How To Paint A Scalloped Wall Border

Hey pals.  Long time no blog, amirite?  I’ve just been busy selling houses and growing human parts in my belly.  I’ve got a nursery design ready to execute for this Tiny girl.  (I capitalize Tiny because that’s what we call her.  Lil sis doesn’t have a name yet.)  All the major supplies for her nursery have arrived, and I’m SO excited for it.  I’m stepping into a world of things I’ve never done before.  It’s scary and exciting!

But I felt bad.  I felt really bad for sweet Evelyn Faye.  I know she doesn’t understand/care, but I felt terrible that I put so much work and effort into her nursery, and now she doesn’t have it anymore.  We actually spend a lot of time reading and playing in her room.  I want it to be a place she is comfortable and wants to be.  I didn’t want to copy her old nursery, but I wanted it to be reminiscent of her old room.  I also didn’t want to do a major makeover until she’s a bigger kid and starts having tastes of her own.

I made a deal with myself that we would give her room a simple update before we started Tiny’s nursery.

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If you remember, I stenciled a beautiful gold scalloped wall in Evelyn’s room.  It was the most lovely thing.  I wanted a simplified version of that, so I thought a scalloped border was the way to go.

I picked up a $0.50 poster board from the grocery store, and used an IKEA plate to trace a scallop pattern for my stencil.

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I held it up to the wall and traced lightly with a pencil.

My ORIGINAL plan was to paint it gold, using the same gold paint I used for this.

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However, it did not work.  In fact, it epically did not work.  It was the same brand (Sherwin Williams Faux Finishes ‘Gold’ – which isn’t cheap!).  I was baffled.  But after talking to a store associate, they said it was the combination of the brush and roller.  When I stenciled, I was ONLY rolling.  No brush.  But there was no way to do this scallop border without using both a brush and a roller.  After THREE COATS it was still this splotchy and uneven.  The paint is really thin and runny, and it wasn’t going to work for how much cutting in I needed to do.  I was 100% bummed.

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I decided to prime over it and try another look.

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The new color I chose was Sherwin-Williams Wall Flower.  It is such a pretty color.  Imagine if lilac and mauve had a love child.  It’s so delicate; perfect for a sweet little girl.

I used a 2″ nylon brush to cut in along the ceiling and curves of the scallops, then I filled in the middle with a mini roller.

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When I’d told a few people about painting Evelyn’s room, they asked where she was while I was painting.  I’m happy to report that I am the mother to a very self-sufficient one year old who loves to independently play.  We close all the doors and gate off the top of the stairs, and she’ll play on the landing with her toys for hours like this.  She’s a happy girl!  I was listening to music while painting, and she would occasionally get up and dance.  She’d also come walk to the gate to check on me and make sure I was still in there, then go back to her toys.

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I’m planning on hanging all the art we had in her old room.  And we have a special bookcase delivery coming soon from her Grandpa Burton.  But here are the scallops in their beautiful glory.

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I wasn’t expecting any kind of reaction from Evelyn, but she noticed the new paint right away.  She points at the scallops and smiles all the time, especially after waking up when she’s still sitting in her bed.  I’m glad I have the 13-month-old stamp of approval on this.

 

Navy, Gold, and White Master Bedroom

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If you recall, we don’t have a headboard.  At our old house, we painted one on the wall.  Also, a little known fact, we were borrowing our bedroom furniture (night stands and dresser) from my seester.  So when we moved into our new house, this was the extent of our bedroom.  A bed.  We borrowed the lamp from Evelyn’s old room, and I was using a barstool as a night stand.  It was sterile.  It was empty.  It was a place to sleep.  It was boring.

I don’t know if this is normal or not (please weigh in on if you are/ aren’t), but I am a bedroom person.  I always have been.  From the time I was little, I enjoyed spending time in my bedroom.  I didn’t like playing or hanging out in the family room.  I’ve always retreated to my room.  Mom & Dad never had much luck punishing me by sending me to my room.  I wanted to be there.  And now, I spend a lot of time in my room.  When Evelyn wakes up, we snuggle and play in our master bedroom for awhile.  And after she goes to bed at night, I like to read, blog, catch up on real estate work, and watch TV in our room.  I know there is an opinion that rooms should be just for sleeping, and DEFINITELY no TV allowed.  But that’s not me.  It’s my comfortable place.  I love relaxing by sitting in my bed.

Now you know more about me (#themoreyouknow).  And now you understand why the above pictured wasn’t jiving me with.  If you follow me on Instagram, you already know this…  As part of my Christmas present, Aaron gave me painting supplies and promised me the uninterrupted time I so desperately wanted to work on a project.  And I chose our bedroom.

I found this headboard on the classifieds.  Isn’t it funny how 5 years ago everyone found gold and brass things and painted them oil rubbed bronze, and now we find oil rubbed bronze things to paint gold?

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Spray painting this was a process.  First of all, we were in the single digits of temperatures.  Do you know how long spray paint takes to dry when it is 9 degrees outside?  Squints says it best, FORRRRREVVVVVERRRRR.  And as you know, when spray painting, the most important thing is several light coats.  So, this took 5 days.  Yes.  5 days.

