Spring Home Makeover with Simple Stencil
Today my bedroom makeover continues with the walls. If you remember, yesterday I showed you how I transformed my bed into an inviting nest. My room “before” was just a place to lay your head and wasn’t inviting in the least. To me, it felt outdated, run down and mismatched.
To begin the makeover, Kaytlin and I gave the walls a good coat of chocolate brown paint to match the brown in the bedding. The walls were easy to make over, but I was worried about what I was going to put on the walls. Obviously the floral print in my “before” picture wouldn’t go with the new look. The space above my bed is rather large and finding a print to fill the space would probably break the bank.
After some searching we found The Simple Stencil, a custom vinyl wall transfer site. I had never done a wall transfer, but I was willing to give it a go to get the look I was dreaming of.
I found a saying that I loved in the premade section, but the font wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. After a little more shopping I decided that I would give the “design your own” section a try. The program was straight forward and rather easy to use and I had my design finished in a matter of a few minutes. After a little more shopping I found an embellishment that I thought would look nice with it and put two mirror imaged copies into my cart.
I placed my order and anxiously watched the door each day for it’s arrival. Thankfully my order arrived quickly and was packaged well. I was happy to see that they included a few sample items for me to practice with because my actual product turned out rather large and I was a bit apprehensive to jump right into this project.
After a little practice I decided it was time to for me to tackle the real thing. To be honest, I usually hang things on the wall by site alone. This bugs my husband to no end because he likes things to be hung “right”. I was doing this as a surprise while he was out of town, so I decided that I needed to do this right. My tools of choice were the tape measure and the level. It took a good amount of time finding the center of the wall and choosing the right height so that it would not be too close to my headboard, but I was pleased with the outcome.
I got the phrase centered, level and then taped it up. Following the directions I pulled the paper off slowly and used the applicator (a fabulous tool btw) to press the words to the wall. I took my time when removing the top portion of the transfer, but somehow the periods didn’t transfer to the wall and stuck to my paper. That really wasn’t a huge issue though… I just repositioned it back on the wall and repeated the process and they adhered fine the second time around.
My biggest challenge with this pattern was the embellishments. At first I was leveling the tops of the papers they were on so that they would be at the same height. I taped them on the wall and took a step back to check the position, it was then that I realized that the transfers weren’t positioned on the paper the same. I then repositioned and leveled to the tops of the embellishments, as well as measured from the distance from the words so they would be about the same distance on each side.Then it was time to apply the transfers to the wall.
As you can see, I finally got it all in the right place and it turned out spectacular. I am beyond pleased with the quality, the look and the ease of application. My main wish with the whole process would be a “design your own” program that would allow multiple fonts and to add embellishments. If my entire design had been on one sheet instead of three I think the time to install it would have been cut in half. Overall, though… I would recommend The Simple Stencil for your wall transfer needs!
They have a stencil for every room of your home, too. Here are just a few of my favorites from the kids section:
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