painted wallpaper {a tutorial}

When I first took over the front office, I knew I wanted to make it a lighter, more inspiring room to be in.  I thought about painting stripes because I really do love them, but I already have some thick ones painted in the boys’ room. Then I thought wallpaper would be nice. But here’s the thing about wallpaper: 1. I always like the most expensive one and 2. putting it up is a pain {although now that I think about it, it would probably be easier to hang wallpaper than to paint it. Oh well.}

So I decided that instead of looking for bargain wallpaper, I could just make my own.   I really like these curtains from Ballard Designs and decided to take the pattern as my inspiration.


Here are the steps:

1. Create a template {or download mine at the end of the post}

2. Trace the design onto the wall. Over and over again. Now it makes a lot of sense to use a level to make sure you are not drawing diagonally down the wall, but I didn’t go to such effort. I think I have a pretty good sense of straight {if that makes sense} so I was able to eyeball it.


No, #2 did not help me trace the pattern, he was just my model.

tracing the outline

Check out those sweet grubby little four-year-old fingernails.

There were sections where the pattern got a little wonky, so I just improvised and figured once the entire pattern was up, you wouldn’t notice little imperfections.  The one thing I did try to do was to keep the pattern equal along the top & bottom of the wall {see photo}


3. Paint over the lines {I painted along the inside of the line}.  I used a small paint brush that was the width that I wanted the lines to be and white latex paint we had leftover from the kitchen.

painting wallpaper lines

more painting around closet doors

wallpaper edges with pait brush

It takes a long time. But if you try it, just keep going : it is so worth it!

tracing the stencil

lining up the stencil under a window


Here it is again in it’s ‘after’ state.


And there you have it.

A project that was simple to do but just took lots of time and a steady hand.

You are welcome to use my template.



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269 Responses to painted wallpaper {a tutorial}

  1. Brandon July 29, 2017 at 4:29 pm #

    Wallpapering takes a great deal of time. I can only imagine how long the painted wallpaper project took in order to brighten up that office area

  2. Vanessa December 30, 2015 at 9:40 pm #

    Thank you for this tutorial and template!! I have made a dull ‘nothing’ background wall really into a work of art with this!! Went with a pearlescent turquoise background and silver metallic for the pattern. Soon to add 50’s yellow frames in various styles/sizes with ancestors photos to make a gallery feature. Everyone LOVES it and now people are asking me to do their walls too!! lol THANK YOU!! Was totally worth the hours of time, shaky hand (that made it take longer!!) and the paint covered hands as I fixed little paint stuff ups!!!!! :-) You Rock!

  3. Pat Lindsey August 21, 2015 at 2:10 am #

    Great job! I am so impatient. Your project looks really tough for me. How many hours does it take ? If there are more than four it would be a nightmare for impatient people. I am almost envy you. :) Best regards! http://claphamhandyman.org.uk/

  4. Robin Rainey July 22, 2015 at 1:04 am #

    I really like your designs. And patience.

  5. Jenn Davies January 15, 2015 at 3:54 pm #

    I can’t get over how darling this is. I never would have thought that kind of effect was possible for painting, especially since I’m not a professional. This is making me look at all the walls of my home differently. I just want to pain them all! | http://ccspainting.com

  6. Hannah October 20, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

    How did you do the corners???

    • emily October 20, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

      I just got as close to the corner as possible and painted. Nothing too tricky.

  7. Nikki September 2, 2014 at 8:27 am #

    Since the template for the painted wallpaper doesn’t download, can you advise the dimensions of the template? General height and width information would be enough, I think – I’m just trying to get a general idea of the dimensions to see if the scale will work for my space. Thank you.

    • emily September 2, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

      The template is found in The Archive (log in here: https://jonesdesigncompany.com/the-archive/).

  8. MIchelle August 17, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    I absolutely love your work! I was inspired to paint a small hallway with your template (I forgot to connect the pattern but still love how it turned out). Thank you for the inspiration! Michelle

  9. Laura August 5, 2014 at 5:31 pm #

    I love how you did this. I tried to get the template but it is not showing up in the archive? Am I looking in the wrong place or is it no longer available? if it is available could you email me and link me to where I can get it? I am wanting to do a wall in the kitchen like this. Thanks so much.

  10. Judy July 21, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

    You are an artist….you made this look easy…keep on creating!

  11. Ann Greene June 12, 2014 at 8:02 am #

    I just saw this pin today. I thought it was a lot of work until I came to your site. It WAS a lot of WORK. I just assumed it was a stencil that was pounced. You did an awesome job as did your four year old. You must have been painting for weeks. It’s beautiful.

  12. Gloria Elswood March 28, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

    Love this. I was going to wallpaper but couldn’t afford it and then I found your blog. Could you email the template to me? I tried to find it in the tutorial things you had and can’t find it. I am 70 and kind of bad at the computer. Thanks you again it is beautiful.

  13. Kristy March 4, 2014 at 10:23 pm #

    Finished my painted wallpaper…one month later :) love it!

    • emily March 5, 2014 at 11:47 am #

      Yea!!! Hope you love it.

  14. Tashnuva Masud January 9, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

    Hi Emily,

    Your tutorial is amazing!
    I just finished my Powder Room wall following your instructions. Here is the link for you to have a look.

  15. Diana November 16, 2013 at 9:43 pm #

    Oh! I LOVE this!!! I want to do this to a small wall in my bathroom… What is the dimensions of the template?

  16. Lauren September 8, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    I’m still working on my bedroom because I ran out of paint (I was using some left over I had lying around). Thank you so much though! It totally made the room http://instagram.com/p/eBabbBO2WG/

  17. Patricia Krank September 4, 2013 at 9:04 am #

    Here is a link to my site showing your hand painted wallpaper http://www.oldthingsnewblog.com/2013/05/hand-painted-wallpaper.html
    I absolutely love. Wouldn’t this make a lovely background for my blog wallpaper? I’m searching! Thanks for the tutorial.

  18. Leanne September 2, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    I don’t have the most steady hand so I didn’t think I could pull it off… But I did! And I love it, thank you for the template and tutorial. Saved me money on buying those expensive stencils I’ve been browsing through online and so worth the seven hours I put into it!

    Here it is ….http://instagram.com/p/dx-B05yH6y/

  19. deb August 27, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    I think this is beautiful, but I would make a stencil and save lots of time!

  20. Jane August 5, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    This is so nice! I can’t wait to paint my own. when searching for more inspiration, I found this cute shop Wonder Wall Decal, they have this pattern precut. It’s the easier way out for those who have shaky hands! : )

  21. Lauren July 27, 2013 at 10:06 am #

    Just curious how you made sure the pencil marks didn’t show? I am interesting in using this design, but after my hubby “surprised” me by finally painting stripes in our daughter’s room I was horrified to find dark pencil marks that would not come off with eraser or in some cases showed through the paint. I have been leery of stenciling since.

