hand painted wallpaper

August 2, 2011

{via Ballard Designs}

Wallpaper is an interesting topic. Some people love it and others despise it. If you’re like me, you love the look you can get with new wallpaper patterns, but hate the price tag and commitment involved.

Cue the blog-o-sphere.

Design blogs are so inspiring and I can’t even begin to tell you how many times reading something has sparked something new inside of me. There are so many talented people out there {and if you don’t believe me, go watch America’s Got Talent}. Back to wallpaper – because so many people have some of the same issues as I do with wallpaper, people everywhere have begun stenciling their hearts out on their walls.

{via k.f.d. designs}

{via Centsational Girl}

{via Isabella & Max}

{via Welcome to Heardmont}

{via Jones Design Company}

It wasn’t until I ran across Emily’s version over at Jones Design Company that I was totally hooked. I had been thinking about doing a stencil for some time now, just finding the right design isn’t always easy. Friday I decided to take the leap and get started with it on the bathroom walls!

I loved the pattern Emily chose, but decided I would make mine a little more subtle. I went and had the same color as the walls {BM – Silver Crest} mixed, but had them add an extra drop of black into a high gloss quart of paint. I stopped by Michael’s and bought a decent quality 1/2″ {Size 6} brush to use then headed home.

I took the top of a shoebox and drew my pattern onto it {similar to Emily’s, but mine’s a little more slender than hers}, cut it out, taped my level to it with painters tape and moved to the wall. I made sure to measure everything out before getting started, so it would all be centered and then I got to tracing.

Two hours later, my walls looked like this.

I was so pleased with the look, I couldn’t wait to get started on the paint!

I took a break from working on Saturday to go say farewell and eat one last time at the famous Harold’s Barbeque, standing in line for two hours in the heat was rough, but we did it.

When we got home, B went into a sort of food coma on the couch and I painted my little heart out!

It took me until Sunday to finish because I kept taking breaks, but here it is in all its glory!

It’s hard to photograph because of how subtle it is, but the subtlety is what makes it so cool. When you’re in the space you don’t notice it necessarily at first glance, but then it catches your eye. I love it and I’m so happy with the result. I even caught B flipping the different light switches in the there to see what it looked like with all of the combinations of light, I think he likes it too. I still need art for this space, but I’m waiting to be inspired.

In total – including making the stencil, tracing, and painting – it took me about 8 hours to complete over the course of 3 days, but I would definitely do it again!

If you want to do something similar, Emily has a great tutorial and even has a download of her pattern she used if you want!


  1. Jessica Jeffrey says:

    completely amazing!
    everything you touch turns to gold.
    love it!

    August 2nd, 2011 at 10:36 am

  2. Dana Palacios says:

    Kelly I have never told you but I am OBsessed with your design work! This is absolutely so chic and understated elegant. I need you to stop by next time you’re in dfw and advise me on what to do with every corner of our house! =)

    August 2nd, 2011 at 11:05 am

  3. Emily condel says:

    Omg–it is beautiful!!! I have had the same love for wallpaper(and the painted version) for some time but haven’t had the “guts” to do it– I believe I’ll start this weekend after seeing your fabulous job!!! LOVE it!!

    August 2nd, 2011 at 1:54 pm

  4. Erika says:

    I love it! You did a great job. I don’t think you even need art on the walls anymore.

    August 2nd, 2011 at 2:02 pm

  5. Sharon Platt says:

    WOW, Kelly, you are amazing – I love, love, love looking at all you have done. Your house is BEAUTIFUL!

    August 2nd, 2011 at 3:08 pm

  6. Breanna says:

    Kelly! That looks amazing! I absolutely LOVE it! I am so impressed…

    August 2nd, 2011 at 4:43 pm

  7. moira says:

    Can you please tell me exactly how to begin… I have my template cut out and am ready to go but not sure where to trace my first design. Thanks

    September 26th, 2011 at 9:07 pm

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