another room down… more or less

by Justine on March 6, 2014

in DIY,kids,my photography,Our House

Thank God I work for a design blog, otherwise I fear I would never get anything done on my house. As it is I actually find myself volunteering for Remodelista deadlines, just to force my hand.

My latest project – stenciling Oliver’s room – however was a bit too much. Not because the stenciling was hard – actually it was much easier than Solvi’s room – but because I decided to couple the paint job with a total room makeover, including buying, assembling and painting Ikea furniture, all before I left for Paris. Crazy making.

But that’s all behind me now, and with just a few finishing touches and brightening accents left, I’m going to sit back and enjoy the results.

Even as “before” shots go these, from when we were moving in, are unfair. But in my excitement to finally cover up the pale lemon yellow walls, I forgot to take shots of the room as it was. Alas, these are the only ones I have.

For the project, I chose a Scandi-inspired Taiga stencil from StenCilit. One of Oliver’s favorite books is about the Taiga or Boreal Forest, so the theme seemed pretty appropriate.

base coat = Benjamin Moore Decorators White. I think I might choose something a tad bit warmer next time.

the gray for the trees, left over from a bathroom job (coming as soon as I get new sconces) = Benjamin Moore Thunder

The steps are pretty obvious from the photos, but you can visit Remodelista for the full tutorial.

Finished, more or less. I think I’ll add some more trees up top.

Also, I inherited the sconces, seen here, with the house. I’m considering minimal, industrial lamps like these to add a more masculine and modern, but still warm, touch.

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jenn tendero March 6, 2014 at 4:27 pm

i just love this room; it is perfect.

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dolittledesign March 6, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Hands down Justin. You even painted the furnitures… It seems like a lot of work (to moi, haha.) I am thinking of using BM Decorator’s White as the principle color for our new house. It looks a bit bluish white in your photos?

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Justine March 6, 2014 at 7:12 pm

It’s pretty much straight white. Not too bluish, which I don’t like, but not as warm as I would normally go for. I usually pick linen white, which is very warm, but somehow once you get it on the walls, it still reads white and not the dreaded cream. For Olie’s room I wanted something a little more modern however, so I experimented. Honestly, I’m still on the hunt for a Linen White alternative.

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emily March 6, 2014 at 6:26 pm

so pretty. the white walls really brightened everything up! really love the simple random pattern.

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xenia March 6, 2014 at 7:17 pm

i love it, Justine! and only the other day i was eyeing that very stencil:)

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Jill March 7, 2014 at 6:03 pm

I love the room too! I really like the idea of stencils rather than wallpaper. Wallpaper is such a pain to change.

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Dianne March 8, 2014 at 3:47 am

The room is definitely a ‘boy’s room’ with a Scandi feel to it; he should love it! I can understand changing out the current lighting but I would rethink the bare bulb look. You would get a lot of glare at night in a white room… just a thought.

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