May 15, 2013

Guest Post - DIY Dining Room Wall Art Tutorial {with Poppy Seed Frames and Letters}

Hi, I am Whitney from A mommy's life with a touch of yellow. I blog about crafts, DIY, fitness, fashion, being a mom, my life and everything in between.

I am so excited to be guest posting Here at Poppyseed Projects today. I am sharing how I transformed by dinning room wall with functional and one of a kind art.

First things first I headed to Poppyseed Projects store on a serious mission to find something for my dining room wall. I LOVE their design frames with a capital everything so I knew that I wanted to use them some how. I picked the frames I wanted and then I saw the wood letters and knew I had to have them. I played around with a few words and then decided on the simple word EAT. So I walked out the door with 2 4X6 Eleanor frames, 1 5X5 oval frame, and the letters E A T in their smaller size of the wood letters and knew just what to do. Now to the fun tutorial. 

{Supplies I Used}

-2 4X6 Eleanor frames {poppyseed projects}
-1 5X5 oval frame {Poppyseed projects}
-Wood letters spelling EAT {poppyseedprojects}
-White paint
-Red paint 
-foam paint brushes 
-sand paper
-Stain {Minwax Early American}
-Chalkboard vinyl or paint
-Your favorite recipes printed out

{What I did}

Once I had everything picked out I started to paint. I painted the letters white first {just 1 coat}. Then when the white dried I painted the red on top so that when I sanded them later some white would show through.

Then I painted the Eleanor frames white and the oval frame red. I did 2 coats of paint to make sure they were covered nicely. Then I set them aside to dry.

Once the paint was dry, I sanded down all the edges on the letters and the frames. Then I took my stain and rubbed it on the sanded edges.

On the two white frames I rubbed some stain on the surface and then wiped most of it off with a dry cloth to give it an aged look.

Next, I printed off two of my family's favorite recipes and put them in the frames. I loved displaying our favorites, they are easy to switch out and it is functional so you can see the recipe when you are cooking.

For the oval frame I wanted it to be chalkboard so we could put little messages to each other in it, what was going on that day, or what we would be having for dinner that evening.

You could paint the frame backing with the chalkboard paint, but I decided I would use the chalkboard vinyl that I had on hand. It was so easy and no drying time. I just traced the oval shape backing on the vinyl and cut it out. Then just simply applied it with a squeegee.

I prepped it by rubbing chalk all over it covering the whole thing then wiped it all off. This makes it so it doesn't leave a ghost on the chalkboard from each message you write.

Then I hung up my EAT letters on a piece of custom wall art that I had made, with command stripes. I love the color and dimension it gives.

I also hung up the frames with the command strips. I love these things, you have to check them out. If you have never heard of them they are great to hang up pictures and small pieces of art, because they leave no holes or damage to your walls.

I love how it turned out and the best part of all their unfinished frames, blocks, letters and plaques is they are completely customizable. You can use any color, technique, pattern, and put anything in them that fits your personality and decor style.

Now I just need a big Poppyseed frame and dry Erase Calendar to replace that one on the right, to tie it all together.

Please Come say Hi and visit me at A mommy's life with a touch of yellow for more creative ideas, tutorial, fitness tips, fashion ideas, recipes and more. Thank you Poppyseed Projects for having me here today. It was a lot of fun!

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1 comment:

  1. Love it!! The Eat picture is awesome!! Gave me great ideas!! Thanks so much!!