Beautiful Birch Trees & A Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed!  Thanks!
For a long time now I’ve complained about how boring my bedroom is!  Just the decorating people…
And how it’s the place that collects everything from all the piles of laundry that need putting away, to all the craft stuff that has no home, to all the toys and dirty clothes the kids (and husband) leave around.
Why is it that my room has this effect?  Gah.
But, one of my Home Goals for this year is to tackle my room.
Make it beautiful.
Make it ours.
Make it a retreat.
One of the main projects I wanted to complete, was to create a feature wall of some kind behind our bed.
I had tossed around the idea of doing wainscotting, or a gallery wall or wallpaper.
I had also seen images scattered around the internet of walls covered in birch trees, and I was smitten with them!
I’m an earthy elements kind of gal so I was immediately drawn to their gorgeousness!
Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I grew up surrounded by birch trees.  Love.
But I never thought much of them again because I thought it would be too hard…so I just forgot about the idea…
…until Cutting Edge Stencils contacted me about using one of their stencils.
I had a look at all of their fabulous stencils, and lo and behold there was a birch stencil!
‘Cue angel music… ahhhhhhhhhhh’
So I absolutely agreed to try it out and give a tutorial on how we applied it, as well as our honest opinion of the stencil.
I’ll just say off the bat that we LOVE our feature wall.  LOVE LOVE LOVE.
It is gorgeous and well worth the effort!
So here goes…a little glimpse into our stenciling efforts.

I have to fully disclose here that I did not put forth any effort of my own.
Yes the hubby did it all.  I sat and watched.  Made him some lunch.  Kept the kids out of the room.
I am not ashamed.  😉
But in all honesty, for us, it really is a one-person job.  Don’t need 2 cooks in the kitchen, know what I’m saying?
First order of business…I chose the Birch Forest All Over Stencil.
Check.

Then we made sure we had a clean, smooth, dust free work space.
Got our supplies together:
1 mini dense foam roller & paint tray.
1 foam brush for touch ups.
1 can of white, semi-gloss paint.
Painters cutting tape.

Cutting Edge Stencils supplies you with a level that attaches to the stencil.
This is genius!
It makes lining up the stencil as you go, so easy!
Once the stencil was level, we applied the painters tape to secure the stencil to the wall and got down to business!

Apply husband (or whomever should you choose).
Apply paint.
We found that the roller should not be drippy with paint at all.  At all.
Even strokes with a non drippy roller is the way to go.
Gentle roll.  Gentle roll.  Until you have even paint coverage.

Remove the stencil, then start on the next section.
Making sure to line up the stencil using the markers assigned to keep things even.  
You will see these markers on the stencil. 

Just keep rolling, swimming, swimming…
Encourage.  Clap.  Whatever it takes to get this thing done before dinner time.  
Just sayin’.

What we learned:
–  This is a doable project.  I would even say it is easy!
–  Don’t have too much paint on your roller.
–  Don’t rush.
–  Have good lighting so all the paint is applied evenly.
–  The end result is AMAZING!

Would we do it again?  Heck ya.
If you would like a more in depth tutorial on how to apply stencils, check out their video…

So let’s have a look at the BEFORE shall we…

And now the AFTERS…

I’m in love.  Truly.
I love this feature wall SO much.
It has completely changed the look and feel of our room!
Every time I walk in our room I smile at it.
Now I’m on a mad hunt for the perfect bedding and lamps…

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Now for the best part?  It’s time for a giveaway don’t you think?!
Cutting Edge Stencils is graciously offering one stencil up to $50 for one winner!  Whoot! 

Ok, ready?!

~ Here’s How to Enter! ~
If you like, please follow me here, or on facebook or on twitter!
I like friends! 😉

Mandatory Entry:
Go visit Cutting Edge Stencils
then come back and leave a comment in this post on my blog, letting me know
what stencil you would love to use in your home!


