Y’all know I love to get my DIY on, ESPECIALLY in the middle of winter when I’m itching to spray paint something but can’t because OHMYGOD IT’S SNOWING AGAIN. (It’s kind of an affliction, actually). Because Sherry and Katie of Young House Love and Bower Power are freaking geniuses (seriously, can you see my spring fever from here?), they came up with the Pinterest Challenge: aka stop eating M&Ms and make something off of Pinterest, dammit!
Or something like that.
I had glorious plans for a project I’d been biding my time on…but then when I went to get the supplies for it, I found it was going to take me at least 4 days to receive them from Amazon, so I went to my back up plan. Which is actually pretty much what I did last time. I guess I should really plan these projects out more, huh? (This coming from the girl who started procrastinating on homework in the SECOND GRADE).
Where was I? Oh yes, Pinterest. The bane of my existence. You know what else is the bane of my existence? (I mean, while we’re on the topic and all).
That blank spot on the wall. This picture is from a post way back in October of 2011 in which I quote, “Eventually there will be a big canvas in that large empty spot above. One DIY at a time, people.” Apparently my definition of “one DIY at a time” really DOES mean ONE. DIY. AT. A. TIME.
God, I am such a procrastinator.
So here’s my project: make something with that damn canvas. For a while, I toyed around with the idea of modge podging a quote onto it, a la Courtney at A Thoughtful Place:
And by toyed with, I mean I actually printed the whole thing out and everything. But I wasn’t a huge fan of it yet and wasn’t ready to commit to it. And then a year passed and I got used to the blank canvas chilling out on the wall. So did the Fireman…in fact, he walked right past the finished project and never even noticed. THAT’S HOW OBLIVIOUS WE ARE.
God, I’m also a rambler.
So, in 385 words, have we established anything other than the fact that I can
talk type for days and I’m a huge procrastinator? No? Okay, moving on.
Here are some of the inspirations that I found for the Pinterest Challenge:
Ironically enough, this is from Young House Love. I love how it came out and it served as a basis for my idea.
This was more of what I was going for, and she had a great tutorial on top of it.
It was a very simple project (which only adds to my confusion as to why I haven’t gotten to it yet).
This is what I started with: a canvas that I already had on hand, (15×30? I think…) and some scrapbooking letters from Walmart. Here’s my disclosure: don’t use scrapbook letters – vinyl are so much better; less bleeding and much easier to paint over.
Obviously, I had to pick a quote before I even started the project. Have you ever seen P.S. I Love You? There’s a song that the main character sings called “The Galway Girl.”
It’s one of the Fireman and I’s favorite songs of all time (and totally my ringtone), and it was a quote that we both could live with. So I made sure to count out my letters and figure out how I was going to place them (I overbought on letters just in case).
Using a straight edge (or M&M ruler your parents bought and personalized for you in Vegas 10 years ago), place the letters and press firmly to the canvas.
They weren’t perfectly straight (but nothing in our house is), so I let them sit overnight (okay, 2 days) to ensure maximum stickiness.
The next step was painting. Pretty straightforward.
Pretty self explanatory.
I started out with a paintbrush, but it wasn’t spreading the paint like I wanted so I ended up switching to a sponge brush, and I definitely got more color variation with it. I started out with one color at the top but then added in a little bit of everything to get the finish I really wanted.
The letters were a pain in the butt…this is why I’d recommend flat letters. The whole 3D thing had me
cursing a blue streak crying in my spilled milk annoyed. I ended up having to dab paint all over the letters so that I could get it down in the cracks. Luckily I had a stippling brush on hand to get paint in every. single. crevice.
Since it was acrylic paint, it dried super quickly and I started peeling off the letters almost immediately after I finished painting.
Can you see how much the paint bled? Another reason I’d go with vinyl.
The only way to fix that was with some white paint…
SO much better, right?
I absolutely love the way that it came out. The variation and texture of colors is just what I was imagining, and I love how it looks with the alternating text cases (a happy accident).
I’m fairly bummed that it looks way less glam in the hallway with the gross lighting, but the green really give the wall a great punch of color.
You can definitely tell that the letters aren’t perfect, but like I said earlier, nothing it our house is. It’s a sweet quote that we both love and wherever it lives will be that much happier.
Here’s a better shot of the hallway. You’ll see that I didn’t bother painting the edges of the canvas (maybe down the line), but I like the unfinished look. Again, my life = not perfect.
So that’s how I turned a boring blank canvas into a gorg piece of DIY art that I love (in under 1000 words!!). Oh, and the best part? The whole project only cost me $9.75. Booyah!!
How about you? Did you challenge the Pinterest Challenge? How’d it turn out??