Hammer Time: Fancying up the office with paint
I promised you more on the office revamp, so here are the details of the paint. Keep in mind, this part of the project is a few years old and many owners might now look to wallpaper for a similar effect. For those who haven't noticed, wallpaper is definitely back in and textile technology has progressed eons, making it easily removable. It's not cheap, however. But this treatment was SO budget-friendly and I was able to scale it exactly the way I wanted it. I'm tellin' you people, DIY can save you gazillions! The best part is that years later, I still really like this (I'm a sucker for a little bling). Here's the step-by-step.
I was back and forth on a new color for this room and after some trial and error, decided to stay with the neutral background that we have in the foyer and halls. I'm happy with that, as it gives a more peaceful transition between the downstairs spaces. However, I wanted something in the room to make it special. I had been coveting a stencil that I had seen on Pinterest, so I decided to give it a try here. To the left is the inspiration shot. The tone of this home reminds me alot of some of the areas in our home, so I was pretty sure it would work.
When I started researching the technique, I found that the ready-made stencils can be quite expensive. This design was about $50, plus shipping. Too much for me! So, I set about creating my own pattern. Not a stencil, per se, but more of a tracing technique. Photos of the process are above:
I folded a piece of letter size paper into quadrants. Then with the folds on the left and bottom, I sketched out 1/4 of the medallion. This took a little trial and error to get the right curves, angles and proportions, but it was not difficult.
I re-folded the paper and cut on the line that I drew.
Then I did the same thing to create the inner line of the medallion, stacking them to make sure the points were lining up and the lines were the proper width.
This paper was too flimsy to use as the actual pattern, so I transferred the designs to poster board that I painted the background color. Before applying to the wall, I set out to the find the perfect accent color. I love the metallic effect in the inspiration pic, so I experimented with several colors to get that effect. I ended up combining light champagne and gold toned acrylic craft paint...perfect!
Time to cut out the medallions and start tracing! This was a very time-consuming process, mostly because I used a level to make sure that the outer medallions were lined up straight. Once the outer medallions were traced, the inner tracings were pretty easy to align.
I tackled this over several days - grabbing an hour or two when I could. It took alot longer than a stencil probably would have, but I am beyond thrilled with the result! You can't tell by the picture, but from one direction, the accent color reads darker (like you see here), and when the light hits it, the accent is lighter and metallic...just like the inspiration! It's pretty much one of the first things you see when you walk in the door and I love the tone is sets for the rest of the house. A little bit ethnic, a little bit glam and totally DIY...that's me!!
Next time, I'll show you all the fabulously inexpensive and personal accessories that really make the room sing. You won't believe how little money they cost!
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