This is a keepin' it real post. I am not afraid to admit when something gets the better of me.
A few weeks ago I showed you this coral canvas that was sitting in our basement, all blank and just begging for some personality.
My original plan for the canvas was to make a giant picture on the cheap. I had seen it all over Pinterest and it looked like it would be a cinch. I picked up the canvas at Michael's (with a 30% off coupon) and then used a mixture of Behr's Fiery Red and Indian Dance (a concoction, if you will) to slap a coat of paint on it. The painting part went well. I had actually started out thinking I'd just paint the sides (as that is all that was supposed to show), but I had extra paint left over, so I painted the whole thing (very glad I at least had that stroke of genius).
I then took one of our wedding photos, put it on a flash drive and took it into Staples to have it blown up. I asked them to blow it up to 24" x 36" on their blue print printer. For $9, I was amazed at how good it looked.
See how happy I look there? Ya, it didn't last long.
The plan was to use mod podge to attach the picture to the canvas (and have the cute coral peek out the sides). It didn't take long to realize that I had a great big disaster on my hands. The paper started wrinkling with the mod podge and the ink was coming off all over my hands. Then the freaking paper ripped. I tried to save it, but seriously, I couldn't piece our faces back together. The idea of making some kind of strange mosaic crossed my mind, but eventually (before the mod podge dried), I just decided to get all the paper off the canvas and call it a night.
So, that's why the sad canvas sat in the basement for about a month. I couldn't figure out what to do with a mostly painted, half mod podged coral canvas.
Well, when you don't know what to do with something just hit up Pinterest. Waste a couple of hours and you're sure to find something inspiring. I pinned a quote so that I wouldn't forget it. "If you work hard and are kind, amazing things will happen." It seemed like the perfect quote to have in an office/playroom. Inspiring for both Mom and Munchkin.
So...back to Michael's I went, but this time to pick up some vinyl letters. I moved the mega blocks out of the way and claimed a place on the carpet to work on my masterpiece.
I cut all of the letters out so that I could space out the words as best as possible.
At this point it just looked a little stalker-ish. Also, apparently my camera doesn't like coral. The canvas really is coral, not a weird orange. I blame it on bad basement lighting and the camera, not on the operator.
Then I used the trusty yellow level as a guide while laying down my letters.
Working from the bottom up and the right to the left, it only took a couple of minutes to stick all of the letters on.
I was going for more of a reverse image sort of thing, so I hauled out some white paint and applied a coat of paint over the top of the canvas. I started out with a foam roller, but it wasn't working very well. Part of the problem was that the canvas was covered in mod podge, so it wasn't smooth. It had clear little ridges and bumps. I switched out the roller for a brush and just slathered on the paint. Then I used a rag to sort of smoosh it all around. A very technical process.
Oh ya, did I mention that for some stupid reason I painted on top of my deep freeze? I have no idea why...I think maybe it was close to the foam roller??? Anyhow, that's why the pictures look like they are taken in a deep dark hole of the basement. It's because they were.
Before the paint had a chance to dry I used an x-acto knife to peel off the letters.
Looking pretty good at this point, so I left it to dry for an hour or so and then hung it up on the wall.
And then, because I sometimes don't know when to leave things alone, I decided it needed some tszujing (think Carson Kressley style) in the form of some butterflies.
Nope, butterflies were NOT working. Ripped the butterflies off. De-tszujed
So there you have it. A DIY disaster, redeemed. I really like it now. It's simple but packs a big message that I love reading every day.
If you missed the big office reveal, you can check it out here.