Art Room Wall Mural

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I just thought I'd share a recent project with you.
I painted a mural on the wall in our elementary art room at church.
The theme of this room is an outdoor park 
so I decided to paint a flower garden on the walls and supply cabinets.


First, I got out my colored pencils and sketched a rough draft of what I wanted to paint.
I always like to have a picture to look at it when I'm painting, as a guide.


I used chalk to sketch my flowers on the wall.
Chalk sketching allows me to plan and layout the design before I start painting. 
It ensures that everything is well proportioned and spaced out, 
plus it's easy to wipe off and start over if I don't like something.


I paint all the color on flowers first and then come back with black and white accents and outlines.


Above, you can see the flowers on the left side without outline and highlights. 
I had already started accents on the right side.

And then, below, you can see that wall as I finished it.  
This photo was before we tore out the carpet and put in new baseboards.


Below, I painted the supply cabinets on the opposite wall, in hopes that they would blend in with the decor theme of the rest of the room.


Here's another photo of the completed room…


 I will be posting tutorials on the window box valences and fabric kites in the next week or so.




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Poodle Skirt - Circle Skirt DIY

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Remember when your math teacher used to say, "Listen and learn because you will NEED these math skills someday."
Someday = THE DAY I NEEDED TO MAKE A CIRCLE SKIRT

TIP: The best fabric for a poodle skirt is fleece or felt.  It doesn't have to be hemmed or serged.

  
I found an awesome tutorial at Dana Made It


...and I used MATH!

The appliqué on the pink skirt is from Hancock Fabrics.


The other one is simply a graphic I found online and then traced onto black felt.

I cut it out and fabric hot glued it to the skirt.






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Repurposed Plastic Shutters

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Repurposed Old Shutters


I dry brushed ASCP (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint) in Florence color
all over these ugly old plastic shutters that I found at a garage sale.

We turned them into art displays, custom with chicken wire
for our Sunday School - Arts & Crafts classroom.

The kid's artwork is proudly displayed on the chicken wire using clothespins.
(I'll post a photo of the hanging artwork later - I don't have one on my computer at the moment)



 Below is a (sorta) BEFORE and AFTER shot.
You can see the before shutter on the far right.


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Fabric Gift Wrap

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Turn fabric scraps into adorable gift wrap!



I cut a square of scrap fabric and then sprayed it with Krylon Easy Tack.
I folded it up and wrapped it just like I was using regular wrapping paper.


I secured the ends with Glue Dots.


This is a great use for those extra fabric scraps and it's so pretty.
I might wrap all my Christmas presents in fabric this year.  Who knows!?!


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Mix, don't match your pillows

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No more matching!


With the purchase of a new sofa comes new pillows!
That's always been my motto.  
I NEVER keep the pillows that come with a sofa.
It's way to easy to make a room look like a custom designed space just by using a few yards of fabric.
Plus, it only takes a couple of hours to sew your own pillows.  
I have a great PILLOW TUTORIAL here.
Back in the day (ahem, ahem - before last year), 
we wanted fabrics to match but NO MORE!
If you want your den, hearth room, bedroom to have an updated look…
REMOVE THE MATCHING PILLOWS!


And make these easy slip pillow covers so you can change them out whenever you want!
  





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Bacon Banana Dog Treat Recipe

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Happy 5th Birthday, Cocoa!


Bacon Banana Dog Treat Recipe:
1 mashed banana
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 egg
1 c. bacon pieces
1/2 c. natural applesauce
1/2 c. oatmeal
1/2 c. milk
2 tbsp. sugar

Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
I used a silicon (bone) baking sheet from k9cakery.

This adorable collar was her birthday present!

Here she is woofing down a dog treat…


I didn't try one but Cocoa said they were awesome!

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Chalk Painted Mason Jars

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These are so fun.
Painted Ball Jars are great accent pieces for shelves and tables 
or they make fabulous storage containers.
I used ASCP (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint) in colors: Provence, Aubusson and Arles.


I applied 2 coats and then roughed them up with sandpaper.
I applied ASCP clear wax, as a protectant.
I buffed the wax with an old t-shirt to make them glossy.
The photo below is before I applied the wax and buffing...


They are pretty cool with a matte finish too.
You could achieve this look by using hemp oil as your protectant rather than wax 
or use the wax but don't buff it.
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Barrel Cane Chair - Painted Fabric & Wood

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I had never painted fabric before!  I knew that ASCP (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint) could be used on fabric because I read all about it in one of Annie's books BUT I was never brave enough to try it.  
That was before I met this chair.  
I bought it at a garage sale last year and I could hardly wait to get it home and start taking the seat off.
I already knew EXACTLY which fabric I would use to recover the seat.
However, that seat had absolutely no interest in being removed!
The screws were stripped out.  Apparently, someone else had tried to remove it before me and they had completely hollowed out the screws.  I bought a tool to use… didn't work.  I researched online and everything I tried… didn't work.  I even beat the thing with a mallet and a hammer and in the end, I didn't even care if I broke it because I was that frustrated!
Then, to no avail, I moved the stupid chair to my garage, to sit alongside my other 25 pieces, waiting to be painted.  I gave up completely.  As a matter of fact, I kinda forgot about it.

Fast forward to September 2014… I needed a chair for my newly renovated living room.
Steve suggested I "SHOP" in my own garage. With an eye roll and a small laugh, I did just that.
I spotted the chair and realized it was perfect for the spot.
Then I remembered the stupid, stripped out screws and almost put the idea out of my head.
HOWEVER, just the week before, I was having a conversation with my friend, Lisa, and she was asking me if I had ever used ASCP on fabric.  I told her I had painted a couple of small things, like pillows but never any furniture.  She was thinking of doing a chair and wondered if I had any experience.  That conversation made me wonder about painting the seat of this particular chair, since there was no removing that seat.  I decided it couldn't hurt anything to try.  After all, it was only gathering cobwebs and dust in my garage.  I started re-reading about using ASCP on fabric and put my study to good use.

