Stairway To Heaven – A Stenciled Stairway!

Smiles peeps,

Last week I shared a sneak peak of our stairway makeover that I've been working on..

You can see where we started at here.

After painting a neutral color in the stairway I knew this was just too drab for me!

I didn't know if I should re-paint it the same green on the walls, or change the color completely or what!  I finally decided to use a wall stencil. When I first moved in to the Charmer I stenciled many of my bedrooms and really loved it.
So why not the hallway?

I searched through stencils on line and thought a flower would be the best for a cottage look. But, I didn't want to pay big bucks for a stencil and I didn't want to wait until I received it in the mail.

When I finally make up my mine - I  want to get going now!

I headed over to Hobby Lobby and bought the Vintage Flower Stencil using 40% off came to $9.00.

I really like the simplicity and vintage feel of the pattern.

Check out my tutorial How To Stencil A Stairway Wall.

Loving how it turned out.
The flower stencil added the character and color I was looking for.

The vignette at the bottom of the stairs.  The cute cabinet was a garage sale find for $10.o0, everything else are GW finds.  I used the pretty white vase to store candles.

I love the contrast of the frames against the stenciled wall and I'll be adding more wall decor and soon as I find some!

 I looked forever for some blue cottage fabric and haven't found any  - so until I do I'll use this pretty green fabric  - and attached a vintage cast iron planter.  Blue is the main accent color in our living area so I pulled in the blue plate for punch.

I placed sheet music in the back of the frame and added two cute plates.

The tole tray is from Indian Oaks the antique  mall my booths are in.

Looking down the staircase.

I'm thinking about staining the handrail and newel post darker?

So glad I used the stencil, even though it was a lot of work, I think it was worth it.

What ya think?

Savvy Southern Style



  1. Right in the first picture, you hooked me and I had no idea that was a stencil! Love it. Something about that pattern mixes well with all the other items and patterns. It has one of those looks that, how can I say this, sort of comforts. It has that vintage feel that makes you feel you are home. I just love it. What patience it must have taken to get it right on such a huge space. Did you find it tricky? Thanks for stopping by and leaving me your thoughts at Quirky Vistas. Glad to hear you appreciated Andrew Breitbart too. If you haven't read his book, "Righteous Indignation, Excuse me while I save the world", I highly recommend it.

    • Thanks, I love the pattern of the stencil also, I felt it "fit" when I found it at hobby lobby. It does mix well with my wall groupings. I agree it does have a sense of "comfort" to it, it's what drew me in to finish.

  2. It looks great, Cathy! Nicely done!

  3. you have the prettiest accessories! i love the effect of the stencil-i would never have thought to use one. our stairwell needs SERIOUS help--it's just a straight shot up, carpeted, closed on both sides. NO CHARM whatsoever. i wish it looked like YOURS! is blogger-staircase envy okay? lol.
    have a happy day!

    • When I was first thinking about the accessories I was worried they wouldn't work, but love how it turned out. I still need to add some, but as I find I will fill in. Try stenciling your staircase wall, it will help. It took what I thought was a drab wall to cottage cute.

  4. Cathy, I love the stairway area. The stencil is perfect. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving me sweet comments last week. You are such a great encourager. Have a wonderful week!

  5. Cathy,
    I LOVE IT!!
    I am so with you on having color in my home!! I can imagine how disappointed you were at first when you realized that you did not like your new look but everything happens for a reason and maybe you would not have done the stencil if you really liked the new look.
    But now, it looks spectacular and I love all the pretties you chose for this wall and how you chose to display them!!



    • Your right, I wouldn't have stenciled if the color didn't turn out drab. I love my pretties too, need to find more, but than that will be fun looking for them!

  6. SOOooo beautiful I mean really just perfect for your cottage. I love stencils all our walls are textured they don't take stencils very well at all I love all your frames and vignetts sooo pretty just lovely Cathy!!

    • Thanks, so glad you like it, our walls are texture plaster and I thought it helped add to the charm., some lighter area than others made it look older. give it a try, don't like paint over it!

  7. Super sweet! I love how you dressed up the area, it goes great with your stencil work!

  8. Cathy, you did a great job on the stenciling! I love it:) So worth all the work you did!

    • It was worth it, but know I won't be doing it again anytime soon! I went to stop by your blog, and once again can't find it? I so don't want to lose track of you. Put when I click on your link above it says "can't find your blog"!

  9. pretty! I am excited that stenciling is making a comeback...I remember my mom stenciling our house when I was a kid. It looks just beautiful! I can only imagine how long it must have taken you, though... Hugs, ~Heather

  10. Oh I just love this!! Love the pattern and I love the way it looks on the wall. Your curtains caught my eye too. Love that fabric!

  11. Love it! It makes everything look more together. It's one of those things that you didn't even know was missing but now that it's there I can't imagine the wall without it!

  12. I can't believe you pulled this off Cathy!!! Far beyond my capabilities -
    Can't tell you how impressed I am by it - beautiful job!

    • I impressed myself, I typically don't do well with projects that require a lot of time, but I liked how much it looked that I kept going! so glad I did!

  13. This is perfect in your home and you could not have picked a better stencil. Love the whole look. This will be one of the features tonight at wow.

  14. Cathy...Congrats on your feature over at Savvy Southern Style's WOW Wednesday! Your stairwell is much work but my oh my so worth it! Have agreat week!

  15. I too, like color, so I think your stairwell wall transformation is beautiful!! I stenciled our dining room in our previous home in a similar fashion and ended up with varicose veins from standing on a ladder so long! Ah, the things we do in the name of home improvements.

    Your home looks very warm and inviting.

    • Yes, the things we do for our home! but never heard of anyone getting varicose veins, oh my! Our homes style does have a very warm and inviting feel, and this brought even more!

  16. The stenciling is remarkable. It looks absolutely perfect. Not sure I'd have the patience. And, your vignette is lovely. The green flowered paper in the frame is one of my favorite elements.

  17. Ohwhat a pretty stencil and what an awesome collection of pretties for that wall! Love all the different things you chose and that pretty piece of wallpaper in the frame is gorgeous!!! Great job!!

  18. So PRETTY and nice and old-fashioned looking. I just love it

  19. FANTASTIC Cathy! It looks so pretty. I love how you displayed all the frames , plates and sconces too. thanks for sharing with my party.

  20. It looks gorgeous!!! I did this in my dinning room a couple of years back and I still love it! I know it was a lot of work for you but sooo worth it! Very, very pretty!

  21. Cathy,
    Wow, that was a lot of stenciling but it looks great. Love all your little great finds at bargain prices to cover the wall. Very vintage and charming look to your wall.


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