Woman vs. Stencil – How NOT To Use a Stencil

While at Fabricland the other day looking at, well, fabric {duh!} I stumbled upon a stand of sale stencils.  One in particular caught my eye.


I don’t exactly know what a quilting stencil is for but what I saw was wall stencil potential and decided the $5.19 was totally doable.  I was working on the totally random alcove in the coral and gold room and decided that I would attempt this pattern in the small space.

I started by going to town with my coal paint and when I pulled the stencil away as I held my breathe I saw this….

ImageClose up on this disaster….Image

Ya, so apparently quilting stencils are nothing like proper wall stencils.  Not that I have ever used one but I am assuming DIYers everywhere do NOT struggle with traditional wall stencils to this extent and therefore… I will continue to blame my $5.19 quilting stencil {or my completely insufficient DIY capabilities, your choice}.

So I decided to attempt method #2.  This method involved a mechanical pencil and a seriously high-tec tracing technique which would be followed by some artistic  hand painting.


Ya I can hear you laughing through the computer, trust me, I pulled the stencil away and realized that I was no artist and that I must have basically momentarily lost my mind if I thought I would be painting every single scallop by hand, so…..

Stencil -1    Tori – 0

Feeling a little lot discouraged, I moved on to other projects and left my stupid stencil, seriously regretting I hadn’t spent my $5.19 on a grande chai tea latte.  A few hours later I decided I would not be defeated by the stencil and came up with option #2 for the “Woman vs. Stencil” marathon that seemed to be panning out.

The ever so horrendous “alcove” in the spare bedroom had has these equally horrendous built in shelves that desperately need some love.  Since I haven’t come up with anything better {as of yet} I begrudgingly decided we would embrace the existing shelves and eventually dress them up by trimming them out but in the meantime, I figured I could attack them with my scalloped stencil.




I painted the shelves and picked up a gold sharpie paint pen to prepare my plan of attack for round 2 of the “woman v. stencil” marathon.



I don’t know what I was thinking {obviously I wasn’t} but I just took that sharpie paint pen and started tracing the evil my stencil…bad idea


Doesn’t look too bad from far but up close…..Image


Stencil -2       Tori – 0

The gold paint was leakingand bleeding under the stencil and though it doesn’t look totally completely awful, I assure you, it was and I knew it was just going to get worse!

So the woman v. stencil marathon continues and back to the pencil I went.



ImageI traced the pattern using the pencil and then by hand went over the pencil with the gold paint pen.Image

It is no way perfect, but this was shelf one.  When it came to the second shelf I had developed a system and not only did it go a lot quicker but a lot smoother as well.

Image{the finished product}

See no chubby “mistake” lines on this one!

After three rounds of the Woman v. Stencil marathon, I am proud to say I won one!
Stencil -2   Tori – 1

The shelf detail is sort of pointless, the {ugly} alcove shelves are pretty high up and the scallop detail will likely not be seen but I like that little extra hidden detail and more importantly take solace in the fact that my $5.19 stencil was not wasted…it only cost me a $6.99 gold paint pen Sharpie.  Oops!?!


Light Me Up

Are you sick of coral and gold yet?  If so this is not the post for you because I most certainly am not and I don’t see this love affair slowing down anytime soon. No way! There ain’t going to be no Kim Kardashian Kris Humphrey 72 day action here so buckle up people it’s going to be a coral and gold infused few months.  Wait, are we over the K’s with the arrival of the direction North West? Moving on….

Remember here and here when I talked about the infamous tall white table lamp I basically fell head over heels for and then mistakenly let go on more than one occasion?

Well never fear home decor aficionados because on one of my recent {and ever so rare} trips to Homesense guess what I found?

A sweet sweet throw pillow!

Just kidding…

Seriously though, why would I have wasted the last 3 minutes of your life going on and on about THE lamp of all lamps again if I hadn’t found this beauty, just chilling with her sister in the lighting aisle.

Simply Style Blog - Light Me Up{the lamp}

Let’s get real, I didn’t pause long enough to take a picture of this pretty lady in the store, I swiftly scooped her up and marched to the front of the store to get a cart so I could continue my shopping pushing my dream baby {sorry future children} around with pride. So speaking of getting real…here she is in my war zone upstairs spare bedroom.

I have the “concept” for this room makeover but wouldn’t you know that now that I am on the hunt for coral it cannot be found anywhere?  Thanks fabric gods, not like I have curtain panels to make and an upholstered headboard to update or anything. Soooooo, that being said, I have only accumulated a few small things for my coral and gold dream space but I could not resist creating a little “vignette” with a few of the items I have so far.

Remember my Coral Hexagon Table?  Well she plays a supporting role to that hunk-a-hunk of lamp right there

Simply Style Blog - Light Me Up

I cannot wait for this room to come together, but I don’t want to “make things work” so it may take some time to track down all the elements.  For now I can keep staring at this little corner of gold and coral heaven!

Simply Style Blog - Light Me Up

Colour Me Coral and Give Me Gold

Remember my cute little hexagon table?  The little cousin to my slightly more rotund white hexagon tables that took up home in my living room after I scored them for a sweet $15 on Kijiji and gave them an ever so shiny coat of white Benjamin Moore paint?


Well this formerly sad dark little cousin is now a bright cheery new coral hexagon table with some sweet new gold bling.

Colour Me Coral and Give Me Gold - Simply Style Blog

We all know I am no stranger to a little furniture painting but this time I {shockingly} did not opt for my beloved Benjamin Moore Advance furniture paint and got me the only coral spray paint I could find in all the land.  No seriously.  I’m not lying.  Home Depot, Walmart, Home Hardware, all my favourite stomping grounds were coming up empty when it came to find a funky fun shade of spray paint.  I knew I wanted to spray this one because the others were such a pain to brush paint with all their nooks and crannies.  Plus, I am an adaptable and ever changing DIY pioneer and quite honestly just wanted to have two different experiences.

Well the only coral spray paint I could find anywhere was the Design Master brand at Michaels.  I was really unsure if it would do the trick being as it is intended for delicate items like faux flowers but I decided I would give it a whirl.  I started with some Killz primer.  If my girl Katie Bower swears by it it’s good enough for me, so I scrapped yet another beloved DIY product and used the spray Killz to get this table started. I was pretty happy with the coverage {and ease} of the Killz and it gave a nice solid white base that I was more hopeful my ever so delicate spray paint would stick to.

After dragging Patrick out to confirm that my coral was in fact not bubble gum pink, I sprayed my hardware gold and called her a day with yet another new {to us} hexagon table.

Colour Me Coral and Give Me Gold - Simply Style Blog

I can’t wait to share more of the spare bedroom as it comes together and most importantly my favourite find that is sitting atop this sweet new table!