DIY Cork Stamps

Happy Monday, y’all!! We were up bright and early this morning – me so I can blog this post & the hubs so he could finish some work for his teacher’s certification. Aaand I’ll probably need another cup of coffee by noon. The struggle is real, peeps. The struggle is real.

Any who, we had an eventful weekend! Our church hosts a volunteer appreciation dinner once a year for all of the serve teams in the church and each year, they somehow top the previous one. It’s always a wacky, crazy, belly laughs, fun night, full of ridiculousness. So that happened last night and boy howdy… what a night! It was medieval themed, complete with crowns and jousting. Yes, you read that correctly. Jousting. Oh! And our pastors made an epic music video remix of “What Does The Fox Say?”. Why, you ask? Because they’re awesome like that. I’ll post that video as soon as it’s up. And if you follow me on Instagram (_theculturedcavewoman), there’s a short clip of the hubs and I dueling it out in the jousting ring! I’d like to let the record state that I WON. I’d also like to believe it was fair and square, so let’s pretend, okay? Okay.

OH! And I got 2 of the most gorgeous chairs for our livingroom yesterday!! That’s a whole other post for another day, but here’s a sneak peek. Thank you, World Market, for fulfilling all of my heart’s desires. Gah, I would live in that store if I could.

LOVE at first sight!

LOVE at first sight!

And now, the REAL reason I wrote this blog post! Another Valentine’s Day craft!!! Yippee, right?! I’ve seen this craft all around Pinterest, so I decided to try it out myself. It was SO easy, only took 30 min and I didn’t even lose a finger. I’d call that a success! There are soo many possibilities with this craft – so dream big!

First, find some old corks (make sure they’re actual cork, not the foam corks!) & trace out your letters or symbols or whatever you’ve decided to do! And make sure you write the letters in a mirrored image. I didn’t on the “L” the first time and theeen realized it. Bah. ;)

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Using an exacto knife, CAREFULLY (I repeat, CAREFULLLLLLLLLY), trace your letter with the knife, then cut sideways into the cork, to make the two cuts meet. The excess cork should pop out pretty easily. Do that on the remaining letters. It took me about 30 min to draw the letters and cut them out. The first few cuts are kinda nerve wracking, but I promise, it gets easier!!

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Make sure your cuts are deep enough so the edges don’t smear ink everywhere! I went back later and trimmed mine down a bit more because of that very issue!

Alrighty, here’s how mine turned out! I LOVE them!! And now I want to make cork stamps of EVERYTHING!

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So, what do you think?? I’d love to hear from you!! You can find me on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram (search “theculturedcavewoman”) :)

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DIY Valentine’s Banner

Happy Monday, y’all!! Matt & I had a great weekend – spent Saturday morning together, I got my hair done (which was so far overdue, it’s embarrassing) & then we relaxed the rest of the day, rented a movie & I ended up crafting this banner I’m about to share with you! Sunday was full of the same – church & then FOOTBALL! Duh. We always head to my in-laws house for football games & we love it!

Okay, about the banner! Valentine’s Day is less than a month away & it was time to get crackin’ on some décor. I decided to go with something that was Valentine-y without being too cheesy since I love simple pieces that make a statement. I started tossing around some ideas and this is what I came up with! It’s super easy to make and cost me less than $10 total! My gracious mother-in-law let me use her mantle for the display (since we don’t have a mantle yet – that’s a whole other story for another time!), so other than the bunting, the beautiful décor is hers! Thanks Momma B for putting up with all of our rearranging! ;)

DIY VALENTINE’S BANNER

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Supplies:

  • Twine (I used probably 6-8 yds)
  • 3 pieces red cardstock (I got all paper at Hobby Lobby)
  • 3 pieces white cardstock
  • 1 piece pink cardstock
  • 1 piece gray cardstock
  • Burlap (I used probably 2 ft)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Triangle puncher (I got mine with a coupon at Hobby Lobby for $6. Saved soo much time!)

