The ladies at The Polka-Dot UmbrellaÂ love DIY projects.Â They blog about adventures with sewing, quilting, decorating, thrifting, entertaining their kids, cooking and baking, and giving new life to old furniture. Each member of the team has a different style and perspective, but they all share in their love for making and creating!Â Â Â Â
I am Erica, and I am one of the five ladies who blog over at The Polka-Dot UmbrellaÂ I am a slow decorator.Â My husband and I bought our first home around three years ago, and I am just barely getting around to decorating the master bedroom.Â I finally decided what colors and style I wanted to go with.Â When I refinished a hand-me-down dresserÂ in February in a gorgeous blue color,Â I knew I wanted to bring more blue into the room, and since my husband is an awesome artist, we (well actually I) decided to do a hand drawn wall mural. When we first moved in we painted all of the walls tan, except for one wall in the master bedroom that we painted dark brown. I knew this would be the perfect wall to add something to.
This is what we did:
There are a few ways we tried to paint this huge wall mural.Â The first technique we tried was to use a projector to project the image on the wall.Â We wanted to make sure this idea would work, so we just started with the area to the right of the window.Â We were afraid of not getting straight lines, so my husband had the great idea of using painters tape.
First we overlapped the tape and covered the area where we wanted the image.Â We projected the image onto the wall, then traced the outline with a sharpie.Â Finally we used an X-Acto knife to cut out the space that we wanted to paint.Â We used left over white paint that we already had on hand.Â Here comes the problem with technique number one.Â When we pulled the tape off, the paint had run.Â We were able to fix it after wards using a white paint pen.
For the rest of the tree, we tried out a second technique.Â We did the same thing using the tape, sharpie, and X-Acto knife, the only difference was we used white spray paint.Â We were afraid it wouldn’t match the first part we had done, but since they aren’t actually touching you can’t tell at all.Â The other change was that my husband drew the rest of the tree freehand, because we had to take the projector back.Â I actually like his freehand work better than the original.
The final step was to add cute little blue birds.Â Yet again using the same technique, my husband drew someÂ birds that we painted the same color blue as my refinished dresser.Â I absolutely love how it turned out.Â I also love that it was hand drawn by my adorable husband, he truly is amazing.
Thanks Whipup for giving me the chance to share!
September/October brings change of season, and fresh starts and frivolity and seriousness too. So for a break from whipup realtime I am introducing a few weeks of guest bloggers to liven up your crafty experience. To bring you something fresh, and hopefully invigorate you to make and do and be and think! Its going to be a fun few weeks so come along for the ride.
Today I would like to introduce your to Brittni from papernstitch, a blog I love for its fresh take on diy home decor and design. When not working on papernstitch, Brittni enjoys dreaming up new diy projects and tutorials in her cozy, brick bungalow along with husband Jeff and two adorable pets.
Hi everyone. I’m Brittni, and I am here guest posting today.
For those who don’t know me, I am the owner of an exhibition site for artists and designers called papernstitch. And when I am not working, I spend the majority of my free time coming up with fun, diy projects. One of the things that I am obsessed with these days is decorating our 1930′s bungalow that my husband and I bought several years ago now. So, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite home DIY projects with you today.
1. Book Shelf, Literally: I’ve been collecting old books for years now, and this tutorial would certainly put them to good use. I am always looking for a quirky, conversation-starter; and I think I’ve found another to add to the list.
2. Whirl It Lampshade: Since the moment I discovered this tutorial for a modern diy lampshade, I’ve been staring at my schedule trying to figure out when I can sit down and actually make one of these myself. With just a few basic supplies, you can make one too.
3. Double Duty Dry Erase Boards: This is actually one of my own tutorials. I know shameless plug, huh? But I chose it because it is honestly one of the most functional projects I’ve ever completed. Its a tutorial for a pretty dry erase board, that serves as wall art when not in use. Super fast and easy! Great project for an office.
Indie Fix has a home decor challenge going on – (great prizes – see pic) – all details here.
For some home decor inspiration check out design*sponge before and afters and the sneak peaks
Image 1. Sarah Kramer. Image 2. Robin Lester