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Friday, October 21, 2011

Stenciling ideas {DIY}
Today, I would like to share past, and perhaps future stenciling ideas and stenciling projects by Debbiedoo's and more.
Do you remember let's say back in the 80's when stenciling was all the rage? 
 Well guess what, times have not changed~! Some people think it is outdated or they are not used anymore.
 I am hear to tell you, I am a proud stenciler.  I was then, and I still am.
In fact, I was just in some gorgeous model homes and there was stenciling jobs everywhere!
{I loved the 80's, loved big hair, big hoops... and still do}
Last year, I tried my hand at stenciling after quite sometime off, like years of not stenciling.

I started with my creative high on the stairs.

Til this day, it is still a project I love.  I also receive many compliments on it.

I then went on to furniture...
there are so many unique stencils out there too.

I do believe this was the first time I ever did furniture....

I also stenciled some fabric this year...and made some cute kitchen pillows...

Of course I did some DIY art work ....

Just to feature a few....
Believe me, I have done my share of stenciling this year.

I even did a bamboo mat...

As you can see, stenciling is a very versatile project....

I found some inspiration on the web as well.
I would love to try this in our bathroom, but not sure if Mr. Mike would allow it...

It really is just this easy to do....

WOW, I actually have this very same light...
lightbulb moment here...

Nice alternative to a medallion.

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Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I have been thinking about stenciling the powder room, but not sure. The toilet will have to be moved, but I want some things changed in there anyway. Got to get the mister to get through with his car and help me in the powder room. You have done a lot of nice stenciling projects and I can see the wheels turning on doing the ceiling like the one around that same light fixture.

October 20, 2011 at 6:12 PM  
Blogger Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I've stenciled before, and I'll stencil again. Done just right, it's still one of the best ways to add pazazz.

October 20, 2011 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Oh wow, I love the photo of the stenciling on the ceiling. That would look great in your house.

I haven't stenciled since the early 90s. I keep seeing stenciled walls everywhere, but I don't know if it's right for my house.

October 20, 2011 at 6:22 PM  
Blogger mtashie said...

I love it and I was stenciling in the 80's as well. Don't even get me started! Oh...the pillows for the kitchen are to die for!! LOVE THEM!

October 20, 2011 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

I have stenciled before on the walls and ceiling. I only have a little left on the ceiling in my master bedroom though. The others have since been painted over. I think it's a great alternative to wallpaper! Your stencil designs on your furniture look very pretty.

October 20, 2011 at 6:30 PM  
Blogger Gypsy Heart said...

I'm with you ~ I still like it! You've done some great stenciling and I love the walls that I've seen. The ceiling pic is beautiful ~ much more unique than a medallion, right?

Thanks for sharing!

October 20, 2011 at 6:34 PM  
Blogger Sonny G said...

I like stencils in small amounts and done in a subtle manner. I too like it on the ceiling, just in softer tones.

October 20, 2011 at 6:36 PM  
Blogger laxsupermom said...

Love stencils. I often make my own, but have been thinking about ordering one of the big pattern wall stencils for my foyer. Great projects & beautiful images! Thanks for sharing.

October 20, 2011 at 6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did stencil,, I stenciled my 18 x 20 foot family room floor, it was beautiful.We stenciled itwith a beautiufl ivy pattern then gave 4 coats of a acyrilic floor coat,, still looked great after twenty years!I loved to stencil,, you did some great projects,, they look great that medalion idea is just amazing,, I'm in for that one!

October 20, 2011 at 7:04 PM  
Blogger Anonymous said...

Debbie, if you want to stencil the wall, you do what my mom does. Wait until your husband is out of town for a few days. Then that will give you time to yourself to do it! Dad always says he never knows what house he will return to because he knows we have planned something we haven't told him about!

I've never understood why people hate stencils. Maybe like you said because back in the day, there were so many hearts and country ones. In the right design, they are beautiful. When shopping over the past few months, I've noticed more people are buying them, so I guess the trend is picking up again. I'd love to stencil in at least one of our bathrooms, but haven't committed to a pattern yet.

October 20, 2011 at 7:05 PM  
Blogger At The Picket Fence said...

LOVE your stairs Debbie, not sure how I missed those. I'm going to try and talk Bama Boy into letting me stencils ours. I also want to stencil our floor or do some type of pattern on it. Thanks for sharing all the stencil eye candy!


