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Stenciling A Wallpaper Look Using the Julia Allover Pattern

Stencils Are An Affordable DIY Solution to Achieve A Wallpaper Look

Good morning, my DIY friends!  Pattern can add a lot of personality to a space.  While wallpaper is one way to achieve a pretty pattern look, it’s also an expensive option.  Stenciling is a simple way to get the wallpaper look but for a fraction of the price.  In fact, you can get an allover stencil pattern for less than the cost of a single roll of wallpaper.  Today, Cutting Edge Stencils has a beautiful bedroom makeover featuring an allover stencil pattern that looks just like wallpaper!

Cutting Edge Stencils shares a DIY stenciled accent wall using the Julia Allover stencil for a wallpaper look. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/julia-wall-stencil.html

We’d like you to meet Angela, the proud mama to Isadora and DIY blogger behind Shelterrific.  Angela wanted to transform her daughter’s room from a cutesy toddler space into a little girl haven.  Here is the space before its makeover.

A little girl's room before its stenciled makeover. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/julia-wall-stencil.html

Filled with primary colors and rounded corners, the space was perfect for a toddler.  But Isadora was growing up and she needed a space to reflect her growing personality.  Angela wanted to create a space that would last her daughter well into her teen years.  She debated the color and finally landed on a blue grey color, Beacon Gray by Benjamin Moore.

A little girl's room before its stenciled makeover. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/julia-wall-stencil.html

Once the perfect paint color was chosen, Angela decided a pretty pattern would complete the look.  She loves how small rooms look when they have one wall papered in a delicate, small repetitive pattern.  So she set off on a quest to find just the right wallpaper, but after looking through samples she didn’t find anything she loved.  Then Angela started to think, ” We’ve heard that wallpaper doesn’t take wear and tear well, and we know it’s a pain to take down. Perhaps a stencil will be better? ”  We love that idea! Angela realized that she was drawn to the basic repeat pattern that was the same tone and color as the wall.  She purchased our Julia Allover pattern.   Angela poured her paint, Benjamin Moore’s November Skies, which was one shade darker than the base wall color into a painters tray.

Stenciling a bedroom using the Julia Allover Stencil. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/julia-wall-stencil.html

Using a dense foam roller, she painted the pretty flower pattern onto the wall.  She also used blue painter’s tape to hold the stencil in place.  Angela says, “The secret is to keep your brush nearly dry. After you load it with paint, dry it off on paper towels before touching the wall.”

Stenciling a bedroom using the Julia Allover Stencil. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/julia-wall-stencil.html

Once the pattern was complete, it was time to step back and enjoy it.  Doesn’t it look just like wallpaper?

A DIY stenciled accent wall using the Julia Allover stencil for a wallpaper look. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/julia-wall-stencil.html

Angela completed the stenciled nook by adding a mid-century Russel Wright dresser that had been hers as a child, some eye-catching wall art, and a vintage globe.

A DIY stenciled accent wall using the Julia Allover stencil for a wallpaper look. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/julia-wall-stencil.html

Oh, and the only other decor item that we love as much as the stencil is this dipped wooden chair.  Angela picked up a wooden chair for $20 at a thrift store and added a splash of color.

A DIY wooden chair that was dipped for color.

Have you used stencils to get a wallpaper look?  Leave us your thoughts in the comments below!

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Thanks for reading and happy stenciling!
Michelle and the Cutting Edge Stencils Crew

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