(And please make sure to leave an e-mail address (don’t be a no reply blogger!) 
I need to be able to get in contact with you if you win!)
~ Bonus Entry! ~
Like Cutting Edge Stencils on their Facebook page.
Then come back here and leave a comment letting me know that you did.

~ Good Luck! ~
This giveaway closes on Tuesday, January 24 at 9:00PM (MST) is now closed.
This giveaway is open to the United States and Canada.

I linked up this tutorial to I Heart Naptime

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116 Comments

  • Reply my honest answer January 17, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Oh wow, I wasn’t sure at first, but the finished job looks great! I actually thought it was wallpaper to begin with.

  • Reply North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard January 17, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Jo-Anna, lovely job your husband did with the stenciling … so clean with lots of flair. Yes I did like the Cutting Edge Stencils, as it is something I think a couple people I know might like to also know about. You should be able to sleep soundly amongest the soft whispher of branches gently blowing in the wind …

  • Reply CherryMakeUp January 17, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    That looks amazing!!
    I would love to enter your competition but I´m in Germany! 🙁

  • Reply Kendra January 17, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    That is STUNNING! I love it!

  • Reply Jenn January 17, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    That turned out awesome!! It is hard to choose but one of my favorites it Out of the box!

  • Reply showers January 17, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Japanese Maple Branch! I liked you on FB!

  • Reply showers January 17, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    I liked cutting edge stencils on FB too!

  • Reply Amber - Binkertation January 17, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Ooooh I’m swooning over all of them, but love the Connection and Marrakesh allover stencils best.

    I also ‘liked’ Cutting Edge stencils on FB and follow you already 🙂

  • Reply Donna January 17, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    I love the bamboo all over stencil.

  • Reply Donna January 17, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    I like them on FB.

  • Reply Heather January 17, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Your wall turned out beautifully! I love the damask stencils…would love to do one in my daughter’s room.

  • Reply Heather January 17, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    I am a fan of Cutting Edge Stencils on FB 🙂

  • Reply athome Meg January 17, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    WOW – so hard to pick, but I love the idea of doing the wall behind our bed so the first one that caught my eye was the Hand Forged Allover Stencil. I will definitely go back and look more thoroughly at their entire site.

  • Reply Anna January 17, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    I love the birch! We moved about 6months ago and have a huge blank wall in our bedroom…that might be just what we need!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Reply Anna January 17, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    I just “liked” Cutting Edge Stencils on Facebook!
    Thanks!

  • Reply Kacey January 17, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Your trees look lovely!

    I have a little wall I’d like to jazz up…maybe with the Anna Damask stencil? There are so many great patterns.

  • Reply Donna @ Snowbound January 17, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    I’ve been thinking about that birch lately as well after seeing it somewhere. Thanks. I also like the Lily Scroll.

  • Reply Donna @ Snowbound January 17, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    I liked them on Facebook as well.

  • Reply GariAnn January 17, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Wow this is amazing… I have a home goal to reinvent our master bedroom (which infact is just a blank slate because we worked on our 3boys rooms first) this year & these stencils are the key to creating our personal sanctuary!! I’m over the moon with the Spring Songbirds but the large Tree & Birds is running a close second… Thanks for offering such a great giveaway!! Also I have them liked on my FB!!

  • Reply Simba's Mom a.k.a. Sonali January 17, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Thank you for hosting the giveaway. I would LOVE their Kerri damask stencil.

  • Reply Simba's Mom a.k.a. Sonali January 17, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    I like cutting edge stencils on fb!

  • Reply natashadevries@quadro.net January 17, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    I like you on Facebook!

  • Reply natashadevries@quadro.net January 17, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    I like the “paisley allover” stencil!!!!!

  • Reply Elizabeth January 17, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    I love the Zagora all-over stencil, so pretty!

  • Reply Elizabeth January 17, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Liked on FB!

    ekparisi at yahoo dot com

  • Reply mrsalf97 January 17, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    That wall is stunning! I’m following you on facebook.

