Thursday, March 29, 2012

DIY Canvas Board Art

Today I want to share my latest project with you. I decided to create some wall art. This was a fun project that you all should try it. I purchased two 20" x 24" canvas boards from a local yard sale for $10.00. I needed to create something to coordinate with my daughter's "shabby chic" bedroom decor. These boards were the perfect size to hang on the large, bare wall above her bed.  First I found a fabulous background design from Far Far Hill. They have so many wonderful freebies! I printed my background paper out on 8.5" x 11" copy paper. I then applied an even coat of Mod Podge to back of the paper with a foam brush. Place the paper on the canvas boards while smoothing out any bubbles. A few wrinkles are fine but try to get those pesky bubbles out.

Here is what they looked like after I got the paper on. Make sure you let the glue on the bottom dry well before applying a coat of glue on top. The topcoat of glue was still wet in this photo. You can see the "overlaps" pretty good while the glue is wet but when it dries they will fade drastically.

 I wanted to paint branches on these boards so I purchased some acrylic paint from the local craft store. I picked out a medium brown for the main branch color and then a color that was just a couple of shades lighter as the "highlight" color. I am in no way a painter, so I know if I can do this, you could too! I put the boards next to each other and started painting. I then added the flowers and birds with the Mod Podge in the same way I did the background.

Aren't these birds adorable!! I downloaded these free svg files from MTCSCAL E-FILES. I then scanned a section of my daughters bedding and used the image to print out some patterned scrapbook paper. I just used plain white scrapbook paper and cut it down to a printable size. I used my LYNX to cut the birds and flowers. I chalked the edges of my cuts, busted out the Mod Podge again and VIOLA! These coordinate with her bedroom perfectly and take up lots of bare wall space.

I am so glad you came by to see what I've been up to lately. I hope to be doing some paper projects soon. I know that I haven't been doing many paper projects lately, but that is only because I am trying to get my house somewhat decorated and organized. We moved into this house in August and I am just now getting around to decorating. I have lots of project to do around my house, but I will keep you all posted on what I am up to. I am sure I will be ready for another giveaway when it comes time to clean and organize my craft supplies....wink, wink.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Another Lamp Shade Makeover

Recently I have been putting a little "umph" into my existing lamp shades. I think I have finished every shade in our house...uhhh, YEP, I have. Holy Cow. You should try it. Proceed with caution! It is very addicting.

So these lamps are in my daughter's room. They are wonderfully different and are perfect in my daughter's room.  I was going to do some mod podge work on them but it didn't really do it for me. I found some super cheap clothesline at the dollar store, grabbed my glue gun, and started wrapping...

 and wrapping......

and wrapping!!

It is way too fun. This was my last one though. I used just under 300 yards of clothesline to cover two lampshades and lots of mini glue sticks. I attached some flowers to match the shabby theme in my daughter's room.

I almost wish I had at least one more to do. Oh well, I guess I will start on those canvas board projects. I know exactly how I want them to look, I just hope they turn out as great as they seem in my head.

Have a great day and see ya'll soon!
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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Lamp Shade Makeover

Recently I have been doing some much needed decor updating in our home. We moved here in August and I still hadn't decorated. I decided it was time to make the place a little more like home. We live in a rental home so I have to decorate around the owners color choices. In the living room the walls are Tiffany Blue. I had originally wanted to paint but then decided that I would rather just decorate to incorporate the blue color. Any shade of blue would have been my last choice for the living area but I think I have made it work for now. My first DIY project was to give my boring old lamp shades a makeover. Here is a photo of the lamp before....

Pretty blah right? See that burnt yellow color on the walls. That is the kitchen and is on my list of rooms to makeover at a later date. Anyway, I had a few ideas before I actually started on the shade but a "collage" pattern seemed to be what I kept leaning toward. So, I found some fabulous vintage printables (for free, of course) over at Far Far Hill. You should pay them a visit and check out all their awesome freebies!

I printed out the files I liked on plain printer paper in the appropriate size.  I then presonalized some of them using Photoshop and added our names. I began gluing them on in random patterns using Mod Podge. Here's a photo of the shade after I got a few random images on.

I started with the larger images first and then filled in the "holes" with the small images. I still have to purchase the right ribbon to trim it out with but it is now dry and sitting on an end table in our living room. And here it is all finished...

Here is a close up of a couple of the files that I personalized. Now I just need to trim it to hide the icky glue marks on the existing trim. I am thinking chocolate brown just to blend with the furniture.

This is the wall color. It would not have been my choice for a living area, but I have made it work.

Here is a small lamp we have in our hall. I covered it in the same way, but for this one I used the same image all over.

I hope you all have enjoyed seeing what I've been up to lately. Come back soon so I can show you some canvas boards I am working on for my daughter's shabby chic bedroom!

Happy Scrappin'!
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