    • emily July 27, 2013 at 10:46 am #

      There are faint pencil lines on the wall, but they are hardly noticeable. Just be sure you trace lightly. You could also use chalk for a wipe-off-able option.

  22. Teresa July 26, 2013 at 11:43 pm #

    What is the specific brand and size of your paint brush? I LOVE this idea and I’m planning on slowly redecorating my room and I want to do this on one of my walls but I like things the exact way I see them and I was wondering what’s the size and name of the brush.

    • emily July 27, 2013 at 9:51 am #

      I just grabbed a brush from my kids’ craft stuff. It is a flat edge and about 1/4 wide. Hope this helps!

  23. Valesha July 5, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    I used your tutorial and template to create the wall in my bedroom a couple of years ago and it’s still my favorite thing in my house! Thought I’d share. :)


  24. The Fashionable Housewife May 14, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    I printed your template and followed your directions to do my accent wall in my living room!

    Here it is: http://instagram.com/p/ZQFu9CmgPd/

    It took me 2 coats of the base paint, 2 hours to stencil and 12 hours to paint it in. Took me all day but I love it!

    • emily May 14, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

      It looks amazing!

  25. Jan April 7, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

    I did this and my one wall in my dining room (above the wainscotting). Took about 10 hours. And I thought I was going as fast as I could while still doing a good job. Your office must have taken forever!!!

    Thanks for the template and inspiration! I tagged you Instagram so you’d hopefully see my finished project. :)

    • emily April 8, 2013 at 8:56 am #

      Nicely done! I couldn’t see the full image because your ig account is private, but from the teensy thumbnail, it looks great!

  26. Carolann March 6, 2013 at 9:21 am #

    After reading about your painted wallpaper- I think that perhaps you should be nominated “Princess patience”!

  27. lynnette February 10, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    that is amazing! how beautiful. i don’t think i would have the patience for that. i am considering a similar design, but it would have to be a stencil.

  28. Lisa Marie MacDonald February 6, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    Thank you so much for the quatrefoil template – I used it to create some artwork for my bedroom :) Much-o appreciated!!


  29. Patricia Krank February 2, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    I’m going to try this in my sitting room. Wish me luck! Patti

  30. Debby January 26, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    This is greatI Thank you! I’m going to try it this weekend!

  31. Megan November 7, 2012 at 6:57 am #

    Stunning! What a fantastic tutorial you’ve provided. Megan

  32. Carrie September 24, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    Do you think if I blew up the stencil to a 16×20, would it appear too big on the wall? BTW…love it!!!

  33. Tabula Rasa September 20, 2012 at 6:52 am #

    this is the final product, LOVE the wall treatment! hands still aching hahaha :)


  34. Theresa August 27, 2012 at 7:47 am #

    Great tutorial, thanks for sharing!

    I used this pattern on an accent wall in my living room. My wall color was “Drizzle” by Sherwin Williams (a muted teal), and for the Moroccan quatrefoil trellis, I just mixed drizzle and white in a SOLO cup. I used CHALK instead of pencil and had fabulous results (super easy clean up, too!). I also used a level as a precaution.

    Thanks again!!

  35. City Girl August 22, 2012 at 6:17 am #

    Never mind…I found the template. I am soooo doing this project and when i do and post on my blog I will be sure to give you credit for the idea!

  36. City Girl August 22, 2012 at 6:13 am #

    OMG I love this. I just really wish you caould email me the pattern so I could really do it on my own. LOL I am trying for a Moroccan theme and I would love to do this in my bathroom. Thats so elegant

  37. Kari August 20, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    Love your blog! Thanks for sharing your template. When I try to print the pattern, the print preview is blank. Do I need to download this in another program to print? Suggestions?

  38. Tina August 19, 2012 at 7:11 am #

    I found you through another link but wanted to stop by and tell you I did a version of your stencil on my wall and LOVE it!!! THank you for the freebie!!!


  39. Heather August 14, 2012 at 4:34 am #

    I just did this in my bathroom closet and loved it so much and was so sad that you’d barely see it that I painted it on one of the accent walls, lol. THANK YOU for posting this!

  40. kake7 August 12, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    WOW. I LOVE this. I really want to try but I am thinking about just doing one wall instead of painting whole walls.
    What do you think???
    Thanks .

  41. Jenn August 7, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    This looks amazing! Thanks for the guide and the stencil. I just finished doing my wall in my bathroom and I can’t stop looking at it. I can only imagine how long it took you to do the whole room!

  42. Josh Johnson May 18, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    Thanks so much for sharing this amazing tutorial! I did this project with a “Dusted Plum” as base and “Shimmering Bronze” as stencil color — beautiful, just beautiful! Thanks again for sharing the pattern — I blogged about me working through your tutorial on my site: http://joshjohnson.squarespace.com !

    Thanks again! Many Links provided to your site / tutorial through my blog.


  43. LC May 15, 2012 at 7:57 am #

    EMILY!!!! i am Moroccan living in the US & I wanted to update our kitchen I was going to order some stenciling online then i came to your site, as soon as I saw the wall i thought MOROCCO!!!!! so this weekend i had a day off and I woke bright and early and followed your instructions! i was able to finish the whole wall in one day , i drew & painted ( i would reccommend taking ur time lol cuz i had a major arm pain lol) but IT IS AWESOME!!!! i am still in the process of updating the kitchen I will send you pictures when its all complete! THANK YOU for the awesome idea!!!!!

  44. Meg @ Revamp Homegoods May 3, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    Totally love this room and thanks for sharing a template! I used it to create an accent wall of my own in my kitchen (and linked back to you) at http://revamphomegoods.blogspot.com/2012/05/house-to-home-working-wonders-kitchen.html

  45. Victoria April 19, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing this!! I love stenciled walls and these are so pretty!! I wanted to let you know I linked this up on my blog today: http://www.vixenmade.com/2012/04/amazing-home-decor-makeovers.html

  46. Valerie Gosselin April 16, 2012 at 6:38 am #

    Thank you so much for your post ! We have a century-old buffet from our great grand parents and we wanted to make it stand out in our dining room. Luckily, I came across your website, and think your wall stencil will look absolutely beautiful : ) I painted an accent wall dark royal blue, and will buy the gold colour metallic paint from Benjamin Moore. I’m starting today, can’t wait to see the results!

  47. Irma Barajas April 1, 2012 at 1:14 am #

    I was surfing around different painting blogs and forums and ran across your site. Love the pattern you came up with the imaginative way you began and implimented. Great way to put the imagination to work and come up with a real work of art. Thanks..
    Please come by and visit my site. I have several how to articles. Thank you

  48. Julieta March 26, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    OMG what an amazing blog and tutorial! I’m so happy I found this :D

    You have a big fan now!

    xoxo Julieta

  49. Jill March 24, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    Can you send me the template to paint my walls? I don’t see it on your website?

  50. Toniette March 12, 2012 at 8:38 am #

    I just finished doing this on a little 4 ft nook wall in my living room- I LOVE it! I used a white paint pen, b/c I’m 6 months pregnant and didn’t want to mess around ;) It worked out really well! Thanks for the inspiration!

