Below is an image of it with flowers the colors that will be in the room to show how it may all work together.
So we are making progress. But, we did have some snags along the way. I may later do a post going through how this was accomplished in a tutorial format, but for now, here is the update.
Four Main Issues that We Ran Into:
1) The painters just painted on the stencil like they would do normal painting and with the skip trowel texture on our walls, it bled through all the little valleys and didn’t look crisp at all. In fact, it looked messy. Then, they decided to really head the directions from (the fabulous) Cutting Edge Stencils (who by the way donated this stencil so I could show it in my laundry room) and make sure the roller was super dry and not overloaded with paint. This made all the difference! This is very important in not getting bleed.
2) Sorry about the sun shining so brightly through the window. But, this photo illustrates issue number two. See how the stencil seems to slope downward in the photo. The midline (chair rail) is not hitting it in the same spot throughout? Well, the chair rail was ever so slightly unlevel. Over the course of the 19.5 ft wall, it showed quite a bit. Had it been a short wall, you may not have noticed. So, we had to pop it back off and renail it once we got it level.
3) I had the vertical boards (battens) cut at 36 inches each. Sounds right as it gives me 42 inches from the floor if the baseboards are 2.5 inches and the chair rail is 3.5 inches. However, if the floor slopes or isn’t perfectly straight, yet the chair rail is level, they don’t match up perfectly. So we were almost an inch off in spots and had to compensate by adjusting the batten midway and using wood filler at the ends. So, my advice is to cut after you have the chair rail up and can get accurate measurements.
4) I asked the painters who were putting up the board and batten also to put them up roughly 14 inches apart, but more importantly, make sure they are symmetrical and stop and start the same distance from the wall on each end. They started nailing at 14 inches apart before figuring that out for sure. And, nope, not symmetrical. We decided that wasn’t our biggest issue and it wasn’t the worst thing ever, so we let that go in this case. But, please be sure to tape the battens up and measure before nailing so you can make sure they are landing where you want them.
Overall, we worked it all out and it’s all good. But, I wanted to share in case it helps any of you out and makes your experience smoother.
Here is the wall almost done. Another layer of paint needs to go on the bottom. It’s semi gloss so that it matches the baseboards. We also have to finis the stencil at the top on this end of the room.
And, you even get to see the ugly part. That is a network panel that you see there near the door. Hides all of our network cables for the house.
And, here we began putting painters tape to mark the spots that the painter needs to touch up. Sorry about the blurry photo. I didn’t want to get in their way too much.
And, they are now touching these spots up! We should be done by the weekend and ready to hang the art in the next few days once things are nice and dry. We are heading towards our goal. Isn’t it nice to have a general roadmap! So glad we worked out the kinks and are getting there…
Here it is with the art leaned against the wall. The green on these last two is a little faded seeming compared to real life.
What do you think?
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