First of all, I sprayed the entire fabric seat with water.  
I used a lot of water.  
I wanted the fabric to be soaked so it would more easily absorb the paint.


I added water to the ASCP Old White (making it the consistency of milk) 
and began painting my first coat.


I let it dry for 24 hours before applying my next coat.



Then, I applied coat #2 and also proceeded to paint the first coat on the wood too.
I let that second coat dry for 24 hours.

Then I painted a third coat and I let it dry for… you can never guess how long!?
(In case you haven't been paying attention - 24 hours)

After it was dry, I painted accents in all the cracks and crevices using ASCP Provence.

I lightly sanded the fabric to soften it and I lightly sanded the entire chair.
I distressed it in the areas that I felt would wear naturally.


I paid careful attention to the painted accent areas with my distressing.


The next day, I applied a coat of soft clear wax (ASCP) to the fabric and the wood.
The following day, I buffed the wax and gently worked it into the fabric.
When it was finished, it felt like suede.


So, there it is.  
I hope this will help anyone who is thinking about tackling a fabric project.


Oh, and please meet my new living room chair...











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Prayer List Printable - October

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Prayer List Printable - October

Another free printable for the Resolution Notebook. 
Simply click on the image and it will take you to the download page.



Here are all of the monthly prayer list printables...

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Old Metal Crate

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I found this old crate at the antique store last week and thought I could surely find a place for it. It's just so cool. I have no idea why certain items (like this) grab me and demand to be bought, but they always do. I decided to put it under an end table for added substance and storage in my living room.

I love magazines, especially decor journals, but I struggle with a space for them. I revisit these decor articles for years so I don't love the idea of throwing them away! I thought this case would be the perfect container for my magazines.

Magazines can become heavy when they're multiplied and stacked. I didn't want to scratch my hardwoods while pulling out the basket to peruse periodicals, so I came up with a solution. I cut strips of self adhesive felt and stuck it on the bottom.

Gotta run... Those magazines are calling my name to sit down with a cup of coffee and rediscover my favorite articles.

 

 

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Door Monogram

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Door Decor 101
A door needs a little somethin' somethin' - am I right?
That being said, I'm OVER the whole wreath thing!
That doesn't mean I won't have a wreath on my door next month but 
for now, I wanted something different.
And here it is...

I got this wooden monogram from the store MaddieVs on Etsy.  You can find the link here.


I just used simple acrylic paint and then put a coat of poly on top to protect!



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Playing With Unexpected Color

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Have you discovered 
 yet?

If you don't know what I'm talking about, then this blog post is going to make your day.

Chairish is a really cool vintage marketplace, 
think flea market, where people can sell stuff or buy stuff
not only online but in stores across the country.
They have new stuff, old stuff...  
I love their unique items!
I am super excited to have found this site
because I am embarking on a new 
decorating project and this site has given me a ton of inspiration.
It's got me thinking a whole lot about COLOR!

I've always loved colors.  
As a matter of fact, I think that's why I love decorating and design so much.
Color has the ability to change our feelings and mood.
Color ultimately "sets the stage" of a room.

Color can be cold.
Color can be warm.
Color can be bold, bright, happy, sad…
Color evokes emotion.

Color can be UNEXPECTED and that's when things get fun!

I have a new sofa that just arrived last week, and my walls are currently covered in 2 foot squares of various paint sample colors.  I have fabric swatches everywhere as I try to decide the direction in which I want to go.  The sofa is gray so the possibilities are endless.  I'm thinking about really stepping out of the box and painting one of the walls peacock green and then accessorizing with bright yellow.
In my latest search for color and decor ideas, I found a whole lot of inspiration at "Chairish"
I love, love, LOVE the style of this place!  
This is the color chart from Chairish that has inspired me thus far:


Gray can feel cold, am I right?
I love gray in decor but it can definitely have a cool feel.
But when it's mixed with these peacock shades, it transitions the gray from cool to spa-like serenity.
The deeper peacock shades are so elegant and dramatic, in my opinion.  
The gray intensifies the darker shade of green. 
This Peacock - Dove color scheme is definitely what I'm going with in my new space.

The Chairish color-graphics have me thinking of all kinds of color changes in my home.
Here's what I'm thinking...

Now that Labor Day is behind us, everything is turning up PUMPKIN, am I right?
I'm super excited for FALL, it's my favorite season and I go ALL OUT with decorating.
I have found that the easiest way to do this is by adding touches of fall COLOR to my home!
I add unexpected orange all over the house.
Look at these awesome accent pieces (below) and think of how they could create a fall feel to any room.  Then think outside the box and imagine having these colors mixed in with your decor any time of year.  If you really want to have fun with it, try this exercise…

Sit back and look around the room you are currently sitting in, imagine some touches of peach and tangerine.  Can you incorporate these colors into your space?  If these colors don't work, which other colors might you add?  


One of my favorite ways to re-decorate or spruce up a space is to make small color changes.
It's amazing how much you can change a room by simply 
painting a wall or adding a colored lamp to a table.  
But have you ever added an "off-color" to a room?
An "off-color" is an accent color that doesn't necessarily "fit" in a room.  
A surprise in color might be just what your room needs!

I love these color pairings from Chairish.  Do they inspire you to make unexpected color changes?



Any ideas yet?

By the way, Chairish has not compensated me in any way for this post.
I am truly loving this site and its content.  I love their blog and I love their store.
So, there you go.  I hope you have found some color inspiration.
Let me know if you make any unexpected changes!
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