September 12, 2011

Royally thrilled with my new
Royal Design Stencils that I used
on an old mirror.

It took about 10 minutes to transform
the ho-hum mirror above with this
gorgeous script-y stencil a little house paint.

Springtime in Paris stencil here

Doesn't it look chic now?
Melanie Royals
is the artist behind
Royal Design Stencils,
and her designs are classic
and sophisticated.

Stencils can be used in a subtle,
understated manner and result in an
effect that appears freehand.
And think beyond your walls...
mirrors, furniture, canvas,
rugs, floors, doors, and more!

I'm truly not afraid of painting anything.
The band around the sisal rug
began life as an ugly ugly green.

Bella is sort of an exhibitionist.
This is my husband's home office,
and I propped the mirror here
since the light was lovely.

No special materials required.
Stencil, masking tape, paintbrush
(pounce it!), and some house paint.

Photo at bottom right is the
covering an entire wall.

So I covered one of mine too.'s not as subtle as this in person.

It's a subtle effect which is
what I wanted in this relaxing monochromatic bath.

A stenciled poem 'round the corner
adds 'un peu' french
flavor without reading too trendy.
But guess what?
If it begins to feel tired?
About 10 minutes of rolling paint over it...
and BAM.

a few options from Royal Design Stencils

If you haven't tried a stencil project...
it's soooooo easy and so economical
versus wallpaper so go for it!
(Melanie will hook you up
with a gorgeous design.)

Peace to you right where you are.

Buy the French stencil here.

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  1. It looks gorgeous! I love that you are thinking beyond walls for stencils. It looks amazing on the mirror. And I can't believe you painted around the sisal rug! You did an amazing job. :)

  2. Thanks so much! The mirror looks even better in person, and I'm not sure you can mess up on this type of stencil. Looks great everywhere!

  3. what a beautiful idea, looks amazing and very clever of you!

  4. me likey! i must visit this stencil shop...
    your mirror looks fab!!

  5. Gee O aar Gee O you S! Gorgeous!!!!
    Michele, its looking so chic and so beautiful.

    I have a lil round mirror that needs transformation. Stencils maybe a good idea.

  6. Liking this very much Michele! I first saw script on mirrors about a year ago and put it into that 'must do' basket we all have.
    Loving how soft & pretty but oh so chic your mirror is now.
    Best wishes Kerry

  7. It looks beautiful! I too am loving mirrors with script and yours is transformed into something special. I love the script and the meaning behind it. And your wall looks fab too!

    Melanie's shop has the loveliest stencils - I'll definitely be visiting again for my stencilling needs!

    Meera xx

  8. I have never stenciled onto a mirror and LOOOOOOOVE it. What kind of paint did you use? I absolutely love this and will definitely make one of my own. Thank you so much for sharing at Savvy HomeMade Monday!

  9. Oh, my inspiring M!

    It's a fantastic idea! Your mirror is stunning! I also like the idea of using this instead of wallpaper, for being more economical and even more personalized.

    Your home is always impeccable and Bella is always so cute!

    Have a great day, my pretty friend w/ cute toes! :-)


    Luciane at

  10. @Luciane
    in my dreams, our home is impeccable! it is a big ol mess at the moment with the reno downstairs and everything else in transition.

    i think that's why a quick project like these two really lifted my spirits and helped me feel as though SOMETHING could be accomplished.


  11. So so pretty. I love the design you picked out, and the way you did it almost tone on tone... it's very subtle and soft. And... nice toes you have there girl :)


  12. Michele, ma belle! I am love, love, LOVEing what you did with my French Poem Typography stencil!! Everything about it is divine. Thank you for inspiring people with this and for the lovely words about my stencils! Best-Melanie

  13. Have been looking for some unique stencils. Thanks for sharing. Going to take on a few projects!

  14. Have been looking for some unique stencils. Thanks for sharing. Going to take on a few projects!

  15. I like it lots and lots!! Plus, if ever I'm feeling rather vain/self-conscious then I can pretend to be reading that poem while fiddling with my hair!! Perfect all round!!


  16. Hi Michele...I just used Melanie's stencil as well (have to tell her too!) at a Designer Showhouse in Centerport NY (on Long Island). I did mine on a wall - coupled with her Florentine Corner stencil. I just love how versatile this stencil is - you can use it anywhere. I have to try it on a mirror as you did. Wonderful project!

    Here's the link to my French wall

  17. Michele, I am
    this!!! I painted
    a large damask
    stencil in my
    powder room last
    winter and it was
    a big undertaking,
    but the script seems
    a teensy bit easier?
    As a word afficianado,
    I've got to check
    this cool.
    Your wall looks great,
    as does the mirror.
    Thanks for sharing
    the love!
    xx Suzanne

  18. Run Bella Mommy said she isn't against painting anything ;) Love the look on your mirror but a whole wall now that's ambitious!

  19. Oh my's amazing!!! I never thought of stenciling a mirror, and now I'm going to have to try this! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful project! :)

    xoxo laurie

  20. what a great idea! been seeing the wooden boards with sentiment everywhere - but not on mirrors! love it! xoox

  21. Just beautiful! Can't get enough of the hand written script. Sensational!

  22. @linda
    i love your work!

    i have seen lots of folks painting on their mirrors freehand or with letter stencils, but this will save you precious TIME!

  23. YES! i do love it! so chic, pretty, and dramatic!

  24. BEAUTIFULLY done...ummm...I'd like to live in your bathroom please...

  25. Oh wow that is SO CHIC!!! I absolutely love it!

    Oooh so many ideas for this floating in my mind now... mmmm white stencil along a darkly painted wall.. oooh yes please....


  26. These are so beautiful-thanks for linking to the Etsy shop where you got them

  27. royal has the best selection, don't they?

  28. Ok my friend,

    I have had no time for blog land all week and what do I see when I visit today - that I have missed the best stencil project I have seen in a long time! I really should have been the first to comment...

    Well done, Michelle! Very lovely, very inspirational, very you!

    I am so proud of you.



  29. This is just stunning! Very chic.

  30. blushing, mon...thanks you guys, the design of the lovely stencil made things easy peasy!

  31. Hi Michele! I just wanted to stop by and let you know that your stencil post is a featured post at Savvy HomeMade Monday this week as one of the most visited links from last week.

    Thank you for partying!

  32. This looks so great -- I love it!

  33. I think I have to have that stencil! Awesome! And, your blog is beautiful! (As is your home.)

  34. such a simple
    and lovely idea for
    gussying up an empty space

    thanks for sharing on fridays unfolded!


  35. Beautiful!


  36. Lovley stencil...gorgeous bath!

    (came via Pinterest)

  37. Fabulous!simple and very sophisticated.It seems to me the home of my dreams

  38. What a great idea for a mirror - it looks gorgeous! I have this linked to my mirrors post as well today, for inspiration!

  39. Adore this idea Michele!! I also love Melanie, I have taken classes in her studio Royal Designs when I loved in San Diego!!

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