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Prime.  Gold.  Lacquer.  But I’m so glad I took my time.  (Yes, I wore a mask.  Yes, the area was well ventilated.)  There were no drips, and the finish is stunning.  It has a very professional factory finish because of the lacquer.

I wanted to paint the whole room Starless Night by Behr.  But, I got nervous.  Guys, it is a DARK color.  And I was worried it would suffocate the light.  Normally I don’t particularly care for just one solid color as an accent wall.  I feel like an accent wall should make a real statement, not break up the flow of a room.  But I wanted to test this color, and I figured the best way was on just one wall for now, and if we loved it, then go ahead and paint the rest of the room.

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For months I have been looking on the classifieds for the right night stands to makeover.  And there was just nothing.  So I finally found these nightstands from Overstock.com.  And this is what we ended up with, in just a few short days over Christmas break:

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The bedding is the same we had from our last bedroom makeover (West Elm).  I get a lot of questions about how the white duvet cover holds up.  I bought it on black Friday 2 years ago, and it is still clean and bright.  We have 2 dogs and a baby.  That should tell you.  I wash and bleach it about once a month, or as needed.

This room isn’t done.  In fact, we are just getting started.  I have some plans for improving the lamps.  I have some art projects in mind to dress up the walls.  But it feels good to have a start.  It feels like “us.”  It’s a place I want to be.  (And yes, I’ve decided to go for it and finish painting the whole room Starless Night.  I just need to get up the energy to do it.  Growing a baby is hard…)

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Easy Gift Idea – Pizza Lover Tote

I think it’s a safe assumption that everyone has a pizza lover in their life.

I know I do!  My bae Heidi loves pizza more than any person in this world.  I asked her for her favorite pizza quote, and she provided me with, “Pizza is the only love triangle I want.”

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You could make this gift for ANYONE.  I would suggest snooping on their Pinterest boards for a quote or phrase they have pinned.

I’m joining up with my blog friends who are putting on a blog series called Dare to DIY.  Today’s theme is give handmade.  You can find more ideas over at Maybe Matilda.

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After Heidi told me her favorite pizza quote, I designed it on picmonkey and printed it off.

pizza love triangleI very carefully cut out the letters with an xacto knife to make a stencil.  I realized this would be MUCH EASIER if I had a cutting machine.  Hopefully there’s one in my future, but right now, I’m going old school.

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I centered the “stencil” on the tote, then taped it down.  I tried painters tape, but it wouldn’t stick to the bag.  So I used duct tape.  I taped down the middles of the letter for the stencil.

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I mixed acrylic paint with textile medium to make fabric paint.

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I used a stipple sponge brush to paint the tote bag.

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Unfortunately, the middle of the letters on “Love Triangle” lifted up, so those got filled all the way in.

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I free-handed a slice of pizza at the top of the tote.  In general, I was a little disappointed how the paint bled a little.  I was hoping for crisper lines.  But I guess I’m not surprised after using a piece of paper as a stencil.

I still think the bag is still pretty rad.  I think it works since the font I used already had a ‘handwritten quality’ about it, so the bleeds just kind of added to that.  I’m pretty excited to send it off and check something off my Christmas gift list!

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Navy Blue Painted Basket

I have a quick little post for you this afternoon.  An afternoon delight, if you will.

We’re a little bit temporarily homeless right now (more on that later).  One of our big problems with that is proximity to a changing table.  I needed a spot to keep changing supplies close by.

A basket seemed like an easy enough solution.  Except, have you priced out baskets lately?!  If you do to those nice home stores, baskets can be $10+

I guess I wouldn’t mind paying that much for a super rad basket, but I’m feeling pretty cheap right now.  So I bought this sucker for $0.99 at the thrift store.

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It wasn’t too bad looking on its own, and to be honest, I could have left it as is.  But I’m feeling really creatively frustrated.  I didn’t realize how not having a house or big projects to work on would make me feel.  I NEEDED to smell some spray paint.  As soon as possible.  So little basket, you’re time has come.

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And what makes a cute basket even cuter?  Fill it with Honest Co diapers!

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We’re keeping it right by our Luna chairs, and it doesn’t look half bad.

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And there you have it, your crafternoon delight.

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Anonymous Gray Painted Bathroom Vanity

Sometimes you live with something really ugly.

And it’s so ugly, that you ignore it.

You almost forget what it is, because you see the ugly every day.

But it doesn’t change what IT is.

This is my “it.”

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Meet the vanity of our bathroom.  Someone once did one coat (NO PRIMER) of paint over wood cabinets, and left it.  And we moved in with intentions to change it, and accidentally left it.  Sometimes renovating a kitchen gets in the way.  Maybe having a baby does too.

Then one day, you break.  So long, Uggo.

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I took off all the doors with haste.

When I see this picture, I CRINGE knowing that I left it like this for 2.5 years.  This should have been the first thing I fixed.  I’m counting on my internet friends to slap me next time I make a poor judgement call.

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Meet your death, cream puff.

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I don’t have hostility.  Just determination.

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I used Sherwin-Williams Anonymous Gray.  It was a nice dark warm gray to cover up the rotten milk color.

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And suddenly, it wasn’t ugly anymore.

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And if you give a blogger a paint brush… she’ll redo the whole room.

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More on this can of worms next time.

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