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Stencil your Ceiling with Cutting Edge

Have you seen the wall stencil rage around the blogosphere?  I’ve been eyeing varying stencil designs for quite a while, and was THRILLED to get my hands on a Cutting Edge stencil. I can’t reveal to you the entire space yet, but I’ve been working on my girls room to make it fancy (if you remember, they were top 10 contenders for a room makeover from Vintage Revivals last fall).  I’ve brainstormed ideas with my oldest daughter, and we thought that a purple stencil on the ceiling would be pretty darn fancy. She wanted something floral, and I liked the more modern geometric shapes, and the Lily Scroll stencil that we chose is a mixture of both. {Final Room Reveal link at the end of this post}

Wall stencil

I’d read and heard that the stenciling process has a bit of a learning curve, and to try something simple first. Yeah, well, I decided I didn’t need to listen to all that mumbo jumbo and tackled a project that I thought would be simple enough.

Cutting Edge Designs does a great job with their stencils. What I LOVE is that most are interlocking, meaning they line up with each other to make the overall design seamless. But I’ll admit, tackling the ceiling is TRICKY!  It’s simple gravity, people. Something that didn’t happen to run through my brain. I enlisted the help of my fabulous friend, Kati, for this project. We found that spraying the stencil with sticky adhesive (Elmer’s spray is about $7 at Hobby Lobby) and letting it dry for just a minute or two, then putting it on the ceiling was best. We started with tape, then found it wasn’t needed as much as the tackiness from the spray.

Home Decor

The tutorials with the stencil, the video, and the site all emphasize not using too much paint. It is very tempting to do that though, get it done quicker, right? But no, it requires a little bit of patience–of which Kati has more than me. But doesn’t the ceiling look FAB-U-LOUS?!? I am in love with it!!!

Here is a slight little sneak peek of the ceiling with the wall (that I took with my phone).

home decor

One more shot just for good measure:

diy home decor

Watch this quick video to see how the stenciling is done:

Check out the final product with Girls Fancy Room Makeover Reveal!

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  1. These are SO cool! I like the Hourglass Allover Stencil BUT the Lily Scroll would match my comforter really well! It would be fun to have an accent wall in one of these stencils.

  2. Ooooh! That does look fancy! I’ve always wanted to stencil my kitchen ceiling. Haven’t attempted it yet! :)

  3. Wow! The ceiling is gorgeous! I can’t believe ow amazing this looks! The color you are using looks similar to my bedroom. I want to stencil now! :-)

  4. I love them all. Maybe I would get a Moroccan stencil like the Rabat pattern. Your ceiling looks awesome. What a cool idea. Excited to see the whole room!

  5. Kirstin K says:

    I love all the geometric designs!

  6. I really like the one you used. Floral but understated.

  7. looking good!! of course i’m so jealous of you getting to hang out with my kati all day!! :) and i’m jealous of kati for getting to hang out with you all day!! :)

  8. Wow just picking one favorite is impossible!! The ones that caught my eye off the start were the Dandelion stencil and the Going to Seed wall stencil…….I also love the ceiling medallion stencils!

  9. I love Cutting Edge stencils. I would get the Connection allover stencil.

  10. I like the Tribe Craft Stencil. I really liked the lamp shade sample they have on the website. That would look amazing in our living room or bedroom.

  11. The Hermitage Acanthus Stencil so I go do a Faux tin ceiling look!

  12. There are so many to choose from! I like the Lilly Scroll stencil!

  13. I’m having a hard time deciding between Square Plus Allover Stencil and Nagoya Allover Stencil. Both would look great in my bathroom!

  14. I’ve been dying to try stenciling something too! Love what you did!

  15. I have to choose just one? I love them all :)

  16. ashleysikayun says:

    Oh wow, I love all of them! I can’t pick!

  17. I’d love the Casablanca allover!

  18. I’d love the Casablanca allover!

  19. Super cool!

  20. I like all of the Damask ones! They are hard to choose from, but they are all so beautiful.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  21. I love the Peony 6 pc Stencil kit

  22. Sherri McCombs says:

    I would love to make a head board with stenciling on it! Thank you!

  23. I really like the Marrakech Trellis Craft Stencil!!

  24. I would choose the Rabat Allover Stencil.

  25. I love the freedom wall stencil

  26. Donna McConnell says:

    Lily Scroll Allover Stencil is beautiful!

  27. Wow! I love the color that you chose! It really makes the ceiling something special. I have been debating a stencil project for a couple shelving units. I would use the vision craft stencil to add some pop to some plain white cabinets.

  28. I like the Rabat Allover and the Birch tree one. Tackling the ceiling looks like a LOT of work!!

  29. i would get the moraccan stencil

  30. domestic diva says:

    Maybe a tribe craft stencil; the geometric designs are also great. Tough choice!

  31. I liked “FREEDOM! WALL STENCIL”. Thanks

  32. Looks great. I love some of their Morroccan looking designs. I want to stencil a nursery closet, laundry room and bathroom. This would be a great way to start!

  33. Cool! Oh my gosh! This is the exact stencil I’ve had for a year collecting dust. I was originally going to do it on the living room wall, but decided to do it on my ceiling. We have three tray ceilings going across and I thought it would be a nice accent. I was excited to see the exact stencil being placed where I am going to! I am going for more subtle, however, because otherwise my hubby wouldn’t be happy. I’m going to go gloss in the same shade that’s already on there. I can’t view the video (firewalls – at work) so I’m anxious to get home and see how it went because it looks like you might have textured ceilings as I do.


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