(Disclaimer – sorry for the quality of the pictures here – I was crafting while I watched a movie & that’s just how it went down!)

First, cut out a buttload of triangles with your puncher from the red, white, pink and gray paper. Make sure you leave enough paper for the circles and letters, though! I was able to get at least 40 triangles from each sheet of paper.

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Next, I made a template for the burlap bunting and traced it onto the burlap with a sharpie. I cut the shapes out, trimmed the edges and set ’em aside. (PS These photos were taken in my husband’s classroom while I kept him company as he did lesson plans. Crafting on the go, y’all. It’s real.)

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I ended up just purchasing this stencil because I figured I’d use it for a bunch of stuff in the future, too. but you can absolutely just use a cup or some other circle form to trace your circles with!

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Once I cut everything out it was time to decide how exactly I wanted it to look. If you’re like me, this is the agonizing part. I am such a perfectionist and so indecisive (terrible combo, in case you were wondering), so it took foreverrr for me to finally nail down a pattern. I laid everything out on the floor, changed it multiple times & each time my gracious husband would pause his movie, look at what I’d done and give me an opinion every time I asked. He didn’t even really get annoyed (and I was annoyed with myself, which tells ya something!). My hero!

After I decided which direction to go, I started gluing things down. I used a line of glue at the bottom of each triangle and attached it to the twine. The great thing about hot glue is that it dries quickly, so I was able to get a lot of triangles on there in a short amount of time.

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I moved my way down the line, gluing in a pattern on this one, spacing out only reds on another string & then attaching the letters to the burlap on yet another.

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I didn’t manage to grab pics of the letter tracing & cutting process, so I’ll just quickly explain how I did it. If you have a Silhouette Cameo, it would prob make your life a lot easier, but I don’t have one (yet!), so for now, I just have to suffer through hand-cutting things out for my various projects. First world problems like you wouldn’t even believe.

I found a font I liked on Pinterest (just search free fonts) & downloaded it to my computer. I blew it up to about 400 size, traced it onto a piece of paper, cut the letters out & traced them backwards on the sheet of red paper I was using for the letters. I cut THOSE out (carefully!) and then glued them onto the white circles. I LOVE this font and I think it’s perfect for V-day!

After a couple of hours of crafting my little heart out, it was finally done. And I LOVE it! I hope you do too :) Yay for simple, easy and CHEAP crafts that brighten up a room & make my heart happy!

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I’d love to hear from you!! You can find me on Facebook, Pinterest (search “The Cultured Cavewoman”) and Instagram (search “theculturedcavewoman”). Have a beautiful day, my friends!! :)

Friday Finds!

It’s Friday!!! Yippee!! The weekend always makes me an especially happy camper because I get to spend it with my man! Tonight will consist of me crafting & him studying for his teacher’s exam (party animals, right?!) and then tomorrow we have a DATE!!! Seriously, I love dating my husband. We don’t always have time to get away together but one of our goals this year is to MAKE time. Life gets so busy and it’s easy to let days slip by without really connecting or talking about things that matter; we have to consciously carve out moments to find each other. So excited to just sit and stare into each other’s eyes ;)

Anyways, Friday! This week I found some super awesome finds and I’m excited to share them with you! These
posts are some of my favorite to write because I have such a passion for making a home welcoming & inviting. I love when people come onto my house and immediately feel at ease and comfortable. My wish is to help provide you with pieces that help YOU make your home a haven, too! :) if you want that, that is. If you don’t want your home to be welcoming, then this is probably the wrong blog for you ;) haha let’s get started!

Knit Chevron Blanket - Tan and Cream $29.99 @ Target

Knit Chevron Blanket – Tan and Cream $29.99 @ Target

This blanket! I love blankets. I love chevron. I love neutral colors. All three of my favorite things in ONE item?! Hallelujah, the world rejoices! Or I do, at least. This would be perfect on the end of a bed or on a couch in the livingroom! This throw is a great way to add some texture to a room without it being obnoxious or taking away from any of your other décor.

