A couple things I might add about making this Roman Shade. The fabric I used for this one is Duck Cloth and is significantly heavier weight fabric than the cotton fabric I used for the first one. I would recommend giving yourself more length allowance for heavier fabric. Also a bit extra on the width. Not much but a half to one inch. I cut the length and width the same and used the same seam and hem allowances but it ended up a bit shorter and just a little narrower. Nothing I couldn’t live with and I added a ruffle to the bottom for extra length which I love so much I’m happy it turned out I needed to think of a way to add a bit of length.
I positioned the stencil by holding the shade up to the window and just eyeballing it. It isn’t a perfect match up to the wall but it was good enough for me
Just like on the wall I used Frog Tape to tape off the spaces right next to the space I was painting. If you’ve never used Frog Tape you really should. I’ll never go back to any of the regular painter’s tape now!
Lots of Frog Tape and lots of dried paint that needed scraped off the screw-on lids of the sample quarts of paint I used for the wall stencil project.First section of stencil finished.This stencil is very easy to line up when making the lower part of a long length. I love Royal Design Studio Stencils!
Now let’s take a close-up look at some of the not-so-perfect areas. Nothing I can’t live with and they honestly don’t stand out now that the shade is hung. But you can see how I got some paint bleeding under the stencil.
On this one I forgot to tape over the small lines cut in the stencil that are part of the way you line up for the next section of stencil. Again, I can live with it, but someone who is a bit more picky might want to make sure all those are taped over before painting. I forgot a couple times on the wall too but on the wall I just painted white back over those spots. Painting on fabric you are pretty much stuck with what you end up with
Honestly the bleeding under the stencil edges has NOTHING to do with the stencil performance and EVERYTHING to do with me and my impatience to get the job done! To get a clean lined stencil you need to use small amounts of paint and take your time! I have a real struggle taking my time with things – I want to get in there and just get it done! This project was extremely that way as I’d put it off to the very last minute and needed to get it done so I could get it on the blog. I think perhaps I need someone to want to feature my kitchen so I get a deadline for getting my cupboards painted!
In the places where the stencil overlapped the seams it was almost impossible to get the paint into the crease of the seam. I soon quit trying and just let it go and then went back and filled it in using my artist brush.
Several people mentioned how clean my girl’s room looked. I laughed every single time! Looks are SO deceiving sometimes I should have taken pics of this room the night before I wanted to do this photo shoot. The floor was covered – and I mean completely covered – with legos and laundry and stuffed animals and books and… I’m sure if you have kids in your life you can imagine. Let’s take a closer look at some areas of this room – and I’m gonna open those closet doors – just keeping it real folks!
Becca’s side of the bed – the lower part of her nightstand. I styled the top two shelves that would show in my pics but left the bottom and even added to the mess by piling stuff from the top shelves down there. And see that bit peeking out from under the bed? I didn’t take pics of under the bed because lighting just wasn’t good enough but take my word for it – there is a LOT of stuff under there that isn’t supposed to be. When I was doing the shoot and something under the bed was in the shot and I asked Larke to take care of it she shoved it farther under so it didn’t show. Sigh. I’d have done the same so i just shook my head and kept shooting photos.
And the closet. Those Lego creations usually sit on the chest at the foot of the bed. I managed to find room to shove them in the closet with all the stuff my girls had already stashed there. So there you have it. Keeping it real. A bit of the behind-the-scenes of a cleaned-up-room-reveal
And even though their room isn’t always neat and tidy, I’m getting more and more ok with it. We live here. It’s their space. They have fun in it. As long as they clean up enough to get the floor swept now and then I’m good. I do like to see it cleaned up and organized every so often because they play better when it’s not such a huge mess.
Have a wonderful week and remember that we all ‘live real lives’ not just the perfectly styled and organized ones we show in most of our pics!
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