The stencil of the letter W turned out to be hideously ugly, so I decided to try the fleur-de-lis design similar to one on some of our fireplace mantels (another bonus - fleur-de-lis is French; so is toile, like the wallpaper. Hmmmm).
Now I'm glad I did. The font of the letters in the magazine was so pretty it made the letters not just an exercise in vanity but a decoration. With a cheesy font, there was no point in doing the monogram.
Even using spray adhesive to stick the stencil down, I got some bleed in places. It makes me wonder how the stencils I plan to use on the walls/ceiling in the dining room will work. Of course, I was using semi-gloss oil-based house paint on top of semi-gloss oil-based house paint. Most stenciling articles I read suggest acrylic paint. I think it will work better, too, on a more non-slick surface like eggshell- or flat-painted walls.
I went over the stencils with a paintbrush last night, but I've still got some touching up to do. When you're not eye level with them, they look pretty good, and I think the stenciling adds a bit of "finishedness" to the cabinets (though finishing the trim would help that, too ... we ran out of trim - again).