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Royal Design Stencil Review!

Top of the mornin’ to ya!

I’m excited to FINALLY show you a finished project today… one of the things I’ve been slaving away at in the evenings when Nick is away at work.

Based on my love of stenciling, you can imagine my excitement when Royal Design Studios offered to send me one of their stencils FOR FREE to review! Pure awesomeness! I got to choose any stencil from their wide selection. I knew I wanted an ‘all over stencil’, and when I saw this circle lattice design… I knew it was THE ONE.

Royal Design Studios Stencil

THEN… a couple days later, I was looking at my pins on my Pinterest Boards and noticed that I had pinned projects with this same design not once but TWICE! (here and here)… guess I’ve been subconsciously loving this pattern all along! It was meant to be.

I knew just where I wanted to use this pattern too… you see our stairs and hallway are so. very. BEIGE.


So I decided to stencil this wall at the top of the stairs to add some texture (both when walking up the stairs, AND toward the stairs from the upstairs bedrooms).


I started by painting this wall white.


And then whipped out my sweet stencil!


Royal Design Studios provides great instructions, tutorials, and how-to videos on their website… so you JUST CAN’T GO WRONG!

hallway stencil

I have to admit… this whole job took a lot longer than I planned on, because I’m such a perfectionist. I ended up doing some touch-ups (which you’ll have with any painting job), but the more I ‘touched-up’ the more KEPT TOUCHING UP! I needed to just walk away because unless your nose was 6 inches from the wall, you wouldn’t even notice the little things *I* was noticing.


But I absolutely LOVE the finished product. It was so totally worth the time put into it!


And it adds such a pop of interest and texture in what’s arguably the most boring and BLAH part of our whole house. I have plans for curtains and a chandelier up next… SO EXCITED!


Here’s the view from upstairs:


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hallway before and after

You guys… the best news YET? Royal Design Studios has agreed to do a GIVEAWAY for our readers. Stay tuned for that one week from today!

I was not paid for this review, only provided with their product to try out for myself ! All opinions are 1000% my own !


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  • Kenz @ Interiors By Kenz

    LOVE that pattern!

  • Dharma

    I love this :) So worth the effort (which I can say because I am a stencil-chicken so far….but you are inspiring me big time :)

  • MamideRay

    it looks darn good! Nice job!

  • Niki Weaver

    LOVE it! This is one of my favorites of your projects which is saying a lot. Great choice on the pattern. Makes me wish we had a boring stairwell wall of our own to jazz up. Just amazing!

  • Jen

    That looks sweet! Totally makes that space better.

  • Heather P.

    Wow! Turned out totally gorgeous! :)

  • Anonymous

    Hi There! Any advice/hints tips you can give on the process? I just ordered this stencil last week coincidently! Did you use flat/gloss paint? How long did it take? How did you do the corners, sides…. did you cut the stencil? THANKS!

    • Beth @ Sawdust and Embryos

      It seemed like it took FOREVER because I just worked on it a little here and there, but the actual time spent stenciling was probably 2-3 hours. As far as corners and along the ceiling, I just rolled as close as I possibly could (leaving about an inch unpainted) and then free-handed the rest. I never cut the stencil… you shouldn’t have to either. The Royal Designs website has lost of tutorials as well. I encourage you to check it out. I used flat gray paint… just because it’s what I had on hand. I don’t think the paint finish matters at all.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks so much for the info!

  • Anonymous

    I just love this, see you could come to NY, sight see, fix all my wish list and I’ll babysit! win-win. Right? Mary in NY

    • Beth @ Sawdust and Embryos

      Mary! If you weren’t so far away, you’d have a deal!
      Be safe during this crazy storm!

  • Renee

    It is beautiful! I absolutely love it! I need to do this somewhere in my house but I am just not as brave as you. I would mess it up somehow! Thanks for sharing!

  • Nicole

    SO gorgeous!!! Can’t wait to see what you do with the chandelier :)

  • Anonymous

    Looks fabulous! Well done.

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  • Bonnie

    looks great! I have this stencil and will tackle in the next day or so. Question: how did you do the border of the wall (top, sides)? In the first picture, there is the gap of white, but at the end the pattern is going “off the wall”…help..?!

    • Bethany @ Sawdust and Embryos

      Bonnie, the corners were tricky… I’m not going to lie! I just folded the stencil into the corner and got my brush in as far as I could. Then I just did a lot of couch-ups and ‘eyeing’ it to finish it all the way to the corner. It’s not perfect… but nothing I do is! :)

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