Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Living Room Stencil Project & Royal Design Studio Giveaway!

There was a big design dilemma when we moved into the new house, namely the 2-story ceilings in the main living room.  All the walls were painted a creamy off-white which was a great blank slate, but it left the living room feeling more like a gymnasium than a cozy place for us to hang.

Living Room Before

I came up with a plan to bring those giant walls down into the livable space of the room with paint.  I taped a level line at a little over 12 feet, a little more than half-way to the ceiling, and I painted a horizontal stripe about 5 feet wide of Behr Wheat Bread (a dreamy greige.)

Then began the monumental task of stenciling the  7 feet or so the rest of the way to the baseboards, all the way around the room (thank you very much.)  I should perhaps mention that this is the first time I’ve ever stenciled anything bigger than a drawer or cabinet front.  Go big or go home, people!!  ;)  The process involved moving this little stencil eleventy bazillion times or so.


The generous people at Royal Design Studio sent me their Endless Circles Lattice Moroccan Stencil for my project (but I received no other compensation for this review.)

Royal Design Studio's Endless Circles Stencil from Twice Lovely

While this project has also turned out to be endless, I couldn’t be more in love with the design!  I have just a teensy bit left to finish up (behind the robust beast of a computer cabinet to the right there) and I’ll be DONE! (hallelujah!)

Living Room Stenciled

This view gives you a better idea of the scale of the ceiling.

Two Story Ceiling Paint Job with Stencil

(As a side note, I have tried for no fewer than 13 years to convince my husband to get rid of those big, ugly speakers.  They don’t make them like they did in 1990, apparently, so I’m afraid they’re here to stay.  Maybe one of these days I’ll come up with some kind of cute solution to hide them.)

Here’s the view of the living room going up stairs.

Stenciled Living Room

I have some fun fabrics to do some more throw pillows on the couch, but it’s coming together pretty nicely I think!

Twice Lovely Living Room Stencil Project

The final stage of the project will be a lot of trim work.  I plan on adding trim above the gray stripe, beefing up the baseboards a little and adding a picture rail between the gray and stenciled sections (that will be home to the clock sitting on top of the entertainment center and the canvas precariously perched atop the computer armoire, as well as other décor and photos.)

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  1. very cool! love the stencil you chose!

  2. Seriously. You are my hero. It looks fantastic. I can't wait to see the rest of the house. And your buffet. To die for.
    Oh, those darn speakers. My husband had some too. Finally was able to get rid of them with this last move. He's had them since high school! HIGH SCHOOL! 20+ years. Criminy. You could make boxes around them and put that funky metal sheeting in the front. That would be cool...er.

  3. wow what a room, totally love what you did with the stencil and makes the room look amazing x

  4. This... is... GORGEOUS. I love how lacy the stencil feels, and how it makes the room seem more intimate even with the 100-ft ceilings. :) Great job!

  5. I know this was a lot of work but the stencil looks fabulous! I have the perfect project waiting for the Spring In Paris stencil. Thanks for a great giveaway.

  6. Why not paint the speaker cabinets white and change the blank/brown speaker material as well.

    Alternatively, you could get another piece of furniture which is larger and house the speakers, computer tower, etc.

  7. The rug looks great...thanks for sharing the link! And such a fun stencil project!


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