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Monograms on Walls

  • Posted on October 28, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Today I chose to talk about using your monogram as the focal point of your wall.  First of all you will need to decide which exact initials you will be using and typically the last name initial goes in the center and is a little larger than the first and middle name initials on the left and right hand side.  If you choose to do them all the same size, then you would put the initials in the logical order they would go.  You can trace on your wall the initials, project them or even go to an online store such as Wall Words or many other places and order decals.  Of course, you can always hire an artist to paint them for you as well.  The two examples I have today are one over a crib which could later transition into a bed or other piece of furniture such as a dresser underneath it.  I also chose to stripe the walls in this room.   The other, I was more creative on and painted a dark chocolate bannister type shape that appears to be hanging and has ball fringe on the bottom (once again hanging over a crib which can later be another bed or piece of furniture).  I also painted dark chocolate trees in the corners of the room on either end.  These can easily be chalked in and literally filled in with paint.  Fairly simple to do or hire your local artist.  Monograms are a very popular way of personalizing a bedroom to give it an extraordinary touch.

 

 

Monogram Stripe Monogram Trees

 

Growth Chart

  • Posted on October 26, 2013 at 5:56 pm

growth chart

Ever want to keep your child’s growth measurements?  You can do it on your wall or by simply doing it on a board.    If you decide to do  the board… you can cut your own piece or go to the local hardware store or places like Lowes and Home Depot.  Choose a board that is at least 6 feet tall.  I would suggest at least 6 inches or wider and it can be thin.  It could be a 1/2″ thick piece of MDF or Birch is a great lightweight type of wood.  You could stain it (not the MDF), but I would highly recommend you paint it.  Choose a contrasting color to your walls or if you have a colored wall choose white.  I have chosen in my example below to paint straight on the wall.  And of course this would require some artistic skill.  Or hire someone to do it.  It can be any theme you would like.  I chose a version of a sunflower… it could be a beanstalk, a ladder, a lighthouse, a tree, or a freestyle design or pattern.  The sky is the limit with possibilities.  Just make sure to create some form of a center point that will go up your wall vertically.  Measure up from the floor and mark with something permanent or with paint every 12 inches representing a foot.  Determine when you measure your child to mark that area with a line and date it and their name if there is more than one child being measured.  It is a treasured memory.  This is why I also suggest putting this on a board and mounting it to your wall, because if you would move at a later date, you can remove it and take it with you.  Therefore, taking your memories with you!

 

 

 

Chalkboard Wall / Art

  • Posted on October 25, 2013 at 10:59 pm

Today let’s talk about chalkboard paint!  It now comes in an array of colors… But my personal preference is black!  It stands out the most and your chalk looks great in any color contrast.  Plan your shape or design.  If needed, tape off your lines with blue painters tape found at Walmart, Target, and any hardware store.  You can find chalkboard paint at the same stores mentioned earlier besides paint stores and craft stores too.  Depending on the size once you have taped it, simply roll it on like regular wall paint.  Follow the instructions on the can if you need to follow up with a second coat.  You can make it as simple as a large square or rectangle in a specific area of your room.  It can be a whole wall.  You can also tape off  the upper or lower portion of a wall and your child will have the whole section of your wall to create on.  I have chose a few pictures of  a little more of the artsy type chalkboards.  One is where I simply added a painted border around it with a train.   Another I did in a smaller area in a kitchen where family could simply leave notes to each other or make a grocery list or menu for the day!  Your own limitation is your imagination.  If you do not have the artistic skills, you can use wallpaper border, trim it out with a painted wood trim or find your local friendly artist to paint you something special!  Enjoy!

 

 

FILE2217 Kitchen chalkboard

Highlight a Feature Wall by Stencil or Projector

  • Posted on October 15, 2013 at 8:41 pm

What a wonderful way to make a particular wall something really special.  You can order a large scale stencil online, purchase one at a local craft store such as Hobby Lobby, Michaels, etc.  You can even cut one of your own.  I have found that the best product to use is a white plastic dry erase kind of sheet that is like poster board.  You can cut a design with scissors or an X-ACTO knife which is a very fine blade tool.  There are small stencil sheets at the craft stores that usually only come in 8X10 sheets.   You can find a stencil spray at the craft store that you spray on the back of the stencil lightly every so often to help the stencil to cling to the wall.  I then use a small sponge and very lightly with very little paint dab the color in the open areas of the cut out parts of the stencil.

Chandelier - Damask Mercedes Model

Another way to do a design is by projecting an object or design on your wall.  All you need is access to a projector…. Do you have a teacher friend? (they usually have access to projectors).  You can find an image online and print it out and take it to a local office supply store such as Office Depot.  They can copy it on a transparency for you.  Project your image on the wall and trace off in a very light pencil outline or chalk if the color of the wall is dark enough for contrast.  In the picture today I created a damask type stencil for the repetitive pattern that I had measured out in a open grid pattern on the wall of this home.  Then I projected the chandelier design that is in the center of the wall and traced it out.  In this particular scheme since black was used as an accent color, that is what I used to paint in all of the patterns.

Frame out or color block in areas on you wall

  • Posted on October 11, 2013 at 11:23 am

This is a fabulous way to really bring attention to a wall.  Sometimes you need to just bring some personality to a room … and you may have artwork or sconces to hang inside it or you may not have anything at that moment.  You can also do like I did in this home where you paint a little something special that ties in to existing bedding or other items in your room that may be upholstered with a certain theme.  You can also hang a piece of art or a series of art or framed photos inside the squares as well.  In this particular example we chose a contrasting color to the wall color and just evenly measured out three distinct squares (you can choose the size you need) and taped them off … make sure to rub your finger along the edges of the tape to insure that no paint will leak through underneath.  The best tape to use is the blue painters tape that can be on your wall for 3-7 days and can be found at Walmart, Target or any local hardware store. Masking tape is a no-no!  Then you roll in your contrasting paint color and remove the tape as soon as you are sure that it is thoroughly covered.  It may take 2 coats for some colors depending on the depth of the color.  Remove the blue painters tape very carefully.  Now we took it to the next level and added flat boards (could also be a more elaborate decorative moulding) and painted that in a third color.  It is as simple as mitering the corners and all that takes it a miter box if you are handy or a quick helping hand from a carpenter!  Then you leave it as a color blocked area… or you may choose to hang artwork, photos, sconces, mirrors, or possibly paint something decorative to go inside.  It turns out gorgeous!color block walls