Monday, March 19, 2012

Dining Room Progress And Your Opinion

There has been much progress with the dining room. I wanted to share a part of it to ask for your opinion. Included in the Saida Ikat stencil packet from Cutting Edge Stencils was a border stencil  - I had mentioned this in an earlier post - which helped me determine placement. It really gives the work a more finished look. I used it starting at the top of the wall and worked my way down to the chair rail.


You will have to excuse the slightly askew pictures. I had to lean at an angle while trying to take the best pictures I could given the state of the dining room with furniture out-of-place, dining table loaded with items from the breakfront and so on.


I have yet to do the areas around the trim. I did this when I was over a week into a crazy virus so I got tired of working around the edges and decided to leave it for another day. As I have two stencils I plan to cut one up and use a smaller piece to finish these areas.




This is where I need your opinion. I am considering - very strongly - leaving just the border above the doorways and window - not pictured - rather than fill in the rest of the missing pattern. What do you think?


After I fill in the missing pieces I will touch up the trim and parts of the stenciling, too.

So, let me know whether you think I should leave just the border above the doorways and window or fill in the entire pattern.


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37 comments:

  1. I just had this same conversation with a friend who's stenciling her bathroom. She didn't think the corners needed to be 'finished.' My gut says it needs to be done so it gives a realistic impression of wallpaper. Just my 2 cents though! It looks great. That sure is a ton of work, Lisa.

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  2. Wow! It is looking great! I love seeing that green through the dining room into the hallway. Beautiful colors! As for finishing the stenciling above the doors and windows. You are a better judge of that since you are standing in the space but the perfectionist in me says to go ahead and do it around the door or one of the windows and see if it completes the overall look? However, if you are putting drapery in the room, you may not need it over the windows? It may hide the windows...I know you are tired, that is a lot of work but it looks so great!!!

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  3. i am with dana- it needs to be finished to have the look of wallpaper, but like lisa said if you have drapery going up you may have some wiggle room there. overall, it is looking SO AMAZING!!!! yeehaw!

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  4. Oh, Lisa, it's gorgeous even unfinished! I lean toward filling it in. Hope you're feeling better and your energy is back in high gear!

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  5. Oh wow! I love it! The colours are so striking paired with that pattern! Personally, I like the plain borders around the doorway, I think it breaks up the pattern and shows more of the lovely blue colour.

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  6. Lisa, this is so gorgeous! I am on the "finish it" bandwagon. Take your time, but that is the right thing to do and I think you will be happiest with it in the end.

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  7. Me too....It is commanding my attention, unfinished. I think you should tweak it in.

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  8. I'm leaning with filling it in for a more polished look with continuity. Looks lovely so far.

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  9. I'm leaning towards filling in the whole thing. I would love to see a picture of the room. Its hard to judge by seeing a little portion of it.

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  10. It's coming along so nicely and looks beautiful! I would finish it off, personally I think it would always feel a bit unfinished if not. But, it's YOUR room, do what makes you happy! Glad you're feeling better.

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  11. It looks beautiful already! Great job!
    I think it really depends on how it looks & feels to you when you stand in the room. I personally can really see it work with leaving just the border above the door!

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  12. Maybe leave the space above the door and windows "open" for now and finish the rest of the wall stenciling and putting the room together with all the accessories, drapery, etc. Then stand back, look, think, feel, and decide.

    If you do decide to stencil above those areas I think you'd be able to do that without dismantling the room again. Since you are debating which way to go, it sure would be easier to "add" those stencil elements rather than "subtract" them {repaint} later. I'm nothing if not pragmatic. My personal opinion from the photos would be to fill it all in though.

    Robin
    happilyhomeafter.blogspot.com

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  13. So beatuiful Lisa! If it will bother you and feel unfinished to YOU, I say fill it in. But, if you don't notice it, don't worry about filling it in.

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  14. My personal opinion I would leave just the border above everything. Ok question.... did you paint borders/frames on the walls and fit in photos in your hallway? I was trying to pull the picture up bigger to see but couldn't. What a great, great idea!

    XX
    Debra~

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  15. Great progress Lisa and I would just leave the border and not fill in above the door- looks great as is. You can always decide if it bothers you day-day and fill it in later.

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  16. I love it! I know stenciling can get tedious, but you have already completed so much. I never thought of cutting the stencil up to complete the edges? This is a great idea and I can't wait to see the finished project. Hope you are feeling better.

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  17. Oh that is beautiful!! I love that dark blue color, and the stencil you picked is definitely my style. If it were me, I think my eye would go to that space every time I was in the room and want it filled in. I can't imagine how much work you've put into these walls already. Way to go!! I'm looking forward to seeing the completed room.

    P.S. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm following yours now too!

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  18. Looks fantastic! Think you have to finish it :) That looks like a lot of worked and I am super impressed!

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  19. I think it will look better if you fill it all in. It will look more like wallpaper then. I know that had to be alot of work so far! You're probably hoping to hear it would look best to leave it as is. It probably wouldn't take too long since it's a small area over the windows and door.

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  20. It looks great as is.
    I would finish the room without filling in and walk away. Come back the next day and take a look at the room and see if you like it or not.
    Great job, Lisa.

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  21. I think it looks AWESOME! I love all your choices so far. I think it'd look better with the pattern totally finished.

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  22. my vote is to fill it in but either way, it already looks great!

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  23. First off, I love how this looks!! I hate to do this to you because stenciling still brings back painful memories...but I think it needs filled in. I'm so sorry. The pain.

    Hope you're feeling better!!

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  24. Lisa, you must be working so hard on this project. You did a great job picking out the paint color and stencil because it looks absolutely gorgeous. Love that ikat pattern.

    I vote for filling in the entire pattern so it looks like a wallpaper. I can't wait to see the finished project, it looks fab so far!

    I am currently hosting a pillow giveaway, enter if you like, Lisa. :)

    http://www.mixandchic.com/2012/03/giveaway-pillow-by-finishing-touch.html

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  25. I vote for filling in the entire pattern :) more work but I think you'll like it! Love seeing projects .

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  26. I say fill it in, I know stenciling is kind of time consuming and the end is the worst part but you can do it! It looks beautiful, love the color choices! Hope you feel better soon!

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  27. Why not do a simple scroll pattern? That way it's filled in, has the curviness of the other stencils, but doesn't take forever.

    Feel better soon!

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  28. I say fill it in-that pattern rocks and seeing more of it would be great! Love the stencil!

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  29. wow..looks fantastic!!! have fun...hope your feeling better today!

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  30. This looks amazing so far!! I love the contrast between the wall and the pattern and all the white trim...beautiful work :) I think once you fill in that top corner I can see it working without doing the rest...but if you're like me you'll keep second guessing it and eventually end up doing them all! Either way, this room is looking gorgeous!

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  31. wowza! that is going to be amazing!

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  32. The stenciling looks beautiful. I love the bold color you picked for the walls.

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  33. Wow, looks gorgeous already! My vote would be to fill it in to look like wallpaper. Can't wait to see it all finished.

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  34. I love the way this is coming together - and god bless you for your patience in doing this too. I can only imagine how some of us contort to get the great photos sometimes :) I'm in the finish it all off boat on this - I think it will give it the finished/polished look that you want (although it looks like it might be a bit difficult but it will be worth it!)

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  35. Gorgeous stenciling! I say fill it in, can't wait to see with it's all finished!

    Mandy

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  36. Lisa, your stenciling looks gorgeous!!!!!! I love it!
    I think it would look great filled in above the door too - that's my vote :)
    This project must take a lot of perseverance!! I am impressed!

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