The Longest Project Ever

Monday, December 3, 2012

This was truly the longest project I've ever worked on for our home. It started earlier this year when I decided to make some wall art for the guest bedroom. I had seen a few projects on Pinterest that involved using a doormat as a stencil so I thought I'd give that a whirl. I picked up my supplies at Lowe's (a rubber doormat, white spray paint, and the wood boards) and got to work. I started by spray painting the boards with some oil-rubbed bronze spray that I already had on hand.

After that paint was dry, I put the doormat down and sprayed the white paint over top.

I think this where things went downhill. The doormat was much bigger than our wood pieces so it didn't create a good border and the white paint got underneath the mat. The lines were all fuzzy and in general, the look just didn't turn out as I had hoped it would.

Since plan A didn't work out, it was time to think about plan B. After pouting and thinking about it for awhile (and by awhile, I'd say it was about six months) I decided to try using an actually stencil. I repainted the all the boards a nice clean white and then got the stencil out. I just picked up the stencil at Michael's, it's nothing fancy or special ordered.

After the stencil was taped in place, I started painting. I used three different colors of cheapie acrylic craft paint and used a foam "brush". I don't seem to have a picture of the tool I used but it was more of a "dabber". It helped keep the paint from seeping under the circles on the stencil. I adjusted the stencil on each of the boards so all three are slightly different.

Once the painting was done I wrapped the edges in a brown satin ribbon using my hot glue gun (a little trick I learned from my sister-in-law). Then I was finally done, and it was time to hang them up.

So that's the end of the journey with this little project. I'm still undecided on if I really love them or not, but they're working for now and helping take some of the echo out of the guest bedroom. We'll see how long they stay. :) Anyone else been working on a super long drawn out project? I hope I'm not the only one!

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