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My Family Picture Wall Makeover

I have a built-in nook in my family room. I’ve never done much with it since we have lived here.

Then I got my new canvas from the Canvas People and knew that I wanted to do something fun with that space.

all together

Cutting Edge Stencils sent me a wonderful new wallpaper stencil to try out as part of The DIY Club and I thought it would be a perfect place to add a little personality to the room. It is the Parsley Blooms Wall Pattern Kit.

This is what the nook looked like before.

The first thing I did was paint the alcove. I used Mythic Paint’s flat indoor paint and the color is Aquarium.
aquarium water
I love the soothing blue-green tones. I also love Mythic Paint because it is no odor and toxic free so it’s safe to use indoors and around my kids.
mythic paint
Once I got the wall painted and it had dried I added a little white paint to the Aquarium color and created a couple different, lighter shades to use the Cutting Edge Stencil with.
 paint the wall
I taped the stencil to the wall using blue painters tape. Then I rolled the paint onto the stencil. And Cutting Edge Stencils are so easy to work with. They are virtually goof proof. I started at the edge of the wall and did each color about 4-5 times with the stencil, spacing the flowers out pretty evenly. I didn’t want it to seem too uniform, so I had the stencil overlap in a few places. If you haven’t tried Cutting Edge Stencils, you really should. I say this because I have used their stencils for a few projects and every single time the stencil has turned out great.

They are so easy to use.

applying the stencil
after stencil
Then I hung up my pictures and plates! I used DISCHangers to hang up the plates. They are wonderful! You just put a little water on the back and then wait a few minutes and you are ready to go!
hang plates

So now I have a real focal point in my room.

after 2

from the side

I hope you are having a great week so far!

PS —

I have so much to share soon!

I got my mantels done and a new Advent Calendar to share.

Plus I made a Ruffly Christmas Tree and a Wreath for my front door! And some Felt Trees for my Mantel

I just need some time to write up the posts – lol!



  1. Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com says:

    I *really* don't know how you do it, Jen! I know how I do it (by neglecting things like, oh, house cleaning and decorating) but your house always looks amazing! :) Great makeover!

  2. Christine says:

    which* Ugh I hate when I proof after I send!

  3. Christine says:

    I sometimes feel so unworthy to even be in your presence! Jenn~this is absolute beautiful and I really love what you did with that space…although I liked the before picture witch kind of brings me back to the point that I do not feel worthy…hugs and happy week end to you! If you get a chance come over and see what I made while on hold!!!…lol

  4. Amy @ Living Locurto says:

    What??? Why have I never heard of adhesive plate hangers??? Awesome!

  5. Steph @ somewhatsimple says:

    I love this! I am going to feature it on somewhat simple!

  6. kami @ nobiggie.net says:

    so cute Jen! You have been busy! I love it!

  7. So pretty Jen! Love the color :)

  8. Jayna Rae says:

    Looks great!!! Awesome links. I was wondering how you did your plates.

  9. Sue (Someone's Mom) says:

    Wow! What a difference! Love it!

  10. Sarah @Newlywed and Decorating says:

    Love everything about your wall makeover! Great colors and fun family pictures!

  11. Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top says:

    Wow, this is really fabulous! It adds such a punch of color. Love it!

  12. Kelli @ RTSM says:

    What a great transformation! I love the stencil and the colors you used. I bought some dischangers a few months ago and I LOVE them! I think I need to order some more:)

  13. It turned out great! Is it funny that my favorite part is your polka dot plate? Where did you get it? (c:


  14. Mrs. Montemayor says:

    Looks GREAT!

    I need to invest in those DISChangers! Do they have a "weight limit" or anything? Or have different sizes?

  15. Nike@ChooseToThrive says:

    I love how this turned out! Love the wall color, especially with the pictures from your canvas. Beautiful!

  16. Drama queens mum (Kimberly) says:

    That looks so nice.

  17. Laurel @ Ducks in a Row says:

    You have me convinced to try stencils – now to convince my husband. He is not an easy sell!

