Stencil Wall

One day my husband and I were sitting in our comfy chairs talking about some plans for our living room. He said, “I can’t believe I’m saying this but…I feel like the wall our TV is on needs something else…the top half is so blank.” He usually prefaces anything decor or adding-a-new-project-to-the-list-related with “I can’t believe I’m saying this.” lol. We had talked about doing shiplap before but he isn’t a big fan of shiplap. So, anyways, he spoke those words and I jumped on the task! ha!!

I began looking at wall papers and this lovely wall paper from anthropology became my inspiration…The price (over $400 for the wall I wanted to do) quickly made me turn to look for a more economical way. I searched other wall paper sites but the ones I really liked were just too pricey. I began browsing Instagram and Pinterest and was lead to Royal Design Studio Stencils. I loved the details their stencils had! After much debate with myself, I ended up choosing the Anatolia Stencil based on this photo:

So, I had in my mind what I wanted and what do you know, the next morning the stencils were all 25% off for 5 days! I felt like it was meant to be ūüėČ

The stencil ships in 2 days, so I began planning out paint colors and gathering my supplies so they would be ready when the UPS man rang my door bell. No, really, I had everything ready and prepped and just waited for the delivery.

Here’s what I used:

  1. 2 inch Stencil brush from Michaels.  I used a 50% off coupon;)
  2. Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter paint from Orchard Supply Hardware. The wall was already the base color I wanted (Benjamin Moore Gray Mist).
  3. Painters tape from Lowes (for securing the stencil to the wall).
  4. Anatolia Tile Stencil from Royal Design Studio Stencils
    21 inches x 21 inches
  5. Plastic to protect the flooring.
  6. Level

Before starting the stencil process I cleaned the walls and patched some holes. (I always have a lot of holes in my wall from decor. Oops!) Next, I measured the wall and drew a line down the middle of it with my level. This is the line I started stenciling on.

It’s important when stenciling to add only a small amount of paint to the brush at a time, otherwise things get drippy and messy. I used a shallow tupperware container (It’s what I had) and blotted the paint brush on a paper towel before applying.¬†I actually wanted some parts to be darker than others to give it more of a vintage feel.

I worked my way down down the wall, using the registration marks on the stencil to keep things aligned. One piece of advice I would give is to paint the parts that will have to overlap the next stencil design first, to allow more time to dry. Most of the time the paint dried quickly enough since I wasn’t applying too much paint, but a few times I put a little too much paint on some parts and had to let it dry before I taped the stencil down on top of it.

When I finished a row I then went back to the top of the wall and started a new row. I left all the corners and edges for the end in case my stencil became permantently bent in the process of getting in the nooks and cranies (it didn’t, but I wasn’t sure!).

The end of one side of our wall is rounded, so I just blended the stencil into the round edge.

The other side of the wall corners with another wall, so it took a little more work to line up the stencil and get in the very edge.

The whole process took about 6 hour for a 12 ft by 10 ft wall. I wasn’t working full speed the entire time, as I had a few distractions (Ehem, 3 children) but I did work pretty steadily. My husband took the kids out of the house for a few hours, then he painted for a little while I put the kids down for their nap and took a quick lunch break ūüôā Teamwork.

I am so happy with the way it turned out and the warmth and coziness it gives to our living room! I would highly recommend stenciling if you are wanting an accent wall!

Usually our TV sits on the buffet but, these kiddos were a lot cuter ūüėČ

Please let me know if you have any questions about the process!:)

— Danielle

DIY vintage green chalkboard paint

I have a space in my home where¬†I want to make a large¬†green vintage chalkboard. Finding a pretty green chalkboard paint has been¬†little difficult though. I found a “recipe” on a blog for one but it required mixing different milk paints and each bag of paint was $25. I didn’t want to spend $50 on just the paint for this project! Then I pulled up on pinterest “How to make you’re own chalkboard paint” and I was shocked at how easy it was! All I had to do was find a green I liked and do a little mixing!

Here is what I did:

  • I purchased a sample jar of¬†Valspar’s Hanging Vine green from Lowes. Buying a sample jar covers more than enough¬†area for a chalkboard, is only a few dollars, and the amount in there is just about 8fl oz, which is the mixing ratio for the next step!
    Valspar: Hanging Vine green
  • Mixed 2 TBSP unsanded¬†grout¬†into the sample jar (1 cup of latex paint to 2TBSP unsanded grout).
    The paint seems a little thick after mixing but it paints on smoothly!

