A Work In Progress

As most of my projects start, this project began as the result of my cheapness. When we moved into our new house I was very excited to do something a little crazy in the dining room. With the paneling covering over half of the walls, wallpapering would be a lot less expensive. And I have seen some great wallpapers lately:

Graham and Brown "Darcy"

The Wallpaper Company

Graham and Brown "Dazzle"

Brewster's Madison Florals Collection

The Wallpaper Company

Graham and Brown "Grace"

Seabrook's Southampton Collection

Graham and Brown "Exotic"

But then I found and fell in love with Silvergate from Farrow and Ball.

I LOVE this room, too, from the 2008 Country Living House of the Year

There were no prices listed on their site, which should have been a warning. So I googled "Farrow and Ball wallpaper prices," and found out that I was looking at several hundred dollars. Wow. But after looking at some more affordable options I knew I wouldn't be as happy with anything other than the Silvergate paper. (If you're in the market for wallpaper, check out Sherwin Williams and Home Depot. There are some great papers starting at $15 a roll.)

So......I decided to paint the Silvergate pattern on my walls, enlarged, of course to save time and my sanity. I found a few photos of the pattern online, enlarged them a little, and tried to piece the pattern together. I would have liked to use an overhead to get a pefect pattern on the walls, but even on craigslist the cheapest overhead I could find was $50, a little out of my budget. (I told you I'm cheap!) So I started sketching the pattern free-hand and then filling it in with paint. This is where I am right now:

Eventually, the whole wall and all the other walls will be filled in with the pattern. I will post updates as I go, but I'm working on it when the mood strikes me, so it may be a while before I'm completely finished.


Blue Creek Home said... Best Blogger Tips

You are just too creative and talented too!


Karyn @ Candarbry Garden said... Best Blogger Tips

Hello, my name is Karyn and I loved all three of your ideas. I was looking at blogs listed in the Inspired Room- it looks like you are fairly new in the blog game. Keep up the great work, your home is lovely, and your husband is surely proud. I can hear him inviting people over to see what his clever wife did this week! I am going to follow you so I can see what you are up to next! Happy home making...

cfaif said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW!!! This looks GREAT!! Your dining room is beautiful to begin with, but the pattern you are painting is just so fantastic!! Such a great idea to make your home unique!!

Tammy said... Best Blogger Tips

What a beautiful dining room! I am not so creative that I would have even THOUGHT to paint a wallpaper design! AND I am not talented enough to even pull off the thought. LOL!

Tammy S from HP

Debbie said... Best Blogger Tips

Brit, I love your "wallpaper" even more than the original! It looks beautiful!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said... Best Blogger Tips

I am so impressed! It's gorgeous. I can't wait to see how it all turns out.

Thanks for your e-mail, Britt. Congrats on your lovely new blog. Looks like you're off to a great start! Nice of you to add Hooked on Houses to your blogroll--I appreciate it. :-)

britt said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you! Sometimes I think I may be a little too close to my ideas and that if I stepped back to look I might see how crazy I am. It's nice to get some positive feedback. :)

Jen said... Best Blogger Tips

This is wonderful! I can't wait to see the finished product!

Julia said... Best Blogger Tips

That is so pretty!

Richella said... Best Blogger Tips

You're doing this FREEHAND? I am so impressed! Good for you!

Gwen said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, that looks so stunning and my hat is off to you in the money saving department!

Becky said... Best Blogger Tips

That is amazing! I did a tree on my dining room wall and I love it. Totally love it. My home is more whimsical than serious. This is amazing! Really!

Do you have any teacher friends? They may be able to let you borrow an overhead. Although, it really does not look like you need it. You are doing a remarkable job. I can't wait to see the end result.

Design Cracker said... Best Blogger Tips

A woman after my own heart. Way to go. You are unstoppable. I love just love what youre doing. Awesome.

The DIY Show Off said... Best Blogger Tips

You're amazing - that is STUNNING!

Gloria Fox said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow...I commend you for your patience in doing this...I would never have the patience for it. It is beautiful though.

MamaBear91 said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful work! You have real talent! Can't wait to see the finished result.

~Country Lady~ said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm so intrigued by this project. You are really talented and patient to be able to do this freehand. WOW!

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