I was a bit more quiet than usual over the holidays but it was just one of those years that you find yourself needing to rest. Being an area I struggle with (rest, self-care, quietness) I decided to take the pressure to post off and just enjoy.
And paint a bit of course!
I put together a list of things that make me happy and make me feel alive. Good sleep, healthy food, art, thrift stores, laughing with my kids and hubby, a good long soak in our bathtub, candles, music, plants, and writing. So I don’t have a word or resolution this year, but more of a creed. To be true to myself and listen to my spirit and body. To take care of her, and not worry about the pace at which I am going or anyone else is going. And to have more fun, fun is the best.
You may be new here and it’s nice to get to know eachother 🙂 A bit about me- together my hubby and I have six kids and five grandkids, I like wine and french fries. I could watch Downton Abbey 1000 times and I love records. I have freckles, would rather wear glasses than contacts, and you can find me in leggings and Birkenstocks 99.9% of the time. I would rather be dorky and have a good time than take myself too seriously, so if you like to make crazy faces at your family members and like to sing the entire soundtrack to Grease in your kitchen, I am sure we will get along fabulously.
And, I love to make stuff that looks pretty in our home but does not cost a lot. So, here is today’s DIY I hope you like it! And thank you for taking a moment to read this little blog of mine by the way, it means so much to me 🙂
So, you know I am a sucker for the before and after. Like I LIVE for the thrifty score and the oooh’s and ahhh’s after I give it a nice makeover. When my family doesn’t get it I know you will. Thank you for always being there.
I have seen some pretty high end art online and realized that I could easily make this myself with some thrift store canvases. You can buy new canvases too at your local art or craft store (Amazon too 🙂 ) but I LOVE the idea of keeping things from the landfills and living sustainably. So I gave it a go!
For this project I used sheetrock mud, thrifted canvases and acrylic craft paint. I put down some wax paper and started with a good later of sheetrock mud using a sheetrock scraper to apply it. After it was dry (I waited overnight) I applied another layer then used black acrylic paint to paint the edges of each piece.
This made them look like they have a frame when it’s really just contrasting paint. For the rectangular piece I just used my paint brush and made rows of rough squares, eyeballing it as I went.
They are freeform and you really cannot make a mistake. On the square pieces, I brushed the black at an angle across the lower area on each piece and when it was dry, I used a smaller brush and added some gold here and there.
We just painted our entry way this fresh deep olive color, it was a terra cotta color before, as you can see here. I like to move stuff around and a fresh coat of paint is the perfect way to get a new look with some of the stuff you already have!
Here is the last color the entry was, and Penny our little rescue with a LOT of attitude 🙂
Every time I paint a space I am worried I will hate it lol, so that stage fright I guess never goes away. Even after many walls and many homes. You just have to go for it, it’s just paint right?
I am working on painting a hutch we found on Craigslist right now that is SO heavy. But I will finally have a place to store my grandma’s china, and my stacks of plates (thank you Goodwill!)
Until next time friends, I hope this finds you cozy and enjoying everything wonderful about January 🙂