feeling brave.

 While perusing one of my favorite places...etsy...I stumbled upon Cutting Edge Stencils. I was immediately smitten by their enormous selection of HUGE, funky, stencils.  I don't know about you...but when I think of stencils I usually think "country"...or 90's for some reason.  Not the case in the selection of this Etsy shop.  I asked Doug what he thought when he got home...to which he responded "You've already decided haven't you?".  

Well, yes.  And I couldn't wait for my stencil to come in the mail.  But first I had to paint my living room...you know, for a nice new canvas. :) 
 Then it was time to be brave...to trust the vision I had in my head for wall awesomeness.  I turned on Netflix...and about an hour later I fell in love with a wall. 
 Allow me to be a commercial for a moment...only because I LOVED the stencil...it was sturdy...and since I got a little level with my stencil it was EASY.  Their directions were easy to understand and follow, even if you have never stenciled.  The edges were sharp and clear.   And cleaning the stencil-the part I dreaded the most- was as easy as running it under water. 

And the result? 
Stunning...if I do say so myself.  It makes the whole room cozy and warm and beautiful.
  For the color I used some of the "Crystal Aqua" (from Valspar-cause I know I will get asked) to tie it all together. :) I only did the one wall for now...but I am tempted to keep going around. 

Being brave paid off...don't you think? It also added a slew of new projects to my list...new curtains...enormous wall art...etc. :)

Aaaaaand I loved it so much...I am going to give one away soon...stay tuned for your very own opportunity to BE BRAVE. :) 

xo

P.S. Click on the photos for a better view of awesome. :) 
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17 comments:

Megan said...

This is gorgeous. I'm already dreaming of where I could be brave. :)

Ash said...

Thats gorgeous! I will be keeping that in mind. I am about to start a few new projects myself. My husband asked for a divorce, and though I am hoping he changes his mind, I have to plan for a new future. I already did some self prescribed retail therapy, and I am planning a new and beautiful bedroom, just for me. I will be making my own head board, wall art, and refinishing a few furniture pieces. I suppose I am just distracting myself, but at long as it works and I end up with a gorgeous room! :)

The Cummings Family said...

Your bravery definitely paid off! It is beautiful!

Jacomijn said...

Love your wall. Seeing this, reading that there is more to come, seeing the bids you got on Ebay for your quilt.... may I assume you feel a bit better? I really hope so! (Have read what was troubling you; wanted to give you some sort of advice, but didn't know other then what you already knew yourself: sometimes it takes a bit of time before you learn / know what to do or where you're headed. Actually the only thing I can say is that everything happens for a reason. I have experienced many times "where the Lord closes a door, somewhere he opens a window". Don't know if this helps and if it doesn't: I'm sorry; I meant well.)

LKP said...

AWE-sommmmmmme! reminds of of way cool, funky chainlink or japanese koi scales! so fun and refreshing. ;)

Shelly said...

Totally freakin' awesome!!!!!!! I"m so looking at that shop for ideas for my playroom makeover...

MCH PHOTOGRAPHY said...

The stencil is awesome! love the wall

xo, Kate @keeping up w/the Moreland's said...

oooooooh, love it!!!

Hollie said...

Crystal...it looks awesome! I have those bumpy textured walls though...i wonder if it would still work???

Keeping Up With Kaegan said...

That looks great! I am so intimidated by stencils but want to spruce up an accent wall with one soo bad.

Heather at Blessed Little Nest said...

that is rad!!! you did a phenomenal job! your work transformed it into a cozy little study that i want to sit in a sip a cup of tea while watching you've got mail. great job crystal!! so great!

Tasha said...

Wow. Gorgeous. I LOVE love it. Definitely being brave paid off.

Stefanie said...

I love the new wall...You did a great job!

Ellen said...

Amazing. I can't even imagine having the patience and skill to do this. It looks great!

Katie said...

That's really gorgeous!! A great way to get the wallpaper look without the hassle of actual wallpaper. And I love that you decorate your house so bright and cheery!

Condo Blues said...

That gives me a great idea for my guest room that's in desperate need of paint. Thanks!

Laura said...

This is gorgeous!! I am so jealous of your cheery little space.

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