So, yesterday was a whirl-wind of rearranging my living room to the detriment of every other room of my house and finishing up a project that I gave you a sneak peek of at Our Prairie Home on Facebook on Tuesday. Its amazing how once you get started, how you get on a roll. Its the getting started part that's the problem. ;)
If you missed it, this is what I started with (some of which changed as the project developed and took me another route, as it so often does):
Paper Mache Letters (50% off HOLLA!)
Old Book Pages
Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer
Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer
Dutch Boy Paint in "Chalk White"
Pittsburgh Paint in "Tall Cattail"
Acrylic Folk Art Craft Paint in "Driftwood"
Craft/Purdy Paint Brushes
Scrapbook Applique Flowers
and a few odds and ends from around the house.
Most of the supplies I just had laying around from other projects, so the cost was little. Aren't those the best kind?!
I initially got my idea from Kelli @ Restore Interiors. She made a sign for the wall in her booth at Urban Suburban that I absolutely adored! And of course I thought, I can do that!
So, when I suckered the hubs into stopping in at Hobby Lobby while we were in Waterloo last Friday, I got the makings for my own. It took me a while to figure out what word I wanted to use. Time and time again, I kept coming back to "Family". Because as a SAHM, that's what's most important to me.
After working on and off on it for the last couple of days, I finally finished it up last night. I looked at it up on the wall and realized that just hanging the letters up there wasn't going to work. What to do?
Well, I just happened to have an old unfinished wood door to the hubs and I's chest of drawers upstairs that had fallen off due to the little man using it as a swing (Does this kind of stuff happen in your house too? Please tell me it does!) and it wasn't repairable. He ripped the hinge clean out and splintered the wood on one corner. I decided to replace both sides with curtains, so I just had these two doors laying around up in the attic.
So at about 10:30 last night, I decided to sand it lightly, primer it, paint it with a sample of "Fairytale" blue by True Value Color Made Simple that I got for $1.25, distress it, and glaze it. Thus my reason for being up until 2 am. LOL! I don't have any befores of the door, because the light was terrible for taking pictures since it was dark. When I hot glued the letters to it this morning, I realized it was a fantastic idea! And I completely love how it turned out!
You wanna see it don't you?
You want me to shut up and post the pictures, right?
Okay! Okay! Here it is:
|For some reason, |
a few of the paper rosettes look a different color only in the pictures.
Drives me nuts, but I couldn't figure out how to fix it.
It doesn't look like that when you're looking at it.
Total Cost of Project: $11.00
And for once, since I was rearranging my living room, it actually has a home on my wall instead of being stuck in a corner somewhere after I stage it. LOL!
As you can see, I've done a TON of rearranging! The buffet and rocking chair are now at home in the living room, as is the ladder. We'll save that reveal for another day, but I've already taken pictures since who know's how long it'll stay in immaculate condition! LOL Since I've moved everything around, I now have more space to buy more furniture for the dining room and office. HA HA HA! See, there is a method to my madness! Are you wondering what's behind those pocket doors? Let me tell ya, you don't even want to think about seeing what's behind Door #2. The dining room is in a shambles - which, lucky me, I get to work on today. I get the booby prize! :P
Here's hoping y'all have an awesome day!