 

Kramare Light $9.99 @ IKEA

Kramare Light $9.99 @ IKEA

This light! LOVE these! I love the simplicity of the design. These would look great on either side of your bed, over a nightstand or even in a hallway!

 

"Birds Greenery" by Fabrice De Villencuve $99.99 @ World Market

“Birds Greenery” by Fabrice De Villencuve $99.99 @ World Market

This painting! If you’ve been following my blog for any amount of time, you probably know by now that I would live in World Market if I could. Seriously. I love their style – this painting is no different! The bright but subtle colors make this piece so versatile. It would look beautiful in an entry way with some vases styled around the bottom of it, or even in a bathroom! It feels soft and whimsical and I WANT IT. Haha.

Wildaster Callie Area Rug (ON SALE) $79.98 @ Kirklands

Wildaster Callie Area Rug (ON SALE) $79.98 @ Kirklands

This rug! This blue is one of my favorite colors at the moment. It speaks to me! This would look so good in a dining room or even an entry way. It seems like it would bring the right amount of color to any room you place it in!

 

 

Kitchen Cart - Natural $169.99 (online only) @ Target

Kitchen Cart – Natural $169.99 (online only) @ Target

This cart! I go gaga over pieces like these. I love the natural look and something like this is so useful for a kitchen. I know there are many times that I wish I could have a mobile cutting station or something of the like. This might just have to end up on one of my wish lists. Cough, cough. Honey, are you reading this?? ;)

Well, that’s it for this week! I hope something I posted caught your eye & you decide to add it to your home collection! I’d love to hear about it if it did! :) You can find me on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram (username: __theculturedcavewoman__). Have a great weekend, y’all!!

DIY Christmas Tree Bunting

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I know so many people say that, but fo real y’all – it’s my FAVORITE! Like, I start counting down again on December 26th. It’s a sickness, I know. But seriously – at Christmastime, everyone seems to have a warm smile on their face and there’s a simple kindness that lingers in the air. Cheesy Christmas movies are always on the television and hot cocoa is an everyday must. The lights, the decorations, the pretty wrapping paper, the yummy baked goods – I love it allllll! And this year is extra special since it’s our very first Christmas as a married couple! Which means our very first Christmas tree :)

Since I love all things DIY, I decided to make some bunting for our tree out of burlap and twine. I sat down and sketched out my ideas and vision for what I wanted it to look like. I wanted simple, rustic-y, pops of gold and red, elegant without being pompous, but something that would catch people’s eyes when they walked in. And this is what I came up with!

DIY CHRISTMAS TREE BUNTING

Supplies:

  • 2-3 ft of 6in-wide burlap
  • 1 roll twine
  • 1 12″x12″ piece of white scrapbook cardstock
  • 5 index cards
  • Pen/Sharpie
  • Computer (for font)
  • Hot glue gun

The first thing I did was sketch a template for the triangles and use that to trace them out on the burlap:

It saves space to alternate the triangles!

It saves space to alternate the template

You need 13 triangles!

You need 13 triangles!

Next, I found a font I liked on the computer (Copperplate Gothic Light). Sometimes I’ll freehand stuff like this, but this time I decided to go the easy route and just trace it! It’s been a long week, okay?! I made the font size 225 and traced the letters onto index cards (they’re thinner so it’s easier to see through!)

Be GENTLE! Your computer screen is rather fragile ;)

Be GENTLE! Your computer screen is rather fragile ;)

I didn’t want the pen to show when I cut the letters out for the banner, so I held the cards up to a light and traced the letters onto the other side of the index card, so that they were backwards (which would make it easier to hide the pen lines when it came time to attach them to the burlap):

See? Backwards letters

See? Backwards letters

Next, I traced the backwards letters onto the cardstock (holding it up to a light again). It was pain to trace them 3 times, but the cardstock I had was so thick that I couldn’t trace it straight from the computer. Here’s what it looked like when I was done:

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So glad they all fit on one sheet of paper ;)

I painstakingly cut out each of the letters (this was also that point in the project where I was seriously cursing my creative bend and just wanting to burn it all. But I powered through. Praise Jesus.):

PS: I LOVE this font!