  • Reply Emily Schreur January 17, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    That is so beautiful!! I love the hand forged allover stencil.

  • Reply Emily Schreur January 17, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    I already like Cutting Edge Stencils on FB.

  • Reply mrsalf97 January 17, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    It’s impossible to choose just one, but I really like the Zagora.

  • Reply mrsalf97 January 17, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    I already like Cutting Edge Stencils fb page.

  • Reply tawna January 17, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    So, I would totally go for the birch stencil- I think it would make the perfect backdrop for our bed, too! LOVE it. (turbotuba@yahoo.com)

  • Reply Marley January 17, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    I love Cutting Edge stencils! I’ve been wanting to try the stencils for months now! I would like the Birch Tree stencil as well; I have a small bathroom I’d like to do this in.

  • Reply Tawna January 17, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    I also already like Cutting Edge Stencils fb page!

  • Reply Marley January 17, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    I also liked Cutting Edge on Facebook!

  • Reply Cassie @ Primitive & Proper January 17, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    i have also been eyeing the birch trees for our hallway! love them!

  • Reply Cassie @ Primitive & Proper January 17, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    i like them on fb!

  • Reply ColleenR January 17, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    I like you on FB!

  • Reply ColleenR January 17, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    I like Cutting Edge Stencils on FB, too!

  • Reply Jenna January 17, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    I like the Entwined Allover stencil – it would look great in our foyer!

  • Reply Jenna January 17, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    I liked them on Facebook as well.

  • Reply ColleenR January 17, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    I would love the Vintage Paisley for my tween daughter’s room and some geometrics for other rooms – probably Rabat, Zagora or Vision.

  • Reply Camille January 17, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    I would absolutely love the Zamira Allover Stencil!

  • Reply Camille January 17, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    And I am a follower of Cutting Edge Stencils on facebook

  • Reply Nina January 17, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    This looks fabulous! My sister wants to use the same stencil in her laundry room. I will make sure to direct her to your site for a chance to look at your job and possibly win one!

  • Reply Eva - Ideal Accents Designs January 17, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    I LOVE both the Zagora Allover Stencil and Nagoya can’t decide which I love more

  • Reply Linh C. January 17, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    I like cutting edge stencils on fb.

  • Reply Eva - Ideal Accents Designs January 17, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    I’m following Cutting Edge Stencils on FB

  • Reply Linh C. January 17, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    I like the casablanca design.

  • Reply Julia Miller January 17, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Your wall looks amazing.

  • Reply Julie January 17, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    omg that’s so awesome! i plan to paint at some point, but i am going to find a spot for this!! wow!!!

  • Reply Donna January 17, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Amazing! I have the same wall color in my bedroom and I was thinking about about one of their geometric patterns but I am in love with those birch trees now! Thank you so much for sharing the helpful tips! Hubby did a great job!

  • Reply Carrie January 17, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Liked! Found you from Cutting Edge on FB. I have been eyeing the birch trees for a while, but I can’t decide if I want to paint a small wall or large wall.

  • Reply Kenna January 17, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    I love, love, love the wall! My favorite stencil is the dandelion, but I do like nearly all of the them!!

  • Reply Kenna January 17, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    I like Cutting Edge on Facebook (and follow them on Twitter)… 🙂

  • Reply Kenna January 17, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    I love, love, love the wall! My favorite stencil is the dandelion, but I do like nearly all of the them!!

  • Reply pagina21 January 17, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    I have been wanting stencil my guest bedroom for quite sometime now! I love all the stencils over at Cutting Edge, but my favorite is definitely the LG Allover Rabat stencil.

    I liked Cutting Edge on Facebook and would like to enter the contest. My email is mrspmock@gmail.com.

  • Reply Ali Richardson January 17, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Yep!! It let me leave a comment 🙂

  • Reply Ali Richardson January 17, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    I would pick the Zamira all over stencil 🙂

  • Reply Andrea January 17, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Beautiful. Used their trellis stencil for a guest bath and love it. I want another one though! Any of the geometric ones are great!