Done. Thats it. You have a pretty vintage green chalkboard paint!

I haven’t made the large chalkboard but I wanted to practice and experiment with¬†the color. Now, I know this “Bind my Wandering Heart to Thee” is pretty,¬†but its been in my garage too long collecting dust and its not really my style anymore…so I reused it.¬† ūüėĮ

I taped the outer frame and applied 3 coats of the chalkboard paint mix to the main surface. Once the green was dry I mixed some white paint and water and brushed in on the frame to give it more of a white wash look. When both paints were dry I seasoned the chalkboard by rubbing chalk all over the surface.

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And here is the final result! Now…just to work on my chalkboard writing ūüėČ

Thanks for reading! Please ask me any questions you may have. Happy chalkboard making!

Styled Sign

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A few years ago I built this large wooden “board” (I’m not sure what else to call it?) over our couch to help fill the large wall that the couch rests¬†against.¬†My husband helped me add spotlights on either side, as we needed more lighting in this area. We fed the lights’ cords through the metal pipe you see on the right side to help hide them. I loved the whole idea of it, but I recently decided that this space was just too dark.

So how could I lighten this space? A white couch? Absolutely not. Three little kids and a white couch just doesn’t sound fun to me. Not to mention the cost. So, I opted for painting the board white instead ūüėȬ†I came across the beautiful “It is Well With My Soul” sign (see¬†here¬†for where to purchase) and knew I wanted it in my home…I had the perfect spot in mind!

I lightly sanded the whole board
…and painted it Swiss Coffee

Its amazing how much paint can change the looks of things!¬†I replaced¬†the brown (slightly sparkly) spot lights with these black farmlights from¬†Home Depot!¬†We have had one in our nursery/guest room for a while and I liked it so much I decided¬†we could use a few more in our home ūüôā

I am so glad I decided to lighten this space. It didn’t take much work but feels so much more open and cozy to me!

 

Thank you so much for reading about my little face lift of this area! Please let me know if you have any questions about the process!

xoxo,

Danielle

DIY Cozy Blanket

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I was¬†cruising instagram and kept seeing all these cozy wool blankets. I looked into buying one and was a little shocked at the price!¬†So, I went to my mom….”Mom, do you think you could make me a blanket for my birthday!?” And, she made it happen! I haven’t really tried my hand at crocheting, yet, but I wanted to share with you how my mom made this. Because if YOU crochet, you should make one. This would make a great Christmas present to someone special…or a present to yourself! ūüėČ

Supplies (both from Michaels):

  1. 10 Balls Bernat Blanket Big. This made approximately a 55x70inch blanket with some yarn left over. Its not wool, its polyester, but its super soft and cozy! Each skein was $9.99 each but it was 40% off. (They have great coupons..and you can make several trips to get them with the sale price!)

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2. Jumbo Crochet Hook– US/50 (25mm) 10” longcrochetHere’s what pattern my mom used:

Cast on 40 stitches plus 1 chain.

*1 single crochet (sc) into 2nd  chain from hook.

Crochet 1 chain and then sc into 2nd chain from hook.*

Repeat * this pattern* until end of row. Chain 1 and turn.

Crochet this pattern row until you have desired length.

Cast off.

Attach yarn and single crochet into each chain around the perimeter of

entire blanket. If desired, may crochet second row for a wider border.

*Note:  at each corner of blanket sc 3 times into same chain so as to

create a squared corner.

(There are numerous crochet websites that will explain in detail stitches, casting off, finishing off where balls of wool are joined together. Two helpful sites are Crochet for dummies and YouTube: Crochet Guru).

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img_9504img_9393img_9633Now, go make a blanket of your own and share pictures of your creation with us:) Please contact me if you have any questions!

xoxo,

Danielle

Canvas Joy Sign

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I couldn’t decide if I wanted to keep my house with neutral-traditional Christmas decor or bright and colorful! Such a dilemma! I decided to go with the fun colors in the¬†kids play area and keep the rest neutral. I thought it was a good compromise and allows me to dabble in both…since I’m indecisive. ūüôā

This “Joy” sign sees¬†almost too simple to even blog about, but I’ll show you how I did it!¬†img_0069I took an 8×8 canvas from Michaels¬†and wrapped it with some merry & bright (thats what it made me think of anyways!) wrapping paper from Target’s dollar section. I used some strong clear packing tape to secure it.

img_0070I also had some adhesive letters stashed in my closet, from Target’s dollar section, and decided¬†to spell out “joy”. I peeled off the backs and stuck them on the front.

img_0077And that’s that. Easy peasy, as my 4 years old says.

