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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

Wagon Wheel Redo

  • Posted on October 17, 2013 at 10:05 pm

This was fun!  Shop around and find yourself a really unusual old antique that has some potential.  (The one featured today was a wagon wheel found in an old house on a farm).  Clean it up and brush off as best you can.  I first taped off all the metal parts because that is the really neat part about this piece is the old tarnished metal.  I always use blue painters tape found at Walmart, Target, Lowe’s, Home Depot or any other craft/paint store.  Then I used a soft pale teal color and loosely painted all the wood areas exposed without tape.  I did not try to get into every nook and cranny.  Then I used a terra cotta color and very lightly almost with a dry brush swept on with a chip brush a touch here and there of that color.  Then the last color I used was a dark chocolate brown and did the same dry brush technique but made it heavier along the edges here and there.  This effect makes the piece look as if it might have been different colors over the years and you see a peek of each one.   Note:  I chose not to use a gloss finish.  What I did leaves a matte look which is what you would naturally find with a time worn piece of furniture.  I removed the painters tape and the last thing I did was very lightly with a dry brush method and the chip crush, softly stroked metallic silver over the metal areas.  This also adds to the time worn look.  There will be a round glass piece that will be cut and placed over the top…. and the results, a beautiful coffee table or conversation piece!

 

 

wagon wheel 2 wagon wheel up close 2 Wheel Unfinished Wheel Up Close

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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.

FAMILY TREE IDEA

  • Posted on October 11, 2013 at 12:45 am

Everyone loves a family tree!  What better way to show off your family photos than on one main feature wall, where everyone can see?  It is simple enough to accomplish.  As shown in the picture below… Take an idea from a page or picture such as this and draw out the trunk of the tree as best you can to scale with chalk.  Fill in the tree with any shade from a carmel to a chocolate brown acrylic paint.  You can find acrylics at any major store such as Hobby Lobby, Michaels, some Walmarts, etc.  They usually come in two ounce bottles and you would be surprised at how much you can paint with that amount.  Choose a few shades of green, going with the softer colors such as olive, lime, even gold and maybe a darker shade of green.  You can use a nice one inch craft brush (my preference is by Plaid) and softly stroke the several colors lightly around the tree filling in here or there….. along the lines of the example shown.  If you are not comfortable painting the leaves, you can also use a stencil or the soft foam shaped leaves available in some stores to stamp onto your wall.  Once it has dried, strategically hang framed photos of your loved ones in the areas you feel best represents a true feel for “your” family.  Make it fun and I recommend 3X5’s,  5X7’s or 8X10’s as the largest.  You can use more pictures with the smaller frame selections.  Also it will be more harmonious to use the same basic styles and colors of frames, even though they don’t have to all match                                           family tree idea

Redoing Chairs…..

  • Posted on October 9, 2013 at 8:26 am

Yard sales, consignment shops, and thrift shops are often filled with chairs that might have seen their better days.  Some might be ready for the chair grave yard, and others just need to be cared for and can fit into anyone’s decorating scheme.

You might think that redoing a chair is a major project, that only professionals can do, but truly, anyone can make a piece of furniture look new.  Just how much of an investment of time and money, is up to you.

Some ideas on making an older chair look new:

1.  Slipcover – the quickest way to change the look of a chair is to use a slipcover.  You can purchase pre-made slipcovers at almost any department store, or you can make your own!  Slipcovers are not that hard to make once you have the pattern figured out for your type of chair.

2.  Pillows and Cushions – A new throw pillow, cushion cover, or throw blanket can bring a new look to old chairs.

3.  Paint – Wood and metal chairs can easily be painted with  spray paint.  Make sure you sand away any old and flaking paint and be sure y paint in a well ventilated area.  Sometimes the way to liven up your old furniture is to make it look even older. Distressing furniture is the art of adding the look of age to a furniture piece.  I will cover distressing your furniture in a later post!!  Here is an example of a chair sprayed black (after removing back and fabric covers).  I added a little gold along edges and once you recover with new fabric or have it reupholstered, it looks like a new piece of furniture.

black chair 2

4.  Stripped – Once stripped down, wooden chairs might look better!  A coat of stain or varnish to protect it is recommended.

5. Wrap – For a more casual style slipcover, try draping fabric over the chair, and tying it at the back. It’s easy, easy to update, and looks fantastic.

6. Recover – The most time and resource-consuming option, recovering is a big project but done right, it can make the most run-down chair look brand new again. Make sure any chair you choose to recover has “good bones” – its springs and structural elements should be in good shape.   Also, recovering removable cushions, like those on many dining room chairs, can be as simple as cutting fabric and using a staple gun. For small cushions, you could use cloth napkins to cover – couldn’t be easier!