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Living Room Green

November 9, 2011

Dark Red, view into the front hall and front door

So, I mentioned in the last post that I was having trouble painting the correct color green on my walls.  Today, I’m mixing up the green to match the swatch I’ve chosen and I’ll sit with it in all kinds of light to decide.  I’ll paint a test swatch about 2 feet square to see what I think.  I’ve already chosen the stencil to go over the entire room, and I’m starting to make that today.  Instead of purchasing that stencil, I’m going to cut it myself from a pattern that I found in Victorian wall paper designs.  I’ve cut plenty of stencils before, but I’ve never made one that will need to last me a while.  This will need to be quite sturdy and accurate.  I’ll take pics of the process for you.

Current green

In the meantime, here are the before and after pics to show where we’ve been and where we are now.  The red in the room before made it a cozy winter color, but it really didn’t match the woodwork or my decor.  The green makes the room quite light, so I’ll need to find a way to “warm” it without darkening it too much.

The light has been cleaned and is ready to hang.  We think that it is pewter, as the metal is soft.  Bill is going to rewire it for safety.  It matches the dining room light except for the center pendant.  You can see a close up of that light from the previous post on the dining room.

The next steps for this room will include replacing the mantle, which has been refinished and building an extension to it to fit around the pellet stove.  Eventually we will refinish the floors and possibly the side door.  Maybe, way down the line we will put in cherry crown moulding.  Honestly, I’m surprised the house doesn’t have crown moulding in the formal rooms downstairs.  Hopefully, we can move in before Christmas.

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  1. November 14, 2011 10:43 pm

    How do you usually make your stencils? I’ve made them out of heavy weight paper with several coats of shellac. I’ve always wanted to try one of those stencil burners that burn through plastic sheeting, but I could never find a way to justify the investment (for work, of course.) Do you have any stencil making advice?

    • November 16, 2011 10:06 am

      Well, for this stencil, I’m using a heavy sheet of watercolor paper and then I’ll coat it with gel medium. I have never used a stencil burner either, but haven’t yet found the need. 🙂 I used to use tar paper to made stencils because it was cheap and heavy and I didn’t have to coat it. Can’t think of any good advice, but maybe I’ll have some after this round of stencil work. 😉

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