Nursery Updates {DIY Stenciled Wall}

Long before I found out we were expecting I had already amassed a serious amount of pins on my “nursery pinboard” in hopes to one day decorate the perfect little baby room. And by serious amount, I’m talking enough to raise suspicion every week or so by my pin-followers. So as soon as we found out we had a bun in the oven I deleted my board and started fresh with new pins for a more realistic vision. One consistent theme I noticed in lots of my new pins was a stenciled wall. For some reason I had just fallen so in love with the idea of {matt} stenciling a wall in our nursery. 

 Finding the perfect stencil took quite some time. After all, I wanted to make sure it would be a design I would love enough to look at for long periods of time while sitting in the nursery. Shortly after narrowing down our favorite stencils to just a few, we found out we were having a girl which helped us further narrow our selection down to the perfect one – Royal Design Studio’s Wonderment Trellis Stencil from the Allover Pattern Stencils Collection. And as if it couldn’t be more perfect, Royal Design Studio offered the stencil to me to review!! I couldn’t have been more excited or honored!

I’m not going to post a full tutorial on how to stencil the wall because the package comes with great instructions and there are a million tutorials on Pinterest as well. 


However, I can tell you what not to do. Depending on how you want the design to look on the wall you may need to paint the wall the another color first. I knew I wanted the design to be white so we painted the wall white which was a pain since we had to tape, prime, and paint the wall. It wasn’t until we rolled over the stencil in our beige wall color that we realized we had done it all backwards. We never needed to paint the wall white in the first place. What a headache. Two trips to Home Depot later we had enough beige paint to repaint the wall back to it’s original color. However, once it dried we realized the color was much darker than the rest of the walls aaaand Matt had decided to also touch up areas on the other 3 walls in this same color. Yikes. So back to Home Depot we went to re-match our paint color to the original walls. After much trial and error, and 3 coats of paint later, we were finally back to square one and were ready to begin the stencil project. So take it from me, save yourself the tears, an argument and an upset hubby, and READ the instructions and carefully assess which color the wall needs to be BEFORE painting! 

After all that we decided to call in our trusted handyman, Hector, to help us with the stencil project. This was really Matt’s idea because he didn’t want to be the one to blame if it didn’t turn out perfect this time. Thankfully, Hector is a perfectionist and knocked the project out in one afternoon. And if you live in Charlotte and want Hector’s number for some handy work, email me. He is like family to us and we can’t recommend him enough! 

Another tip! Don’t be afraid to cut your stencil up once you get to the edges of the wall and floor. At the end of our project our stencil was in a million pieces. These pieces were also helpful for touch ups afterwards. And let me just say, you will definitely spend lots of time touching up areas of the stencil so save your pieces.

The finished product! I am so in LOVE! 

Also, I do not know the paint color of this room. I wish I did because it would have made matching the paint color a lot easier during our trial and error process. We had to take a paint chip from the wall to Home Depot to match, and as previously mentioned, it took a few tries to get it right!

Ah! I am so happy with how it turned out!!

Also, stay tuned for a chance to win your own stencil from Royal Design Studio next week!





  1. Tiffany @ This Whole House
    January 29, 2014 / 1:52 pm

    This looks SO great!!! And I love that you posted your mistakes so that we can all learn for it πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Tiffany

  2. K
    January 29, 2014 / 1:54 pm

    Wow! Love the stencil! I wanted to do one so bad, but I'm allergic to the paint so I couldn't do it. And unfortunately I couldn't get my husband to jump on the idea as well! Looks fabulous!

  3. Ashley
    January 29, 2014 / 1:56 pm

    Love how it turned out, even though it was a pain!!!

  4. BLovedBoston
    January 29, 2014 / 2:00 pm

    It looks amazing – so perfect!

  5. Joey
    January 29, 2014 / 2:01 pm

    Oh my gosh you guys have a lot of patience!! Looks absolutely beautiful!!

  6. Tracy Lyons
    January 29, 2014 / 2:02 pm

    Wow. So impressive! I LOVE the stencil. It looks fabulous!!

  7. Marie Luciano
    January 29, 2014 / 2:11 pm

    Looks perfect I love it!

  8. Caitlyn {Home Sweet Ruby}
    January 29, 2014 / 2:15 pm

    Love how the stenciled wall came out!! It's going to be such a cute nursery!

  9. Peach State of Mind
    January 29, 2014 / 2:19 pm

    So beautiful! It will be the perfect room for that sweet baby girl! I love how you shared yall's mistakes – so many people wouldn't have!

  10. Sara Elizabeth
    January 29, 2014 / 2:31 pm

    I'm so impressed, I don't even know what to say. Aside from the mistakes, which I'm sure were SO frustrating, this turned out AMAZING!!!! I wish Hector lived in Texas. πŸ˜‰

  11. Meg
    January 29, 2014 / 2:34 pm

    Hilarious, totally what we'd do too!!! But it looks fantastic and you two will spend many many hours in there and have a giggle at how it came about while cuddling your sweet girl!! I love the stencil pattern too!! xx

  12. melissa
    January 29, 2014 / 2:36 pm

    It looks gorgeous! I sure wish I had a Hector in my life – I have a list of projects just waiting to be tackled. πŸ™‚

  13. My Life as A Plate
    January 29, 2014 / 2:36 pm

    This turned out fabulous!!!! I am so impressed !!

  14. Amanda
    January 29, 2014 / 2:41 pm

    Christina! It is gorgeous! The stencil adds a dimension to the room that is just fabulous. I know Caroline will love her little abode for many years to come!

