Sunday, March 2, 2014

diy tanzania wallpaper knock-off...

Before I get to the tutorial, thank you all SO much for your sweet comments on my
  Foyer Reveal last week! If you missed it go here for the pretty pictures! :)
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! 

As much as I LOVE it, I’d prefer it in a smaller, less permanent dose…SLAM.
Pam @ Simple Details recently posted..interest for your entryMy Profile

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.
I used Royal Design Studios Flat Black Stencil Creme and their Stencil Brush.

                               Tweaked Pattern                                           Original Pattern

Second tweak...
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!
Thank you!


Stephanie said...

Pam, I think the foyer is terrific! It flows well into the other rooms, but it has a nice punch. I'm impressed at how you simply tweaked the stencil & made it look more like the wallpaper...awesome. And the starburst light...icing. It's making me consider stenciling a small powder room. Thanks for the inspiration.

Julia Konya said...

I can't get enough of your foyer. And I really want to incorporate that stencil somewhere as well.

René said...

It looks so good Pam! I made snow leopard fabric to cover a stool, but cannot image doing an enter wall. Well done!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

thanks for sharing! i love this so much!

Angela Santaniello said...

LOVE the stencil and how you made it work for you!

Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

Dana Frieling said...

Your imperfection made for perfection, my friend. So fun!

ANNE said...

Great look! Love how this turned out.

Kris @ Driven by Décor said...

I've never thought to modify a stencil before - love what you did with yours! Your foyer is so "you" - stylish and fun!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Great idea to make changes to the stencil...the foyer is stunning!!

4299f7e8-a2de-11e3-8e89-000bcdcb5194 said...

I LOVE it! Just awesome! Fun & beautiful ~ what a lovely combo! I took the Thibaut paper book out on lend about a month ago & was thinking of doing the turquoise paper. But I think black might be better - I wont tire of it as fast. Anyhoo - I just might try stencil now! You saved me a small fortune! Thank you!! **I have gumwood trim - do you think it will still look ok? ** what color white/black did you use? Thank you!

Katie {Miss Dixie} said...

You make me want to find a place to stencil that in my house- it looks SO amazing Pam!

Tiffany @ {Living Savvy} said...

A perfect Copycat! And so much easier than hanging wallpaper at $$$ a roll! Great job! I find myself having the same foreshadowing in my home! That just means it is meant to be and you will love it in the end!

pam {simple details} said...

Hi there reader with gumwood trim :)

My background color is Navajo White, a creamy warm white and the black is Flat Black Stencil Creme from Royal Design Studios. I think those colors would work with your trim, but it's hard to say without seeing your space, I'd definitely try painting a large sample of Navajo White. You can get sample pots inexpensively at Home Depot, well worth the $3!

Eris @ The Pink House Reno said...

I'm twitching my nose and hoping some magic happens to put your foyer into my house! I'm thinking it'd look fabulous in my laundry room/entry way. Light fixture and all, thank you! Couldn't love it more!

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

Going the extra mile really paid off Pam! Your hard work shows and it's magazine ready! Great great job friend! Xo Nancy

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

and I love the use of the sunburst mirror!

Wild Oak Designs said...

Aren't you clever! It looks so wonderful!
You did a lot of work....good job..

sarah m. dorsey said...

That's such a great idea to give it a more organic look!! I love those easy fixes, I need more of those in my life :)

Peggy said...

OH Pam! I love this! I was beginning to wonder what had happened to you when I decided to clean out my junk folder... imagine my surprise (and great distain..) to discover most of your recent posts. Now I need to set aside a block of time and go back and read them... HOpe you are having a great dqy!

therelishedroost said...

You did a great job!

Bethany DeVore said...

Thanks for sharing your tips! I'd love to use that stencil for something.

Rebecca said...

Oh my goodness! I looooooove this.

ronda roush said...

Need opinion I want to do this on a dining room wall as a backdrop for a too serious darkish antique but in metallic gold on cream. What do you think, is that nuts?

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

You are so smart. I love how you tweaked it into perfection. I think there will be a lot of speckled walls soon.

Vel Criste said...

The details that went into this stencil is definitely not simple, very intricate and so pretty!!!!

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

you read my mind...I have been thinking of using this stencil in my mud room....I can't believe I missed your to check it. And I love your tweaks! Hunted Interior is so fab. I adore her blog.

Tracy Laverty said...

Wow! It looks so great and I love how you tweaked it a bit for the look you wanted. What an entrance!

Debbie J. said...

Pam, this is so gorgeous. I love it. I think yours looks better than the original. Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing. Love your blog. I learn so much from you.

Chelsea @ Making Home Base said...

This is really beautiful, Pam! Wonderful job!!

sloandefyinggravity said...

Long story long. :) My husband and I are in the process of buying our first home and I have a picture from Pinterest with that wallpaper on it that I am wanting to paint in our hall bathroom. I was originally going to freehand it, but I stumbled upon the stencil last night. I was wondering if it was worth the price vs. just painting by hand, but you have convinced me.

I'm so excited to do it now!

Kate Kubler said...

Hi Pam!! I know this is a long shot, but I thought "what the heck, why not ask??".

I've been googling a spotted stencil for hours now and came upon the stencil you used at Royal Design. However, I can't afford the $40 price. I'm trying to do my daughters nursery on the tightest budget ever (I'm a SAHM and my husband a pastor). I bought a king size sheet (for $16) for the curtains and cut and hemmed them myself because I couldn't afford $20 a panel. I tried to free hand one panel and my spots look awful!! Like so bad I'm going to have to buy another sheet to make a new panel:( I REALLY want this stencil and even tried to google coupon codes or find them on ebay for cheaper. (Nothing came up) I was curious if you'd be willing to sell your used stencil at a cut price. I totally understand if you want to hang out to it for future use but thought It wouldn't at least hurt to ask. Thanks!! and LOOOOVEEE your wall!

Cindy Hattersley said...

Hey Pam

I am going to attempt this in my powder bath. I haven't stenciled for probably 20 years!

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