I don’t know why I am so restless lately, but I am. Bathroom done. Painting done. Quotes done. Slipcovers done. Quilt nearly done (but I don’t feel like sitting to finish it right now). So, I thought I’d try something new – stencils!
Generally speaking, I prefer textures to patterns. But, our dining room looks so sad and I’ve been seeing pictures and I thought, why not? Now, I know why not. It’d tedious and I’m not a perfectionist in things like this and waaahhh. Still, I’m kind of pleased with the results. I’m just doing the one wall.
First, I found a free stencil – free being key, simple being the next key.
Initially, I glued this to some cardboard, cut it out with an exacto knife and used it to trace the pattern on the wall. THEN . . . I remembered the cool notebook dividers I picked up last year. They’re sturdy, flexible plastic. I recut my pattern and started using that. MUCH better.
So, last night, I started out thinking the worst that could happen is I would have to repaint the wall. Well, gee? Like I won’t be doing that in the near future anyway! You can see how rough my tracing around the cardboard was. (A good gum eraser is your friend here.) But, I plugged away all the while watching the last episode of Project Runway – have I mentioned how much I love our DVR lately? There’s not much I like to watch but it’s fun to be able to pull up what I do like. Sue me. Tim Gunn makes me happy.
This is what I finished last night. I was tired and figured five columns was a good start.
I hoped to get a lot more done today, but sadly, the day got away from me. I finished another 10 columns in between dinner and what seemed like 50 kids running in and out and then visiting with Tim and his friend-that-is-a-girl and laundry and everything else. I’m pleased with the results thus far. Let’s hope tomorrow is a bit more productive.
Can you see the canvas I converted into a chalkboard (see the mess I made with the paint in previous posts) hanging on the door? I’m trying very hard to let it cure completely before I break out the chalk. Stupid tropical storms and their dampness!
That’s all I’ve got for today. Hope you are all well and, if you live in any of the Gulf areas, we’ll have you in our prayers. Fingers crossed that Isaac is just another over-hyped storm and nothing too serious comes from it.