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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Its All About Family

Sorry for being so late today y'all, but I got a little sidetracked with a delightful long distance phone call with Nicole @ Davis Domestications and Furniture Face-Lifts.  If you haven't checked out her blog, you need to!  Nicole is absolutely wonderful and I had an awesome time talking to her - and picking her brain of all her furniture painting knowledge.  Thanks, Nicole!

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!)
Scrapbook Paper
Old Book Pages
Mod Podge
Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer
Spanish Moss
Glue Gun
Spray Primer
Dutch Boy Paint in "Chalk White"
Pittsburgh Paint in "Tall Cattail"
Acrylic Folk Art Craft Paint in "Driftwood"
Technique Glaze
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!

Restore Interiors

 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!


Shannon@FoxHollowCottage said...

Love it!! You are so crafty girl. Me~Oh~My... the room looks great with all your makeovers. Those doors are amazing. Man, wish my house had some major character like that! Imma come steal em' LOL!!

Gina said...

Love it on the old door! I'm betting you measured and the letters are equal distance apart, but from you one picture it looks like the word is split between M and I .... maybe move them a little closer together??? Might just be that bar in the middle of the door. It's beautiful, though!

Gina :)
You'll get sick of hearing from me, but I'm a loyal follower!

Laura @ Our Prairie Home said...

Yeah, you know me pretty well. I measured. LOL Its the angle of the picture combined with the split in the door. Looking at it in "real life" it doesn't look like that. Its kind of like an optical illusion, I guess.

Sherika Lovett Alston said...

So cute! Love the colors! Please come link up today to passionately perfect.com, Coffee and conversation!

Nicole said...

I love it! Great job. Now I want to do one. :)
I felt like a teenybopper, talking on the phone that long. I haven't talked that long since I was like 13. Woah, that was a long time ago.

Thanks for the shout out!

Melissa said...

The letters look great! Please join my linky party to share! This is my 2nd linky party and my goal is 100 links! Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

Laura - this looks great! Is there a place that I can put a warning out to all these other ladies about the lengthy phone conversations they are bound to have when they call you?? JK - you know I luv ya ;)


Erin of Salvaged Whimsy said...

Hi Laura -
This post is so funny...what I want to know is how you keep the son who was swinging from the door from climbing the ladder in your living room? My 2 year old would make a bee-line straight for it. My kids SOOO do that type of stuff..yesterday I found Max's toothbrush shoved in the printer to the point that I couldn't get it out....I was so frustrated and needed to print, I totally thought I'd be driving myself to the ER with a printer hanging from my left hand.
I LOVE your "family" sign AND the door you hung it on (it makes it even better that the door has a family-related story that goes with it)...I often have to "woo" my husband into stopping at Hobby Lobby too.
Usually, after I finish a project, I am pretty "done" with it because I spend so much time changing my mind and 2nd guessing, that emotionally, I'm ready to move on!!! So usually, staging is the last thing I feel like doing, esp because my house needs some major updating before I can take pictures that I'd want to show to anyone.
ok, almost done - I totally have a secret obsession with doors (when I was a Realtor, I'd go into a house and comment on how much I liked the doors...got some strange looks)...so I LOVE your pocket doors.
Okay, this is officially the longest comment ever...sorry! Have a great weekend!

Melissa said...

Thanks for sharing over at Dumpster Diva! I love it!

Patricia Torres said...

Oh my.. Laura... totally love it.. here!! Love what you've done in this post.. Its super impressive..

Your blog deserves a love at first sight award.. Wow!! I'm following you now.. for sure!! and am hoping you'll visit me at colours Dekor..

Chris said...

Hi Laura, you did a beautiful job on the Family sign. It is absolutely gorgeous. How fortunate that you just happened to have the wood available to finish off your project. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

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