Reader Redesign: Pattern Perfection

When one of our favorite paint prodigies sent over photos of her recent transformation we couldn’t wait to share them. Here’s her letter:

Hi guys! I just wanted to send you this recent project I did because I thought the colors and style screamed “Young House Love.” I came up with the pattern and design on my own- then I made a custom stencil to achieve the pattern. I was really happy with the end result (which looks like wallpaper, but with WAY less hassle!). Hope you like it! – Kristen

Here’s the room before Kristen worked her magic:

And here’s the room after Kristen’s amazing paint project:

Didn’t she do a fantastic job? We love everything from the subtle tone on tone treatment to the sophisticated and classic pattern (which Kristen designed herself). Oh and don’t forget to drop in on her amazing blog to check out a ton of other paint projects that she whips up on the regular. So inspiring! What do you guys think? Anyone itching to tackle something like this to achieve the look of wallpaper without the hassle? Do tell.


  1. says

    This looks great! We just spent a “bit” of money on Candice Olson wallpaper that I put in myself but this looks as good or better for a huge price difference!

  2. Alexis says

    I’d love to know how Kristen made her stencil, if she is willing to share – or a template would be awesome!

    This is exactly what I plan to do in our bedroom next month – only with white on white wide stripes since a stencils seems hard to work with. I have been dreaming about an all white bedroom for years!

  3. Melissa says

    This is jaw dropingly amazing. But her blog doesn’t say how she achieved this. Since this place is all about DIY, how about a tutorial? Thanks!!!

  4. Misty says

    nice! I so want to do this to my Son’s room when he is old enough for his “big boy” room. swoon!

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