  18. Can you come help with my house now? I'll feed you. :) I love so many things about this little space and have had some similar ideas, love how you've pulled it all together.

  19. This change sure made a huge impact.Really really nice. Terry

  20. Simply LKJ says:

    Wow, what a difference! Love what you did Jen.

  21. Kassi @ Truly Lovely says:

    This looks lovely!!! And the canvas came out SO nice! I want one now! :)

  22. THAT is adorable!!! I love it.
    And, I see you have a scentsy…I love scentsy. LOL

  23. Oh my goodness, I LOVE it!!! I especially adore the stenciled wall and hanging plates. And I took advantage of that canvas deal too. Thanks! :)

  24. Lil Mama Stuart says:

    LOVE the update! thanks for inspiring :)

  25. Ali Richardson says:

    SO SO SO SO pretty!

  26. Natalie@Endless Crafting says:

    Oh my goodness Jen! It looks so good! I love it! Great job!

    I can't wait to see your mantle and advent calendar.

    Merry Christmas!

  27. colton::katelyn::jackson says:

    ooh i love the vinyl chandy!

  28. Gorgeous! I love the stencil work! And the color is beautiful – it adds a totally different feel to the wall. Awesome job!

    Can't wait to see what else you've been working on!

  29. Love the new wall color! Makes everything really stand out.

  30. Dear Lillie says:

    It looks fabulous, Jen!!!!

  31. I LOVE it! I also redid my family gallery wall this weekend. Yours looks cuter (sniff). But, I'm not jealous…much.

  32. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} says:

    Fabulous makeover! I love that little nook area, and the pop of color really makes it stand out. The colors really show off your canvas!

  33. Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder says:

    That looks great! Love the stencil.

  34. Looks fantastic Jen! I love the stencils! Can't wait to see your other creations! Just wondering about your wreath storage. Do you have a large moose with very large antlers that are fab wreath hangers in your garage too?
    Happy Week!!

  35. ZeMarmotte says:

    It's really wonderful! I love the whole arrangement.
    Nice pictures, nice family, nice colors.

    It's crazy, few changements make the difference.

    All is in harmony. Thanks for sharing.

  36. Very nice Jen!! I love those canvas pictures and really need to order one. I love the stencil design on the beautiful blue.

  37. Wendy@project-create.blogspot.com says:

    I love this space. The colors you chose, the stencil, even the items and how they are arranged. Could you please come do my house? Pretty please…….lol

  38. black tag diaries says:

    love, love, love the wall! what a great idea! where did you get your plates? did you buy the 6 and the chair plate like that or did you make them? it looks great!

  39. LOVE the new wall! It looks beautiful!

  40. Goodnight moon says:

    I am IN love with this!!!! We are about to move and once we get to our new house I have so many fun projects floating through my head. One of which is doing canvas wraps. I also want to do a plate and framed fabric wall in old frames.

    This is an awesome creation! Beautiful job!!!!!

  41. The Soladay Family says:

    Love this! I have been wanting to try a stencil for sometime now, and you've motivated to do so!

  42. Admitted Fabricaholic says:

    Looks beautiful! Good job, and great photo! :)

  43. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    It does look great! I thought it was wallpaper from the first few pictures! Great idea and one I'd love to try, but that will have to be a "next house" project. {We're going on the market again after the holidays}.

  44. Michelle @ Sweet Something Design says:

    That looks great Jen! I can't wait to see all your projects!

  45. I love the stencil and the way it looks on your wall and the aquarium color is so soothing :)


  46. I love it Jen! You are such a wonderful decorator/craftsperson! You amaze me! xxoo

  47. Tres French Hens says:

    Wow! I love the new look of your nook (I sound like Dr Seuss)! That color really makes your canvas pop. Such a sweet picture.

    By the way, I'm your newest follower!

  48. this blessed nest says:

    this is awesome!

    i love the color you picked & that stencil is amazing. it has alot of whimsy to it. :) you know i love some whimsy.

    i can't get over all the projects you've done. gosh, you are super woman!

    can't wait to see them all.