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Sunday, July 15, 2012


Last week, I shared that this is the "Summer Of The Bedroom Switch-a-roo" at my house.
I boohoo'd about saying "Goodbye, Peter Rabbit" and I shared my daughter's snazzy bedroom makeover.
My nine year old daughter supplied this Country Living bedroom as her "inspiration piece". 
I thanked Baby Jesus that she didn't want something along these lines.

As luck would have it, Cutting Edge Stencils had just offered a stencil for moi to try out. 
They offered advice and guidance.
I believe their exact words were: 
"It may be easiest to do a simple non-interlocking design as your first try."
Two things that the Cutting Edge Stencil folks did not 
know about me. 
1. My life motto is "Go Big Or Go Home."
2. I just don't listen. Just ask my pops.
I, of course, chose the interlocking nightmare stencil.
To be exact, I fell in love with their Marrakech Trellis Allover Stencil!
The stencil arrived. 
I examined the stencil. 
I read the instructions.
I had a beer.
I called my pops.
My pops, his wife and my sister mafia arrived one 
week later. I had mentioned that "wouldn't it be fun to 
makeover some rooms...maybe paint a bit?"
(Check out those shenanigans and more pictures, click here.)
While I hid rearranged my jewelry drawer, my stepmom accepted the stencil challenge.
We said "WOW!" no less than 892 times. My stepmom added a few words of her own.
Cutting Edge Stencils is giving ONE OF YOU the wall stencil of your choice!
It is easy peasy to enter this giveaway!
Visit their site, Cutting Edge Stencils, and leave a comment here sharing which of their stencils you would love to have!
(You must live in the US and you must choose a stencil that is $50 or less)


  1. That looks fan-freaking-tastic. I want to move into your house! I love it!

    As for the giveaway, I think I like the Japanese maple branch. Not your typical stencil, but in the right place, it would be awesome.

  2. I would LOVE a stencil from Cutting Egde! I love all of them, but love Zagora pattern for my front room! Awesome giveway!

  3. Its so hard to pick just one. I really like the Lily Scroll. It would be beautiful on the wall behind my bed..Your room came out awesome! Thanks for sharing and the giveaway!

  4. Awesome! I'd love the Rabat Allover Stencil. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. I am a poppy stripe girl, myself. (Because then I get to wring my hands like the Wicked Witch and say "Poppies...poppies...")

  6. Just put the one they sent you in an envelope and mail it to me!!! I ADORE{am insanely jealous} of your daughter's room!

  7. The Morrocan Dream allover stencil because.... of course it has got to be interlocking!

  8. Okay I love your room makeover!!!
    I would usually say a damask stencil
    but I would love to use the same stencil
    you used here.

    HUgs B

  9. Since I first saw this makeover, I've been ready to stencil a room! Love, love, love the Rabat Allover Stencil.

  10. Rabat all over stencil, PLEASE!


    abskoultchi at aol . com

  11. Put my name in the hat, please!! I love the Marrakech Trellis Stencil and the damask are beautiful too!
    Great giveaway!
    Happy MOnday.

  12. I LOVE the Zamira Allover Stencil!

  13. I sure like the look, but I'm not sure I have the patience!


  14. Love the Oasis Allover Stencil! Thanks!

  15. I would choose one of the damask stencils - beautiful and classic. But I love the one you used; as well as your attitude! Good for you for taking the challenge. Just save the trouble and pick me as the winner.

    Love your blog,


  16. The Harmony Damask stencil is on of my favorites. It is probably complicated... but it is really pretty! :)

  17. I love the Marrakech Trellis as well as the Rabat and Julia stencils. But since it's for our bedroom... well, the hubby would have to weigh in on the decision :)

  18. OMG!!!!!!!!!!! I think I just said "Holy Crap!" 892 times upon seeing the After picture. Congrats on the great job! Holy Crap! Hard to choose a fave stencil, but I love their paisley design as well as one of their inspiration pics that shows different-colored paisleys (plural? LOL) overlapping one another on a wall. That looks cool!

  19. I would love the Zinnia Grande stencil to do my daughter's room. I have been lusting over it for months now!

  20. I've been wanting to stencil the wall over our jetted tub with "Spring Songbirds".

  21. THANK YOU, everyone for entering! I will announce the big winner on Friday night!
    I can't wait to see what you do with your stencil!

  22. Love the Casablanca all over stencil. I did a similar design in my pantry which is one of my favorite "rooms". The sad part is it took me over 8 hours to handpaint the design..that's right, no stencil was used for that project. But the look is great. I should invite you over sometime to see it.. We only live about 20 min from you!

  23. Your room transformation turned out great! If I had my druthers, I'd love to play with the Rachel's Garden all over stencil. It would certainly brighen my very dreary foyer!

  24. I love the Zagora Allover Stencil. Great giveaway!

  25. Beautiful job on the bedroom. I love the combination of pink and gray. I am one of your newest followers. I really enjoy reading your blog. I would love to have the Diamond Damask Stencil. I would use it in my bedroom.


  26. I have been dreaming about an entire room of birch trees on a black wall. Love the birch tree pattern! Fun!

  27. I am just dying to get the Zamira Allover Stencil to use in my new guestroom!!

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  29. That looks AMAZING! I love how you can use the stencils on fabric and furniture as well! This can tie a whole room together!

    My favorite stencil would have to be the Trendy Moroccan Rabat Allover Stencil. It's so gorgeous! I would love to use it on an accent wall!

  30. I would LOVE the Flower Power Stencil :D

  31. Their stencils are amazing. Look at this custom pillow I created

    I'd like to use Bon Appetit! Large Wall Stencil in my dining room

  32. Love so many. Zagora Craft stencil is a favorite.

  33. Now I'm stressing trying to pick my favorite from the Tree and Branch line--I guess I'd have to go with Sakura and Butterflies?? And yes, glad your daughter decided to pass on the purple hippo :)

  34. Omg. I can only narrow down to three. Marrakech, hourglass or Casablanca. How fun is that. What a lucky little girl. I want her room

  35. the Marrakech Trellis Allover Stencil you used is one I have been DYING for. I want to that in a tone on tone to replace the fugilicious (real word, trust me) wallpaper that currently borders my living room and reception hall.

  36. WOW is right. I love how it looks with your daughters sweet furniture. I visited Cutting Edge and I still think that the geometric one that you used is my favorite. Thanks for the chance to win. I would use it in my sewing room.

  37. I love your makeover! If I had a dollar for every cutting edge stencil giveaway I entered I'd have enough money to buy every stencil! I still love the all over birch forest but since it's over $50 I'll have to go with the Marrakesh allover one

    1. WELL, WELL, WELL! You are the big winner! WooHoo! Email me your info and I'll hook you up with the powers that be!

  38. I'm moving into a new apartment and started looking up ways to spruce it up other than just painting in one color! I'm hoping to use metallic paint to add some life and would love to use the Spring Songbirds Wall Stencil from Cutting Edge stencils to make it happen. Love how your room turned out!

  39. Wow, there are so many fantastic stencils on that site - as well as lots of inspiration. My faves were the Lily Scroll and Hourglass; they evoke completely different moods but I love them both!

  40. I would love to have the Zamira craft stencil for a dresser-turned-media console I'm working on right now :)

  41. I love the Vines Allover Stencil by Kathy Peterson - and have the perfect wall to put it on! Thanks amymartinez441 (@) gmail dot com

  42. Your bedroom looks so cozy now. Before I think it looked like a 11 yr od mothers did. I love the color.


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