Join me as I renovate my 1881 farmhouse with much creativity and very little budget. (Often with humorous results). Oh and there may be random ramblings posted from time to time. It helps quiet the voices in my head. Well, that and the prescription the Dr. gave me...
Earlier this month I lamented the lack of design in my stairwell (as shown here). Well I went on a mission of inspiration to one of the happiest places on earth. No--not Disneyland. Or IKEA. I went to Michael's. I love craft stores!
While shopping for some Christmas craft goodies (which is another post), I decided to wander the aisles and I stumbled upon some stencils! I found my inspiration!
Martha Stewart Crafts™ Arabesque Laser-Cut Stencils
There are 11 different stencils in this pack. originally priced at $16.99 but I had a coupon for 40% . After the coupon discount and tax I paid $10.90 which is the equivalent of $0.99 per stencil. Not to bad my little mathematical minions! I envision all sorts of stenciling projects. WOOT!
I like these 2 the best.
The lower portion of the staircase
will be painted Valspar Smoked Oyster
The upper portion of the staircase
will be painted Valspar Oatlands Subtle Taupe
Then to break up the expanse I will stencil the Ironwork's pattern in a Pearlized white. I think the white will provide a nice contrast. The pearl will have just enough sheen and shimmer to bounce the light around. I do plan to add artwork, photos, and possibly a quilt. (Don't forget the stair treads will be a nice dark Cappuccino color and the risers a bright crisp white!)
I love the ideal of this stencil. It will look like wallpaper without all the icky glue. So excited to work on this! That is until I have a hunchback and claw-hands from spouncing paint for the stencil effect. Oh and there is the whole afraid of heights and climbing a 14 foot ladder issue. Details, details....
And to my daughter who said-"Your just gonna paint it Beige and Cream, Mom. It's your thing." I say "Hush yer' mouth!"
(And I just might work that Arabesque tile pattern onto my risers...you just never know!)