Nursery, Our First Home,

Nursery re-do update

The big parts of the nursery are completed–painting, painting, painting…and stenciling.   Yep, stenciling!

Remember that time I had my mind set on spending $265 wallpaper for one tiny wall in my sweet little girl’s nursery?  Let’s just forget that ever happened.  I got as far as putting the beautiful Charcoal Dots wallpaper by Spoonflower in the cart and was getting ready to checkout when I realized that I just couldn’t do it.  I was about to spend 75% of my budget on one wall.  I knew that I needed more money for accessorizing and the prints from Etsy I’ve been drooling over, so what did I do?  Give up? No way, man. Not me.

Those who know me know that I am a very determined person, and once I have my mind set on something I WILL figure out a way to make it work.

Before I discovered the Spoonflower wallpaper I had my eye on this Tanzania wallpaper by Thibaut.

 

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Gorgeous, no?  I found a local distributor and got a price from them of $45/roll (with a minimum of 4 rolls, which is exactly what I needed).  Then I looked closer at the print and realized that it wasn’t black on white, it was black on cream, and my vision this whole time has been for black and white.  So there went that idea.

Then, as I was looking at the Tanzania wallpaper inspiration pictures, I came across Pam’s blog, Simple Details. She also loved the Tanzania wallpaper but decided to do her own knock-off version by stenciling.  She stenciled a small entry way in her home and it looks great!  Instead of wallpapering she went with the Cheetah Spots Wall Stencil  by Royal Design Studio and tweaked with the design a little bit.  Check out her blog post to see exactly how she did it.

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By this point I really liked the idea of stenciling, but I wasn’t 100% sold on this particular stencil.  I’m not sure what it was exactly, but I still liked the pattern of the Charcoal Dots wallpaper better.

I remembered that there was another major stencil company online and decided to see if they had anything to my liking, and by golly they did! I went from Cheetah Spots at Royal Design Studio to Leopard Skin at Cutting Edge Stencils.

Here they are side by side to see the comparison of the print:

The Leopard skin is offered as “Leopard allover large scale” or “Leopardall over small scale”.

Here are two pictures from the Cutting Edge Stencils website to show you the difference between the two sizes offered:

I piddled around in photoshop trying to see which print I liked the best, and for what I had in mind, the small print won me over.

I need to brag on Cutting Edge Stencils for a second–I purchased the stencil on a Monday night and first thing the next morning I have an email in my inbox from Cutting Edge advertising a 20% off everything sale. I was so bummed that I missed the sale by just a few hours! I knew it was a long shot, but I decided to reply to the promotional e-mail asking if I could have the 20% off my already purchased product.  Within minutes I received a reply that they would gladly refund me the discount!  So for great customer service (& a great product), I say thank you Cutting Edge Stencils!  And no, this was not a sponsored post.  They don’t have a clue who Emily is or what she does.

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So there she is–my new “blank wall”.  I can’t wait for Gwen & Lily to arrive.  They’re going to love their new home above the crib.

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Lenny the lamb is a fan of Kennedy’s new green chair.  I’m a fan too.  $2 consignment sale find makes me happy!

Then there’s this heavy brass sconce I snatched off craigslist a while back.  I want it to have a home in the nursery, but that’s still undecided.

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I am thrilled with how the stenciled wall turned out and am antsy to finish the room now.  Hopefully I’ll be back soon with some more updates!

emily

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Erin

Incredible! Soooo love that you stenciled it and most of all that it was a less expensive find to make what you wanted happen! Waiting patiently (well, not so patiently) to see the outcome to your complete nursery! 🙂 Your little Kennedy is a doll too.

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Natasha

Your stencilling looks great! Out of interest, where did you find the Tanzania wallpaper for $45 a role? Trying to decide whether i am handy enough to go the DIY route 🙂

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Emily

Hate to say I really don’t remember the name of the store. It was in Duluth, GA. I just googled the brand of the wallpaper and they showed up as carrying it. I just emailed to get a quote.

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