  15. Elizabeth
    January 29, 2014 / 2:45 pm


  16. Meghan
    January 29, 2014 / 2:53 pm

    Love this! Always nice to know I'm not the only one who makes mistakes like this!

  17. [darci @ the good life]
    January 29, 2014 / 2:54 pm

    It looks AMAZING….. so exciting to see her sweet room coming together! Once you put a crib in there it all becomes very REAL, huh?!

  18. Amanda {Kids and Cabernet}
    January 29, 2014 / 2:59 pm

    Beautiful!!! Your patience was worth it!

  19. Jackie
    January 29, 2014 / 3:02 pm

    Looks great! I live in Charlotte and we've been looking for a good handyman ever since we moved into our house! Would you mind sharing Hector's information?? Thanks!

  20. stephseekingjoy
    January 29, 2014 / 3:16 pm

    The walls looks absolutely beautiful and is so unique! I'd love to try stenciling a room, too. Great job, y'all!

  21. Laura | Our Life in the Queen City
    January 29, 2014 / 3:20 pm

    the pictures look SO SO good!!! it looks even better in person! xo

  22. A Simple Southern Life
    January 29, 2014 / 3:36 pm

    It turned out awesome. I love the finished look!

  23. Jillian Manesh
    January 29, 2014 / 3:43 pm

    it looks so beautiful! and than you for sharing all the DO-NOT tips! i would totally make similar mistakes. xo

  24. Jen Pogue
    January 29, 2014 / 3:58 pm

    I love, love the stenciled wall! Way to stick with your project after so many setbacks. It was worth it!

  25. Madeline {Poppy Style}
    January 29, 2014 / 4:21 pm

    Looks awesome! If I ever decide to stencil a wall (which I want to) I will be asking for Hector's info!!

  26. {Jessica}
    January 29, 2014 / 4:41 pm

    That looks gorgeous, sweet girl! Perfect for an elegant little girl nursery:)

  27. Christina @ This Woman Cooks!
    January 29, 2014 / 4:50 pm

    Wow, it turned out beautiful! What a headache to get it right. My husband would not have that much patience. πŸ˜‰

  28. Katie
    January 29, 2014 / 5:27 pm

    It looks AMAZING!!! I would love to so a statement wall of some sort in our nursery. Maybe not that extensive because I think my husband would wish bad thoughts on me hahah but something fun has been pondering around in my head.

  29. Gabby Deitsch
    January 29, 2014 / 6:14 pm

    Oh gosh, that project sounds like almost every house project we tackle! It turned out wonderful, though!

  30. Bekah @ reβ€’solve
    January 29, 2014 / 6:54 pm

    It looks wonderful! Yay Hector!

  31. Kristal {The Strong Family}
    January 29, 2014 / 7:52 pm

    Oh, you KNOW I've been watching for this post! Love the wall, love the stencil choice, can't wait to do it on my wall! First, though, I'll wait for a chance to win the stencil. πŸ™‚

  32. Nichole
    January 29, 2014 / 7:59 pm

    It is so lovely! Also, I laughed at, "I had just fallen so in love with the idea of {matt} stenciling a wall in our nursery", because someday that will be my husband, too πŸ˜‰

  33. Crystal
    January 29, 2014 / 8:03 pm

    Love that!

  34. Lauren @ My Slice of Life
    January 29, 2014 / 8:26 pm

    What a beautiful wall! I love that you kept it real too on the work that went into getting the finished product!! πŸ™‚ Off now to check out Royal Design Studio for some inspiration for our bedroom!

  35. Elise @ Cheers Yall
    January 29, 2014 / 8:53 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous. I love the neutrals and that you picked a unique stencil pattern…never seen that one before, which I LOVE!!! πŸ™‚ xx

  36. Jamie @ You Gotta Have Hart
    January 29, 2014 / 9:08 pm

    I absolutely love this and the fact that you gave tips! I had to share with my friend who is planning on doing stencils!

  37. Emily
    January 29, 2014 / 9:29 pm

    Love how it turned out!!! Can't wait to see the whole room when it's done! I know it will look great!

  38. Colleen Sullivan
    January 29, 2014 / 10:10 pm

    I am in love with this! I am SO stenciling a wall in our first house!

  39. Brianne Bracco
    January 29, 2014 / 10:38 pm

    Gorgeous!!!! Job well done…cannot wait to see it all together πŸ™‚

  40. Sarah Alway
    January 29, 2014 / 11:44 pm

    This is gorgeous! Your nursery reminds me a lot of what mine is turning into… I'm doing grey walls with a white chevron pattern on the back wall as an accent. I can't believe what a nightmare you went through with painting the walls though! Good for you for sticking with it though, I probably would have just given up in tears, LOL.

  41. Lauren
    January 30, 2014 / 1:29 am

    Love love love that wall- looks amazing!!

  42. Jeanette Foss
    January 30, 2014 / 2:24 pm

    It is really pretty:) Can understand that you are very happy with it.

  43. Shayna @ The Fancy Yancey
    January 30, 2014 / 3:46 pm

    It looks beautiful!!! Matt & I had the same issue with our living room paint!! Somehow we mixed colors & yeah… it was just a big mess & huge headache! I SO feel for y'all having to make those trips & the pain of painting, drying, etc.! Looks fabulous though!!

  44. Tara McSwiggan
    January 30, 2014 / 7:19 pm

    What a great addition to a nursery. Love the wall and colors you picked. It looks beautiful!

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