DIY Foil Birch Tree Art

While scouring my local Hobby Lobby I came across an aisle full of gold accent art and decorations that I just loved. I was very drawn to printed canvas art of birch trees that had golden accents. After seeing it several times and on many trips, I decided to paint it myself. While I have been painting for many years, this was a really easy process that really anyone can do with a little time.

My Inspiration:

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The good part about creating my own was that I can make it any size and use the colors that will look best in my room. I chose to do two canvases that would hang side by side above my bed as focal point. First I painted both canvass a light cream color, then dry brushed white over each canvas to have some more variation and depth in the background. Now for the trees.

With different sized brushes I painted lines from top to bottom using a light grey and light brown acrylic paint. Remember these will be trees so the lines are not straight or all the same. I chose for some to cross over each other and for some to be close together (using my inspiration image as a guide). I then added little branches to each tree here and there.

Next is to ad a little more depth and texture to the trees by adding other colors on top. I lightly and freely added white to areas of the grey trees and and a washed out black to the brown trees. You can add as little or as much as you want, after all it is your artwork!IMG_9971.JPG

Once its all dry and you have the look you want, you can start adding the gold foil accents. You can do this a couple ways really. I want my gold foil to be a little less controlled so I chose to use loose gold foil leaf from Hobby Lobby. You could also use a gold paint pen like I used on my C3PO jewelry tray. For this I painted Mod Podge in areas all over the trees and started laying gold foil down. Once its all dry, lightly wipe away the excess (you can add more if needed to areas). Then just paint back over the gold leafing with more Mod Podge and done!!! I love the raw edges created when using the gold foil leaf and love how it looks in my bedroom.

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Mother’s Day Sign

After making the sign for my kitchen, my mom said she had to have one so naturally I made her one for Mother’s Day, along with a #shiplap shirt from Magnolia Market. Yes, this is very similar to the post I wrote with my kitchen sign but I painted the wood a little differently and actually like it better than the one I did for me. I also couldn’t post it before Mother’s Day and let my mom know what I was up to.

I used the same size board as mine, used a darker stain and then did a white wash of paint over the piece. All you need is white paint and a little water. Oh, yeah don’t forget some inspiring music and a tasty drink (I prefer an ice cold tea).  I let it sit for about a minute or so, then wiped it all off. Then I added a little more paint to the edges with a dry brush and wiped it off as well to get the look I wanted.

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I laid out the text on my computer to be sure the letters fit perfectly, printed them out two at a time and then transferred them to the wood just as I did for my kitchen sign. I find it’s better to lay them all out where you want them first and mark the edges of the paper with a pencil so that you can place them exactly where you want them before transferring them.

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After hand painting the letters with black paint, I distressed each letter along with the edges of the sign. For the final step I sprayed the entire sign with a satin sealant so it will last forever. Now to surprise my mom with her custom Mother’s Day present!

Now if only I could get my mom to send me a picture of the finished project in her kitchen. She is one busy mom!

DIY Abstract Art

This was such a fun project to do, especially since I had my boys help out. For this project, I absolutely had no plan as to what I wanted the finished piece to look like. The boys were bored one afternoon so I grabbed some old canvas, acrylic paint, brushes and headed out side. I knew that once they were done painting the color would be pretty muddy but would be a good base once the caked on paint tried. Now the base layer has lots of texture and movement. Oh and the boys loved it!

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Look at those faces! My boys just love getting dirty and then getting hosed down. After several hours of drying I grabbed some left over spray paint and organically added some green around the edges and then accented with gold around the edge of the green.

After the spray paint dried, I brought everything inside to add a few more layers. I then decided to add a layer of a burgundy color that I had along with some jagged white brush strokes that followed the lines of the spray paint. I decided it needed more white accents. I painted the white on and then dipped my brush in water and swirled the brush while painting back over the white until I got the look I wanted. I did this until the white was washed out and used a paper towel to pat down any of the runs or excess water.

I like the look of it so far but doesn’t quite seem done yet. I decided to add some gold foil leafing to the gold areas to finish it off. I first put down some Mod Podge, then started adding the gold foil leaf. Once it was dry I lightly brushed off the excess before sealing it with another layer of Mod Podge.

Now its done and I just have to figure out where it should go or if I even have a wall free in my house. On to the next project!