  51. Ashley Walsh March 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    Emily, it has only been a little over a week since I stumbled upon your website (when looking for table skirt ideas…) and you have inspired me SO much!!! We have been in our new home about 8 months and I have had serious decorating block….until I found your site! I decided to tackle the office last weekend and copied your painted wallpaper idea. It turned out AMAZING! My husband and I are so happy with the end result. Thanks for giving me the spark I needed to dive into decorating our new home!

  52. Nicole Sosa January 20, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    Love this… saves you money! Just do a little when you can!

  53. Donna January 5, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    Lindsay, I was trying to pull it up in firefox but had to you internet explorer and it came up. You might want to try another browser.

  54. Lindsay December 25, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    Hi! I really want to use your template but every time i click on it nothing shows? I signed up for your newsletter an all but still nothing comes up :-(

  55. Krista November 16, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

    I’ve been looking and looking for something to do with our powder room, which is currently BRIGHT yellow! This is perfect. I was reading everyone’s comments, but I couldn’t find where you posted what colors/paint you used? I’m going to start tackling this project tomorrow! Thanks for the great post! I’m new to following blogs (stumbled upon the greatness of it thanks to pinterest), so how do I follow yours?

  56. Erin November 16, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    Did you only paint one coat? or two?

    • emily November 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

      I only did one coat. You can see through it a little, but that doesn’t bother me.

  57. Christina November 10, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    Was wondering which paint colors and finishes you used. I am looking to do my entryway and living room nook and your wall color looks grand. Thanks for the tut! Cannot tell you how many times I keep coming back to this project.

  58. Christina November 10, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    Was wondering which paint colors you used for this as well as the finishes.

  59. Amy November 8, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    I used your tutorial to do an accent wall in my bedroom. I just wanted to share with you. Thanks for the inspiration.


  60. Jenni November 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    Hey! I followed your tutorial and am VERY pleased with the result! Thanks so much for sharing. It’s on my blog if you ever want to check it out. Once again, thanks so much!

  61. Amy @ A New Old House November 7, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    Hi Emily,
    Your design completely inspired me to try this on a small hallway wall this past weekend! I am in awe of your patience & steady hand!
    (I’m apparently lacking in those , so improvised a bit… but still love it!)

    Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  62. diana thao October 17, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    I love this tutorial so much that I use this design for my closet. If you would like to take a look here is my blog site:


    Thanks so much for posting this tutorial:)

  63. brandi October 12, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    Hi Emily! Your room is absolutely gorgeous! I love the painted wallpaper so much that I decided to use the template to stencil a bench! You can view it here if you like! http://bet1975.blogspot.com/2011/10/bench-makeover.html
    Thank you so much for sharing!

  64. shalynn October 11, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    loved this tutorial so much that i used it! if you’re interested to see it, here’s the link: http://shaysbucket.blogspot.com/2011/10/home-tour-living-room.html.
    thanks so much for your creative juices!

  65. Becky October 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    WOW. What a fantastic wall treatment. This room looks amazing. Your poor aching hands did a great job!

  66. Diana October 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    Hi there,

    I was just directed here from Young House Love and I love this look. I always thought i couldn’t do a stencil because I have ornage peel textured walls. But it looks like your walls are textured. Did this inhibit you in any way? Would you suggest this on a textured wall or a smooth wall?


  67. Beth Brevik September 30, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    I am so in awe of your patience and steady hand. It looks spectacular. If I might ask, did you also paint the little gray dresser? The paint color is exactly what I’m looking for to paint a dresser of my own, and I was wondering if you could divulge the name of that shade. Again, great work!

  68. Moira September 26, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    This is just what I have been looking for to do in my bathroom. I am a little confused if you could help I would really appreciate it. It looks like this is double lines. Did you just a bigger stencil as well? Not sure how to get is started on wall but know once I do, I will be good to go. Thanks

  69. Star September 25, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    I love your painted wallpaper! I’m thinking of doing this on an accent wall in our bathroom. But I have a question: About how long did this take you? Honestly. :) I know it’ll take a good amount of time, just curious how much time I should set aside. Thanks!

  70. trent September 23, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    What did you do about the pencil lines after the painting was done? Did they show through?

  71. Lisa Rivera lopez September 8, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    I love this! You have a great website full of wonderful ideas!!! Thank you for sharing.

  72. Britli August 31, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    Your wall turned out so fun! I used your template and painted my wall. Thanks for sharing with all of us! I posted about it and linked back to you. Thanks and have a great day!!

  73. JessicaT August 23, 2011 at 8:42 am #

    I love this- if I could I would do my whole house!! Can you tell me what color the base paint is? I love that too!!

  74. Naomi August 17, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    Oh my goodness, this is amazing! Found you via gingibersnap.com, and I’m so glad I did!!

  75. Debra August 8, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    Love this idea but of course I like all of your things. Thank you so much! God has certainly blessed you with wonderful talents that you share with all of us.

  76. Kelly Mann August 2, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    I did something very similar and blogged it, I linked up to this post for you!


  77. maggy R August 1, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    Thanks so much for this great template!!! love it!!! :) what a great work u did!

  78. julie July 30, 2011 at 9:02 am #

    this is stunning

  79. Katie Hunter July 22, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    K… Just found your website. AmAZing! Maybe you have allready answered this question somewhere else but what is the name of the the base color that you have on the walls? I want to do this in my office craft room!! With the exact colors. Thanks for the hard work!

  80. Andrea@makeitloverly July 21, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    I LOVE this!! Starting tomorrow! Thanks for the great tutorial and template :)

  81. Jennifer Morical July 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

    OK, I’m still in the stenciling stage but after one wall I decided to buy a big piece of poster board and draw your template of three, connected top to bottom and centered along a straight line.) It’s REALLY helping me to keep my line straight and my spacing even. Thankyou so much for the idea. I’m doing this in my dining room, even my husband is excited about it!

  82. Hollie @ I'm Busy Procrastinating July 6, 2011 at 7:30 am #

    Here’s what I’ve always wondered about stenciling a wall. How do you cover up ALL of the pencil marks? Do you take caution to paint over them ever so slightly? And does it really cover when you use one coat of white paint? I’m a detail person, and that’s the one thing that’s kept me from going for it.

  83. Dana Rogers June 23, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    What is the color of the wall that you stenciled on. Please let me know the color and brand of paint you used. Love the technique!

  84. Karena June 10, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    This is absolutely gorgeous!! A beautiful design. You are so talented.

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  85. Jenny Shain June 9, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

    Ok, I see, but how did you get exactly the same width EVERY SINGLE TIME & make it not get crooked, etc? PLS TELL ME!!!

  86. Jackie June 8, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    Looks absolutely fantastic! Might be the inspiration I need to ‘de-beige’ some of my walls…

  87. Jill June 8, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

    Love that “wall paper”! You are a wonder! The tutorials are wonderful! Please keep inspiring!

