Category: Painting

Our Adventure Awaits themed Nursery

Before we got pregnant we knew we wanted a blue nursery with clouds, it was set in stone. Planes for boys, hot air balloons for girls – Done! So that part was easy setting it up was the hard part – considering the planes and balloons we liked we saw in New Orleans…

This was our vision

boy nursery
Our baby boy adventure awaits nursery mood board

We had a lot of work to do to make it meet our vision, but we both are pretty happy with the end result, Paddy hasn’t really told us yet if he likes it! But all the other little people in our lives seem to think that he does!

We painted the room ourselves and CJ’s mum painted the clouds – you can see how she did that here

baby boy nursery
Paddy’s adventure themed room

Paddy grown so much he has started this week sleeping in his cot in his room! He no longer fits in the bassinet in our room, he is 8 weeks old so I had a good run (I did contemplate moving his cot into our room.) But Paddy loves his room so much he sleeps better in there, so there he will stay ;-(

adventure themed nursery
adventure themed nursery

Our cot, drawers and cubes are from IKEA

Our plane and hot air balloon are AUTHENTIC MODELS HERE

Map, cloud cushion, cloud light and aqua baskets are KMART

Dream big cushion is from TARGET

Artwork above change tables from big cousins <3

Paddy loves his cloud onesie
Paddy loves it when his onesie matches his walls!

 

Baby Nursery Wall Mural DIY

For our “Adventure” themed nursery I have had a vision for a long time (long before I was pregnant) that I wanted a blue room with clouds.  It wasn’t until we went to New Orleans and found this store “A Simpler Time” that we both loved; CJ and I both agreed that we would have a nursery with sky and clouds and a if it was a boy vintage planes or if it was a girl hot air balloons.  So now that we are having a baby boy, enter the hunt for something similar in Australia!

So for a base we chose blue paint.  It is Valspar brand as this was the lowest VOC we could find.  We painted the two main walls in two coats of paint.  Done!

We then enlisted the help of CJ’s mum to help paint the clouds.  And by “help” I mean I told her what I wanted and I supervised while Cheryl got busy. We originally had bought a 500ml white, and 500ml grey paint, but really used 200ml tops of white.

First we measured the space that we wanted to write on to stay blank and then drew the cloud shapes on the wall with white chalk. Then Cheryl sponged on the clouds with a sea sponge, she said the most important part of this was keeping the sponge damp, don’t be heavy handed with the paint put it on a light as possible and layer it on.  (The sponge she used was a sea sponge from an art store – the kind they use for folk art in the 90’s – I was sceptical at first but the MIL was right!) This makes it easier for the clouds to look life like.  The paint is layered on to create the different shades of the cloud.  We bought grey paint to do the shading but didn’t use it as we both agreed that it worked fine without it, the blue underneath showed through enough to be the shading.

Once that was dry we moved onto the ‘Adventure Awaits’ wording.  I went to buy an OHT sheet from Officeworks but could only buy them in a 20 pack for $40 – so no.  So I started thinking what else I could you, really it just needs to be clear plastic.  I borrowed the OHT from school so I didn’t want to damage it, so I didn’t want to use a plastic sleeve, or anything too thin because I thought it may melt onto the screen.  I found a document protector, which was like a thick plastic sleeve at $2 for 1 – so perfect.

Once home, I pulled the document protector apart so I was only 1 layer of plastic thick.  I had free hand written ‘Adventure Awaits’ from some plain A4 paper.  Then using a thin sharpie I traced that onto the plastic.  I roughly coloured in the lettering so it would show better on the projector.  If you don’t have a projector to borrow check out how I have done this previously without a projector here

Quote copied onto the UHP sheet
Freehand quote from the paper copied onto the UHP sheet with a fine sharpie.

At night time I projected the saying onto the wall and traced them onto the wall with white chalk.  The white chalk worked well because it was so easy to clean off afterwards. The next day I painted the quote on with the white paint and fine white art paint brush. Once dry I went around the outside with a damp micro fibre cloth to clean any chalk off.   Done!

