I am so excited and grateful to have been chosen to receive a beautiful wall stencil from "Cutting Edge Stencils" I entered the give away from one of my favorite blogs, Joys of Home ~ http://joysofhome.blogspot.com/. There were so many amazing stencils to choose from, but I chose the Damask stencil named Anna. For my first wonderful project I took two inexpensive shelves from IKEA that had been used in the playroom and I decided to use them in the flex area near our informal dining room now.
I took the backs off by removing the small nails. Then I just turned them over and laid them right on the back of the shelves. I know I was being really risky by not putting any plastic down underneath. Very carefully I stenciled away. The application was really easy with a high density foam roller. I made a custom color out of mostly Glidden satin paint (Rain Washed) that I already had from a previous home. Then I mixed in some dark brown & some dark green acrylic paint. The color is soft & subtle and I think it is beautiful.
It is so fun for me to display some of my white milk glass pieces on this pretty shelf! Most of the glass I picked up at thrift stores and antique stores. But there are some very special ones that came from my Mother in-law, my Mother & my Aunt that I love! The old bicycle basket on the bottom shelf holds some table linens. I tried to put items on the bottom shelves that wouldn't be dangerous for our little Grandcuties, but I'll just have to put some things up when they come, even though they are such well-behaved children!
I'm still working on getting our new home decorated, but you can see how nicely the shelves go with our blue window treatments and throw pillows.
Crystal picked up this gorgeous blue vase for me from DI a few years ago.