  88. EatTheRich June 8, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    Wow, you must have NOTHING better to do.

    • christina September 4, 2011 at 10:56 pm #

      nothing better to do than make beautiful art!? sheesh! Get a life!

      • Bobbie September 10, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

        Wow, some people just don’t have anything good to say. My mother always told me that if you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all. It sounds like you’re the one that needs to get a life!

    • NC Momma September 13, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

      Your moniker Eat the Rich says everything we need to know. You’re a hater.

      The walls are beautiful and I am working up my nerve to do this in my master bedroom. I’ve heard of stencils you can just roll over. Any comments on those? Thanks!

  89. Jenny Shain June 6, 2011 at 12:44 am #

    This is a double line… how did you do the double? Did you make a second larger one? I’ve been searching for a stencil tutorial for my new house. Thanks so much!

  90. Allison Sandoval June 1, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    Did you do one or two coats of paint? Thinking the paint plus primer was a good idea….too bad I just thought of it and I already started with normal paint! : )

    • emily June 1, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

      I just did one coat of paint. If you are feeling ambitious, two coats would look more ‘finished’ – but it is a lot of work!

  91. Liz Salvati May 31, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

    I love it :) and can’t wait to try this!!!

  92. Erin Walsh May 21, 2011 at 6:29 pm #

    I can’t even believe how clever this is and how amazing it looks! I’m not sure if my hand is steady enough but I am so inspired to give it a try:)

  93. cynthia May 20, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    Beautiful. Any good tuts on how to create a stencil?

  94. Maria Trader May 16, 2011 at 7:04 am #

    that looks fantastic! I don’t know if I’d have a steady enough hand for that, but you did lovely work!

  95. Melissa M May 14, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    did you see the ‘green’ binders at Target with this same pattern?! thought of you!

  96. ash May 11, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    BRILLIANT! I am planning on doing this to my formal living room in a damask print- I really want designer paper but with over 45 a roll- this alternative is right up my ally! I will be posting to my blog soon, & hope it turns out as beautiful as your print!

  97. The Up North Writer Mama May 4, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    Thank you thank you thank you! I am doing a mini-makeover to our dining room and this is perfect (combined with new window treatments). I was considering wallpaper or painting the entire room, but this is so much better. And I can work on it while my son naps, and won’t need to set aside an entire day to tackle the whole project at once. :)

  98. Sarah May 4, 2011 at 4:30 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I made mine into a headboard: http://coopcrafts.com/2011/04/17/stencil-painted-headboard/ My textured walls made it a little difficult, but I love the way it turned out!

  99. Julie April 17, 2011 at 1:59 am #

    I really love the taupe color you used for the walls. Can you tell me what the color is?? thanks!!!

  100. Babs April 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    WOW! Talk about talent! I LOVE THIS!!! I’m going to try to paint a headboard for my client…..I’m a little scared though. So did you seperate them about an inch apart?

  101. Kelli April 5, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

    Your patience is AMAZING! I’m thinking about doing something similar on a tiny wall in my bathroom and have been feeling overwhelmed. But if you can do that giant wall, I’m sure I can manage the 3 feet I have…

  102. Teresa April 1, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    I absolutely love this! I have looked at it over and over again. I just bought my paint today for my living/dining room and will be using your pattern on the main wall! I know it’s going to take time to do it, but I am so excited to start!

  103. Katherine March 29, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    I can’t open the link either, and my new office walls are calling to me! :) Please relink the link!

  104. LC March 25, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    This is just gorgeous! I love that so many people have used it in a variety of ways! :)

  105. andrea March 24, 2011 at 5:34 pm #

    i would love to use this template on my new bedroom walls. i can’t seem to get the template to open when i click the link. maybe i am doing something wrong, i don’t know. help, please!

  106. Brooke March 23, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing this great tutorial! I gave my bathroom a makeover and I absolutely love it! Here are a few pictures of the finished product: http://juxtapositionsc.blogspot.com/2011/03/guest-bath-reveal.html

  107. Emily March 21, 2011 at 7:18 am #

    I just painted this in my bedroom! It looks fantastic! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    Here are the before and after shots!

  108. Emily March 21, 2011 at 7:16 am #

    I just painted this in my bedroom! It looks fantastic! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  109. Diane March 19, 2011 at 7:13 pm #

    This is beautiful…TY for the pattern too..My husband is Moroccan and I would love to paint this in our home…Will send pic when I do it…Diane

  110. Chrissi March 19, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    I just finished painting my bathroom and something was missing but i could NOT put my finger on it. I just subscribed and saw this and VOILA!! I found the missing link.. THANK YOU!!

  111. Michelle @ Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust March 19, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    Thanks so much! I filed this away for me to try.

    Warmly, Michelle

  112. Bethel March 19, 2011 at 12:32 am #

    Fantastic… you have a very steady hand & the patience of a Saint… ha ha

  113. Bev March 14, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    Very nice, I may just give this a whirl in our entry.

  114. Holly March 14, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    I am totally going to try this in my front office/mom cave! I am doing black and white with pink accents. I have a black and white rug and pink curtains so can I do grey? Or should I paint the room grey and do a white pattern? Loooove how yours turned out!

  115. Rochelle March 11, 2011 at 7:09 am #

    You are so kind to share the template! Love this! Just a question…I can see that you traced the template, but there seem to be two sizes of the design. Did you use two templates or just freehand the larger part of the design?

  116. kim schmidt March 9, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    Thank you thank you thank you for sharing your template and what you did. I got an itch for something fun just on Sunday evening and went for it! By Tuesday evening I had a new wall painted in our hallway. LOVE it!!


  117. kimberly @ craftyland March 9, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    i did it!! i did a slightly different version and used a metallic green paint in my new craft room.. here is the link to the pics!


    you are brave for doing the whole room. the one wall i did took for-ev-er!!!

    thanks for sharing the printout!


  118. Kate March 7, 2011 at 7:26 am #

    I used your template to create an accent wall in my dining room and am THRILLED with the results. I’ve gotten so many compliments – thank you! I posted the pics on my blog www.naptimenovelties.blogspot.com.

  119. Jessica March 4, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    WOW, this is truly stunning. I have a rental, so won’t be doing it myself anytime soon, but this is great to pocket away for a later time. If I’ll have the patience is the real question. Great job!

  120. Danielle Lenz March 2, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial! I finally completed it in our guest bathroom and I absolutely LOVE it! Thank you sooooo much for sharing! http://thelenzs.blogspot.com/2011/03/its-done.html

  121. Melissa February 27, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    beyond inspiring! more more more!

  122. Susan McLain February 24, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

    i will definitely be trying this out once my (future) husband and i get our own home! beautiful!

  123. kelly February 23, 2011 at 9:53 am #

    Hi! I used this stencil in my pantry and i LOVE the way it turned out! Thanks so much!

  124. Karee February 22, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    This will be a perfect way to use my sample jars from Behr paint! Better get busy, friends are coming to visit this weekend!

