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.

 

Mistakes: Knocking Off a Pottery Barn Mia Faceted-Crystal Pendant

Forgive me, Blogland, for I have sinned.  It has been exactly 15 days since my last blog post.

Being pregnant is the greatest miracle I’ve experienced in my life.  I do my best not to complain.  But you can safely assume that when I go significant amounts of times without writing, it’s because things are a little rough.

But I’m writing today!  So that means things are okay.

Except… I’m in a funk.  Do you ever get in a DIY funk where everything you do seems wrong?  And all I have to say about it is this:
I’m so grateful my blog isn’t big enough to be on GOMI, because they’d for sure be hatin’ on this junk-fest.

I used to not share my major failures on my blog.  1- I was too embarrassed.  2- I didn’t think most people cared.

But at Haven, I was in a class taught by Mandi of VR, Lindsay of Makely School for Girls, and Ashley from The Handmade Home.  They each shared their worst DIY failure stories, and then had the room go around and share theirs.  Hearing some of my big blog idols talk about things not going as they planned made me feel SO much better.  It happens.  Things suck sometimes.  But we were all in tears laughing with each other.  Because it happens to everyone.  DIY bloggers are risk takers.  Sometimes it’s more amazing than you can imagine.  And sometimes it’s poo.

Here’s my poo.

I fell in love with this light fixture from Pottery Barn.

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The price is $250.  Which isn’t horribly unrealistic for a light fixture.  In fact, I bought a more expensive light to hang over our Restoration Hardware table.  (It hasn’t been hung up yet though, so you don’t know what it is!)  But I like to play the high/low game.  I feel like at times it’s worth being spendy on the things that need to last, and things in high traffic areas.  But… this was just for a nursery.  So I wasn’t really keen on the price tag.

I had every intention to knock it off and make my own version.  I scored this beauty at Habitat for Humanity for $1.  ONE DOLLAR.  I spray painted it “Antiqued Brass” (which I am positive will be the new ORB… just wait and see!).  I had the highest of hopes.

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I started hot gluing some beads to the fixture… and it quickly turned into a tacky mardi gras necklace holder.

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And then, all the tears happened.  Because I was sad.  And frustrated.  And bummed.  Honestly, if it wasn’t such a weird shape, I would have drop kicked it in my back yard… like I’ve been known to do with other failures.  In my head, this was going to be the PERFECT knock off.  Just like the glorious wingback rocker.  The good news is, I was only out a few dollars.  The bad news: we still needed a light fixture and I didn’t want to pay $250.

I ended up finding this light at Home Depot for $60 (it’s cheaper in store than online), and thought it was close enough to the same style without breaking the bank.  And flush mount really was a better option for this room.  Keep in mind that Aaron and I are VERY tall people.

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Here it is, on the ceiling… proud and appealing.  (Look out Dr. Seuss)

Still pretty.  Definitely not as lush and divine as the Pottery Barn light.  But I don’t think Evelyn will mind.

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And if you think I’m done sharing my mistakes, you’re wrong.  There is a part 2, which will be the next post I write.  Lucky you!  I get to make you feel better about yourself 2 posts in a row!

Now, would anyone like to step forward and tell me about a DIY flop?

Woodland Pumpkins

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Well, I guess I’m next up in line for the pumpkin parade.  I’ll be sure to throw some taffy at your face as I pass by.

The first pumpkin decision: real or fake.  What it comes down to is cost vs durability.  Do I want these to last more than one season or not?

JoAnn’s had their fake pumpkins 50% off, plus the coups I had for them.  So the cost wasn’t too bad.  I got all 3 for the price of 1.

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I decided to go with a “woodland” theme.  Maybe because we watch a little too much “What does the fox say” at our house.  (Is there even such a thing as TOO MUCH?!)

I just spray painted the front of the pumpkins only, because once I got the design taped on, I was going to spray them a difference color.  For those of us not cool enough to have a Cricut or Silhouette cutting machine, we do the hoodrat thing and cut some FrogTape into a pattern.  Yeah?

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Then you spray paint it a different color of course.  There is no other way to be creative. ;)

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And then you peel the FrogTape off.  Except, it really screwed up the fox.  Which I was sad about.  I’m not sure why the tape peeled paint off the fox, but not the other 2.  I was really excited about that fox.  I thought the feather would look the worst and the fox would be the king.  But turns out I was way off with my hypothesis.  Like that time I thought 1/3 cup siracha would be yummy to cook chicken in.

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And the last step is to put them somewhere you can see them.  I, predictably, put them on the hearth.  Because that’s what fireplaces are for.  Seasonal decorating.  The thing I suck the most at… as you can see by my staging a crooked tower of woodland creature pumpkins.

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Remember, the Pumpkin Parade Link Party is tomorrow!  And I WANT to see all your pumpkin crafts.  So please please come back.  And be sure to check out all these rad-action blogs for their wicked pumpkin designs.

Shift Ctrl Art
Primitive & Proper
Decor and the Dog
A Little Bite of Everything
A Swell Place to Dwell
Newly Woodwards
Boxy Colonial
Wills Casa
Cuckoo4Design
Bliss at Home
Go Haus Go

 

My Life

Hi there. The internet’s worst blogger here!  Where have I been, and what have I been doing?  I bet  those questions literally haven’t crossed your mind.  Out of sight, out of mind, right?  I knew it.

You know when you want to see some REALLY inspiring DIY project, but you turn on HGTV and all you see is re-runs House Hunters?

My life.

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I’m not complaining at all.  Showing houses is a hoot.  I love it.  I love helping people find houses to make homes.  It’s great.  Real estate is BOOMING.  But you know, I work my full time job, then go show houses after.  So, DIY projects haven’t been moving forward very quickly.

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Trim, Traps, and Pee

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Adding Character to the Fireplace

If you’re friends with me on Facebook, you’ll know that I didn’t post yesterday because of a Mario Kart & Cheez Its hangover.  Turns out, you all love when that happens.  Just imagine stuffing your face with as many Cheez Its as you can, racing your best friends, sitting on the world’s most comfortable couch (Did I ever tell you the cushions were filled with DOWN?  Yes, down-filled cushions.) with the most pixelated game you’ve seen on a projector.  If you counted 4 boxes of Cheez Its in this picture, you’re right.  Bliss.  I’ll make sure to invite you all next time!

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Cuz She’s So Hiiiiiiiiiiiigh!

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There are times in my life where common sense does not prevail.  It’s in-explainable.  In retrospect I’m always like, “Kenz.  You didn’t think that through.  How could using a car GPS in a plane ever be a good idea?  How could a bag of ice be used as an anchor?”   This weekend, I had another “moment.”

It began with my desire to put up the Christmas tree.  However, this is not a tale of decking-the-halls.  “Before I put up the decorations, I should really paint the mantle.  The stockings would look so jolly on a fresh piece of mantle.”  (If you give a Kenz a cookie…)

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Home Tour: Master Bedroom

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Welcome back to the home tour!  I hope you brought a fanny pack full of treats.  Did you have an underbar tid with the Ikea Lack Hack yesterday?  I hope it was underbar-tastic for you.  I enjoyed your feedback!

If you’re new, let me catch you up on the haps.  In honor of one year of living in our house, Green Meadow Manor, I am taking you on a home tour.  And I am being extremely transparent.  Several rooms are untouched, and I am brave enough to show you the ugg factor.  I trust you to have faith in me!  So far we’ve been through the eclectic living room, dining room fail, piggy-kitchen, and trash-tastic bathroom.  Today we’re going to step into the magic-making master bedroom.

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