Jeff's Discerning Eye on a Limited Budget

Jeff's Discerning Eye on a Limited Budget

Janel Laban
Jun 2, 2011

Name: Jeff
Location: Chelsea — New York, New York

Like so many other New Yorkers, I have a discerning eye and a limited budget. I was contemplating a booth for my small eating area and discovered Apartment Therapy doing research. I decided against it, but was inspired to stencil based on another post I read on the site.

I had painted the generic cherry cabinets an aubergine color and wanted to do something with the walls which are yellow with a chartreuse tint. I had been thinking of stripes, but the stencil resource had a killer leopard spot stencil designed to be repeated on an entire wall. Entering my apartment, one looks from the foyer, through the living room, toward the kitchen. It catches the eye of anyone who enters my apartment.

I could stencil every surface in my apartment if allowed to, but didn't want to overdo it. Two other places that it worked were as a border in the bathroom where the subway tile ends 3" from the ceiling. The deco toothpaste tube border was perfect for that. I also did heiroglyphics in my foyer, as I had a repousse "Shalom" and papyrus paintings on the same wall. I live in a building from 1929, when Egypology was the rage in the 20's after the discovery of King Tut's tomb in 1922.

Thanks, Jeff!

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