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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Dear Ikat, Olive You

Thanks to Olive Leaf Stencils I completed my very first stenciling project!  The dining room stencil wall is done, and I'm in love with the results.  I also need to give a shout out to the Centsational Girl for her round-up post of stenciling projects/tips that totally helped this first-timer!

You may remember from my "list" that I was originally planning on stenciling the ceiling in the dining room.  Well, after a couple of unsuccessful attempts at trying to stick the stencil to the ceiling I decided to jump ship and go a different route.   The stencil is quite large which is great; but because of it's size and gravity working against me, I just wasn't able to get it to stick.  I used Elmer's spray adhesive (very light application) as well as Frog tape, but by the time I'd get one end up the glue was too dry to stick on the other end.  


See what I mean.  I'm sure a stenciling expert would have had no problem at all, but for a novice like myself I just couldn't make it happen.  No worries though because I'm so happy with the end result that I'm glad my original plan didn't work out!  Don't you just love when a quick change of plans ends up being a million times better than the original?! 

I stenciled just one wall, and painted the ceiling a solid color.  Dear Ikat, Olive you (thanks Olive Leaf Stencils for making my dining room beautiful)!  

In case you don't remember, here's what my dining room looked like before. 


Here's what it looks like after I stenciled the wall, painted the ceiling, and made a few other tweeks that I'll tell you all about very soon! 



There's me in my UK Blue!!!  Go Cats :) 






And then I set the table for dinner.



I'm really glad my original plan to stencil the ceiling was foiled :)  My new Ikat wall makes me oh so happy!  I'll be back with a tutorial (which will be more like a "my first experience" story) tomorrow.  I'll also give you the deets on how I painted the ceiling.  I'll be sure to include the colors I used as well.  I just had to show you the afters before I get all technical on you :)  I've gotta run now; Thursday night is TV night for me!  Any guesses what my favorite shows are?    Better yet, what are your favorite shows? 

Oh, and I was not paid or otherwise sponsored to use this stencil.  I just happened to find it on Etsy one day and fell head over heels in love.  Although, the shop owner did send me a free stencil in addition to the one I bought!  


It's her other Ikat design; she must've known how much I've been crushing on Ikat lately.  I see more stenciling in my future :) 


 Linking up over at Pink Postcard and Just a Girl.

45 comments:

  1. Seriously, this is one of my favorite dinning rooms. This stencil design is just my style but I can't decide what I like more, your stencil or your new vignette. That fabric/chalkboard piece brings the black around the room and looks marvelous.
    well done!
    abby

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  2. I've been a bit infatuated with stenciled ceilings too Carmel! I think your "plan b" came out spectacularly though! I'll be consulting you whenever I get the nerve to give stenciling a go. :-)

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  3. I am in love. Where do I begin. Your dining room is off the charts gorgeous. I love everything about it. You did such a great job with the stencil. Might need to tackle that. Love the chalkboard. And I have those lamps in gold . . must spray white soon!

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  4. love your home and what your doing with it. there is one her in dallas that looks similar to it that i love.

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  5. Holy huge change!!!! Looks great! I would even consider stenciling the other walls...like and expensive wallpaper.

    And I spy a neat chalkboard on the buffet...hope you're planning to tell us about that too!

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  6. OH MY GOODNESS it is is gorgeous! I love how your wall turned out! It looks like a completely different room! Sometimes things just work out like that and the end result is so much more than we had hoped! :) I love you little chalkboard on the buffet table, I hope you show us that as well! :) Wonderful job Carmel!!!

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  7. Love this! I think I need ot head on over to that etsy store...

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  8. ohhhh that is HOTTTT!!! love it girlie!! and i love that you added the b/w chalkboard on the sideboard too.. really tied it together! great job!!

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  9. Thanks everyone for your kind comments! Chalkboard tutorial coming next week. It's so super easy!

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  10. Wow, talk about impact! Love that wall and the mirrors look great on it.

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  11. Oh my WORD!! First of all, the before picture looks like the after! It was stunning to begin with, but that stencil just takes it over the top. Beautiful room!

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  12. I heart stenciled walls and it turned out perfectly! great taste!

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  13. OH MY GOSH! LOOOOOVE!!! It turned out just awesome, Carmel! I have to feature this for my party. I DO love it when a plan doesn't pan out the way you'd thought- so many times it really is a nice surprise. Awesome job, can't wait to go check out the company.

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  14. that looks fantastic!!! Great job! LOVE that room
    Tana

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  15. This is amazing! You should be so proud!!! It looks fabulous! Can you tell I love it??

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  16. GET OUT!!! Oh MY GOODNESS! This looks great Carmel!!! Thanks for sending me your link:-)

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  17. Really, this is just stunning. The stencil looks amazing, love the black and white. So pretty! And I love your table set up and I can see a fab gallery wall in the mirror reflection. Amazing!

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  18. Wow, I missed this earlier but just saw it on another blog. This is one of my favorite stencils I've seen in a while! Thanks for sharing. Looks fantastic.

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  19. This looks sooooo good! I am trying to figure out what wall I can do it on in my house!

    Just started following your lovely blog!

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  20. Your dining room turned out gorgeous, thanks for sharing. Your dining room was pretty before, but now it is drop dead gorgeous. Love your vignette too. I just found your blog. I'm excited to keep reading!

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  21. WOW!!! This is wonderful!! I loved it so much I just ordered the same one.. I'm thinking of using it in a nursery!! So excited!!

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  22. It looks like some wallpaper I had for years... very original :)

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  23. So gorgeous! I'll be checking out the etsy shop!

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  24. You did a fabulous job. May I feature this on designinspiration? My blog is about stencils and the wonderful stuff that can be done with them.

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  25. Wow! This is beautiful! I also LOVE LOVE your dining table. Where did you get this?

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  26. @ Stencil helen - feature away- I'd love that! @Shelby - the table is from World Market purchased years ago.

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  27. Gorgeous! I love the whole room!

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  28. seriously gorgeous dining room!!! I'm stopping in from the inspired room! :)

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  29. oh wow!!!! is all i can say! WOW. So chic & classic!! Great job!

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  30. Your dining room looks amazing! I'd love to add it to the inspiration galleries on my site and include you in a feature post. Let me know if you're interested!

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  31. Alrighty then...whoa. Love me this stencil and it MAKES your DR!

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  32. I just purchased an Olive stencil and found your link in her feedback. I came on over and wow! Gorgeous. I am looking for your stencil helpful hints.

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  33. Here's the link to my stencil tutorial -
    http://ourfifthhouse.blogspot.com/2011/02/how-to-stencil-wall-first-timers.html

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  38. Forum Link Buildingfind competitor keywordsLove it! In your "after " ics your closet looks roomy! My closet is about that size and we gutted it and painted yesterday...I came over to get inspired by your great makeover! (so glad I did, I love your blog!)
    I'd love it if you'd take a minute and link up to my little blog-party All Things Inspired on Wednesdays, I'd so love to share your creativity w/ my readers!
    Now...I'm off to organize my closet!

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  39. Great work, besides the wall plates with just the mirror it would look better

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  40. Now THAT was a project in patience! I would have needed a bottle of wine and a long straw afterwards! Great job!

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  41. This is stunning! I'm a huge fan of ikat! I'm actually thinking about doing a treatment like this on one of my rugs. Hope it turns out as fabulous as your wall.

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  42. I don't know if I have ever seen anything I love as much as this stencil. I've been walking around my house for the past couple hours trying to figure out where I can copycat your gorgeous wall treatment!

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  43. this is gorgeous! you did a terrific job!

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