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Budget Style: Stenciling vs. Wallpaper

Not going to lie, I love wall paper and where there is the money I would always choose it over stencils. However, when it came to the wall in my children’s play area I knew that spending $600 + on wallpaper that may possibly get drawn on was out of the question. Instead I paid a visit to one of my favorite Etsy shops, Cutting Edge Stencils, and picked a fabulous tree stencil to go along with my aforementioned “wood land whimsy” theme. Here’s how it turned out:

You can catch a peak of our new flooring and baseboards here too.

You can catch a peak of our new flooring and baseboards here too.

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As long as I don’t look too closely for the flaws I love the look. And as Steve encouraged me, “It’s a forest, imperfections are organic”. It was terribly time consuming but considering it was my first venture into the world of stenciling I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Everyone who sees it thinks it is wallpaper so why bother spending that extra $400 if you are willing to put in some grunt work!

This project got me excited about stencils as a decor tool which led to a prolonged internet search on stencils vs. wallpaper. I was amazed by the variety of motifs you can paint using stencils. Here are some great pictures of gorgeous wallpaper and their stencil counterparts.

"Fuji" Wallpaper

“Fuji” Wallpaper

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"Fuji" wall stencil. This is the one I want for the wall behind my bed.

“Fuji” wall stencil. This is the one I want for the wall behind my bed.

 

Faux bois wallpaper

Faux bois wallpaper

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Faux Bois Stencil

Faux Bois Stencil

 

Floral wallpaper

Floral wallpaper

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Floral Stencil

Floral Stencil

 

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Damask wallpaper

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Damask Stencil

 

Cat wallpaper

Cat wallpaper

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How cute is his cat stencil. I would love it in a laundry room which housed the cat's litter box.

How cute is this cat stencil. I would love it in a laundry room which housed the cat’s litter box.

 

Cloud Wallpaper

Cloud Wallpaper

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Cloud Stencil. Precious for a nursery.

Cloud Stencil. Precious for a nursery.

If you are willing to put in the grunt work, the possibilities with stencils are limitless. I had to restrain myself from not going on with more pictures, there is such a variety available for any style of decor. As someone who is super picky about colour I also love that I can customize my stencil colours to be exactly what I want instead of searching for a wallpaper that will work.

Cutting Edge Stencils has a great tutorial on ‘you tube’ that I found super helpful. They also recommend with some patterns that you use an adhesive to help stick the stencil to the wall while painting, a technique which I think would have made my own stenciling experience less frustrating. Stencils on their website range from $40- $100.

Are you inspired to foray into the world of stencils? It will be worth the work.

 

 

 

 

 

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Customizing Ikea

I have conflicting opinions about Ikea. A conflict which is fueled by my beloved decorating instructor’s blatant hatred for it and my decorating guru’s (Sarah Richardson) frequent use of it. But one thing I know is that Ikea furniture is everywhere, therefore customizing is necessary for a unique look. The quality may not be the highest but the furniture has good lines and lends itself to customization.

On that note, here are my top ten favorite ideas for customizing Ikea furniture (in no particular order).

1. Application of Overlays from myoverlays.com

(Since everyone and their mother has these expedit bookcases here are a couple examples of how overlays transformed these pieces:

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expeditoverlayFor more great examples of how overlays are used to customize Ikea furniture check out their blog.

2. Paint, new nobs, and other bling:

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The detail added to these drawers give them a vintage vibe.

The detail added to these drawers gives them a vintage vibe.

Sarah Richardson often spray paints Ikea cabinetry to give her kitchens a custom look:

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3. Stenciling:

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For a great how to on how to stencil curtains check out the tutorial on twentysomething

For a great how-to on stencilling curtains check out the tutorial on twentysomething

4. Custom Slip Covers from Bemz (or homemade if you’re handy!)

Karlstad armchair with kirsikka printed cotton cover from Bems.

Karlstad armchair with kirsikka printed cotton cover from Bemz.

What’s not to love about that! Except maybe the cost of shipping it from Latvia…(been there, done that, at least the quality is excellent).

5. Dying White Slip Covers:

It could use an iron but great colour!

It could use an iron but great choice of colour for this ektorp sofa.

