Saturday, April 28, 2012

I'm back . . .

It's been a super crazy few months. I think I am finally shaking off the ick of the past few months and I'm ready to get back to my normal/strange self.

I have a little random, minimally planned, overly ambitious, craftiness to share. It is my hope that this post will refresh me! I plan to get back in the groove, and move forward with all my household projects, which have all been sadly neglected since February or so.

So here it is: When we first moved into this house, I immediately had a plan on how I would be decorating the entry way. I wanted it to be eye catching and interesting and fun. My plan involved repurposing some ledge shelves from our previous home, framed photos and Fiestaware. It would have been great.

But then, a friend and I (during a night of home decor, via text message) came up with a different idea.

We found this wallpaper online and admired it, heartily. I thought it over. $45 a roll, plus install. Not too bad. It's not that large of an area. But something else struck me pretty quickly, "What if I just drew it on the wall with a sharpie?" Yes! That's what I'll do.  Since, you know, that's how sharpies are meant to be used. 

And that is what I did.

I started with a fresh coat of white paint and then went to town with a medium point sharpie. I started out using various sizes of books as templates, but eventually threw that plan out the window and freehanded it. It's intentionally imperfect, because perfection is outside of my realm.

I didn't take any photos during the process, so I'll just share the finished product with you. 

Entry 1

All the decor and accessories are things I already owned, and for the most part it's the same stuff that was here before I redid the wall.  I am considering replacing the books and bookends with a vase and single large flower.  We'll see.


I decided not to fill the entire wall in, yet. I might go back and finish it someday, sometime. But for now I like it a little asymmetrical and unfinished.

From living room

Looking back

That's it.

I used a little over a half gallon of off-the-shelf white paint from Lowes, and one medium point sharpie.  My calculations say this was about a $10-ish project.

There you have it! A short and sweet little something.  I'm here, just plugging away.  I bought a cool chair for $7 at the SPCA thrift store yesterday.  Maybe it will be the material for my next post!

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