Before I get to the tutorial, thank you all SO much for your sweet comments on my
It makes sharing my DIY adventures all the more fun to have you along!
Do you remember the popular BAM or SLAM series? Elizabeth @ The Mustard Ceiling
would pose a design question and everyone would weigh in with their opinion. Imagine my
surprise while researching for this post - I happened to come across my comment in
October of 2012 on Thibaut's Tanzania wallpaper!
And, another coincidence was the post I wrote the day before:
'Interest for your Entry'
It wasn't about the Cheetah Spots Stencil that now gives mine plenty of interest, but
another one of my favorite things to include in an entry! :) Check it out here.
Clearly our entry had been
haunting me on my mind for some time!
So, here's the scoop - I used Cheetah Spots Stencil from Royal Design Studios. But, I
gave it a couple slight tweaks to get the look of the fabulous, high-end Tanzania wallpaper.
This is what the original stencil looks like, Kristin from The Hunted Interior stenciled
fabric to create spotted drapery panels here.
Kristin @ The Hunted Interior
This is the original Thibaut Tanzania Wallpaper, the pattern isn't quite as open
and the spots are more irregular shaped.
The first tweak...
Scotch Blue Painter's Tape - torn and randomly placed over some of the rounded edges
to give them the irregular look. The tape stayed put for my entire stencil job.
I did a sample to illustrate the simple process and differences for you.
Tweaked Pattern Original Pattern
After my entire foyer was stenciled I went back and filled in the open spaces to add more
pattern, being sure to cover the area all the way to the ceiling and into corners. I chose
random areas and stenciled one spot at a time. Imprecise is perfect, just eye-ball the area
and choose a pattern from the stencil that fits. That's it! If you end up with a spot you think is
horribly wrong, don't fret you can paint over it!! It sounds time consuming but actually goes
quickly. I'm not patient enough to wait for paint to dry, so smudges are inevitable. When
you're all finished go back with the wall paint and do a quick clean up.
Final Tweaked Pattern Original Pattern
I love the pizazz and look of high-end Tanzania wallpaper it gives my foyer
at a fraction of the cost!
Royal Design Studios provided the stenciling products for my project,
they were a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend using their company!