3.22.2011

From Drab to Fab

Let me preface this by letting you know that one day a week, my lovely sister-in-law takes my four year old for the day.  So, I have from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. all by myself.  I take her kids one day a week also, so it works out well for both of us.  Anyway, I normally have a plan for my day and I try to cram as much as possible into those precious 6.5 hours.  Today, I finished all the things on my list a little after 2:00 p.m.  Not wanting to waste any "alone" time, I decided to give this whole stenciling project a try.  
I started the project at 2:30 p.m. and I was completely finished with everything cleaned up by 5:30 p.m.   I can't believe how easy it was.  I am loving the new look!

5:30 p.m. 


2:30 p.m.


Wow, how boring is that.


Here is the first step. 


Just about halfway there.  Even after 25 or so interruptions, I was making some serious progress.  
It got a bit tricky around the toilet, sink and window, but it was nothing 
a novice stenciler like myself couldn't handle. 


And again, here it is all finished. 


It really made the room look finished.  I didn't realize how unfinished the room looked until I saw the before and after pictures.  Since I won the stencil and I already had the paint, my total cost for the project was only $8.00 (for the spray adhesive needed for the back of the stencil).  I'm pretty proud, if I do say so myself. If you are thinking about trying a stenciling project, check out Olive Leaf Stencils.  They have a great selection and the instructions are very detailed.

Wall color:  Benjamin Moore Gull Wing Gray
Stencil color: Benjamin Moore Alabaster 

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54 comments:

  1. Wow, is right. What a difference, Andrea. It looks great. I am going to have to try this in my powder room, too. I can't believe you did it that fast. Thanks for joining WUW.

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  2. Beautiful....I am such a fan of Ikat!!!

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  3. This is really FAB! You just whipped that out so quickly and it looks fantastic. Great job!

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  4. You should be proud Andrea what a difference, your bathroom looks beautiful! Great job!! Martina

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  5. Oh my goodness! I wish I had seen this before I ordered wallpaper for my powder room today! You did a great job and it looks fantastic!

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  6. This is great and soo cheap! I am in the process of trying to make my own stencil to save some money..wish me luck! Fabulous job!

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  7. Wow, this turned out beautifully. The stencil looks even better than I remember. I can't believe you did it so quickly.

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  8. It looks great - just fabulous, girl!

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  9. That is amazing! It's beautiful. And I can't believe you did it so quickly...that's my kind of project!

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  10. Your walls turned out great! How nice to accomplish the look in one day too!

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  11. Shut. UP! I absolutely LOVE how this turned out! And the fact that you were able to complete it in a day (and live to tell about it), gives me hope that I too, can accomplish this feat. Great job! Adds such interest to that bathroom - I'm in love!

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  12. It looks lovely in there. love the mirror too!

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  13. LOVE IT! It's amazing, totally finishes the room!

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  14. Wow- great job! it looks amazing. I might try stenciling! It looks great! Happy to find your blog. :)

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  15. Wow! That is amazing! If I tried it, it would probably end up all crooked! Great job!

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  16. oh my GOSH that changes the look of the entire room! fantastic job, and i love your arrangement the two of you have!

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  17. Hi Andrea...

    It's GORGEOUS, my friend!!! I love the white on the soft gray wall color that you have and the stencil pattern is sooo pretty! What a fabulous transformation...your bath was pretty before but now...it's stunning! Thank you for sharing it with us today!

    Warmest spring wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  18. I love your stencil choice and your paint color choice. It totally transforms the room. I'm also amazed at how quickly you did it. Thanks for sharing at my Swing into Spring party. Don't forget to stop back and become a follower. Thanks.

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  19. It looks AMAZING!!! I cant believe how quickly you finished it! And can I say I am SUPER jealous of your kid swap! What a luxury!!

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  20. this is so cool. love the effect. i have a party going on if you'd like to share this. http://typeadecorating.blogspot.com/

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  21. Oh wow, that turned out fantastic!! I've looked at that stencil co. before, nice to see it in real life! GREAT job!