  125. stephanie February 17, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    I also found your blog and used the template to do this…

  126. Jessica February 9, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    I stumbled upon your blog a few weeks ago and took your stencil and idea and used it on an entryway wall, so I thought you’d like to see the result: http://victorianintherough.wordpress.com/2011/02/09/my-inexpensive-but-time-consuming-wallpaper/

  127. Kristin February 9, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    Ok…so I saw this and fell in LOVE and of course had to try it. (My husband is doubting my sanity at this point) We bought a new house almost two years ago and I was really struggling with the nook that is set back for an entertainment center…but we just have our monster flat screen on a lower cabinet so a ton of the wall was exposed. So that wall has gone from beige to slate blue to dark khaki….then after seeing your project I got really wild!! I had a few things working against me such as the wall is pretty heavy in texturizing and the actual nook has an arched ceiling so those were interesting to work around but I took it all in stride and got started! I painted the wall a beautiful “Tiffanys Blue” or “Robins Egg” is what I call it in front of my husband :) and then did the “double” stencil as you did and used a pretty dark grey paint on the pattern….I think my pattern was a bit bigger but I am VERY happy with the end results!! It took about 3 days working during nap times and after my little guy went to bed but sooooo worth it!! It went from craptastic to FANTASTIC!!! Thank You! I don’t have a blog page where I can post a picture but rest assured I did you proud!

  128. Inspire Me Heather February 9, 2011 at 5:07 am #

    Just fantastic! I linked it to my “stencils” project post too so you’ll get lot’s more visitors over here having a look!

  129. Jackie B February 5, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    Me too. I cannot figure it out either.

  130. damouredo February 4, 2011 at 5:59 am #

    Great idea ! I love it and really not expensive. Thanks from France

  131. Liz February 2, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    I am so doing this in our new house! I can’t wait! Only I don’t have the patience to do a whole room so I’m just doing a focal wall in our master bedroom. Thank you for the great idea!

  132. Stacy Tucker February 1, 2011 at 8:45 pm #

    This looks like a room I would never want to leave. Completely awe inspiring!! I am going to do this in my office, but like several other comments, I’m a little confused how to come up with the double lines. I definitely like the dramatic affect of the double lines. Any add’l comments to add on that subject? Thanks!

    • Kayleigh February 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

      To the above comments, couldn’t you just photocopy it and shrink it down to like 70/80%?

  133. Michelle January 31, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    WOW!! That is beautiful! And the patience that you must have! I can’t believe you had the patience to hand paint that! Ohhhh…if only I had a ounce of your patience. : )

  134. angela January 29, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

    okay, so i did it! i really wanted to do the double stencil like in your office, but i’m not nearly that patient. i cannot beleive you did an entire room. i did the backsplash in my kitchen. oh, and i didn’t use pencil, i just painted around the cardboard template. thank you for the lovely idea! http://spanns.blogspot.com/2011/01/change-of-plans.html

    • Kristin February 9, 2011 at 9:09 am #

      Stacy….I did this and I did get the double line effect….its all how you lay the stencil pattern. The double line is created by the stencils next to each other…make your pattern piece that you will be following and maybe play around with it until you get the double line. It took me about 3 across and 2 up to see I wasn’t laying them right and went back and got it all figured out. Good Luck!

  135. Krista January 28, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    Hi Emily! This is amazing! I downloaded your template and used it for two little walls in my family room. I did it a little different but it is awesome! I blogged about it, check it out if you have a second. Thanks so much! www.bklhome.blogspot.com

  136. Katie Hanchinamani January 27, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    dumb question…. how did you get the smaller lines inside the other ones? did you have 2 stencils, one smaller one???? i am trying to figure this out in my head :)

  137. Ninette January 21, 2011 at 3:59 am #

    wow! that is just gorgeous! I have been thinking about doing something similar, this is such a helpful post with the pictures and everything – just what I needed to get going! Thanks for the inspiration!

  138. Aja January 18, 2011 at 9:08 pm #

    Hi there I just wanted to say thank you so much for this post! I was able to transform my guest bathroom with your stencil…you can see it here-http://ajaleesweetlife.blogspot.com/2011/01/bathroom-makeover.html

  139. Tilly January 17, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    Looks great, but how did you get rid of the pencil lines so well?

  140. sarah January 11, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    help! the stencil link is not active. can you pretty please repost (or send it to me)? i am DYING to try this asap. thank you!!

  141. Shannon January 10, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

    What an incredible idea!! It turned out beautifully! I’ve been looking for something like this.

  142. Robin @ keep home simple January 6, 2011 at 11:51 pm #

    I just finished remodeling one of our hallway closets and used your amazing stencil as the finishing touch. Here’s the link if you want to check it out: http://keephomesimple.blogspot.com/2011/01/new-and-improved-hallway-closet.html
    Thanks for providing the stencil and the amazing inspiration!!!

  143. Martha January 5, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    oh my, this is so gorgeous! I will be doing this in my mudroom. Wish me luck!

  144. Michelle December 6, 2010 at 6:47 am #

    What do you think about trying this in a very tiny powder room? I just can’t get this PR the way I want it and I thought using this technique but using a more clear metallicy paint(like centsational girl http://www.centsationalgirl.com/2010/07/painted-trellis-wall/) for the lines would give my powder room the glam that I’m going for.

  145. lindsay November 13, 2010 at 10:54 pm #

    oh. my. goodness!!! I have been looking for a solution for my office, and I’ve found it! I wanted to do wallpaper, but I have the same problem. all the stuff I love is pricy, and I don’t have smooth walls so that creates another little hurdle. as soon as I saw your painted wallpaper room, I thought “man, it would be so great if she posted a tutorial!”… and you DID!!! thank you so much! I am definitely doing this, and I’ll be sure to send a picture once I do!

  146. Kaitlyn October 15, 2010 at 4:46 pm #

    Just started this project in my dining room! I just started my day one blog and linked your tutorial/blog to it…thank you so much! Please check it out when you have the chance at: http://nestdecorator.blogspot.com/

    Thanks again!

  147. Heidi October 12, 2010 at 11:15 pm #

    I love this so much! I don’t have a creative bone in my body so bare with me as I try to figure this out… I am about to start tracing in my office. I can’t figure out how you got the double line look? If I trace it and paint just along the inside I will only get a single paint line. What I am I not understanding? I am so excited to give this a try… maybe not a good idea for a beginner, but I am so inspired! I LOVE your tutorials!

    • Heidi October 12, 2010 at 11:31 pm #

      Okay! I got it figured out:) Like I said… beginner!!!

      • eve October 28, 2010 at 8:27 am #

        I was wondering the same thing. How does it end up like there is a double line?

      • Kim March 23, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

        Hi Heidi-
        How did you get the double line figured out??? I am also trying to figure that one out…

      • Katie April 18, 2011 at 11:03 am #

        I’m also wondering about the double line, I can’t figure it out for the life of me!

  148. brandi October 7, 2010 at 9:37 am #

    you are Amazing! what a beautiful space you have created!

