Happy Hump Day, y’all! This week has been chock-full of updates for you guys and even though there are days when I feel like I’m moving at a snail’s pace in our home improvement, I still can’t complain. Progress is progress for this full-time teacher mommy.
Despite being up to my eyeballs in essay grading (don’t you envy my glamorous job?), I wanted to share a super easy art project. I can hardly dignify it as art really…someone somewhere who is much more sophisticated and cultured than I is cringing that I even used that word. So super cute rustic wall decor I should say.
If you are a burlap junkie like me and you haven’t seen these in the craft aisle yet, prepare to be amazed. I was wandering the craft section of Walmart one day and stumbled upon Creative Essentials Laminated Burlap Sheets that cost about $3 per pack of 3.
I had seen tons of great ideas for burlap art before all over Etsy, but I decided to try my hand at my own. (Chalkboards and burlap are my kryptonite if you haven’t figured that out yet.) There is a way to create a stencil using freezer paper to press on regular burlap fabric, but who wants to go through all of that if you can take care of it in one step with a printer?
A couple of weeks ago, I dropped in to my neighborhood Goodwill (where I’m pretty sure they see my face and think “Oh boy. This chick again.”) and I found two 10×13 wood frames for $3 each. They were in great shape and from Ikea originally.
I tried out the burlap sheets in my printer, and what’d ya know, it was the exact same as printing on copy paper. I just found a pretty font (from my fav source- dafont.com). The one I chose was KG Eyes Wide Open, in case you’re wondering. I typed my saying into Word which says, “Wash your hands and say your prayers because Jesus and germs are everywhere.” I embellished it with some free flourish clipart too.
For the “mat”, as luck would have it, the back of the Ikea print had a white matte finish, so I just flipped it over and glued the burlap sheet to the center.
Easy! And probably the fastest DIY ever. It took a total of 5 minutes.
So now at least our powder room isn’t a total blank white box.
And after last weekend, the white is no more! Robert and I were finally able to tackle this little space with more Sherwin Williams Sea Salt (mixed in Valspar satin paint because I’m
cheap frugal like that). We used this color in the upstairs hall bathroom for Olivia and guests to use, which you can see here, Getting Designer Paint Colors for Less.
The little white cookie cutter is getting there slowly, but surely. If you’ve taken a look at our House Tour though, you’d have to admit, it’s pretty amazing how far we have come in these 5 months when we started with absolutely nothing but our brown couch from our old apartment.
I definitely need to do an updated House Tour, so once we finish painting the upstairs, I’ll give you all a new glimpse of the improved casa.
Right now I have about 3 more gallons of Sea Salt paint to use up because I overestimated the square footage. Oops! Thank goodness I love the color because it’s going to be popping up in our laundry room and pantry too. Live and learn. (I realize as I delve deeper into this DIY madness that it’s starting to become my motto.)
Here’s Our To-Do List for the Powder Room:
Upgrade the mirror
Get a rug
Add shelves over toilet and move burlap art to side wall
Add molding / board and batten
Upgrade flooring…one day