need the tape.}  Then I used a small foam roller to apply the paint to the stencil.  Remember, when you are stenciling, less is more.  The more paint you try to gob on, the more it will bleed under the stencil.  You can "off-load" some paint by rolling your roller onto a paper towel before you paint the wall.

The way I got around the light fixture was cutting my stencil.  Yup, I pretty much knew it'd be a one-time-use for me because of doing this, but I was okay with that.  I knew I needed to chop it up into a couple pieces so I could fit around the light, and it worked.  Unfortunately, it makes the stencil less rigid in certain areas of the pattern, so painters tape came in handy to hold things in place.






It adds a lot more interest, don't you think?  Hopefully I'll get around to giving you guys a full reveal of our {almost} completed master bath that you may have peaked at during our house tour feature last week! :)

52 comments:

  1. LOVE it! not only is it just plain awesome, but it is oh so you! :)

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  2. LOVE IT!!! And OMG I love that trash can!!

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    1. Thanks Cara!! You are going to laugh at me, but I had such a hard time finding a garbage can I liked {and that wasn't obnoxiously expensive}...I searched high and low to find that thing! :)

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  3. It looks so awesome Gabbi!!! I love that some of the zigzags are thick and some are thin. Great job girlfriend!

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  4. It's so pretty. You're so good at stenciling. I'm going to hire you.

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    1. Consider it done. I'll get right on your craft room! ;)

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  5. I love that stencil! Your style is so cool and pretty :) xo Kristin

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  6. I LOVE it! Fits right into your cute home!!

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  7. Wow, I SERIOUSLY love this. Which really surprises me that I like it so much!! You did a great job - like always!

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  8. Looks so great! It really does suit you. I love that you have an identifiable style!

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    1. Thanks Christine! I never realized that before...thanks for pointing it out! :)

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  9. I think you are so brave to go around light fixtures and toilets and stuff - I am definitely not there yet! But I love it. It's so pretty and feels like "you". :)

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    1. Thanks Amy! :) I'm just glad I didn't screw it up haha!

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  10. Wow Gabbi, you out did yourself once again! Your stencil looks like it was meant to be on that wall, I can't even spot any imperfections. What a brave woman you are to start the project at that time of day, I'm usually out cold by then ;) can't wait for the whole reveal.

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    1. Awww, thanks so much, Kristel!! I usually am out cold by then, but I was on a mission! Hubby was passed out about 5 minutes into the project for me haha.

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  11. Amazing transformation, looks beautiful! Where did you get your bathroom vanity?

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    1. Thank you, Lori! :) We purchased it online...it's the Design Element London 60" Double Sink Vanity. It's available from a bunch of different sites...if you Google it, it'll come up and you can search for the best price. I hope that helps!

      PS-when it comes to searching for the lowest price, take into account if websites charge you for taxes and shipping!!

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  12. Awesome! It looks soooo good =) I can't believe you started at 10 PM on a Sunday! I would be half asleep, lol!

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    1. Thanks so much, Kelly!! Honestly, I normally am haha. I was just on a mission that night...definitely in rare form! :)

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  13. I love your stencil choice and that the lines are perfect! You're bathroom is so pretty! Too bad you had to cut the stencil to make it work though :(

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    1. Aw, thank you so much Jenn Leigh! I know, it's unfortunate...but it's a sacrifice I was okay with making so I could finish the wall haha. ;)

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  14. GABBI!! That looks so good! and on a sunday night you started? lol love it

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    1. Thanks so much!! I know, I don't know what I was thinking! :)

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  15. I am so impressed!!!! I have never tackled the wall stencil because I am so intimidated... but you may have convinced me with this one! Looks amazing!

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    1. Thank you!! You could totally do it, Jenny. I have faith! :)

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  16. Oo - I love this! It makes a HUGE difference in there!

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  17. This looks gorgeous! I wasn't sure when I saw the picture w/o the mirror up, but once you put the mirror back in place I was sold. Great choice on that stencil!
    Sarah

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    1. Yea, putting the mirror back up really helped to seal the deal. :) Thanks!!

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  18. AHHHHH this looks so amazing!! I LOVE IT! :) Great job!

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  19. This looks REALLY good. I like the color you chose. Really adds a lot to that wall.

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  20. Looks great! Def adds interest. Love your vanity and all the fixtures in there too!

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  21. Hey Gabbi- I came across your blog from pinterest and am pretty sure we went to high school together! I love all you have done with your house and your budget friendly designs!

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    1. Hi Denise! Yes, I think we did! I'm so glad you found me on here...thanks so much! :)

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  22. I love it! It's gorgeous.

    I so wish that all our walls weren't textured so that I could stencil something... anything! I guess I'll have to live vicariously though you!

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    1. Aw, thanks Jess!!

      What a bummer...yes, you can definitely live through me! I'll probably have another stenciling project to tackle down the road. ;)

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  23. Wow. I love this. Freaking great!

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  24. LOVE this backsplash! Definitely wanna do this in our guest bathroom.

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