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Friday, October 7, 2011

Stencil or Paper...what would you do?

I realize wallpaper is hot, hot, hot and I am completely on board with the trend.  I was planning the master bedroom design for our new house and came across this...

It was love at first sight and would work really well with our design.  My hesitation in ordering is that I suck at hanging wallpaper and I am the handyperson in our family.  The paper is far from inexpensive and if I screw up I'll be smoking mad.  I could hire a paper hanger but after the expense of the paper it's getting to be too much of a fantasy.

So I thought about a stencil that would give me the same effect and found this...

Of course, I couldn't stop there and kept looking and now I'm thinking our bedroom could definitely rock this retro stencil...

So what do you think?  Do you love paper and if so, would you consider it a diy project OR would you go the wimpy route and use a stencil?

Happy Friday friends!

24 comments:

  1. Gorgeous stencil!!! I love this idea! I live in Asia now and I cant get any good wall paper here or any of the sources I used in NY but a stencil I would ship here and do myself - wonderful idea! thank you!

    xo Allison
    Spicer + Bank
    www.spicerandbank.blogspot.com

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  2. Stencil of course!! However, don't consider it wimpy until you have done several rooms with all over patterns!! It is a lot of work, but so well worth it!! the colors match perfectly, it is unique and totally individualized to your home! Plus, when you are tired of it, it is so much easier to change than dreaded paper!!

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  3. That stencil is so close to the wallpaper that I think I'd go with it. You'd save a fortune and when you're ready for a change it's a simple switch unlike removing wallpaper. (It took me years and lots of cursing to remove and replace all the wallpaper in our last home. I know of which I speak.)

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  4. A stencil is far from the wimpy route...in fact I would venture to say it is the hard way out. My husband and I tackled our front hall with wallpaper last spring and found that the new (ish) glue the wall then put the paper up was super easy...the hard part was reaching the highest point over the stairs.
    I have found in the past that if you paint over a stencil it never really goes away...maybe I'm just a bad stenciler (is that a word?).
    Whatever you decide I am sure it will look fabulous! Good Luck!

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  5. I've been having this interior debate myself--for my powder room and laundry room. Only problem is, I would definitely need to hire a wallpaper hanger, making it kind of out of reach. for now.
    I do like the floral stencil you found, but think you would miss the metallic sheen of the Oh Joy paper, don't you think?

    Always fun to see the process!

    Heather
    loveyourspace.blogspot.com

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  6. I'm torn but I'd go stencil. They are all really nice options though.

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  7. You're right, if you're going to spend major $$ on wallpaper you don't want to worry about screwing it up! I'd got the stencil route if you don't want to pay someone to hang it for you. That doesn't even look like a stencil to me!!

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  8. These are all great choices! If you are good with DIY, you should definitely go with the stencil route. It saves you money and you can paint over it when you got bored with the pattern. Besides, you can proudly show it off on your blog. And the project itself is a good blogging material, don't you think?

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  9. Where do you live, I'll do it just because I love it too! Seriously, I do love it but if a paper hanger is not in the budget- you better do the stencil. With all the expense of the paper, you'll probably have that "oh my gosh I can never change this" weight on your shoulders anyway. Have a great weekend!

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  10. I love both but in a bedroom (ie a larger space) I think I'd go with a stencil...who knows even if you hired someone to do it (I wouldn't have the patience myself!) it might still be cheaper than the wallpaper before labor added??? Can't wait to see! I did a post about stencil options too if you'd like to check out more ideas!

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  11. Hi Carol,
    Are you planning on papering/stenciling an accent wall, or your entire bedroom? Your pattern selection is lovely.
    I'm going to reserve my opinion on which option to choose. I know that whatever you decide to do, the results will be amazing!
    Happy Thanksgiving, Carol!
    ~ Wendi ~

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  12. My two cents. I do not doubt your determination or ability to complete a beautiful stencilling job (you know I think you're brilliant) BUT Paper (especially a good quality one such as the Hygge & West add a layer between the pattern that you CANNOT achieve with stencil alone. ALSO, while not the same pattern there are less expensive alternatives in good quality paper that will give you that "level"/quality that a paper adds. PS - we carry the Hygge & West line (amongst others) xoxo

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  13. I think the stencil would be too much work. Besides I'm a perfectionist and I would notice every little "fault" in my stencil. ;)

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  14. Hmmm I think if I were to stencil in a pattern, I may get tired of it before I finished. However, it is a beautiful technique when finished. Taking a stroll in Farrow & Ball the other day, I can't help but want wallpaper after seeing some of the patterns they have. Crazy stupid expensive but hey, you can get inspired there and then try to stencil the pattern! There, Carol! There is your answer.

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  15. Paper will be much more perfect on the pattern. Stencils are very imperfect close up, but look nice at a distance. Hard choice, but I'd never do the paper myself - I suck at it. But years ago, my MIL go her start in decorating by hanging paper. If that is how she started, it may not be impossible... but yeah, scares me.

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  16. I'd go with wallpaper. It's so much easier and faster to hang wallpaper than to stencil. You can do a wall in a couple of hours. It really isn't hard to do - and it's even easier if you have two people hanging it together.

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  17. That Oh Joy wallpaper is amazing! Did you see the room Emily Henderson (HGTV) did in the entire paper? Beautiful. Can't wait to see how your stencil turns out!

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  18. Tough call. I've never stenciled nor hung wallpaper myself. If I had to choose, I'd probably go with the wallpaper, only because I think it would take less time to do.
    However, if you stenciled, you could customize the colors to get exactly what you want...
    Sorry, I'm no help :P

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  19. Ooh! Great find! It's practically the same exact thing! I think over time you would be happier with doing the stencil yourself and saving some money to put towards other fabulous things. Plus, you get to customize the colors!! With a stencil, if you're ever tired of it, you really can just paint over it. Those are my thoughts :) **to be taken with a grain of salt because I will painstakingly hand paint all my walls even it if takes 900 years!!**

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  20. I'm totally into wallpaper too...so many gorgeous prints and it really can make an impact in a space.

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  21. First, i don't think there's anything wimpy about stenciling.

    Second, are you the handyperson at your house or THE handyperson? I had to laugh when I read that. I am THE handyperson at our house, but not sure I could hang wallpaper. You on the other hand are THE DIY queen, so I bet you could pull it off.
    Camille

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  22. we're on the same wavelength! I just wrote a post about my debate!
    i agree with you about worrying about screwing up expensive wallpaper... so I'm voting to go with a stencil. i just haven't decided which one yet!1

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  23. Funny because hanging paper seems less daunting to me than stenciling. My stencils always seem to bleed through and look sloppy. My paper hanging guy is always really reasonable. Could be worth it to check out some pricing.

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  24. I love Joy's papers. I think if you really really love it and think you will for a very long time commit to the wallpaper. If your not sure go stencil. Then it wont hurt as much to change it. Can't wait to see the outcome! xo

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