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This is a fun, easy, and cheap way to add some Christmas cheer! Thanks for reading!

xoxo,

Danielle

Painted terra cotta pots

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I had¬†some extra¬†succulents and pots laying around so I decided to plant and then paint the potted succulents!¬†I hadn’t done a project in over a week so it was time.¬†As soon as I get an idea to do something, I want to execute right away because when the creative juice start flowing… I have to take advantage. ūüėČ That creative juice isn’t always there! I looked at a few picture on pinterest and got to work. Thankfully, I had all the supplies at home.

Here is a list of things I used:

  • 2 small terra cotta pots
  • 1 medium terra cotta pot
  • potting soil
  • rocks (for the bottom of the pots)
  • ¬†3 different varieties of succulents
  • white acrylic paint
  • foam brush
  • black sharpie marker

I planted the succulents first and then painted, but it would probably be easier if you paint, then plant. Live and learn! To plant I simply placed and inch or two of rocks on the bottom of the pot for drainage and filled with soil around the succulent. After they were planted I quickly cleaned¬†the pots with a dry rag and painted them. I tried using tape to make a straight line but because the pots taper in towards the bottom the tape just wasn’t working, so I did it free hand. The lines aren’t perfect, but who needs perfect?!

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I had to do 2-3 coats of paint. The acrylic dries pretty quickly though so it didn’t take too long!

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My visual little self stopped¬†to take a picture before I was finished. I do things like this all the time and my husband always laughs at me ūüôā . I actually like the look of the all white…with another coat of course!

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I decided to use a sharpie to make a pattern on one of them…just to add a unique¬†element. I chose a sharpie simply because it¬†seemed a lot faster than using a little paint brush and black paint! It was easy to work with and went pretty quickly.¬†The¬†design options you could do are endless!

I named the looks of the different pots just for fun, haha.

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And here is the final product! I hope this inspires you to paint some pots and have some fun with it! ¬†Let your imagination run wild ūüôā Besides being a cute feature in your home, these would be great centerpieces for a party or gifts for a friend!

What do you think of this project, are you going to try it?! I’d love to know.

Read here for another diy succulent project!

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DIY Succulent Centerpiece

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I want to share with you how I put this succulent centerpiece together for our patio table! My husband made the basic box out of some extra wood we had, however, you can use any sort of container. My mom has a lot of succulents in planters around her house so she gave me enough for this whole project (thanks mom!).

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I went to Hobby Lobby in search of something to add to the centerpiece. I was thinking I would use Mason jars, or something similar, but came across these cute little lanters and thought they would be perfect. One thing I like about them is they open from the top, so it’s easy to access the candles. I used LED candles…so no fire around the plants! I needed something to put under the lanterns to bring them flush with the top of the box so, I went digging through my recycling. I found that tuna cans, along with a piece of thin scrap wood was just the height I needed! Reuse and recycle!

succulent paint and layout

To give the box a more worn look I watered down some grey paint we had and brushed on a quick coat. I was pretty happy with how it turned out! I lined the bottom and sides of the box with a garbage bag (its what I had) so that it would contain the dirt. Then I went to our side yard and gathered some pebbles to put on the bottom of the box to enhance drainage and help prevent the roots from rotting.

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The fun began as I spaced out the lanterns where I wanted and starting filling it in with succulent clippings and potting soil! I wanted to leave some room for new succulent growth, but there were a few spots that looked a little spars, so…shhh *I added a few fake succulent pieces I had*. For the final touch I added some small pebbles to the top and covered most of the dirt.

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A few weeks later¬†there is new growth and the succulents are doing great!¬†I’ve been known in the recent past to have a brown thumb, so this new growth is very exciting for me ūüôā

Thanks for reading about this DIY project! I hope this inspires you to make your own succulent centerpiece…have fun and be creative!