Can you believe it’s April already? Wasn’t it just winter, but warm? We wondered why we had spring temps before it was time. Ho-hum. It’s heat from here on out – for southerners, anyway. Weed pulling projects are relegated to earlier morning hours. Our upper 70’s feel much like 90’s already.
Inside projects like this one are what we need for hot afternoons, folks.
Remember when I ordered the vintage tile paintable wallpaper back in February?
The first project I made was the X-O for Valentine’s Day (and a little late for a full written tutorial).
I discussed the process in the Dresser DIY Sneak Peek on Facebook Live Video.
In my Hobby Lobby letter scavenging, I picked up a couple of chip board decorative pieces to use for future projects. Each has a notch on the back side for hanging on a wall. They were half off, making them a whopping two bucks each!
How’s that for leveraging the wall paper expense? (Wallpaper link here. I have no affiliate relationship with Houzz.com and receive no commissions for sharing the link. No affiliation with Hobby Lobby, either.)
All in all, each foot of paper costs just over a dollar. That’s ten dollars to DIY the dresser drawer sides with vintage-y texture, and less than a dollar for each letter and chip board piece. Not bad, I’d say!
After cutting out the traced designs, it was time for paint. The X-O project was painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. This time, I used Annie Sloan Charcoal for a base color of grey – and later, a craft paint addition.
You definitely want a piece of newspaper or something beneath to protect your surface while painting.
It’s not as messy when you paint a paper section first, and then cut out your shapes (like with the X-O’s.) You gotta love my pretty paint brush (wink) – old and well-used.
I followed the same process covered in the Facebook Live video post. You want to use a dry brush method.
I thought it needed something more before pasting the paper to the chip boards.
After the grey craft paint dried, I added highlights of metallic gold. (More pretty paint-brushery here. Ha!)
Wallpaper paste works well for mounting the paper to the chip board, but I think watered down school glue (which is basically home-made Mod Podge) would work just as well.
I gave these two pieces away as gifts, and with these neutral colors, they’ll go with any decor.
HobLob has many styles of chip board decor, useful for so many tastes! Besides the fleur-de-lis and the key, they have a heart, an ampersand (&), letters and numbers, and so many more that I can’t name them all. You’ve got to go check them out!
Do you have an empty space on a wall where you need just a little something interesting and unique? This would be perfect!
I’m sharing this project at Metamorphosis Monday.