As I have already shared with you, I am currently in the process of giving our living room an entirely NEW look. And this process most certainly includes adding a bit of drama and flare to the bookcases flanking our fireplace.
Here is what they looked like before.
(I am just showing you the one side because the other side hasn't been done yet.)
Yawn...pretty boring right?
Well here it is with the wall behind the bookcase stenciled in a bold color.
(Plus a little rearranging of the bookcase shelves. Would you expect anything less?)
This process was one of trial and error. Before I stenciled I painted the wall white in a semi gloss finish. I liked the idea of having a little bit of shimmer on the wall. I proceeded to paint on the stencil using the same color as on the walls of the room, unfortunately it was way too light and you could barely see it. Then I decided to pick up a sample can of paint at Benjamin Moore in a color called Coventry Blue. (To be honest it is more of a greenish blue.) Yes...now you could see the stencil and it was dramatic! There were a few spots where the blue had bled onto the white. To correct the mistakes I used a small craft brush dipped in the white semi-gloss paint and ever so carefully painted over the blue. It's not perfect but that is OK...it's all about the overall look!
I was very lucky in the fact that the shelves were removable. This made painting a snap. I also needed to apply two coats of paint so I sped up the drying process with the use of a blow dryer.
As you can see I chose a stencil pattern and a paint color similar to that of the sofa's throw pillows. (I picked up this stencil by Stencil Ease at A.C. Moore for $19.99...the pattern is called Fes)
I love the dramatic effect the stencil has on the entire wall. It looks so much more bright and interesting. Once the wall on the other side of the fireplace is done, I plan to start working on this gorgeous piece.
Hope you all are enjoying the beginning of this wonderful week!
Ciao for now!!
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