I hope everyone has been enjoying the beautiful fall weather we’ve had over the weekend!
Yesterday I started and completed a really fun project. We have been looking for inexpensive artwork to hang above the bed in our guest room, and really liked the graphic chandelier “sketches” done by artist Ethan Harper.
Pretty confident I could make my own versions (I am no artist, but figured I could handle the lines and silhouettes of chandeliers), we procured my materials needed at Michaels (using a 20% off your entire purchase coupon) during a 1 and a 1/2 hour-trip there yesterday, which Jason was thrilled about! Then I got to work!
We found these frames for $10.40 a piece and picked up 3.
A close-up if you wanted the dimensions:
Jason spray painted them silver with spray paint we already had on hand:
I was debating between graphite and chalk….we went with good old Crayola chalk figuring at $1.00 a box, if it didn’t work out we could always return for the pricier white graphite.
We used chalk because we decided we wanted white-on-black sketches. We thought that would be best with the aqua, black, and white colors we have been using in our guest room so far.
We bought slightly textured black paper, advertised as working well with graphite, at $1.83 a sheet. I laid the underside of one of the frame mats down on top of the paper to use as a guide and keep me within my dimensions.
With each of the three sketches I did, I tried to “lay out” the design by doing the basic outlines first, then adding in details.
I was slightly daunted by the multitude of lines and the detail at first (plus, you can’t quite “erase” chalk once it’s on paper!), but I just tried to relax and have fun with it…and it really was so much fun. I was surprised at how quickly each chandelier came together, and each one looked so interesting and unique from the others.
Once I finished, I tested a spot by spraying a sealer to try to “hold” the chalk in place…and I’m glad I tested it because it practically faded the chalk into oblivion! The more I thought about it, since the sketches were going to be preserved behind glass in a frame, it wasn’t so necessary for them to be sprayed with some sort of fixative.
When the frames fully dried, I trimmed the paper down to size and set each one in its matting and frame!
Here is a close-up of each one (can you tell I am a little too proud of how each one turned out?)
I just love the high contrast of white on black. And all for the price of one print, non-framed! Once we re-paint the guest bedroom, we’ll hang these over the bed. Can’t wait!
I feel ever-so-slightly guilty for doing a side project over anything nursery-related, which is of course our top priority…but we have been making strides in that department, and unfortunately my hands are a bit tied since everything is paint-related! So Jason has to do most of that.
Here is the latest with the nursery:
The room is finally painted! Jason did a fantastic job of transforming this:
I still can’t get over why they a) chose that clay/rust/ugh color, or b) why they painted the inside of the closet, shelves, and even VENTS in the same color! I imagine them taking the gallon of paint and just throwing it towards the wall, painting everything in its wake.
Anyway, our little room has undergone quite a transformation. We used our favorite paint brand (Olympic One Paint + Primer) in Creamy Cucumber, a color chosen with the help of my mom’s dear friend and very talented, inspiring decorator, Mrs. Julie Wills.
We thought the white trim would be fine, but as soon as it was set against the new paint color, we realized how dingy it looked! So I picked up a quart of Delicate White, and Jason did an awesome job painting all the trim, around the window, and the doors.
I think it’s a great gender-neutral color!
Jason was able to replace 2 of the red vents for white ones. For the funky-sized, un-repurchasable (word?) 3rd vent we realized white spray paint would do the trick, to rid us once and for all of that color!
He painted the inside of the closet and the shelves a neutral creamy, buttery color, which was left-over by the previous owners (it’s the same color of our living room, staircase, and second floor hallway). This way, we will never have to paint the closet again, no matter what the room color is! What a novel idea! 🙂
(From left to right: window treatments, crib skirt, bumper pad & piping, and possible glider fabric choices)
I am in love with the curtain fabric, which is “Small Talk” by Waverly in Mint Julep. My mom came up for a visit a few weeks ago and
helped me sew made the curtains while I watched in amazement. She is so gifted!
Here is the fabric laid out. I love the sweet little birds:
The curtains just need to be finalized, and I have to decide whether or not we want to construct a pelmet or cornice for the top of the window treatment, OR just buy a cute curtain rod to add the detail we need.
The crib skirt fabric we’re going to order is also Waverly, called “Square Root” in Aquamarine. I just received the glider fabric swatches in the mail yesterday (see photo above). I want to go with a neutral fabric that will work with not only the nursery, but a future kid’s room or other room in the house, since the upholstered gliders look like real chairs and not just a rocker! I think I’ll go with one of the two fabrics on the top of the pile…I’ll decide on that soon.
We decided to use the crib I had when I was a baby. I love the detail, which has been a double-edged sword…all the spindles and grooves have proven difficult to sand down and prime! This is what we have done so far:
…sanded with our electric Mouse (I think my hand was still vibrating an hour afterwards)
…and now Jason is priming it as I type:
We are aiming to paint the crib a green that will bring out the leaves in the curtain fabric. Painting the crib is going to be a challenge, as we’re not sure how evenly it’s going to go on with all the grooves and rounded areas on the crib. I’ll keep you posted!
Have a great Sunday :- )