  • Reply Destiny January 18, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    I love the Zagora Allover Stencil and Lily Scroll Allover Stencil.

  • Reply Destiny January 18, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    I like Cutting Edge on Facebook.

  • Reply Melissa Ann January 18, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    I’d have a hard time deciding between the Acanthus and Julia stencils. I’ve been eying a stencil to disguise my pocked bedroom wall for a long time!

  • Reply Melissa Ann January 18, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    I like Cutting Edge on Facebook 🙂

  • Reply VickyE January 18, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    I like Cutting Edge on Facebook. I love the Duchess Damask Stencil! my email is vedwards19@aol.com

  • Reply This Crazy Life as I Know it January 18, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    I am really excited about this giveaway. If I won I would like the Outside of the Box, Paisley Allover, Zannia Grande, or the Daisy Crazy Flower kit. I like too many to choose right now.

    emertins10@gmail.com

  • Reply This Crazy Life as I Know it January 18, 2012 at 2:49 AM

    I also follow Cutting Edge Stencils on FB.

    emertins10@gmail.com

  • Reply Trish January 18, 2012 at 3:28 AM

    I like the connections stencil, would look great in my diningroom!

    oceanluv@shaw.ca

  • Reply elaine January 18, 2012 at 7:12 AM

    looks fantastic. Great job!
    I really like CHRYSANTHEMUM GRANDE FLOWER STENCIL. so pretty.

  • Reply Elaine January 18, 2012 at 7:14 AM

    I already ‘like’ Cutting Edge’s FB page 🙂

  • Reply Play adventure games online January 18, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    That’s fantastic! I like it

  • Reply Zizkamaus January 18, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    I love the Japanese Maple and the Sakura trees. 🙂 Also liked you on FB 😀

  • Reply Zizkamaus January 18, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Also liked Cutting Edge on FB!

  • Reply Zizkamaus January 18, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Following on Twitter too!

  • Reply Jo @ Let's Face the Music January 18, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Love the paisley but have projects waiting for spring branches. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

  • Reply Jo @ Let's Face the Music January 18, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    I liked Cutting Edge on Facebook. Still digging spring branches. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

  • Reply Jo @ Let's Face the Music January 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    I liked “A Pretty Life” on FB. I think your husband may have a new career. Such a good job! Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

  • Reply Meghan January 18, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    I would love to use the same stencil you used the Birch Forest…I’ve been looking at it for months but just hadn’t bought it yet.

    m.orga@me.com

  • Reply Meghan January 18, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    I like Cutting Edge Stencil on Facebook 🙂

    m.orga@me.com

  • Reply Alibear January 18, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    I would like to try the Casablanca stencil.

  • Reply Alibear January 18, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    I’m curious how you got the stencil all the way to the ceiling. In the photos, it looks like the border of the stencil leaves a border of non-stenciled wall showing, but your finished photos show the stencil pattern going all the way to the ceiling. How did you match that up so perfectly?

  • Reply sjr January 18, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Great idea with the paint, tray, tools in the box .. saves on a messy floor and provides a place to clean the roller. Your husband is brilliant as well as handsome!

  • Reply Melanie Brown January 18, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    I would choose Houndstooth all over stencil. I love it!!
    Your room looks great!

  • Reply The Single Nester January 18, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    What a great product and video. I love the Allium stencil but honestly, they are all amazing.

  • Reply The Gardners January 18, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Love the birch trees! Thanks for the tutorial. I had a difficult time picking just one…probably the bambo for my bedroom…or polka dot for my daughter’s room…or paisley allover for my bathroom…

  • Reply The Gardners January 18, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    I liked them on FB,too. 🙂

  • Reply Andrea January 19, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    Gosh, such a tough decision. I’ve been unable to make up my mind for the last 2 yrs over what stencil I would choose……I like the Casablanca, Athena, all of the ikats, and the paisley! I also follow you via FB!

