Pattern has become part of my life. Of course, it’s no secret that writing blog posts for Paint+Pattern has fueled my passion. Sometimes I want a room with little pattern, and sometimes I like to pull out all the stops and use layers and layers of pattern in a room. As long it all to blends together nicely, I am happy.
How about you? Do you crave pattern too, or are you just a bit leery about bring too much into a room? I hope this idea will convince you to mix and match pattern layers of patterns and texture to create a cozy space in your home.
Our guest room is where my bright Moroccan rug, purchased in Marrakech, meets local pottery, a large pile of colorful pillows, and flea market finds. I like the lightly textured and plastered walls to be a backdrop for bright and happy fabrics and cozy blankets.
A couple of years ago, during a fit of maniacal junking, I discovered a pile of old, quite nasty, individual lengths of beadboard that someone had removed from an old sleeping porch. Covered in decades of cigarette smoke and spider webs, I almost walked right by it. But the color, my favorite green, and the patina spoke to me. So for a whopping 50 cents per board, I carried them home with no idea what I would do with them.
You see we have no garage or basement, so storage of items with no purpose is at a premium. I had to think fast to make something happen or lug it all up to the blazing hot attic. After taking a spin around the house, I spied the guest bed with no headboard. Bingo! I scrubbed those boards and let them dry a day. Then I just flipped each one upside down and butt it up against the next one. I screwed them together using 5 gallon paint sticks as a frame, then Steve mounted it with a nail gun, right into the studs.
Viola! Well, almost. I always felt like something was missing, but I was reluctant to add a pattern until I saw this simple, undulating, Indian Floral wall stencil from Royal Design Studio. I knew my headboard would finally be complete!
- Royal Design Studio Indian Floral Wall Stencil
- Royal Design Studio Large Stencil Brushes
- Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan in Old White
- Old Cookie Sheet or shallow tray, 220-grit sandpaper, paper towels like Bounty, tin foil, container, rags
FIND THE CENTER OF THE HEADBOARD AND TAPE THE STENCIL
Find the center and mark it with a pencil. Decide how you want to lay out the pattern. I wanted to be sure that one compete pattern showed above the many (way too many?) pillows.
SET UP THE PALETTE
I like using an old cookie sheet to keep the paint and stencil brush from rolling off. Especially since I was working on top of the mattress. A drop cloth on top of the bedding would be a good idea, but mine needed to be washed, so I hoped for no spills. I poured some Old White Chalk Paint® into a wide container to keep from upending the whole can.
Normally I dip the stencil brush into the paint, offload the excess, and stencil using a swirling motion. I found out right away that swirling on the bead board pushed the paint into the creases where I did not want it. So I just moved in a vertical motion across the wood. I did have to stop after every repeat to wipe paint off the back of the stencil.
This was a quick process since there was no need to worry about perfection. Once I completed the entire headboard I thought about adding another color in the flowers. But I decided it would be too busy. So after a quick sanding and a wipe down I was done.
I’m sure some folks who are familiar with Chalk Paint® and Annie Sloan products might want to wipe on and buff a coat of Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax, and maybe even add a coat of Dark Soft Wax after that to age even more. But I stopped here, happy with the results. Chalk Paint® by itself is quite durable once it dries and cures, and of course this guest room headboard isn’t going to get a lot of wear and tear!
What do you think? I love it. This guest room is now ready for Steve’s 93-years-young Mom to visit soon. Though she can see very little, I will describe to her the design I added in a floral pattern fit for the marvelous gardener that she is. She will be thrilled!
The moral of this story? Keep your eyes open for transformable treasures and possibilities for bringing even more lovely pattern into your favorite spaces.
Want more ideas for painted pattern? Check out these pattern filled Royal Design Studio Pinterest Boards!