Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Next Phase of My Office and Fabric choices

A few weeks back I mentioned how I was being color challenged in choosing a color for my office. You can read about that here. Happy to say that the room in now painted with a happy shade of gray. And I couldn't be more thrilled!
Now that the room is painted, the next thing on the list is deciding what wall treatment to use on the built-in shelves in the office.
Since I was undecided at this point on a second color to bring into my office, I decided to stencil using the same color I chose for my walls called Burnished Clay from Behr.Although it's name says clay, it is every bit gray.
 I have always loved the look of stencils but have never worked with them in my home. I decided to use the Morrocean Dream from Cutting Edge Stencils. First I prepped the book shelves using  a color called White Wheat from Porter Paint. This is the same color that I used on the trim. It is a real pretty creamy white color.
I applied two coats of paint before I applied the stencil technique.
Working from the bottom up, I positioned the stencil and began to apply the Burnished Clay.
The trick with this particular stencil was lining everything up, which was not always easy. Although I consider myself a fairly decent painter, I am not sure that I agree with the skill level marked on the package. The package said that this was a "beginner" stencil, and because of the preciseness that was required for the design I think it might need to be reclassified.

 Overall, I am  pleased how the project turned out.  Using the gray  gives me more flexibility with introducing other colors in the room. Speaking of colors, last week I did find some fabric that I will use in the office. Although this combination is new and different to my overall style, I love the coral with the gray. It is fun and gives the calmness of the gray a  real kick.
I will use these fabrics to make a pillow, cover a lamp shade and make a slipcover for my desk chair. The slipcover is a "first" for me, so we will have to see what I end up sitting on!
 My goal is to have this space completed in the next week or so.
 It is one thing to have an unfinished project that you can't see, but sitting in the middle of one is another story!
Sharing my stenciling with:
Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Creek Cottage
French Country Cottage Feathered Nest Friday
DIY Dreamer Linky Party
Weekend Wrap Party Tatertots and Jello
Stylish Once Again Restyled Sunday

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Stacey said...

The bookshelves look very pretty! That stencile is a favorite of mine! That fabric is yummy as well! G Please come by my linky party hapening now to link it up - I would love to see you there!
Stacey of Embracing Change
http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.comreat colors and design!

Jen said...

Love it! and I LOVE the fabrics!!! You have inspired me to get a move on finishing my office!! Cant wait to see it all come together!

Stevie from said...


Eclectically Vintage said...

Love that moroccan stencil - can you believe I am going to be ordering the same one (and some others) for a different project! The gray is a perfect color choice and love the pillow fabric!

Judy said...

I just love the stencil and the color choice. I'm a big fan of gray. Your fabric choices are gorgeous too. I found you via French Country Cottage and I am your latest follower. I would love for you to stop by.

Scribbler said...

This is a wonderful idea. I have a stencil from that same company -- I am trying to get to it -- right now I am on an organizational frenzy. I am kind of wondering how difficult it will be.

Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista said...

Oh, I can't wait to see the finished product! I love the coral and gray combo, and the stencil looks like it took a ton of work and precision.

Christine said...

I LOVE the finished product!!! I can't wait to see what it looks like when you fill the shelves!!

Oh the fabric you picked up... WOW!!

I truly hope you'll share this over at The DIY Dreamer!

Laura from Top This Top That said...
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Laura from Top This Top That said...

i had the hardest time thinking of a second color, so we will see how they work together. guess what I am doing this weekend- putting some numbers on baskets. thanks for that idea.
Happy weekend to you!

Laura from Top This Top That said...

Stevie- thanks! and thank you for coming by to see me!

Laura from Top This Top That said...

ya know- it was not easy as I thought it would be . let me know what you end up doing.
have a nice weekend!

Laura from Top This Top That said...

Judy- I am so glad that you found me. I have been following your blog for some time now. do you believe my fabric is indoor/outdoor,! see you soon!

Laura from Top This Top That said...

Christine- I am so happy that you came by to visit. I did stop bye and link up- thank you!

Fashion-isha said...

I am so excited that I found your blog. I can tell that I'm going to love it! Going to follow you! Have a beautiful weekend and stop by sometime!

designchic said...

It looks the idea of stenciling the back of the cabinets and the fabrics are wonderful!! Happy to be your newest follower ~

Craftberry Bush said...

So the fabric you chose,one of my favorite color combos to wear...:) hope you have a great weekend...xo Oh and I'm your newest fan...:)

Heather @ Thrifty Stories said...

Popping in from FCC, love how the stenciling turned out. We have some shelves that we need to paint for our family room. (craigslist find) Thanks for the inspiration.

Amy said...

Oh, wow!! Gorgeous!! I'd love for you to share it here:

thistlewoodfarm said...


Okay....I am seriously in love with those bookcases. They turned out so well :) And I think the fabric choices are perfect. Love the pop of red.


Stacey said...

Beautiful - working on ones very similar - love yours!
Thanks for coming by to link up - please come back this Thursday as well!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Looks fantastic! Thank you for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

Ann@StylishOnceAgain said...

I love this use of stencils. I just can't bring my self to do a whole wall, but the bookshelves are perfect. I am featuring you this week on Restyled Sundays.

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