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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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?