WIP: Herringbone Painted Wall


Herringbone Shuffle Stencil WIP

The sewing machine is set aside for a while as I spend a crazy amount of time painting our dining room.  I’m using the Herringbone Shuffle stencil by Royal Design Studio, but because of our heavily textured walls I’m having to trace the stencil, then fill in with paint by hand.  (The picture above shows about ten hours worth of work.)  It takes AGES, but because of my stencil painted headboard, I knew what I was getting into:

Painted Headboard

Thankfully our china cabinet is really large and really only fits on that one wall of the dining room, so I’ll only be painting on either side of it.

I think what really drew me to that stencil design is that it’s similar to this quilt that I’d love to make someday.  I’ve been semi-planning a gray-and-brights color scheme for the dining room.  Soon my table runner will finally fit in!

Patchwork Table Runner

Well, semi-soon-ish.  Painting with little brushes on textured walls is a pain.


From Fabric Swatches to Paint Colors



Our plan for the weekend is to begin painting our dining room.  One wall will be stenciled with a design that looks very similar to a quilt I’ve considered making.  Because of this and to make choosing colors a little easier I’m sticking with what I know — fabrics.  Most of the colors come directly from my current quilting project because I just love it.  I’m going to take these scraps with me to pick similar colors from paint swatches or have them color match directly from the fabrics.  Wish me luck, we have textured walls and that always adds a degree of difficulty.

One note, I did swap out the cerise (the color between the greens and blues) for a bright tomato red.  Much better!

I hope to be sharing project pictures soon!


Thinking About Paint


Gold Walls

Right now our dining room is painted metallic gold.  The way the gold reflects the light really highlights the wall texture, which I like, and at Christmas the gold is just wonderful!  But I’m ready for a change and thinking of a more neutral paint, maybe with some kind of stenciling done on one wall.  (At least I know all the work I’d be in for after painting our stenciled headboard on another textured wall.)  I am not looking forward to moving all those dishes though, which is one of the reasons I’m still just thinking about painting instead of actually painting.

Do you have a project you’re just mulling over?

Just Some Paint

Living Room, Before and AfterWe’ve been on vacation, and after our traveling I spent a couple days working on projects around the house.  This is the living room, which is mostly used as our kids’ hangout.  I’m not doing a huge makeover, just paint — but it’s amazing how a little fresh paint can lift your mood!  This is Soothing Green Tea from Glidden’s Brilliance Collection.

I’m also working on painting the woodwork a fresh, glossy white instead of its current dull, chipped cream color.  This part is going to take a while, because it all leads from room to room, all over the house.  *sigh*

Painted Doily Candles

Christmas Candle

Alternate title: Hers Turned Out So Much Nicer Than Mine!

I made this quick little candle craft based on the tutorial from Alli at One Pearl Button.  It was super quick and easy, but I like hers so much better!  I think straight-sided, frosted or colored glass would help, and maybe a less-gloppy paint pen.  Anyway, I like the idea enough that I’ll give it another try.  And hmm, wouldn’t this be a great way to spruce up an old T-shirt or a plain tote bag?