    • emily October 7, 2010 at 12:31 pm #

      thanks so much!

  149. Cynthia September 14, 2010 at 9:21 am #

    Ah man! I wish I’d seen this BEFORE I did my Quatrefoil project! It would have saved me some serious aggrevation! Someone left a link to you AMAZING room on my blog. Now I’m feeling frumpy with my project as I didn’t do it NEARLY as well as you did. I LOVE how your room turned out. I would certainly recommend that you trace and paint with a stencil rather than the method I used with a stencil.

  150. Nouveau Stitch September 13, 2010 at 7:22 am #

    Perfect back-of-the-bookcase project!! Curses, I already have bead-board installed!

    Love it!


  151. Jeanette September 12, 2010 at 7:52 am #

    Absolutely beautiful….I think I may actually try doing this to our guestroom. I’ll let you know how it turns out!
    Your office looks beautiful!!!

  152. Darlene Weir September 11, 2010 at 6:45 am #

    Just thought of a question: what did you do about the pencil lines??

    • Jessica January 31, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

      You might be able to try a magic eraser, so long as you don’t rub it over the paint. You could erase first, then use the magic eraser lightly overtop to get rid of the eraser smudge.

  153. Darlene Weir September 11, 2010 at 6:41 am #

    Thank you so much!! I AM GOING TO DO THIS in our front hall. It just cries for a grand wallpaper, but that is not on the top of our list for budget. I will send pics… in, like, a year (hahaha!!). Really. What a great project!

  154. Kelly September 10, 2010 at 6:25 am #

    I am definitely going to try this. My walls are a similar beige/golden color. Do you think it will look ok in a large bedroom? I would also like to know what size paintbrush you used.

  155. Jan September 8, 2010 at 2:39 am #

    What a wonderful project — the look of wallpaper without ever having to tear it down. Marvelous. I have featured this project on my blog as one of my August bookmarks.

  156. Sabrina Carter September 7, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

    OMG! OMG! There is nothing left to say. This is amazing! I can not believe you hand painted al of that. OMG! WOW!

  157. Katie September 4, 2010 at 5:38 pm #

    Emily! I’m in the middle of this project…..the stencil is exactly what I was looking for. I’m “wallpapering” my entertainment nook in our front room. So, now I’m to the painting part and I’m wondering if you can tell me exactly what size paint brush you used. I purchased one from Roberts, but I’m nervous to start and mess up the pretty pencil lines. :)

    LOve LOVE LOVE your blog and your spiritual inspiration. xo

  158. Londen September 3, 2010 at 5:32 pm #

    I’m back, looking, and looking again. I love this so much! I keep trying to picture how it would look in my small dining room. Trying to decide if I really want to take this on….
    In a small room, do you think it would be too much?

  159. Shelley @ Green Eggs & Hamlet September 3, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

    Saw this tutorial thanks to Brooklyn Limestone. What an awesome idea! I hope to do this someday when I have my own house (instead of rented apartment with oh-so-boring off white walls). Thanks!

  160. Amy@Maison Decor September 3, 2010 at 6:16 am #

    This is crazy amazing! I have included your tutorial on my blog under “Fabulous Makeovers I Admire”. This is just an incredible amount of patience, determination and talent combined. Hats Off!

  161. amie August 30, 2010 at 5:45 pm #

    Hello! I did something similar to this in our kitchen – we aren’t allowed to put up wallpaper, but I was really wanting something to break up the wall in there and really love the combination of yellow and turquoise/teal. I love it! It’s so bright and sunny and I get happy everytime I walk in there (except, of course, when I’m doing dishes).


  162. L.Duncan August 30, 2010 at 8:59 am #

    This is amazing! I’m going to try this in my powder room! Thanks for the template!

  163. Kate {DomestiKatedLife} August 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

    Wow, this is inspiring, love how it came out!!

  164. Mrs Modern Country August 27, 2010 at 11:31 am #

    I can’t believe your patience – and your straight eye!

    I love your armchair by the way.It looksso snuggly AND stylish. The room looks amazing! Well done!

  165. Patty Palmer August 27, 2010 at 8:13 am #

    Wow! Now THAT is a treatment! I think I could manage this in my powder room. Bravo to you and your steady hands!

  166. Anna August 27, 2010 at 7:02 am #

    Another great tip when doing this project is to trace your pattern with white chalk.

    That way you don’t have to erase any pencil lines! Just wait for the paint to dry and then wipe off the chalk with water :)

    Love your room. Love your blog. I have read the whole thing…In one day.

  167. Amnah August 23, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    Oh…. my… goodness!!!!!!!!!! This is beyond gorgeous. I think I can go as far as to say that it’s perfect. Oh if only I wasn’t living in a rental! Putting this in my favorites all the way a the top. Excellent job.

  168. Lisa B August 19, 2010 at 9:42 pm #

    I am in AWE that you had the patience and time and ability to do this with four kids.

    You’re amazing!!! So fabulous!


  169. Kay August 18, 2010 at 7:15 pm #

    This is gorgeous and I commend your accomplishment! Not being one who has walls she can paint, I wonder, would it be easier to papercut a stencil out of a piece of poster board and spray paint it? (Sorry, I just think this every time I see a gorgeous and unattainable painted-wall-treatment)

  170. Entertain Exchange August 17, 2010 at 6:20 pm #

    So beautiful – you did an amazing job! I love to paint patterns on my walls – this must of taken a lot of time.

    Party and Entertaining Inspiration

  171. Chelsie August 17, 2010 at 1:22 pm #

    I used your template, but made it just a little bit bigger. I was only doing one wall in my bathroom, so I wanted more of a statement. I love the way yours is so subtle in the end. I may go for something more subtle in a different room in the house. Thanks for the tutorial!


  172. Kelley August 16, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    Divine! I might try this on a smaller scale – it’s just so classy and gorgeous.

  173. Pamela August 13, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

    I am loving your site and all of your creativeness! I may be lost here. NO I am lost here. Did you use two differ sizes of your pattern to create this look or am I just imagining that?? I would like to try it out somewhere in the house but can’t quite figure out exactly how you drew the pattern on the wall. I am sure it is a DUH moment but thanx for any input!:)

    • Kim March 23, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

      Did you get a response to your comment? I was thinking the exact same thing! I even drew it on paper… how did she get double lines? I would love to know if you heard… Thanks!

  174. Alison August 13, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    Wow, I love this. Thank you so much for sharing your template! I am not sure I have the patience to do this for a whole room, but I am very tempted to do a feature wall.

  175. april's craft nest August 12, 2010 at 6:49 am #

    OH MY GOSH! what else can i say? it is gorgeous and you have some patience!!!!

  176. ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~ August 12, 2010 at 2:34 am #

    Very Very classy. I love it.

  177. pz_johnson August 11, 2010 at 7:20 am #

    WOW. That is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing!

  178. Susie at Premier Firplace August 10, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    I have true admiration for the steady hand that painted that wall. It looks like a lot of work but the end result was so worth the time and energy. An inspired idea and great execution.

