Did you ever watch Emeril on the Food Network? My kids loved watching that show and hearing him say “BAM!” when he added some spice.
Well this summer I painted my upstairs hall wall, which runs the length of my second story entry to my house. You can see the post about how I transformed the space here.
I have really enjoyed the wall being a different color than the rest of the area and creating a little more drama when you enter the house. But, I have to be honest, the wall needed more that just paint and a different color – it needs some texture and depth. It needed some spice!
When I stenciled my downstairs mudroom I really fell in love with stenciling and how the room really looks like wallpaper, but with paint. After I finished the mudroom I had to stop myself from stenciling the whole house…even I knew that would be a little too much.
I want to share my plans of what is going to be happening in our entry wall/hall. Last year my parents gave me this awesome sign. It is the sign that hung over my Great Grandfather’s shop for over 50 years…. When I started my Recruiting business 12 years ago this month I picked Whiting as the name for good luck – and I have to say it has brought me that…. So when I closed my office I did not know where to hang the sign. Even though my house is an open concept I don’t have very long walls, except for in our entryway, big enough to handle the sign.
The sign is very Rustic and has a ton of character – my concern with hanging it in our entryway is I did not want to give off a vibe of our home being too country – there is nothing wrong with that style, it is just not for me. So to offset the rustic feel I thought I would make the hall wall more formal in nature – thus the idea of a stencil.
The look I wanted to go for was high-end texture glossy wallpaper…with a bold flower or geometric paper that was silver in tone but also very subtle, like here and here. I looked into a silver grey paint and felt the pattern would come across too bold and strong. So while I was at HomeDepot I spoke with the person about glaze. Martha Stewart has a line of glazes and we opened one up and looked at the texture and it was the perfect silvery eradecent look I had in my head.
For a pattern I really loved the stencil from downstairs and every time I would look at a stencil I was being pulled back to a Macron look – and I did not want to repeat the pattern in the house – that would be too weird. So I was looking at damasks as well – but the patterns were too big – then I really liked Royal Design Studio’s Khanjali Ikat Stencil – it was not too flowery, had some great shapes and felt that it would do the job.
I went with their small stencil so the pattern was not too big and bold. For the one wall it took about 4 hours over a couple of days. Since I was working with glaze – which I really enjoyed, it took a little bit longer to dry than paint.
What I liked about the glaze is if I screwed up which I am not perfect and did twice – I could just wash it right off – and off it went from the wall…no repainting or starting over.
So now I just need to get some scaffolding and a couple of strong men to help the Hubby hang the sign and our entryway will be off and running!
What is left for the hall in my mind:
– Remove carpet and put down hardwood
– Replace the silver lights with more formal lighting
– Buy a really cool runner with the colors of the space
Have you ever thought a product was finished and then lived with it for awhile and realized you needed to take it up a notch? Were you happy with the results?….Are our projects ever really done…..