I recently did a mini makeover on our less than exciting bedroom. The fresh blooms and blossoms of spring always get my redecorating juices flowing….. And this time, I didn’t fight the urge.
I painted an accent wall the most beautiful shade of purple. Not very manly for my husband, you say? Don’t worry, the delicious grape was balanced by three taupe walls, and a chocolate brown duvet. I refinished some existing accessories in varying shades of purple paint and scrapbook paper….. Some stacking boxes, candle holder, picture frames and an N and E (Natalee & Eric). I also refinished a lamp I got from some ones garbage… No joke. A bottle of brushed nickel spray paint ($7) and a new shade ($12) and I have a beautiful lamp that is comparable to the $60 lamps in the department store!!! I painted a table as well (also found in some ones garbage) purple to match the wall. It’s fabulous!
I am very pleased with the colour itself and the amount of it in the room, it’s not overwhelming at all. However I found it was missing something…. Art!
So this morning I sat down at my (messy) craft table and thought…. And thought…. And thought some more. I could have done an oil piece, but now that I am back to work, my spare time is limited. I wanted something fun, purple, a bit shabby chic you could say and I wanted it to match. Well…. What better way to match the wall then to use the wall paint itself?!
I had two 10×10 canvas’ that I got a great deal on at Micheals (50% off), so I started by generously coating them in my Beauty Tone Latex Velvet finish paint in Martha Stewarts Grape Jelly Bean. I let it dry for about four hours ( let it dry longer if you have more patience than I do). With the base coat down, I sifted through the scraps of paper I had left from covering my letters and stacking boxes. I decided on my paper, then I thought about what design I wanted to do…. I settled on a simple flower.
I cut out some petals and a centre and rubbed all the edges with some dark purple stamping ink. I find it helps give paper a finished look. I laid out the pieces where I wanted them and glued them down with some Aleene’s craft glue. Easy peasy. Seriously. This is by far one of my most favourite crafting projects I have done. I took it one step further and rubbed the edges of the canvas with some antique brown stamping ink to give it the shabby chic look I love. I followed the flower up with a bird silhouette, kind of keeping with the fresh spring theme.