Wednesday, November 21, 2012

I'm Gonna Make This Place Your Home

I love Phillip Phillips' song, Home.  I'm definitely guilty of playing it on repeat (along with Call Me Maybe).  So when I was trying to think of a good quote to put on a DIY wall hanging, B.J. immediately quoted Phillip Phillips.  Sold.  Done and done. 

A long time ago I came across this house tour on Apartment Therapy.  I loved the DIY wall hanging Dana did in her hallway.  She painted a line from her son's favorite bedtime song onto an inexpensive dropcloth.  You can read more about it here.

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In the midst of painting and making other changes to our family room, we decided to move the artwork that used to hang above the couch to a different corner of the room.  I've been drawn to all things graphic for a while now, so when I was reminded of Dana's dropcloth art in the Young House Love book, my decision was made. 

I bought a $10 dropcloth and a sample of charcoal paint from Lowes.  I couldn't find stencils large enough so I bought some paper letters in the kids project aisle of Michael's.  First, I cut the dropcloth to the size I wanted.  Next, I laid it out on the counter and started spreading out the letters.  I tried my best to center the words evenly and I measured to make sure the words would be straight.  Then I traced the letters in pencil.

Once the letters were drawn, I outlined them with paint using a small brush and filled them in with a sponge brush.

When all of the letters had been painted, something didn't look quite right.  I decided the letters were too Comic Sans for me, so I went back and made the corners of each letter a little more pointy.  Once the paint was good and dry, I hemmed the top, leaving a large enough loop to fit a curtain rod through.  I hot glued wooden beads that I painted yellow to the each end of the curtain rod for a subtle pop of color.

This definitely wasn't the quickest project, but it was very inexpensive.  I'm still deciding if I love it enough for it to hang above the couch, though.  I'll probably live with it for a while to see how I like it.  What do you think?  Keep it on the wall or use it as a dropcloth?

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