I know I haven’t shown you all the things in my dining room, but today I thought I’d show a mini-reveal….it’s a big improvement!
Before it was just kind of boring. And the sad thing is that I picked the colors – we painted them when we first moved in and I never loved them. Now that it’s crisper and funner I feel that it has so much more personality. We had some people over for dinner and as they walked in they said “your house is so FUN!” and I thought to myself – “my work here is done” because that’s the message that I want my house to convey.
A couple more “before” shots – – my dining room and living room open up to each other, and are the first thing to the right when you walk in the house:
And a couple more “after” shots:
Obviously the star of the show in the dining room is the stencil. I’ve have several comments on other posts and facebook that say “love the wallpaper” – but it’s a stencil! Tons of work, but so worth it.
I got the stencil when I won a contest at Royal Design Studio – it’s called Endless Circles. The paint color looks white, but it’s gray. I painted the wall a dark gray, then painted on the light gray – which is the same color in the living room (with the Gallery Wall). It’s an optical illusion that it looks like a lighter color.
The start of the stenciling:
I have done an all-over stencil before, but only on one wall. This time I did the whole room above the chair rail. And let me tell you – corners are super tricky!! But I kept at it, and did a lot of hand touch-up work, and it’s looking good. Here’s where I was going back around doing the very top so that the stencil covered the whole wall:
I am obviously a big fan of stencils – see other things I’ve done:
Stencils are so cool lately! They have tons of designs to choose from to fit your personality. They give you the look of high-end wallpaper without the price – or commitment – you could just paint over it when you’re ready for a change. I love how it gave my dining room a Statement.