At night I projected the quote onto the wall and traced it out with white chalk
At night I projected the quote onto the wall and traced it out with white chalk

 

Quote projected onto the wall and then traced in white chalk.
Quote projected onto the wall and then traced in white chalk.
Painted Mural
Painted Mural
Penny helping me with the painting and looking adorable.
Penny helping me with the painting and looking adorable.

Plain Wrapping Paper – 3 ways

Washi Tape wrapping paper

Today I experimented with wrapping in plain paper – just in time for christmas!  So go from plain paper to something pretty and specialised in seconds!

So today I have for you plain wrapping paper – 3 WAYS! All you need is plain paper like brown kraft paper or butchers paper.  And however you are going to decorate the paper

– waterpaints

– washi tape

– stamps

supplies for decorating wrapping paper
Supplies for decorating wrapping paper

I bought my paper and washi tape from K-Mart. And the waterpaints, crayons, and stamps from Big W.

1. Stamps.

This one is great – easy, relatively mess free and would be good with kids.

So you just need to work out how big the gift will be wrapped and stamp out a design that will fit – I did it in the middle of the paper. EASY!  From memory these stamps were $10, so I think that’s a good deal for the heaps of projects you could do with these!

I stamped these once the present was wrapped but I think before or after would be fine!

I wiped down these with damp paper towel after use.

Stamped wrapping paper
Ready to stamp
stamped wrapping paper
Finished – Stamped wrapping paper

2. Watercolours.

I LOVE this one! If you take yourself back to kindy you might remember this one – it is always a hit at playgroup. It has just grown up a little.

First you need to write your message in crayon – I chose white, because it makes it neat but it’s entirely up to you. “Merry Christmas” Happy Birthday” “Be my Valentine” whatever takes your fancy – the best thing is you can personalise so no gift tag required!  Make sure you estimate the size of the gift before you start getting creative – so you know the size of the area to work on and your wrapped present looks well placed, once finished!

watercolour wrapping paper
Watercolour equipment

Then in your watercolour paint – add water to your brush and mix. Paint over your secret message. Just a tip make sure you have added a good amount of water so you get good coverage. – Would be great done with the kids for personalised wrapping paper!  Dark coloured paints work best as you can see with the pale pink isn’t as affective as the darker blues and greens.

watercolour wrapping paper
Watercolour wrapping paper – revealing the secret message

 

3. Washi Tape.

Probably the cleanest out of the three options! But takes a little bit more vision of how you want the end result to look like.  You can spell out words or make designs – what ever you like but once the tape is down on Kraft paper is pretty much there – so just have plan going first!  Washi Tape is pretty and it does stick but in my experience if you are using a thick wrapping paper – it is not a substitute for sticky tape.  This I did after the present was wrapped but I don’t think it would matter if you did it before or after.

Washi Tape wrapping paper
Washi Tape Christmas Tree

Hope you have fun experimenting with your wrapping! xx

 

 

DIY buffet – how I made this!

How I updated this buffet…

The buffet before and after
The before and after buffet

Since moving into our new house, there has been a couple of things that we have wanted to do. But as most people we don’t have endless money but also CJ and I have very different tastes, which makes agreeing on stuff very time consuming! So we decided to have a wall off! Cam gets one wall and I get one wall to style and buy things for, in a budget. More about our “wall off” later but today I’m going to show you how I painted and updated this wooden buffet I bought from EBay. I paid $200 which CJ thought was excessive but once we picked it up he agreed it was a pretty good price for the size and quality of the piece!

Buffet diy
Buffet before makeover

So first step was I to pull it apart. The drawers and doors came off. The drawer pulls also came off so I could paint easily around them. We left the hinges on because they were brass coloured and so I sprayed with black with the paint/primer.

Next we needed to sand it back – we had brought a primer and paint in one. But the buffet still needed a light sand so we sanded it back with 80 grit sand paper by hand. The top of the buffet was only going to be varnished not primed and painted so for that I got out the electric sander with 80 grit sand paper and sanded it back until no shine was left – it took a couple of goes but otherwise the stain would never of took.

Buffet top
I used an electric sander to get as much varnish off as I could.