  179. Trish @TheOldPostRoad August 10, 2010 at 6:48 am #

    That looks awesome!!! So smart!

  180. Audra August 10, 2010 at 5:09 am #

    WOW! That…is… AMAZING!!! Great Job.
    You must have a LOT of patients! ;)

  181. KK August 9, 2010 at 3:57 pm #

    That is truly stunning! I LOVE it! Does the white paint conceal the pencil lines? Or did you have to go back and erase them somehow?

  182. Sarah August 9, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    So completely awesome….Thank you so much for sharing this! I cannot wait to read your other posts.

  183. Julie Rogers August 9, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

    Wow! How beautiful your room is and all done by hand! I’m so impressed, great job! :)

  184. Christine Edwards August 9, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    Wow!!! You did such an amazing job…your room looks so beautiful…straight from the magazine pages. My hat is totally off to you, I don’t have a steady enough hand, nor the patience to try and tackle this. Simply gorgeous!

  185. Sarah@AlpinePoppy August 8, 2010 at 9:38 pm #

    Listen….can you hear my oooohhhh’s and aaaaahhhh’s? So amazing I might be crazy enough to do this in my dinning room or laundry, something small. I love, love, love it!

  186. nikki August 8, 2010 at 8:06 pm #

    Such a statement! I really like this.

  187. jen @ Tatertots and Jello August 8, 2010 at 7:20 pm #

    I LOVE your room! It is fabulous!!! I was wondering if you might like to guest post sometime on my blog — Tatertots & Jello? I would love to have you do a project and spotlight your blog!


  188. Lei August 8, 2010 at 3:17 pm #

    Love this!

  189. Rose :: FineCraftGuild.com August 8, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    this is now the third time i’m looking at this. i love it.
    it’s so inspirational.

    not only do i want you to link it up with us as i want our readers to find you, i also really want to do this.
    when i get back from vacation, that is.

    i think i already commented / emailed you that the linky party is here:
    + you can come back every wednesday with new tutorials.

    thanks for sharing!

  190. Candace August 8, 2010 at 10:46 am #

    Wow! I love, LOVE, love this! Gorgeous, now if only I had a steady hand! :)

  191. Kristy August 8, 2010 at 10:34 am #

    Thanks for the template…I am going to try to paint my daughters plain white drapes in her room (I am going to use a light pink paint!). I will send you a pic! Wish me luck! LOVE LOVE LOVE all that you do. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  192. kelley August 8, 2010 at 9:09 am #

    I am speechless! I love it and really admire your genius. I woul love to try this but I dont think I would have the patience to do and entire wall or room… .. WOW…just WOW… Great Job.

  193. Diane @ InMyOwnStyle August 8, 2010 at 7:38 am #

    Hi Emily-

    What a great job. It looks fabulous and worth all the time and effort you put into it. I did this to my mud room a few years ago and recently needed to update the room and had to paint over it – the first roll over of paint was hard to do.

    I love the fact that you had your little ones help out. So cute. My daughter’s always wanted to help me out and I let them. Seeing them so proud of their little spot they painted or stitched, or glued on for me always made me smile with delight.

    My best- Diane

  194. Amy August 8, 2010 at 6:19 am #

    Ok, I am totally going to do this in my foyer. I have been trying to figure out what to do, but really didn’t want to commit to wallpaper. So gorgeous! I hope my hand is as steady as yours. Maybe a glass of wine first, LOL! If it’s okay, can I feature you on my blog,


    Thanks for the great idea!

  195. Jo in New Prague, MN August 8, 2010 at 5:33 am #

    Oh Emily – It’s just gorgeous. More than I admire the beautiful walls, I admire your patience, diligence and steady hand. I could/would never attempt something like this. You can be very proud. It’s really just perfect.

  196. somedaycrafts August 8, 2010 at 12:36 am #

    I seriously can’t believe you HAND PAINTED that whole room! It is GORGEOUS! I am totally in love. I would love a room like that, but there is no way I am doing what you did. You are crazy awesome!!!!!!!!

  197. Jennifer Rizzo August 7, 2010 at 3:06 pm #

    Coming over from Blondie… it looks amazing, but holy cow!!! I can’t imagine the time it took you! Kudos!!!!!! :)

  198. Rose Petals from Heaven August 7, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    What a great post! And a wonderful job! Lot’s of work but I can tell you have the patience for it. Your kids are adorable and it is so great you can involve them in your projects. They will always remember that. Also you are teaching them creativity and ingenuity. mo *hugs*

  199. Karen Baruth August 7, 2010 at 10:14 am #

    Wow, that looks like a lot of work! But, it did turn out fabulous! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  200. Jenn August 7, 2010 at 9:00 am #

    WOW your tutorial inspired me but I dont know if I have the energy to paint all that!
    I love the chest of drawers in the finished photo. Did you paint it? If you did what colour did you paint it, it looks lovely!!!!!!

  201. DeniseMarie August 7, 2010 at 8:22 am #

    Girl, way to rock it out. I love to be inspired by Ballards too.

  202. Jess August 6, 2010 at 9:27 pm #

    You must have a LOT of patience! But it look so great, I love your style.

  203. Rose :: FineCraftGuild.com August 6, 2010 at 2:34 pm #

    this is beautiful,and cost-effective.

    sooo, do come link it up with us so our readers can find you and love you also: http://www.finecraftguild.com/diy-tutorial-linky-party-9/

    ps new party every wednesday, open all week, findable from Fine Craft Guild homepage.

    …. as well, if you have a future wall painting project that you wish to be featured at FINE craft GUILD, then, BEFORE you post the tutorial on your own website, contact us. (yes, this is an official invite, and yes, your project execution is that good.)


  204. barbara@hodge:podge August 6, 2010 at 2:23 pm #

    Wow – I have just stumbled across your blog and love all that you create! I am especially in love with your office. I have seen this type of “wallpaper” treatment over blogland using stencils but love your idea of using a template! I am currently renting and can’t put up wallpaper but my daughter wants this in her room!

    Thanks for the inspiration and sharing your “secrets”


  205. Heather August 6, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    Wow it turned out so good! I loved that. Major inspiration.

  206. ElizabethL August 6, 2010 at 1:10 pm #

    That looks absolutely amazing!!!!

  207. Brittany (aka Pretty Handy Girl) August 6, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    OMG! That looks fabulous. I’m really glad you shared this tutorial. I wonder how it would look in a small bathroom. Hmmm, thinking, thinking, thinking and yup, I think I’ll have to try it.

    Thanks so much for sharing. I’m really enjoying your blog.


  208. Miri August 6, 2010 at 12:08 pm #

    Beautiful! Impressive!

    I’ve stenciled walls but I don’t think I have the nerve to free hand paint on our walls,

  209. Amoreena August 6, 2010 at 10:45 am #

    I can’t lie. It looks a little intimidating (I don’t have a steady hand nor a “sense for straight), but I REALLY want to try– maybe I’ll start on an accent wall in the guest room. Thank you so much for the template and tutorial!

