Sneak Peek

Elegant Half Up

I was planning on doing a BIG reveal of my new studio next weekend, but I finished my “art” for it already and I cannot wait to show you all. Thanks for all your input on my color scheme! It was really fun to see what colors you all liked!

You may have read that I won a fantastic stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils through Hyphen Interiors’ giveaway. Well talk about perfect timing. I knew I had to use my new stencil somehow in my new room. 

Given the speed at which I must move into my studio, I decided against stenciling the huge wall. It would have been time consuming and probably would have stressed me out a bit. 🙂

So after many discussions with my mom, a very talented interior decorator/designer, and with input from my sister and hubs, I decided to stencil 4 huge canvases so I could get the effect of a stenciled wall, without actually stenciling the wall. 

***Get this: I went to Michaels on Sunday ( 9.11.2011) to buy the canvases. They were on sale last week for 40% off. I was just HOPING that they would still be on sale. Well they were. But instead they were 60% off! I bought 4 massive canvases (approx. 4.5×3 ft) that were originally $60.00 each, for a total of $100.00. Yes.***

My colors. I’m using Behr paint. 

Sort of impossible to paint with cats around. I had to kick them out of their favorite place. 

The canvases look white, but it’s actually a very light grey(Subtle Touch).

As I was painting, I thought to myself ,”oh man. oh man. This is not good. This is not going to look good. I’m ruining it.”

But then I lifted the stencil and it was great. 

I have one Youthful Coral (thats the paint color) canvas, and the rest are Pewter Ring

I found that since I was stenciling on a canvas and they surface was not as hard as a wall, I needed to tape the stencil to the canvas on the bottom side. If you were stenciling on the wall, it would be much much easier. And you would be able to lay the stencil flatter and get a cleaner finish!

So here are my canvases! I’m going to hang them close to each other in a square, 2 on top, 2 below, on the main wall. 

The stencil was very easy to use. It just takes a little thought and measuring to get the right lay out. Other than that, anyone could do it! And Cutting Edge Stencils sends a thorough instruction sheet with each stencil. That was very helpful.

So thanks to Cutting Edge Stencils, Hyphen Interiors and Michaels sales, I have inexpensive but completely unique wall art! 


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Rachel @ Just Peachy says · 09.13.11

Those are such a great idea! I LOVE them. I might have to stop by Michael’s today and stock up on some canvases!

Thanks for the great idea!

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Kristen says · 09.13.11

Your artwork turned out really nice! Cant wait to see pictures of the finished room!

Lindsay says · 09.13.11

Oh my, this is going to be amazing! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

Annika says · 09.13.11

Love it! That’s such a good twist on the wall stencil idea (which quite frankly terrifies me)!

A Sweet Release

Andrea @ The Worley House says · 09.13.11

Looks great! I love the stencil. Such a great way to create inexpensive artwork, you’re right! Can’t wait to see the rest of your studio!

Hannah Elizabeth Photography says · 09.13.11

Just found your blog the other day and fell in LOVE with your hair and all of your amazing tutorials!! I think I pinned just abt all of them to my pinterest 😉 Love your artwork you did, those look so good. Can’t wait to see your finished studio!! 🙂

LC says · 09.14.11

That came out great! Can’t wait to see it all come together.

Puttin' On The GRITS says · 09.14.11

I am in l-o-v-e with your blog…and probably more in love with your hair than is considered normal. I shared it with my blogger & twitter girlfriends- they love it just as much as I do.

Jess says · 09.14.11

I also just found you through pinterest, that was a pretty brilliant idea to do lrg canvas instead of the actual wall! Lovely.

Nicole and Tyler says · 09.22.11

Love all the colors!!! Behr paint is the best. I love your blog!

Queen of Beaverton says · 10.07.11

I’d like to buy this stencil but I’m having a hard time finding it on their website. What is the pattern called?

Hi, I'm Kate says · 10.07.11 Reply
Anonymous says · 05.07.12

Kate what is the square footage of your new studio. Do you prefer this over a typical salon and what are your hours.