Monday, July 25, 2011

Ikat Stenciling- Our Fifth House

Hello a la mode readers!  I'm Carmel from Our Fifth House, and I'm so thrilled to be here.  Shelli invited me over to share about my ikat stenciling, so here we go!

I was craving some pattern in my dining room.  I know wallpaper is all the rage nowadays, but if you've ever had to take the stuff down you can understand why I didn't really want to go that route.  When I stumbled across Olive Leaf Stencils on Etsy I knew I had found the perfect solution.
It's amazing the difference a little pattern can make.  
Here's the before.
Here's the after.

Stencils have come a long way baby.  So much better today then the ivy of the 80's right?!  They are really easy to use too!  This was my first ever experience using a stencil, and I pinky swear that it was easy-peasy.  I'm serious, if I can do it you can too!  I wrote a step-by-step tutorial from a first timer's perspective for those that want the deets.

I love how easy it was to do and how easy it will be to paint right over if I ever decide to make a change (which I won't because I'm in love - but never say never).    Plus the stencil is completely reusable so I can add a little ikat pattern somewhere else if I want.

After tackling this project I felt confident enough to stencil some curtain panels for my family room.  I was pleased as punch that an extra stencil came with my purchase, so I put that little freebie to work.   It was another ikat pattern (clearly I'm obsessed).

I used painter's drop cloths.  You can find all the deets here.  Once again, I promise it was easy.  Here they are hung up.

You can do so much with a stencil!  Have you stenciled anything lately?  Are you all as obsessed with ikat as I am?!  

Thanks Shelli for having me over!  

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  1. Loved this post! It took me back 20 years when I was a first time, cash strapped Mum with expensive decorating tastes! I stenciled (Made my own too on over head projector accetate!!!) wall paper, borders and picture rail height swags. Country style was in full swing and I mastered the art so well I helped friends and did a few project homes!!! I remember even 'marbeling' some fancy columns in a project home at Castle Hill! Thanks for jogging the memory, your work looks terrific!!!

  2. i love carmel's stenciled projects- the wall is utterly amazing!!!! and the curtains are gorgeous- i love the colors she used. ikat is so dramatic and bold and it's perfect on the wall and curtains!

  3. ah! i love those curtains! so pretty. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

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  5. I LOVE the curtains, great idea, very professional looking...

  6. Carmel's dining room turned out fabulous! She did such a beautiful job stenciling...the black is just the right touch.

  7. I just love what Carmel has done. Those curtains are calling my name. Such great color as well. Happy Monday!

  8. Great DIY. I may have to try this is my new home that I'll have in about 7 months!

    xo L.

  9. Thanks again for having me over!

  10. Great to see Carmel over here!!! And I love your mood board today, Shelli!

  11. desperate to stencil and LOVE ikat!!! :) LOVE your curtains!