Friday, March 9, 2012

Project Stencil. Under Way! YAY and a giveaway!

OMG. I was going to wait until I completed my "stencil" project, to give away a special surprise, but because I am SO excited about the project being started, AND the color combo that I finally selected, that I decided to go ahead and give my loyal readers some fun stuff today!!!  YIPPPEEEEE!!!!!

So you all know the story, of  how Cutting Edge Stencils  contacted me waaaayyy back in November? Well, my scale has finally tipped on the side of "balance" ( briefly) and I cant even describe how excited I am to finally get started ( err..RE-started) on this fun project. We are re-doing our "office/playroom/dining area, and I couldn't even start it until I dove head first into stenciling the wall.


Since I am being asked to review the stenciling process, I want to be honest, and let you know that this takes TIME...this was my biggest obstacle in even STARTING!! ( Helloo!! I have had FREE STUFF to use since November!!!) So when you start, just know that, this isn't a quick fix, but I have to say, it is moderately easy. The first attempt was a little awkward for me, trying to get the Stencil to hang properly, then trying to tape the sides, BUT, Cutting Edge Stencils, has an amazing little tool, which is the Stencil Level.(if you are the winner, trust me, ADD this to your order!!)  I would not even attempt the stenciling with out it! Once I got into my groove, It was so relaxing! maybe thats because I was gifted with about 6 hours of free time that I wasn't expecting, so anything, really, may have felt relaxing !!haa!! But I really enjoyed it, and it wasn't hard!  Let me lay down a time frame for you..I am far from finished..the picture below is what I have accomplished...each stencil sheet took me about 3 to 4 songs on my spotify playlist, so Stencil number one was painted while enjoying Rhianna, Train, Kelly Clarkson, and Mazzy Star, While the second one was done ( while dancing) to Sublime, Eminiem, Nicki Minaj and Pitbull ( because hey, I am diverse) :)


By the third stencil application, I was loving the process, I was seeing my results, I could now tell that the colors that I chose ( Blue Grey is Martha Stewart  Winters Day, and the light Grey is Behr Ultra in Burnished Clay) and I had fallen into the groove of painting, dancing, peeling stencil off, and re-applying!!

One side note that is VERY important. Cutting edge Stencils include very good, detailed, step by step instructions, which are great, but following their videos on their Youtube channel is what totally saved me. I'm a visual person, so watching someone else was great!!
Here are a few pictures from along the way...


 




My Stencil Stats:

Design: Hourglass
Base Color: Martha Stewart : Winters Day
Stencil Color: Behr Ultra: Burnished Clay


OK..Here are the SUPER FUN Giveaway Stats!!!

The super nice people over at Cutting Edge Stencils, are offering one of my lovely readers, $50 towards any stencil design of your liking, including free shipping!!

Here is how to Enter! You can enter Twice!!

1. Leave me a comment letting me know which stencil you would like to attempt form their website.

And/Or

2. Go to their facebook page, and "Like" them


However you decide to enter, please just make sure that your comments are linked to your contact information, if not, then please include email address with your comment so I can contact you if you are the winner!!

Give-away will end one week from today On Sunday, March 17th.

How can you find Cutting Edge Stencils


Pinterest (See something you like? Pin Away!!)

This is an amazing product, so please..Tweet, Share, FB a link so everyone can enjoy a chance to win!!!

Happy Friday!!

~K


29 comments:

The Emily's said...

OHhhhhhh Kim, I am in LOVE with this stencil company! Ever since your post in February, I have been schemeing on how I could use these products in our home. Here's my decisions: I am in LoVe with the Vintage Paisley for our master bedroom, it will work perfectly with our decor and pattern in the quilt. I am torn between the Harlequin Trellis or the Moroccan Dream for the upper half of our wainscotting in the dining room. LoVE them ALL!! Thanks for sharing such a GREAT find!

Erin said...

Oh my goodness Kim, these are so cute! And wow, you have done a great job so far! I can't wait to see the finished project! :) I had a hard time picking just one, but I think I like the "Wise Owl" and the "Large tree & Birds" ones the best. But then there was also the "freedom" one I loved and the "poppies". :) I think I might just have to pin a few.

tracie davis said...

KIM! It is turning out amazing! I love what you are doing...I think I would go with "pebbles" so many murals are of castles with cobblestones and the stencils would be great...plus I want to redo our bathroom! Thank you so much for sharing!

Jesse said...

How awesome! We are redoing our bathroom and I would LOVE to use the Julia All Over stencil on one of the walls! My email address is jgoetz2@gmail.com. Thank you!

Rebecca - belleandbeanzer said...

Looks GREAT! I can't wait to see!!

Leila said...

I always wanted to get the Hourglass just like yours

Michelle Hudak said...

Your wall looks fantastic! I really like the Scallop Allover stencil, it reminds me of Art Deco and I need an alternative to wallpaper in my bathroom (no ventilation) and I'm so tired of plain paint.

shel704 at aol dot com

Michelle Hudak said...

I like Cutting Edge Stencils on Facebook

shel704 at aol dot com

Bradely Joseph said...

I like the Rabat Allover Stencil

bradjwaddell at gmail.com

Leila said...

I liked them on Facebook.

sawstrunk said...

I love all of the stencils that they have.. I would love to get the allover trellis thought for a project.
sawstrunk@gmail.com

sawstrunk said...

I like CES on facebook
sawstrunk@gmail.com

pinup space said...

looooove the aspen stencil!! it's beautiful! i think im stencil addicted! :) thanks for posting! it looks fantastic!

pinup space said...

liked ces on fb!

Anonymous said...

I really love the birch tree's all over stencil. Would LOVE that in my living room!
katdr2004@yahoo.ca

Jenelle Isaacson said...

The fuji allover stencil - love it!
jenelle at ameritech dot net

Jenelle Isaacson said...

I like CES on facebook!
jenelle at ameritech dot net

tzippora said...

like the aspen stencil.... it's so pretty!

tzippora said...

Liked CES on facebook...

Luciana Viana said...

Hourglass are pretty nice.

lucianamviana at gmail.com

cheapisbeautiful said...

I like your very thorough tutorial on the use of Cutting Edge Stencils. I already like them on FB... and saw the post for this giveaway. I am hoping to try one of their all over stencils, too. I like the zamira stencil and think it would be perfect for my foyer do-over!
a.m.casey

Berko said...

I like the Diamond Damask Stencil. Go Kim!

dahlight said...

Love the modern & simple pattern you chose for work/play space & colors are perfect. I also like the "all over" patterns that make it look like old fashioned wall paper (except way more hip) But I would choose something romantic for our bedroom like Julia All Over. Then I would use the Dahlia Grande pattern for our daughter, Dahlia's room.

Lisa Larson-Kelley said...

Love the colors you chose; the pattern is so elegant! So YOU! :)

I'm a sucker for the birds and branches! http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/stencils-branches-3.html?page=2

MelissaJane said...

I loooove Cutting Edge Stencils. I want to try their Abundant Damask one.

MelissaJane said...

I follow CES on FB.

Leila said...

No Giveaway winner?

Design Thoughts said...

Yes Leila :) The winner is Tzippora!! Announced on My FB page, and contacte the winner, just havent had a chance to update my blog. Thank you for entering!! :)

jen said...

The wall looks great!! I tried using a stencil but haven't been brave enough for a wall. I made some art that was super fun!

http://fauxtreschic.blogspot.com/2011_10_01_archive.html

jen

www.fauxtreschic.blogspot.com

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