Thursday, January 23, 2014

A Little Change

 Hello, Dear Ones!
During the 80s and 90s I loved to stencil. I had a stencil for everything (actually I still do because I have kept them). I stenciled pillows, purses, clothes, even paper. I had the most wonderful stencil brushes ~ big ones and small ones ~ for all of my jobs.
 I was good! :)
Well, when we bought this house in 1997, I was still in a stenciling mode.
I stenciled a border around my kitchen at the ceiling.
This is a rather blurry snap but you can see the sweet little stencil with the blue dishes.
I loved that stencil and even loaned it out to my friend who stenciled the design on her kitchen walls.
 Like I said ~ I. WAS. A. STENCILER!
So...upstairs in The Grandma Bedroom, as we call it, I took my talent up there too.
 I painted the walls a pretty yellow, climbed up on my ladder with my stencil brushes in hand and dabbed and dabbed away! Oh, I was pleased with myself.
 Roses and roses. When I was finished I stood back and thought, "Why didn't I move the stencil together more instead of leaving that gap?" Oh, well, it was beautiful and my friends said it looked so pretty. It was so pretty that I have never shown it to you because I was ashamed for you to see it!
Ashamed because this type of stenciling is passe'.
Ashamed and afraid you would all point and laugh at it behind my back.
Ashamed that you would all get together and say, what was she thinking?
Ashamed to show it to you because it had stayed up there on The Grandma Bedroom walls for 17 years!
Well, I must say, I decided to rid myself of the ashameness. Is that a word? It is now! ;)
Went to good ole Sherwin Williams and bought some new paint - Biscuit and went to town painting my walls. I was so happy with the results! But wait! The stenciling was bleeding through the paint after two coats! What?
 This was just little old washable craft paint and it's bleeding through my SW most expensive paint?
I was so upset I tell you. I had to go and get some primer and prime all around the walls where the stencil was. Two times!! That stencil was not wanting to let go. Shaming me with every roller swipe and peeping through. Well, finally it was covered and the walls were a solid color - Biscuit.
But I have to tell my mind's eye I can squint just so and see a little trace of that stencil. No, no! I shake my most tiny gorgeous head and say ~ there's nothing there! Whew!
This could be a story for a spooky movie!

So anyway, I'm not ashamed any more to show you my Grandma Bedroom. Her walls are clean. I've tried to declutter in here. It's hard for this is where I sew and I've always got a mess out somewhere.
That's my grandma's old Singer pedal sewing machine under the window. And the bedroom suit belonged to my other grandmother's family and it's pretty olden. I love it.
I'm not a fancy decorator. Don't care too much for modern sleek lines. Love old traditional things with stories and memories. 
Well, all but the memory of that stencil...
it will probably live on to haunt me in my tiny mind. 

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)
I'll leave you a little Note Song ~ 

In the cool of the evening when everything is gettin' kinda groovy
I call you up and ask you if you like to go with me and see a movie
First you say no you got some plans for the night
And then you stop and say alright

Love was kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you

You always keep me guessin'
I never seem to know what you are thinking
And if a fella looks at you
It's for sure your little eye will be a winkin'
I get confused cause I don't know where I stand
And then you smile and hold my hand

Love was kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you
Spooky hey

If you decide someday to stop this little game that you are playin'
I'm gonna tell you all the things my heart's been a dyin' to be sayin'
Just like a ghost you been a hauntin' my dreams
So I propose on Halloween

Love was kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you
Spooky spooky oh alright
I said spooky oh ya ya
~ sung by the Classic IV


  1. I used to stencil too! I loved it. Now stencils are so different...used to cover an entire wall or to put phrases on your wall. I always used a good primer over old stencils, knowing that they'd bleed through...I was an apartment painter, contracted by my landlord. Hugs...

  2. But I love the stencil in the Grandma's Bedroom... Why did you had to cover it ?!?...Few months a go, I read a post on a blog, who was speaking of stencils on the wall and it is said that they are very trendy now. Me, for example, I am trying to find some old wall's stencils and I can't find them anymore. Everyone threw them away.... Anyway, love the bed ! Hugs, Cristina

  3. The stories and memories are what make those things treasures! Love the Grandma room!

  4. No shame in your stenciling! I used to stencil everything too! I'm with you - no modern sleek lines for me. I love your warm comfy looking Grandma room!

  5. I have to laugh because I was a stenciller for many years also. I can't do it anymore because standing on a ladder just kills my legs now. But I've kept all my stencils and now use them for fabric covering my footstools. I just can't seem to part with them and some I paid several hundred dollars for. But they really made my rooms look unique. I ain't as young as I used to be though, sugar. Maybe you understand that!! LOL

  6. I used to stencil too. In fact just a couple of years ago I stencil a damask pattern on a dresser. Funny how trends come and go. Your stenciling was lovely. I am with you, no modern sleek for me. I love traditional and old world.

