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Make Your Own Poured Painting

As part of our master bedroom makeover I needed a piece of art to go over the bed. The picture doesn’t give you the immensity of this 6-foot wide king bed, but there was a pretty big blank wall above it. I wanted something that would pull together the two main colors of this room — greenish gray with brownish plum. I looked for several weeks and found no fabric or art or anything that could work. So I had to get creative.

I bought four 18″x24″ paint canvases at A.C. Moore on sale for $5 each. Then I took the paint I’d used on the walls of this room (Sherwin-Williams’ Comfort Gray—a fabulous color I must credit my clients the Sacks for turning me on to) and a sample container I’d bought months ago (Sherwin-Williams’ Socialite) and put them together for some poured art.

I arranged the canvases on a drop cloth on my screened porch. (Note: a screened porch is ideal for any of your painting/gluing projects because it allows the airflow without the rain or bugs or pollen or whatever else flies around your yard.)

I poured with the Comfort Gray color first and then let it dry about 2 hours before adding the next color.

I didn’t take any in-process pictures because it’s kind of impossible to be pouring paint in somewhat straight lines and also taking pictures of yourself doing it. I put the paint in a small paper cup so I could control it better, and then just poured on the lines as I liked.

The end result is this abstract piece which reminds me of Aspen trees.

I hung the canvases with two in the middle a little higher than the others because I wanted a headboard-style arrangement. It actually does make you “sink” a little lower in the bed to have them hung this way.

Here’s a shot of the room with the paintings and the DIY painted drapes that integrate the same “Socialite” plum color into the room.

I added a plummy chair we had upstairs previously with a green parrot pillow to connect those two colors a little more intentionally.

Next I’m going to add a pop of plum somewhere in this bedding. I am obSESSed with folding down my sheets and layering the bedding. 

So that’s my $20 + leftover paint project. It is ridiculously easy and you could also do it with different designs like this one I did for my living room.

I’m happy with how this one turned out and I hope you’ll try it and send me a picture! It is SO SO easy and you don’t have to have any artistic skills to do it. And did I mention the $20 total tab?

Okay, now I need to get back to this guy, waiting for me to finish my picture taking…and trying to pull himself up with my drapes.

I know. Tiny ball of gooey, squishy LOVE…this little one.

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How To Make Designer Window Panels with a Cake Stand

Soooo, my master bedroom is undergoing a makeover that resulted in a need for new window panels.

Having no inclination or budget for $100+ apiece designer panels, I went shopping in my house for something that could work.

I found a ceramic pie plate, a glass 10-inch pedestal cake stand, a sample-size of Sherwin-Williams “Socialite” plum paint, and two white queen flat sheets.

Yes, that IS a pacifier. It’s a multi-purpose life people.

After filling the pie plate with paint and turning the cake stand upside down in it, the work began.

It took multiple sessions and a fan blowing on each section of the fabric for hours at a time until everything was complete. (My 3-year-old is still trying to figure out why he was cast off to the picnic table outside for days on end.)

After many many MANY circle-stamps with the cake stand, the finished product is now my favorite DIY of all time.

First, here’s the only “Before” photo of the room I could find, taken when we’d first moved in.

And NOW, here it is.

If you look closely, you can see variations in the line width and paint coverage. That’s what I love about these. They’re obviously not machine-made, and the dribbles, dots and imperfections lend a truly artistic quality.

I’m in love.

No, lust.

No, complete infatuation!



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Custom Initial Art

I love handmade gifts. — Giving them. Getting them. Making them.

So I was thrilled that my sweet friend Shelley had already chosen her soon-coming baby’s name “Amelia.” It opened the possibilities for a monogrammed gift.

Using her nursery colors as my guide, I bought ribbon, two sheets of decorative paper, a letter “A,” and a 12×12 paint canvas.

I attached the ribbon and “A” with hot glue, and I attached the papers with adhesive dots that are 1/8″ thick to give some layered dimension to the piece.

You could make this SO easily in any color just by changing out the ribbon and paper.

Best of all, the supplies for this gift came in just under $10 yet it is completely custom, personalized and an original piece of artwork.

I will be making more of these in the near future!

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Spoonflower in a Gallery Wall

I love gallery walls. They infuse a room with age, character, interest, story.

My latest project is a gallery stair wall that isn’t quite finished, but here’s a sneak peek.

I like adding in some bits of homemade interest to the gallery, so when I saw Addicted2Decorating’s Chrysanthemum Mirror, I had to try it for my wall.

She may call it a Chrysanthemum mirror (can’t argue with that), but I call it a Spoonflower.

Because it’s made of 174 plastic spoons. ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY FOUR. So if that’s not a Spoonflower, I don’t know what is. You can follow the tutorial here. I followed it exactly.

I’m still debating whether or not to add the mirror in the middle or leave it yellow against the gray wall. I have the mirror, just really can’t decide.

It’s a simple project (albeit time consuming) and I love the way it draws your eye up the staircase to the top of the gallery.

The total cost was about $12 – sample can of yellow paint and $6 worth of plastic spoons.

Side note: there is an actual company named Spoonflower in Durham, NC, that prints custom fabric based on your own designs. Check it out at www.spoonflower.com. There is no minimum order quantity and the prices are reasonable. Ingenious concept.

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