If you missed, it read the first part: BCH Dining Room Series: Part I
When I started working on the stencil in the dining room, I thought it would be on all of the walls. However, it took longer than I had anticipated. Also, there are only three walls in the room - one side is completely open to the foyer with two columns providing a visual separation. A third wall has a large double door opening into G-Man’s study. I decided that I liked the look on one wall, allowing it to become the feature wall.
Before I started the stencil, I did a subtle strie’ on the wall
It adds more texture to the finished wall.
I used a large production size damask stencil
First, I did a darker gray blue through the stencil
On the next application around the room,
I used several lighter shades and offset the stencil
1/4” to the left of the dark gray, creating a drop shadow.
I purchased most of our light fixtures and ceiling fans from a local lighting store that had filed bankruptcy and was going out of business. They were accepting ridiculously low offers on everything. They still had a lot of stock left – I had sooo much fun and it saved us a lot of money. I hung out there so often they knew me by name. When they saw that I was buying fixtures for a new house, they let me go into the warehouse and go through boxes. Loved that!
I loved the shape of the fixture and it was the perfect size.
The original finish (baked on high gloss beige) wasn’t great and had to be changed.
I gold leafed and aged the decorative elements,
fauxed the arms and body in a dark, slightly metallic finish,
and drilled holes to add vintage drop crystals and swags.
I am half way finishing it to match the fixture,
but I am thinking I might rather paint it to match the ceiling
I am busy with a couple of sewing projects and some accessories are about to get new finishes. Be back soon with Part III.