PS: I LOVE this font!

I placed them on the burlap to make sure they all fit. Then, using a hot glue gun (seriously, what in the world did we do before these were invented?!), I carefully glued each letter down onto the middle of the triangles.

Getting closer

Getting closer to the finish line!

Next, I cut a line of twine about 2 feet in length (my philosophy is that I can always trim it shorter – because not having enough length when you’ve already started a project is the WORST! So be generous here). I took the first three letters, J-O-Y and laid them facedown in the order I wanted them hung & then hot glued the twine to the top back edge of the triangles.

Like so.

Like so.

I repeated those steps on the remaining 3 banners, making sure to increase the length of the twine each time (because the tree gets bigger the further down you go!). The W-O-R-L-D had about a 4 foot piece of twine, just for reference. I let them dry for a few minutes and then placed them on the tree in descending order.

And here’s how it turned out!

The finished product!

The finished product!

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I made the pinecones too! Tied bows out of red ribbon & hot glued ’em to the tops (used twine to hang them).

Love it.

Love it.

One of my fave Christmas songs - Christ has come! And he has brought TRUE joy to the world!

One of my fave Christmas songs – Christ has come! And he has brought TRUE joy to the world!

And because I love the glow-y lights:

Some glow-y pics :)

Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy

Happy heart :)

Happy heart :)

I’m super happy with the final product – I LOVE the way it looks on the tree, but you could also hang this over your mantle or on a wall somewhere, as well! It’s simple, but eye-catching, which is what I wanted. Do you like the font and size of the banners?? How do you think it turned out?? I’d love to hear from you!! :)

 

Linked up to:

Liz Marie Blog http://www.lizmarieblog.com/2013/12/inspire-me-please-linky-party-41/

52 Mantels http://www.52mantels.com/2013/12/thursdays-are-your-days_11.html

Live Laugh Rowe http://www.livelaughrowe.com/peppermint-recipes-live-laugh-linky-90/

Lamberts Lately http://www.lambertslately.com/2013/12/create-it-thursday-32-plus-features.html

The Turquoise Home http://theturquoisehome.com/2013/12/work-it-wednesday-no-27/#more-3228

Kitchen Chair Makeover

Last night was my husband’s football banquet (he teaches 7th grade english and coaches 8th grade football)! So we got all dressed up and headed to his school for the celebration. It was actually really fun – since I also work full-time & can never make his games (don’t get me started), I finally got to meet the other coaches and some of the players he’s been with for the past 4 months, which was so great.

PS: That’s the shirt he was wearing the night we met over 2 years ago – what can I say? I’m a sucker for a man who can rock pink like that! ;)

We fancy, huh?

Love this man!

Okay, okay.. I know what you’re all thinking- enough with the sappy pics already! And you’re right -it’s time to get down to business! This. Is. It. The moment you’ve all been waiting for… The Great Kitchen Chair Reveal of 2013!!! Taaa daaaaa!! Y’all, settle down and try to contain your hysteria. It’s early and your neighbors will most likely not appreciate the shrieks of excitement you’re suppressing right now.  And I’d just hate to be the cause of a block-wide riot ;)

But seriously. This was a labor of love. A BIG one. Don’t get me wrong, I am THRILLED with the finished product, but I always, always, ALWAYS do this! Start projects thinking they’re going to take waaay less time than they actually do. And then in somewhere in the middle, I usually want to pull my hair out, say dirty words & eat a gallon of Blubell ice cream. Simultaneously. Ya feel me?