6. Adding trim to curtain panels:

It looks like this seamstress added some light weight microsuede to the bottom of these heny rand curtains.

It looks like this seamstress added some light weight microsuede to the bottom of these heny rand curtains.

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This topic will ring a bell if you follow my blog. Check out “Customizing Store Bought Curtains” for more ideas.

7. Creative use of Fabric:

These bins were customized by applying fabric to their fronts.

These bins were customized by applying fabric to their fronts.

Adding fabric o the back of an expedit bookcase

Love the fabric backing on these shelves. I’m considering it for the expedit in my daughter’s room. This would work well with wallpaper too.

I customized this liatorp bookcase in my powder room with new knobs and some fabric to hide the cleaning supplies and linens I hide there (and I know, the blah walls really need to be painted).

I customized this liatorp bookcase in my powder room with new knobs and some fabric to hide the cleaning supplies and linens I store there (and I know, the blah walls really need to be painted).

8. Hack and Stack:

Beer anyone? Oh, expedit, so little money and so many uses. See this link for the how to.

Beer anyone? Oh, expedit, so little money and so many uses. See ikeahackers.net for the instructions as well as many more ikea hacks.

Love this room and their use of the expedit bookshelves.

Love this room and their use of the expedit bookshelves.

Two expedit bookshelves plus one fabulous bench cushion equals and envy worthy playroom (I want that wall paper!)

Two expedit bookshelves plus one fabulous bench cushion equals an envy-worthy playroom.

9. Add some wallpaper:

I know what I'm doing with my kid's table now. I also saw the top of this table painted with chalk paint.

I know what I’m doing with my kid’s table now. I also saw the top of this table painted with chalk paint.

Stunning. Extra wallpaper is also a great idea for lining drawers.

Stunning. Extra wallpaper is also a great idea for lining drawers.

10. Simply Accessorize:

Avoid going Ikea on top of Ikea and get creative with your accessories. Look at the pizazz added to the hemnes daybed below with some cheery pillows and bed linens:

I just bought this bed for my daughter. I've changed out the drawer knobs and the duvet and pillows are in the makes.

I just bought this bed for my daughter. I’ve changed out the drawer knobs and the duvet and pillows are in the makes.

True confessions…net surfing for this post has kinda made me fall in love with Ikea (a creative approach to Ikea that is). I guess the moral of this blog post is that if you can’t afford the fancy stuff, fake it with Ikea!

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A little something, something

I’ve been feeling ho-hum about my bedroom since I moved and I know I’m not the only one stuck in a rut when it comes to deciding what to put above the bed. Often when I see bedrooms in design magazines there is nothing on the wall above the headboard. I get that it isn’t necessary but sometimes you need a little something, something.

I’ve gone from a four foot high to a two and a half foot high headboard and the wall above is crying out for some kind of pretty filler. I decided to do some online searching for different ideas and here are some beautiful pictures.

I love a good starburst mirror and think they are gorgeous above the bed. It is one of the ideas I am considering for above my own headboard (my headboard is a similar shape to the one below, no soaring ceilings though).

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Or why not a cluster of them!

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Nothing wrong with the classics. Pictures above the bed:

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Or why not a little extra storage? Most of us need it after all.

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A graphic wallpaper is another idea I’m considering for behind my bed.

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Why not something a little zany? This is normally seen above a crib but I think it would be whimsical in a master bedroom (Allison, this is the crazy idea for above your bed, your wall colour has such joie de viver I thought, why not?)

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I also love the idea of layering a curtain behind a headboard. So romantic.

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Or as a replacement for a headboard. High impact, low cost. The one below is actually a shower curtain.

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Stenciling can be oh so ugly but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s a modern take on wall stenciling above the bed.

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Don’t want to pick up a paint brush? There are always stick ons.

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Pennant flags don’t have to be babyish (though the colour scheme below doesn’t exactly cry out, “master bedroom!”). I think that it could be pulled off in a more sophisticated manner.

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My take away thoughts on the matter? I’m still leaning towards wallpaper. Maybe wallpaper and a starburst mirror? I suppose it depends on how busy a pattern I choose.

Have anything creative above your bed? Feel free to post a picture in the comments section.

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