I then used the spray paint/primer to spray the sides and the front of the buffet ready for the turquoise paint. I used Rustoleum Ultra Cover Paint and Primer in black and used 2 cans for the whole project. (at this stage I was contemplating leaving it black, I really liked it, but thought it would blend int the wall too much)

DIY buffet half way
The buffet primed and ready to go!

I mixed 1 tablespoon of plaster of paris with 1 tablespoon of water to make a paste. make sure its smooth before you add the paint.

DIY Buffet paint
Chalk paint being mixed

Next I added about 1/2 cup of paint (I used Dulux Riveria Sea) mix well – it makes the paint a lighter shade so just be aware.

Aqua Chalk Paint
The paint mixed with the chalk mixture

Next I finished painting the buffet – but I left the top with out any paint or primer!

The buffet nearly finished, aqua paint done
The buffet nearly finished, aqua paint done.

Allow to dry!

Stir the stain for the top – I used a brush to apply and did two coats – making sure all brush strokes were going with the wood grain. The instructions on the the tin said to leave for 5 mins, but I left it on a lot longer – like 4 hours. I think this is because I didn’t sand the top back enough! Once the top stain was set to touch I sealed with a clear sealant.

Cam then helped me re-assemble it and screw the door back on etc and move into the front lounge room! I am still deciding on if I will sand back parts of the buffet to let the undercoat come through – what do you think? The wall behind is still a work in progress, I need to update our photos with some new ones and add some things to the top of the buffet to dress it more but so far I am really happy with how the buffet turned out!

The buffet completed - maybe still deciding on the sanding?
The buffet completed – maybe still deciding on the sanding?
The buffet before and after
The before and after buffet

Painting for our bedroom!

Transferred the printed type onto canvas and painted it!

Transferring type to be painted

Image

For some time I have been working on this picture for our bedroom wall. I found this picture on Pinterest, and thought I could do this!

Out of all the moments in my life... The ones I've spent with you are my most favourite
Out of all the moments in my life… The ones I’ve spent with you are my most favourite

I found it here, http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vCVPHSeIXDA/T5FqSkh6LvI/AAAAAAAAIJQ/AIBKQyP3ZLg/s1600/life.jpg but I couldn’t find any more details.
So I wanted to make my our for our bedroom, originally for valentines day but as time got away its now a late anniversary present to us!

I found this link on Pinterest, on how to transfer type onto something to paint the same font. And as I’m an amateur at this kind of thing I need as much help as I could get!
http://homespunhappenings-tammy.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/i-made-sign.html
At Homespun Happenings, she uses a charcoal pencil which I didn’t have so I used white chalk which I though worked just as well!

Ok so what you need is a canvas, a saying printed in the font you want to copy, paint, a teeny tiny paint brush, chalk, and a lead pencil.

Equipment for painting

So I first printed off my saying because I wanted it to look fairly similar to the one I found on Pinterest but I change the colours to suit our room. I also would recommend using chunky types of fonts if this is your first attempt as this was mine. Cut it out and lay onto your canvas as you want, I used different fonts and different sizes and I think the mix looks pretty good!

Have your canvas painted and dry in your choice of background colours. When you are happy with you placement of words, start to transfer them onto the canvas. I did this one at a time. First I covered the back of the word with white chalk, as much as you can first time until you can work out how much you need to see the outline.

The back of the printed words, covered in chalk
The back of the printed words, covered in chalk

When the print is where you want the words to be you carefully trace the outline of the letter with a lead pencil, with pressure, but not too much that you pierce the canvas. Once one line was traced I then painted it, I didn’t want the chalk to rub off which it does quite easily. So work in small sections and its easier!

The chalk outline
The chalk outline

(Yes I work on my sewing room floor on carpet with paint, yes I know I’m naughty! Haha)

I stopped and started to make sure that each line was dry before I started so I didn’t smudge any wet paint. This worked well with the paint but this is also why it took me a couple of months to finish!

But overall this way of transferring type was pretty easy and effective! I think to make it even easier you could use either a paint pen like a sharpie or a chalk pen, which would make much cleaner lines than the painting.
Hope this makes it easier for you guys to make your own word art? I was thinking of making a couple for my nephews for their bedrooms with Dr Seuss quotes!
Any questions please ask!
Xx

Completed saying!
Completed saying!

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