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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Stencil it up (DIY Laundry Room)

 Countless hours and many nap times and bedtimes later, I finally finished painting my laundry room!

BEFORE: missing pizazz

All stenciled and framed the chalkboard.

  I didn't want to spend $40 on a stencil, so I got some tag board from the dollar store, and used items around the house to create my own stencil.  

To get a nice curve I traced a bowl (then decided on a cup since the bowl was too large).
I folded my tagboard in half first, so that when I cut it the sides would be identical.

 I opened it up and then folded it in half width wise to get the bottom to mirror the top.
With the red stencil, you can see the level horizontal line I drew and overlapped the stencil by 1 1/2" inches to create the pattern.

I tried using the outer part, thinking I would tape it to the wall and paint inside it, but the paint totally got under the stencil, so I ended up tracing the stencil where I wanted it, and using my level and ruler, and traced it out on the whole wall.  (then I had to erase a bit after painting)

Then came the painting.....  each one took about 3 coats of paint, using a small brush.
On all the walls for the background I used Sherwin Williams' Watery.  (I first tried out SW "Rainwashed," but it was too gray under the fluorescent lights).

I was going to use the next color up on the paint chip, Tidewater, and I wanted a little bit more of a contrast, so for the stencil shape I used a custom color (I hate it when bloggers do that:)
  which was just a bit lighter than Tidewater, but not as light as the next shade up.  So the SW clerk entered in a Manual Tidewater color.
I'm so glad the painting is finally done, now I get to decorate the walls and work on the other side of the laundry room.

Linking up to:
Strut Your Stuff Saturday at  Six Sister's Stuff
Modern Country Style Paint Party


  1. Oh my it's beautiful! I can't even imagine how long this took you, but the result is awesome. I love the base color too. It's modern moorish, very cool.

  2. Unbelievable. So lovely!!! You are incredibly talented, Lauren.

  3. This looks so good...& clean. I always luv a clean look to a laundry room. :)

  4. That is pretty cool Lauren. I did something kind of like it, it is hard work all that tracing and painting!! I love that color you picked. Nice chalkboard too, you didn't show how you did that!!

  5. Wow! It looks SOOOO CUTE!!! You did a great job, and I especially love the bikini bottoms on the top of the chalkboard!

  6. Oh wow! LOVE it! You did an amazing job - it's gorgeous! Love the chalkboard and banner too. I need this wall in my laundry room! Ever wonder why you haven't seen it on my blog yet? lol I want yours!

  7. It's completely gorgeous! I love it!!! I can't believe you made your own stencil...and that it came out so beautifully. I signed up to follow you immediately. Okay, so I'm your new stalker!!!

    Thank you so much for linking up to my 'Paint, Please' link party.


  8. I can't believe that you made your own stencil!!! It turned out amazing!!! The colors look awesome. Thank you so much for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday! We are so grateful for your support and we hope that you will be back tomorrow to share more great ideas!
    Camille @


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