I used the stencil provided by Emily and used the same double outline method. Man, she's not kidding when she says it's tedious. You trace the same stencil about a thousand times and go back over that with paint and then over again with a second coat in my case. It's tiring, but the outcome is totally worth it. All in all it taken me roughly 8 hours (obviously not in one sitting) and I expect another hour or two to get the 2nd coat on. Now, if you're interested in this pattern but want to skip all the tedious work check out the all-over stencil at Cutting Edge Stencils. It's sure to save you time.
So, back to that wall....After what seemed like weeks (probably because it was!) I finally finished tracing and painting the first coat and not without some crazy acrobatic tricks to get that hard to reach bottom area and corner. Thank god for yoga and a husband who is very unselfish with doling out the back rubs (unlike his very selfish wife!)
I still have to paint another coat and we really need to get that trim back up, but I'm calling this one a victory and sharing "After" photos before it's technically finished but you can't blame me, right?
So what do you think? Doesn't it just change the whole tone of the room? It's true what the say...a little paint can work wonders.