But alas, we pushed through (mainly because if we didn’t, we had nowhere to sit down), and now… I am a happy camper! And so glad we decided to take on this feat  – something as simple as a different pattern managed to change the entire look and feel of our dining room. It made the dark wood of the table pop & the cheery pattern really helped brighten up the whole space. All that to say, I hope this post inspires you to attempt that project you’ve been avoiding, too! ;)

BEFORE

BEFORE

BEFORE

BEFORE

First, we had to remove the current fabric. We found that a flathead screwdriver worked wonders to pry the staples up (we fancy, huh?). Pliers also helped yank out the stubborn ones! You’ll end up with a nice little pile like this:

So. Many. Staples.

So. Many. Staples.

We very soon realized why the previous owners recovered these in the first place. Shudder. No amount of hand washing could erase the trauma of seeing those yellow stains. I need therapy (not that I didn’t before, BUT STILL).

What was underneath..

Blech.

Also, for those wondering, I got the new fabric from joanns.com. It’s called “HGTV Home Chevron Chic Harvest” and was on sale for $19.99/yd. It’s normally $39.99/yd, so if you like it, I’d suggest you jump on that ;) Alrighty, the next step was laying out the fabric, tracing, measuring and cutting! We laid out the old squares of fabric on top of the new just to get a general idea of what kind of measurements we were working with. We made a small mark on the back of the fabric with a permanent marker to mark the edges.

Tracing

Tracing

Based on where the marks were, we decided to do 26×26 squares. The fabric was 55″ wide and we ordered 4 yards (way more than we needed but I wanted to have some leftover just in case of a fatal spill later on down the line).

Measuring

Measuring

Once we had them measured and marked, I went to cutting!

I attempted to cut in a straight line. Key word: attempted.

I attempted to cut in a straight line. Key word: attempted.

Next, we laid them all out just to make sure they were even and going to work. I’m a little OCD like this – I’d rather find out early on that I screwed up & still have time to fix it.

So pretty!

So pretty!

Next, we started stapling them one at a time. The first part was to ensure that they we’re straight. Now, this fabric (obviously) has a zig zag pattern, BUT I didn’t want to staple it on crooked – cuz that’d just be tacky. So we readjusted them a couple of times until I was satisfied. While I folded over one side, my stud of a husband geared up to staple the beejesus out these seats (what man doesn’t jump at the chance to use brute force??).

Folding

Folding

Ready for staples!

Ready for staples!

After stapling one side (we did 2 rows of staggered staples, as you’ll see in a later picture), we proceeded to do the opposite side, in order to make sure the fabric was really snug.

Make sure you pull tight!

Make sure you pull tight!

See, opposite sides!

See, opposite sides!

We flipped it around and did the other 2 sides the same way. You’ll be left with 4 tail-like things on all the corners.

Time to cut these too!

Time to cut these too!

Using scissors, cut each corner downwards, still leaving enough of a tail to staple! This part is very important – you can always take more off, but you can’t salvage it if you cut too much!

Cutting downwards

Cutting downwards

Next, make a little bit of a slit on each side of the tail – this will help you fold the corners in for a smooth surface.

Making a slit

Making a slit

It will look something like this when you’re done:

Time to finish 'er up!

Time to finish ‘er up!

I used my knees to help hold the cushion in place, then folded the fabric and pulled tight until I was happy with where it was laying. My hubs would swoop in and quickly staple it. It was like a comedy show – I would tug and maneuver and then shout, “Here! Staple! STAPLE!” and he’d rush in and fire a quick 7 into each corner. Y’all, sometimes I’m just really glad our daily life isn’t caught on camera. Lawd.

So glad the backside will never see the light of day!

So glad the backside will never see the light of day!

That sucker's not going anywhere!

That sucker’s not going anywhere!

Each cushion took about 15-20 minutes, by the time we arranged, folded, stapled, cut, & stapled some more. Then, we had to screw them back into the chair frames, and of course, most of the screws were either stripped now, or weren’t long enough to go through all of the fabric. Of COURSE. So by the time we wrestled with a few of these, it was another 2-3 days before we mustered up the energy to attempt the next batch. Not gonna lie – we pep talked ourselves.. a lot. And 2 weeks (3 weeks?) later, we finished! Yaaay!

