Every now and again, I will get VERY excited about a stencil design. This is one of them (read on.....). I am still in the midst of redecorating my living room which is coming together rather nicely, but I had this trunk that needed dealing with.
It is made out of chipboard with a foam pad on the lid, and there is nothing remotely exciting about it, but it is excellent for storage which I desperately need, so something had to be done with it. I bought some blue velvet which I decided to stencil with the same blue/black colour I've painted the walls with. I was hovering between two stencils from the fabulous new vintage range: VN140 Dragons, which is a rather fab dragon silhouette, and VN160 Octopus. As soon as the Octopus stencil was designed, I thought it was fabulous and quite art deco. I have always had an idea to do him on a dark wall in a darker colour so that it is quite muted. The pattern would look quite abstract and swirly at first, but when you looked closely, you would realise that it is a whole collective of octopuses. That will have to wait, but in the meantime, I decided to use him on my fabric.
There is just something about him. I've called him "Ned" because he looks like a Ned to me for some reason.
All in all, it was very quick to do. I had 3 metres (about 10 feet) of fabric to stencil which took about 2-3 hours. It is just attached to the trunk with a staple gun so won't win any upholstery prizes, but you can't see that. That only took about 30 minutes so the whole project took at most, an afternoon.
I'm pleased with how my living room is turning out. I have hit a slight problem in that I don't have a sofa organised for it yet (I'm looking for an old one). So I won't show you the results just yet. I am about to start phase two (the dining room end of the room) in the meantime so may just wait and show you the results all at once.
I hope you like Ned as much as I do.