October 20, 2011 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger NanaDiana said...

I used to do a lot of stenciling...and I was even stenciling chalkboards back in the 80's and selling them at Christmas Bazaars...and then I kind of got away from it. I LOVVVVE that ceiling medallion. You GOTTA do that one! xo Diana

October 20, 2011 at 7:31 PM  
Blogger Sheets on the line, love in my heart. said...

wonderful work!! love the pillow! wow!

October 20, 2011 at 7:31 PM  
Blogger Old Time Cindy said...

Like your stairs...very attractive! I stencil. I think it's a quick and easy way to create a new look.

October 20, 2011 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Debbie, I've never done any stenciling, but sure am impressed with your projects. Someday I plan to give this a try on some fabric. ;-)

October 20, 2011 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger Lizabeth said...

Wow Debbie I am impressed with how many projects you've done and they are all great! Love those stairs! I don't remember seeing them before- you must have more than one set of steps in there! I did a little bit of stenciling but not a lot. I have a brush that's flat that I dabbed on the paint then on a paper plate and the stomped over top of the stencil. I've never seen it done with a roller!
Well, we can all guess what you are up to in the head of yours now!! :-)

October 20, 2011 at 7:49 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

Hi Deb,
I've been thinking of stenciling on fabric, but haven't given it a try yet. I love the pillows you did.

October 20, 2011 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger Kathy Owen, Petticoat Junktion said...

Hi Debbie, I love to stencil. I just stenciled a table top today! If the project is finished I hope to share it on your party next week. I really love your colorful stenciling on the table with the globe.

October 20, 2011 at 8:56 PM  
Blogger Maureen Wyatt said...

My plan for this evening was to try stencilling a dresser. I guess this post confirms the plan!

October 20, 2011 at 9:01 PM  
Blogger Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Hi Debbie! I love stencils done right. I have random bronze scrolls and acanthus leaves stenciled on the dining room walls. Copied it from a showhome...LOL!

October 20, 2011 at 9:36 PM  
Blogger Jemsmom said...

I stenciled some t-shirts in the 80's but nothing lately. I do love all the projects you have done with the stairs and the recipe art as two of my all time favorites!

October 20, 2011 at 9:45 PM  
Blogger Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I stenciled some kitchen towels. But I have always wanted to do a wall. Sort of like the shot you have by the stairs. A tone on tone sort of thing. I like the idea of it as a medallion. It looks really pretty with that light.

October 20, 2011 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

I was thinking about stenciling our dining room walls with a big and outrageous pattern!

October 20, 2011 at 10:46 PM  
Blogger camp and cottage living said...

You've really done some nice pieces. My favorite is the kitchen measurements on the pillow and the frame. I wish I had room for something like this in my home.

October 20, 2011 at 10:55 PM  
Blogger Something Nice and Pretty said...

Wonderful pictures Deb, love the steps too! Oh, I liked you on FB!

October 20, 2011 at 11:17 PM  
Blogger AntiqueChase said...

Love your stenciling! I just posted today showing a stencil I did on an antique bread board with a German Grain sack stencil... come check it out if you have time

October 20, 2011 at 11:28 PM  
Blogger michele said...

i have been stenciling since it was very uncool!

come visit anytime--and hope you will enter my shabby chic giveaway:



October 21, 2011 at 12:04 AM  
Blogger Sweet Tea said...

I have not stenciled in a very long time.
Love your stenciled furniture and pillows, heck, I loved everything you showed us. you're invited to come to my house and stencil anytime you want!

October 21, 2011 at 12:16 AM  
Blogger Rhissanna said...

I'm just about to do my first stenciling in the Steampunk Study, above the frieze. Thank you for the link to helpful tips, I really need some help!

October 21, 2011 at 12:27 AM  
Blogger weissbunt said...

Thanks for sharing these cool stenciling ideas. I really should browse the Internet for some nicer stencils, the ones available around here are far too common to be fun ;-). Have a grat day - maks :-)

October 21, 2011 at 2:05 AM  
Blogger Terriea Kwong said...

I also did stencil on the corners of my wooden dining table in the 80's. The "pens" are still with me. You reminded me I'll take out to do again on a door.