Close up!

Close up!

Here are a few pictures of the final product (PS: I just bought the new paint on Saturday – can’t wait to get started! I think it’s gonna make the chairs pop even more)!

The dining room

The dining room

Side view

Side view

Another side view

Another side view

Closeup of the top

Closeup of the top

Seriously. I LOVE this fabric!

Seriously. I LOVE this fabric!

Ariel view ;)

Aerial view ;)

So there you have it. The Great Kitchen Chair Reveal of 2013. I’m so happy with how it turned out! I can’t wait to see what it will look like once the walls are painted, too. What’s your opinion? Do you think this chevron fabric was the right choice? Have you ever reupholstered anything? I’d love to hear from you! :)

Friday Finds!

I think I’m going to start doing something I’m calling “Friday Finds!”. Basically, just posting some of my very favorite finds that I stumble across throughout the week & sharing them with you! Hopefully they spark something in you too :)

Because I have a confession: one of my absolute favorite things to do is browse Pinterest (for HOURS. Seriously people, it’s a sickness!!), look through magazines & pore over different websites, finding for inspiration & ideas for our house.

I have this Himalayan handmade paper notebook that I got while the hubs & I were in Seattle this past summer, and I use it to stash all my ideas. Lord knows what would happen if I ever lost that thing. I’d probably implode.

For me, it’s soo helpful to write everything down that I’d like to do to/in the house. I feel like when you can see what needs to be done, the cost, the priority level, etc., it totally increases your productivity! Of course, I’m also that person who thinks it’s Christmas anytime someone even mentions a label maker or color coding so… there’s that.

Here are a few of my favorite finds this week… If I could buy everything I’m about to list, I’d be a very happy girl. For now though, I’ll just have to settle for the pretty pictures ;)

Twist Swivel Stool $119.99 @ World Market

Twist Swivel Stool $119.99 @ World Market

This stool. World Market holds my heart, y’all. I have two metal stools from Target for our bar, but need a third one. Got my sights set on this beaut. Soon!

Nelson Industrial Bench ON SALE $149.99 @ World Market

Nelson Industrial Bench ON SALE $149.99 @ World Market

This bench. Looove it. Not sure where I’d put it- maybe in the backyard? Once it’s fixed up? Cuz it’s a jungle right now. No, seriously. The previous owner was going for a Japanese-zen-garden-type feel & now it’s just outta control! And overgrown. And overwhelming. I’m dreaming of beautiful sod, an open porch, gorgeous lighting, a firepit for s’mores… this bench in the mix. Can you picture it?! Happy sigh.

Basket Weave Jute Rug ON SALE $212.49 @ World Market (8x10)

Basket Weave Jute Rug ON SALE $212.49 @ World Market (8×10)

Premium Jute Braided Area Rug $279 @ Home Decorators Collection (8x11)

Premium Jute Braided Area Rug $279 @ Home Decorators Collection (8×11)

These rugs. I can’t decide. They’re similar. But different. But not. I can’t make up my mind!! I think we are definitely gonna go with jute though, when the time comes.

Dovecote Pendant $99 @ Home Decorators Collection

Dovecote Pendant $99 @ Home Decorators Collection

Globe Bronze Pendant $99 @ Home Decorators Collection

Globe Bronze Pendant $99 @ Home Decorators Collection

These pendant lights. Dreaming of one over my stove, next to the bar (I’ll post a pic soon!). Again, love them both. Opinions? Thoughts? HELP??

What are some of your favorite stores to shop at? Where do you find inspiration?

Are you a free spirit when it comes to decorating and renovations? Or do you like to have a game plan?

PS: Here’s a sneak peek of next week’s recipes!! They were deeeelicious so make sure you pop back by on Monday and check ’em out!!  :)

Stuffed Flank Steak!

Stuffed Flank Steak!

Paleo Chicken Parmesan!

Paleo Chicken Parmesan!