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  22. That looks amazing! Great use of time. :)

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  23. This looks amazing! I can't believe you were able to do it that quickly! Great job!

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  24. Love it, love it, love it! I really hope to try this - you've inspired me!! I've been afraid about the around the toilet part - so give me any pointers you have! Thanks so much for the sweet note earlier and for stopping by my blog. I'm your newest follower! (Via RSS feed.)

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  25. Andrea, you did a great job on this! he powder room is the perfect place for a little pattern and I love the ikat.

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  26. Hi Andrea, This is absolutely gorgeous!! You completely transformed this bathroom in such a short time. Thank you so much for sharing this at my party.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  27. So excited for you!! This came out GREAT!!! (I'm excited for me too, because I want to try it. Ummm, can you come over on your next day "off"?
    My girlfriend and I used to do that - trade kids and have one day to go to Target, grocery store, etc. without kids! Now I have every day to myself with my kids all in school full time and I miss the munchkins and all the havoc they used to wreak on my errands :)

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  28. I'm so glad you contacted me and sent me this link. I can't believe that you did all that in 3 hours! And I can't wait to try it myself!

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  29. Ummm you ROCKED this stencil, girl! Seriously! I can't even believe how good it looks and how quickly you did it. You must have the patience of a saint :)

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  30. Wow! That looks great! I think I will do our bathroom as well {probably only have enough patience for one wall though!} Thanks for dropping by my blog. I'm loving your blog and following back!

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  31. What a beautiful project! I love it--the colors, shape of the stencils, everything! I shared this post on my Friday Favorites today. Feel free to grab a featured button if you would like. Have a great weekend!

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  32. Hi, Andrea!!! You are too sweet about the bringing over decorating magazines!! I did have a stack! I'd rather have you come over and stencil for me!! ;) WOW! This turned out so pretty!! Great job!!
    xo,
    Tessa

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  33. Andrea,

    It looks wonderful! I need to check out those stencils. Very cool!

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  34. This looks UH-mazing! Love it! I heart Olive Leaf Stencils!

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  35. I just found your blog and I love it! You inspired me to upgrade my powder room with a fun stencil. Just need to find a day to do it!

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  36. I love ikat. I just realized that my bathroom looks like your before. I need to get stenciling.

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  37. How did you keep the lines straight? Did you start in the corner or did you make a plum line? Our powder room is completely bare right now because we are doing a gut-job on our new place before we move in. The painters are getting ready to paint it, and I would love to do this ikat design before the new toilet, and sink are installed.

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  38. I have featured this awesome project at my Swing into Spring party today. Please stop by and grab your "I've Been Featured" button.

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  39. Andrea, did you use a roller with your stencil? A beautiful job.

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  40. Wow. Thanks for sharing. I found you on Savvy Southern Style. You did a great job. I'll have to remember this when I redo my daughter's room this Fall.

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  41. I was so hoping I would win that giveaway! I have been wanting to stencil my bathroom forever! I think you have inspired me, I thought it would be difficult but 3 hours is a project this mama can handle. Love your blog, excited to find it!

    http://designerbagsanddirtydiapers.blogspot.com

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  42. Amazing transformation! As I just mentioned at Emily's site it would have taken longer to wallpaper. Awesome job!

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  43. I love your bathroom! I just found your blog via Emily's and it's great!
    http://bjdhausdesign.blogspot.com/

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  44. Just found you from Emily A. Clark, I'm so impressed, this is stunning! I'm really curious how you got the pattern stenciled around the fixtures, especially into the corner behind the toilet! Did you bend the stencil? I've stenciled quite a bit, but have yet to tackle a Powder Room because of these issues! Janell

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  45. I also followed from the Emily Clark website, I love that stencil and the rest of your blog!

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  46. Hi there! Visiting from Censational Girl's painting linky party today. This transformation is absolutely stunning! I'll have to check out that stencil company. I'm now thinking about a place to do something similar!

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