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Custom Storage Bins

The fabric bins in the boys playroom have seen better days and are ready for an upgrade. They have used them as boats, cars, hats and just about anything you could imagine. With three little ones, saving a little money here and there really helps. Also, I love creating things myself so why not?IMG_8645

 

 

My inspiration was these adorable bins at The Land of Nod. I love these, but at $12.95 per bin it will start to get costly as I need 6 bins. So I did a little searching and found a lot of 6 in a similar color on Amazon for less than $20. Now to add the numbers. Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 2.01.49 PM

 

My plan was to hand paint the numbers but in the sake of time I tried something a little different. I found this fabric spray paint at Hobby Lobby and decided to give it a go. I laid out my stencils, taped them down to keep them in place and protect them from overspray. The stencils are probably not the best for fabric as they don’t completely lay flat. As I sprayed I would hold down edges with my fingers so that the paint wouldn’t bleed under the edges. If you do this same method, I would recommend gloves. I could not find many font options in the stencils so I went with what I could find. For this reason I would have preferred to hand paint the numbers to get exactly what I wanted. They are not perfect, but turned out really cute! This would also look great on bright colors. You could really add anything, outlines of figures, objects, words or fun designs.

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Yes, my two year old is only wearing underwear. These days we are lucky to get anything on him at all. 🙂

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Personalize Your Space

The homes on tv and in the magazines are absolutely beautiful and I love to use them as inspiration for my own house. I also want my space to represent me and my family so I like  to add my own flair to it. For instance, I love Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), sugar skulls and all that it represents. I have found a way to work them into my decor here and there. I have a sugar skull cookie jar, candle holder, and even some decorative pillows. I also used a gold Halloween candy bowl as a plant holder. This look may not be for everyone but I love it. You should see my house in October, there are sugar skulls everywhere!

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Oh and yes, the black and white picture above my couch says what you think it says. Like I mentioned in my About Me page, I cuss a little. Doesn’t that blank wall just drive you crazy? Trust me, I have plans for it! This room is still a work in progress.

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Your house is where you can express yourself so why not have fun with it. Your space can still be nice and a little edgy at the same time.

Custom Sign

I have a plan to paint my kitchen cabinets but first I had to paint the walls so I can get the feel of what color will look best. In the process of painting the kitchen and searching on pinterest I decided I needed a custom sign above the cabinets. I have always hated having these sophets in the kitchen but now I found a way to make them less annoying.

I bought a 4ft x9″ board and did some distressing with a hammer to make it a little roughed up. I had wanted more of a rustic piece of wood but Lowe’s didn’t have what I was looking for. This will actually make it easier when painting the letters on. Then I applied two thin coats of stain, which only take an hour to fully dry. Make sure to stain the edges too. Then I white washed the wood with some white paint I had around the house. I would put a little paint on the end of the brush and dab off the excess on a paper towel. I did several passes until I got the look I was wanting.

While the paint was drying I started to work on the letters which did not exactly work out as planned. I originally purchase stencils at Hobby Lobby for the letters but they ended up being a little too big to fit my long last name so I had to improvise. I ended up making my letters to size on my computer and printing them out two at a time on regular printer paper. I then cut down the paper around the letters and decided to use an old method to transfer them. I held the paper against my window so I could see the printing through the back and scribbled over the edging of the letters with a pencil. Then I laid down the paper on the wood and traced around each letter. When tracing the letter over the wood, the pencil marks scribbled on the back of the paper transfer to the wood. So here you go, perfect outlines for letters. Of course you will want to lay out all of your letters on the wood before you start the outline to transfer them so that you can mark where each will go.

I then used a small round brush paint each letter.  I chose to use black paint to get the look I wanted and I just happen to have some extra black Chalky Paint in the basement. After the paint was dry I simply went over the letters with a piece of sand paper and distressed the areas I wanted and I was done. This project only cost me the price of the wood and the hardware to hang it with.

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Rustic Shadow Box

I had the most amazing pictures of my twins taken (by Jenn West Photography) that I just had to have printed and framed in their room. There is no better way to remind them how much they love each other when they are not getting along. I had them printed on a metallic paper from Mpix. They do amazing work and my prints are always perfect. I found the two distressed Shadow Boxes at Hobby Lobby (for 50% off). I have said this before but if something you want there is not on sale, wait a week and it will be.

I like the rustic look and feel to go along with the bright colors from the curtains, comic book wall and art in their room. I found this really neat grey burlap fabric at Hobby Lobby as well and planned to put that behind their photos until something else inspired me. I pulled in my garage after my Hobby Lobby trip and saw an old pallet sitting up against the wall and decided I wanted a wood look behind the pictures.

The next day, I loaded up the boys and headed to Lowes and bought some wood plank peel and stick tiles that were less than $2.00 a piece. It only took me about 10 minutes to measure, cut and place the sticky tiles on he backboard of the Shadow Box and place my pictures. I absolutely love how these turned out and they look great with the marquee letter lights. Yes, that open space on the wall is awkward but I have a project planned for that. With these Shadow Boxes I can easily update the pictures of the boys throughout the years and If they ever happen to fight for separate rooms, they will each have a frame of their own.

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