  210. Sherry @ No Minimalist Here August 6, 2010 at 10:22 am #

    Wow, This looks fantastic. I love it but I don’t think I would have the patience for this big of a project. Of course, if you would like to come and help…just asking!
    Hugs, Sherry

  211. ~jan August 6, 2010 at 10:13 am #

    Really labor intensive – but so gorgeous!! You must have a very steady hand, it looks perfect!

    ~jan @ thepaisleycupcake.blogspot.com

    I found you through Lit and Laundry.

  212. sherry August 6, 2010 at 8:52 am #

    That is beautiful. You must have a steady hand and patience. ~~Sherry~~

  213. Chrissy August 6, 2010 at 8:30 am #

    This is just so beautiful!!!! I LOVE it!! I would love to do this in our “dining room” (we don’t entertain formally so right now it’s not really holding much …. eventually we would like to put a piano in there with some seating.) It’s the room you see right when you walk in the front door. But there is a chair rail in there and wow … what do you think? This would be too much with a chair rail in the same room, right??

  214. Susan August 6, 2010 at 7:28 am #

    Wonderful job! Such a delightful room!!

    Susan and Bentley

  215. KnitPurlGurl August 6, 2010 at 6:58 am #

    I have painted ‘murals’ on my kids’ walls. I, too, hate wallpaper – so hard to change. What I found is if you use a larger print, it’s really easy to paint it on your walls. What I did was go through wallpaper books and children’s books. I borrowed an opaque projector from the library and projected the pictures and prints onto the wall and just painted on top of the projections. ;p

  216. Melanie August 6, 2010 at 6:47 am #

    I LOVE THIS! I have been wanting to do something like this in my foyer forever and have even bought another stencil from The G Brand. I have always liked those curtains from Ballard too — def going to give it a whirl and will send pics when I do! Love your style!

  217. Sourkraut August 6, 2010 at 5:54 am #

    This is gorgeous! You sure did put a lot of work into it but it really paid off. I don’t think I’d have the patience to do all that but I love the end result.

  218. Amanda August 6, 2010 at 5:16 am #

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  219. Darcy August 5, 2010 at 9:12 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial and the template! Your office looks amazing!

  220. elizabeth August 5, 2010 at 8:16 pm #

    this looks great! kudos to you for this diy project. i wouldn’t have the patience

  221. That Slipcover Girl August 5, 2010 at 8:12 pm #

    oh my…emily! love this and your steady hand girl! i think you are super patient. beautiful!

  222. Julie August 5, 2010 at 7:41 pm #

    Beautiful job! And yes, you are patient!

  223. Lemonade Makin' Mama August 5, 2010 at 7:05 pm #

    It’s beautiful!!!! I think I’d have pulled out every single one of my hairs by the time I finished something like that. LOL

  224. kelly August 5, 2010 at 6:43 pm #

    it looks like real wallpaper, you did an amazing job!! would love to try it sometime!

  225. mary August 5, 2010 at 1:37 pm #

    how pretty! you’re amazing

  226. Lori August 5, 2010 at 11:19 am #

    I also really love this! It looks so pretty!

  227. Amanda Eck-TheEckLife August 5, 2010 at 10:57 am #

    ahhhhh love it!!!! Thanks so much for sharing the template. I hope to try this in my teeny tiny guest bathroom one day soon. I’ll share pics when Im done (hopefully) :-)

  228. Tiffany August 5, 2010 at 10:31 am #

    Oh my gosh you are the most creative person ever. I never would have thought to do that! Love the idea!

  229. meg duerksen August 5, 2010 at 9:34 am #

    this is AMAZING!!!
    i thought it was wallpaper so i immediately thought “no.”
    but i then i see your paint…oh wow.
    i actually felt a since of calm come over me when i saw YOU painting.
    that looks therapeutic. really.
    this room is beautiful.
    LOVE it.

  230. julie August 5, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    i just realized that is the same shape as the white tiles i just bought for the kitchen backsplash! i love it! now, for trying this out! i am not sure if my crazy self can handle it! you are good!

  231. Pudel - design August 5, 2010 at 8:42 am #

    I just LOVE IT! ;)

  232. shelly@familyblt August 5, 2010 at 8:11 am #

    That is seriously awesomesauce! amazing! I am trying this some day for sure!

  233. meredith August 5, 2010 at 7:10 am #

    Hi! So after nester posted this pic of your office back in May, I’ve been obsessed! Obsessed I tell you! Last week I even made my own template but it seems my sizing is all wrong for the repeat. However, thanks to your fab tutorial I will be attempting this in my powder room next week (read: smallest room in the house) over pretty aqua walls. thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your method and also for sharing your gorgeous home. i just adore you!

  234. cailan August 5, 2010 at 7:02 am #

    Presently straining my brain to think where could I/should I do this in our home??? You are so inspiring. If you can do this with four little ones, than surely I can do it with three – surely? Your little boy’s hands are so precious – so sweet he was “helping” you.

  235. fancythis August 5, 2010 at 6:51 am #

    um, wow. this is unbelievable. I have to try this somewhere in my house. I think my office. yeah. I really think I’m gonna do it. I’ll keep you posted!

  236. Shannon Karsies August 5, 2010 at 6:37 am #

    I’m not joking…can we be neighbors? I adore your sense of style and need help! We’re in Columbus, OH and I find myself checking your blog several times a day! Thank you for the pics and the ideas.

    We’ll be moving across town soon so all of these tutorials are making me excited!

  237. Amanda M. August 5, 2010 at 6:37 am #

    i am going to be fully honest with myself and admit i am nowhere near ready to do this on even one entire wall, but i am SO glad you showed us how you did this. because i might be ready to do this to a piece of furniture, for example. wouldn’t it be cute to do on the sides & top of a dresser and then paint the drawers a solid color? if i do it, i PROMISE you i’ll send a pic! you’re SUCH an inspiration to me ~ SO glad i found you through the nester!

  238. Dena August 5, 2010 at 6:30 am #

    I love it! Thank you for the how to, and for sharing your template. I always wonder how people create their own templates. Is there a certain program you use?
    I may try this in our study!

  239. Lynda August 5, 2010 at 5:51 am #

    I am in love with this idea. Your room looks gorgeous! Thank you for showing us how you pulled that all together!

  240. Shannon August 5, 2010 at 5:49 am #

    OHH!! Thank you! I can’t wait to try this, i think I have *almost* convinces the man to let me do this! I was waiting on this tutorial and pattern!! Thank you Thank you Thank you! I will send you a picture.

  241. Andrea Swenson August 5, 2010 at 5:34 am #

    sigh… I am new to your blog, and I am in heaven with all your projects. I really like this one. It is so awesome.

  242. The Starr Family August 5, 2010 at 5:13 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial… it is beyond inspiring! I’m a little nervous about the steady hand part… and maybe the patience part, too!


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