“It Is Well With My Soul” Painted Canvases

I love the phrase, “It is well with my soul.” There’s an old hymn with that name. The man who wrote it was Horatio Spafford & it was penned in 1873. His wife and 4 daughters were on a boat to Europe, while he stayed behind in Chicago to catch up on some last minute work before he met up with them. A few days later, he received word that the boat had encountered some trouble and all 4 of his daughters had drowned, with only his wife surviving. This song was written on his way to Europe to bury them. The lyrics go something like this:

” When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.”

Peace in the storm. Hope for the hopeless. Contentment in the unknown. This phrase evokes all of those things in me. It was something I most definitely needed and wanted in my home -a constant reminder to cast my burdens down and find rest in God.

I first saw this idea on Pinterest and then decided to just run with it! I bought two canvases (at Michaels, when they were 1/2 off! They always have great sales!), and some acrylic paint for the background and letters.

Supplies:

  • Two 24×18 canvases (or whatever size you like)
  • Stencils (I printed mine off a website)
  • 3 small bottles of white acrylic paint (I used Craftsmart – Vanilla)
  • 1 small bottle of yellow acrylic paint ( I used Apple Barrel – King’s Gold)
  • Fine point paintbrush
  • Medium paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Level (optional)

The first thing you’re going to want to do, it paint the background with the medium sized paintbrush. Now, I know it’s already white, BUT if you get any kind of smudge on the canvas, there’s no way to cover it up since the background is not a true white. So by painting it a new shade of white, you have freed yourself up to make mistakes and then fix them! Yay for that! ;)

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You’ll want to do at least 2 coats to make sure it’s fully covered!

Next, measure out where you want your letters – and make sure they’re even. I had to draw and re-draw lines a few different times until I was happy with it. I would have been so mad if I’d gotten to the end of it and realized something was crooked! Haha! It’s annoying, but prep time in the beginning is SO important to ensure the end product is quality!!

Line 'em up!

Line ’em up!

I cut each letter out individually & then tried to figure out a way to trace it onto the canvas. I had a few girls over that night and after a little brainstorming sesh, decided to rub my pencil over the entire backing of the letter (see above photo) & then flip it over and place it where I wanted it. Then, using a mechanical pencil tip, I traced around the letter, which (magically) transferred the pencil to the canvas, giving me a perfect outline of each letter.

It's a little faint, but you get the idea!

It’s a little faint, but you get the idea!

Using the fine-tipped paint brush, I slowly outlined each letter with the King’s Gold acrylic paint and then once it dried, I filled in each one. It took about 3-4 coats before I was happy with the coverage.

I also watched Friends during this time... because it's painstakingly slow & somewhat boring  work... and duh, Friends is the best.

I also watched Friends during this time… because it’s painstakingly slow & somewhat boring work… and duh, Friends is the best.

After I was done with the letters, I erased all the lines from the canvas and then touched up the background with the Vanilla acrylic paint, which really made the whole canvas look fresh & crisp!

The first version, before the walls were painted!

The first version, before the walls were painted!

Don’t worry, the walls are no longer that hideous orange! You can see that transformation here. I also realized at this point that I needed something else next to the globe..  You know that, “Something is missing…” feeling you get when decorating? Yeah, that was me. So the hunt was on! I ended up finding this gorgeous piece at Home Goods… on sale for $18! Boom-shaka-laka. I was a happy girl! But let’s be honest… it needed a little TLC. Okay, okay, it needed a LOT of TLC.

Looove this thing.

Looove this thing.

I wanted the canvases to remain the focal point of the bookshelf, so I decided to go with a minty blue/green (that will soon grace the walls of my utility room!). This allowed the arrow globe to still be noticeable, but not steal the show. I was very happy with how it turned out!

I handpainted it with a small paintbrush. It took about 3-4 coats.

I handpainted it with a small paintbrush. It took about 3-4 coats.

It took some time, but here is the finished product! Let me know what you think! Was the mint a good color choice? What color would you have done?

happy happy happy

happy happy happy

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