October 21, 2011 at 4:55 AM  
Blogger Gail said...

I have always loved stenciling and just recently stenciled a top border in our bedroom! Great stenciling projects.

October 21, 2011 at 5:07 AM  
Blogger linda said...

i love it all everywhere i look they are useing wallpaper now i like the stencle better hummmmm what can i stencle

October 21, 2011 at 6:14 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

You are the stencil queen, I say go for it. And look at the background on your blog, looks stenciled too!

October 21, 2011 at 6:43 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

Debbie, I was another one who stenciled all the time in the 80s. I haven't done it in years, either.

I love all of your handiwork, but the thing that really jazzed me the most in this one was the framed stenciled burlap.

October 21, 2011 at 6:55 AM  
Blogger DIYbyDesign said...

I love stenciling. I've stenciled many things. I did one wall in my daughter's room. It took hours, but the end result was worth it.

October 21, 2011 at 7:46 AM  
Blogger Maria Elena said...

Debbie, I love, love, love stenciling!!! I didn't do it for a long time either and now it seems I can't stop! LOL
I would love to do the medallion on the ceiling but I don't know if I am brave enough to do that, not after what I went through with the dinning room walls! LOL
Thank you for sharing all these wonderful stencil projects!

October 21, 2011 at 8:01 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Debbie, love your stenciling on the stairs and the front of the dresser - I have been playing with this idea. Such cute ideas.

October 21, 2011 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger LBP said...

I loved the 80's stenciling! Back in the day I had a stenciled farm table and hoosier cabinet. I haven't stenciled anything in a long time! Your's looks great!



October 21, 2011 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Yvonne@StyleBurb said...

I had to take a deep breath when I saw the stenciling on the ceiling around the light- gorgeous!

Your stenciling projects are so fabulous, Debbie, and I'm thinking about trying out the technique in a couple of areas in my house.

BTW, I loved the '80s as well. My motto was "the bigger the hair, the smaller the hips"!

October 21, 2011 at 9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love stenciling! It is so much fun! Recently, I tried to find some at Michaels and they were discontinuing them. I was so surprised. I especially love the fabric items! You've given me some great ideas! I'm thinking about stenciling my powder room now.

October 21, 2011 at 11:03 AM  
Blogger Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

I love stenciling! Here in Jersey we never stopped stenciling. lol
I really like all your projects and your stairs are fantastic.


October 21, 2011 at 12:11 PM  
Blogger Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

Your stencil projects are awesome. I tried one project, but it was a complete failure. Will have to try it again!

October 21, 2011 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

I love the stair risers and the furniture! Well done!

I stenciled walls in our first house, but haven't since. I may have to try it again after seeing your work.

Have a great weekend!

October 21, 2011 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger Grammy Goodwill said...

I tried to stencil once years ago. Failed. I haven't tried it since. The closest I came was stamping an image. Failed. I'm not kidding when I say I need the remedial tutorials.

October 21, 2011 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger ~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Thanks for the link! I have never stenciled but I love the effect! Enjoy your weekend! ♥

October 21, 2011 at 7:09 PM  
Blogger Howsewears said...

You might like a few things on my blog. LOVE stenciling!

October 21, 2011 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger Farah said...

For paint and stenciling I never see any match to Debb... really I mean it... you reall always done a great job... All your work is inspiring and as I am going to construct my home so I am very very much interested in stenciling ...
You are an inspiration Debb...
Happy if you come to see me at
with love from

October 22, 2011 at 5:48 AM  
Blogger People Who Know Me Would Say: said...

I haven't stenciled since the 80's! Debbie, did you buy the recipe stencil you used on the pillow ready-made or did you make it yourself? If it was ready-made, could you please tell me the source? I love the idea.

October 22, 2011 at 6:10 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Wow wee, you read my mind, I just got my stencil in the mail yesterday!!!!! I can't wait to try it out next week in the new master bath....can't wait to show you!!!!

October 22, 2011 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

You are a stenciling pro! I love all of these ideas!

October 23, 2011 at 12:10 PM  
Blogger Twice Nice said...

I love all your examples, and you gave me some real inspiration for some pieces I wasn't quite sure what to do with! Deb

October 23, 2011 at 4:31 PM  

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