  7. I adore the biscuit color. Tell you a funny story about something bleeding thru the paint. When John and I first married, we were painting the bedroom dark blue over beige. Being funny, he painted JOHN LOVES MILDRED in blue paint thinking he could cover it up later. You guessed it...if I squinted, I could still see that message!!!!!
    Like you, I prefer olden pieces that have memories etc. attached. You have a beautiful home.
    I remember how popular stencils were. Funny, these days the stick on decals are popular. Just this morn, my friend emailed a photo of her refurbished kitchen with a spoon/fork decal that says, Let's Eat!

  8. Cute post. I can't see any stencil at all. Hugs, Marty

  9. Beautiful room. Love the framed doily. I was a stenciler. My Family room in Michigan was totally stenciled on the top.....and that is something for younger people. Up the ladder....down the ladder...up the ladder....down the more stenciling for me! I still like it tho!!

  10. Funny I was just thinking about stenciling the other day....I too had it in all my rooms. I kind of miss those days, things seemed so much simpler and less complicated. Your grandma room is so pretty and looks like a perfect spot for guests :o)

  11. This brings back lotsa memories for me too!!! And you are so right gals, no more up and down the ladder, its for the young ones now!!! Still have all the stencils packed in a couple boxes, ya never know, cut a lot of them myself too.

    Love the bedroom set too, is that a vanity in the corner??? Love the stool. Sewing needs to be in a separate room of its own, need room to lay it all out and work. I'm with you gals, no sleek or modern for me, love antiques and things with history and memories.

  12. It looks very nice. And I love that big owl pillow in your chair! Enjoy your day my friend!

  13. That stencil finally met it's match in Ms. Note Songs, it fought a good fight but you won out! Love your new biscuit walls, and love your olden sewing machine and your current sewing machine - and your really cool chair pillow!

  14. I know it is sometimes hard to let go of decorating things that we've loved, Shelia. I've done it myself. I used to love those laser cut wallpaper borders and had them in a few rooms in our old house. It took me awhile to take those down because I really did love the way they looked.

  15. Don't you know that stencils are the new big thing this year? Hahahaha! Just kidding! But isn't that the way it usually goes? We'll all be stripping our distressed Annie Sloan painted furniture next.

  16. I loved stenciling and did some myself. I don't still have it because I moved from that house, otherwise it too might have lasted 17 years. Love the new color and decor in the Grandma room! Hugs!!!

  17. Sheila, I stenciled ivy vines on either side of my fireplace and just painted over it last year when I white-washed my fireplace bricks and re-painted my living room. I was really glad the stencils were gone, as most of us would agree here. Like you and many others, I am very traditional and love antique anything...if there are memories connected to it, all the better! But when it comes right down to it, we should all have things in our homes that we personally love, simply because we love it...not just because it is in style or not. I happen to love the look of wallpaper in certain rooms and I for one am glad it is making a comeback...remember the old saying, "everything old is new again" :) By the way, although the Grandma room looks very lovely now, I actually loved the stenciled border too!

  18. Guilty of stenciling in the "olden days"! I had ivy, little houses, and wisteria to name a few all over! Didn't have the internet back then or who knows what all I would have done to my house! Lovely room!

  19. That's too funny about your stencil bleeding through. That look just didn't want to be changed. It's a lot of work to paint and you had to do so many coats that tight to the ceiling. I do have to say it turned out beautiful.

  20. Pickle I could stencil in my sleep to this day ha ha!! everything I had I stenciled and for other peeps I even use to make templates..Girl I have that same bed cover in my granny room..too funny..Oh and the sewing machine also sits at the foot of the bed..Love ya gloria

  21. Stenciling really was the thing then wasn't it! I have a big wooden box in our guest bedroom that I stencilled some 20 years ago - and it is still sitting there quite happily, so don't ever be ashamed of something that you have created. If you like it that is all that matters, and if you change your mind, that is fine too!!! I hope that you are loving the new biscuit colour just as much! xx

  22. LOL!!! You are SO cute and funny!! That stencil was darling, and looks like ALOT of work!!!! ♥♥♥♥♥

  23. That is a very fun story, dear Shelia. I think we all have a stencil skeleton in a closet somewhere that we have not shown...yet.
    Have a super day!

  24. I never stenciled but I love the wallpaper borders and now that is all gone. You did a terrific job on your stenciling and you should never be ashamed. I think we should decorate with what we like and change when we want to. I also like old treasures with wonderful memories.
    Have a great weekend.

  25. Beautiful. Looks like a beautiful room to create in.

  26. For me anything your love is timeless.

  27. I just love that song" Spooky." Didn't the same band record "Stormy?"
    Lorraine in cold New York

  28. LOL- Oh, I was a stenciler, too, Shelia! I stenciled furniture and walls and boards and projects. I finally got rid of most of my "country" stencils (think bunnies and geese) lol I love your new room. It does NOT look like a Granny Room now! Great job- xo Diana

  29. Your Grandma room is beautiful!! And the stencil was beautiful. I can see that many of us were serial stencilers in the 80's! I stenciled anything that didn't move! I will tell you that I always sanded down my stencils to almost oblivion before I painted over them. That seemed to work.