    Andrea_s_russell@yahoo.com

  • Reply Andrea January 19, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    I also follow cutting edge on FB!

    Andrea_s_russell@yahoo.com

  • Reply A Pretty Life in the Suburbs January 19, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    @Alibear Good Question! The stencil kit comes with a small stencil to be used to fill in the gap at the ceiling. It’s a bit tedious, but finishes it up nicely!
    Jo-Anna

  • Reply Just Us Girls January 19, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    So many beautiful stencils to choose from, but I think I’d love the Spring Songbirds, that would look beautiful in our bedroom as well.

    justusgirlsblog@gmail.com

  • Reply Just Us Girls January 19, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Also liked them on Facebook as well.

    Name used: LaQuita B.
    justusgirlsblog@gmail.com

  • Reply Jackie Stockford January 19, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Ooo, I love how your bedroom wall turned out. I’d love to try the Birch Forest Allover Stencil too. OR the Casablanca Allover Stencil… both are so great!

    I follow you here already and I like cutting edge on FB.

    Sweetsunday@hotmail.ca

  • Reply Mommy2five January 19, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    I LOVE the Sakura and Birds Wall Stencil but we are also redoing our 10yr olds room and would love to add a geometric feature wall with the ‘missing link’ stencil…fun!!!

  • Reply Mommy2five January 19, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    I also ‘liked’ Cutting Edge’s FB page!!! 😉

  • Reply Kelly @ JAX does design January 20, 2012 at 4:01 AM

    They have so many great stencils, but I have to choose Birch Forest as my favourite. I love birch trees 🙂

  • Reply Kelly @ JAX does design January 20, 2012 at 4:03 AM

    I “Like” Cutting Edge Stencils on FB

  • Reply Adrienne January 20, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Hey, we have the same duvet cover – love it! Great job T on the stencil.

  • Reply Amber E. January 20, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    I like you on FB

  • Reply Amber E. January 20, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    I follow you on Twitter

  • Reply Amber E. January 20, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    I’d love to use the Vision Allover stencil on my living room wall!

  • Reply Amber E. January 20, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    I like Cutting Edge Stencils on FB

  • Reply Megan January 20, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    I love the birch tree stencil! I am from a rural area and am now living in the suburbs. This reminds me of home!

  • Reply Megan January 20, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    I “liked” cutting edge stencils on fb.

  • Reply Jennifer Croft January 21, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    I like the Casablanca Allover Stencil.

  • Reply Shauna@Satori Design for Living January 21, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Love the damask stencils! Some of these pics look like wallpaper- they’re amazing and it’s great to know they’re pretty easy.

  • Reply barbara@hodge:podge January 22, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    Oooh, I would love a stencil. I love the Zamira allover stencil!

  • Reply barbara@hodge:podge January 22, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    I have liked them on Facebook for a while now!

  • Reply Katie January 22, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    I would use the Paisley All Over stencil in my bathroom. I go in there every morning to get ready for work and wish that there was some pop to it. Something to make me feel great about myself. That stencil sure would!

  • Reply Mb January 22, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    i’d use the bon appetit large wall stencil!

    blueblanket@hotmail.com

  • Reply Anonymous January 23, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    I absolutelly love the Birch Forest Allover Stencil and have to have it in my bedroom in Iceland!!
    I agree, it looks just like wallpaper.

    svavaz@hraunvallaskoli.is

  • Reply Natalie Jane January 24, 2012 at 5:21 AM

    The ANNA DAMASK STENCIL is amazing. We just bought a house and this is just what we need!!!

  • Reply Natalie Jane January 24, 2012 at 5:23 AM

    I like them on Facebook

    Do you think this works on textured walls?

  • Reply Anonymous January 25, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    this is amazing … love love love it … want want want it in my house 🙂 this very same thing LOVE birch trees

    emailiza at hotmail.com

  • Reply Anonymous January 25, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    already follow you on FB

    emaliza00 at hotmail.com

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