  30. I did that same rose stencil in our home in Seattle back in the early 90's. I was so sad to leave it behind when the Army relocated us. LOL Loved that look! Your Grandma's room is beautiful. What a great space to relax and do a little sewing.

  31. It looks wonderful, Shelia. And, I like traditional, too. I love living with memories.

  32. I was a stenciling queen myself! In the MBR of our last house I had done a border of wisteria all around the ceiling. I was so proud of myself, all that shading and layering of the colors -- I thought it was a masterpiece. Then we started trying to sell the house. Finally I threw in the towel and painted over it, and I ran into the same problem. It took two or three coats of Kilz and heaven only knows how many coats of paint. I think I cried. I need to find some photos. I like Grandma your room, too. It is fun to do sewing in a room where you have lots of memorabilia around, for me especially because my mother was so good at it.

  33. This is enchanting. What a glorious place to rest one's head! Lovely work, my dear!

  34. I used to love to stencil too, in face I still do, the most recent was above the floor moldings in the kitchen. It is a simple flourish in white to add to the impact of the molding, very subtle. I also like doing it in gold on ceilings. But I keep it simple now and don't do colors. Keep your stencils though because like all thing they will eventually come back!

  35. Why on earth would you be ashamed, my friend? I love that stencil. It makes me happy just to look at it.
    Do you like the new look better? I truly love them both.



  36. Shelia, thank for visiting my blog and thanks for the fun time here. I have a confession, that I've yet to see anyone else confess! Guilty of not passing stencil painting! Well, I was sure going to give it a try and when I did (fabric, not wall) it was a horrible mess. Talk about was late '80s...those napkins never survived!

  37. I never stenciled but had a friend that did. I remember in the late 80's watching her do her living room one day and thinking how pretty it was. It's funny how different things come and go. Your roses were very pretty too! I have an old sewing machine just like yours too. It belonged to a family member in the early 1900's.

    1. I know, things come in fashion and then go out and then come back! :) Thanks for popping in to see me.
      Be a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

  38. I's admitting I was not very good at stencil painting! You sure were! I love your Grandma room, it's just beautiful! OH, your Spooky song sure brings back some memories!

  39. Shelia, You should be proud of your stenciling. I have nothing to show for my time. That was a lot of hard work. Glad you did make pictures and shared with us.

  40. Shelia,
    I adore that whatever you do, dear friend, you do with a passion!!!
    I didn't stencil...but I made up for that by adhereing wall paper borders e v e r y w h e r e!!!
    Ha! Ha! Ha! What WERE we thinking???
    Decor changes and sometimes I go with the flow, other times I balk!!!
    One thing remains...I love keeping our home and hope it reflects those of us who reside within its walls!!!

  41. I love the color of your 'new' room! I never did any stenciling - but I bought stencils and had big plans. Life never let me stop long enough in those days to add such pretty touches to my home. It's an experience I missed, for sure!

  42. I stencilled in the olden days, too! Wow, that's a lot of coats of paint!

  43. I KNOW the feeling! The difference is that I moved and left my stencils behind. I thought you did a great job. It's funny how our homes move along with the fashion to some degree and yet stay the same in other ways.
    My children come and feel right at home because things have changed..and yet they have not. I love that it's home to them and I bet your children are the same way.
    Whether it's in fashion or not..I have every intention of wall papering our hallway...very, very soon. Well..I won't do it..but I have a wallpaperer that has always done it for me since I got...a ..little...older. :)
    Sending you a hug,Shelia!

  44. So pretty and fresh Sheila. I admit I am still the stencil queen, not so much on the walls though, just on stuff LOL!

  45. Nothing wrong with your stenciled walls. But the new looks lovely too. (Remember a product called Kilz it covers up that unwanted stuff). We have paneling upstairs. It has been there since we built our house in the 70s. I am so sick of it. We are planning to remodel up there this year, wood floors and paintable walls. That paneling is my wall of shame LOL

  46. Well, I think your stenciling was beautiful! I also did several rooms and I also had a terrible time covering up that craft paint. It was like the stenciling just didn't want to leave. LOL


  47. I remember when I was in a stenciling mode one! And then the sponging mode! Remember all the sponge techniques you could do? Still have one room that I LOVED the outcome of the sponge tech. and cannot bring myself to rid of it! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  48. Hi Sheila, Your grandma room is so pretty with or without the stencil. I loved that stencil and have that one too. I did plenty of the same as borders in rooms, kitchens and more. I also have my grandmother's singer sewing machine and treasure it on display in our home too. Love seeing yours in your pretty room. I know how hard it is to cover over water based acrylic. It doesn't want to go away easy as you discovered. I still love to stencil, but on objects, not on the walls. Your piece over the bed is gorgeous!
    Have a blessed day.

  49. Just in CASE you ever have to cover another stencil, or a stain or whatever, get some "KILZ". it covers up most everything and won't allow it to bleed through. Your Biscuit color os SO pretty!!!


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