DIY yard sale wall art

I have been making some really great progress on the “big-boy” room so far.

The wall are painted (Sherwin Williams 7641 Collonade Gray) and the carpets are scrubbed. Whew.

Plus the thrift store headboard has been transformed into a plank bed! Be sure to check out the details of that project here.

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Now I’ve been working on filling the walls. This may just be my favorite piece of DIY artwork yet.

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I created this metallic, monogrammed wall art using three 16×20-inch blank canvases I scored at a yard sale for $2 total! I added metallic paint and vinyl letter decals to complete the look and stuck them to the wall with Command™ strips.

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Check out all the details of how I did this DIY project on my Paint+Pattern blog post here.

And don’t forget to enter to win the HomeRight Finish Max and Spray Shelter that is helping me knock out this big boy room in record time.

What DIY artwork are you planning or tackling right now?

Chalkboard refrigerator schedule

Once again, summer is quickly turning into a sweet memory, while the new school year has crept up on us like ill-fitting underwear. Sigh.

The good news is that there are so many things I love about fall! For example, the change in season and lifestyle give me a wonderful opportunity to get recharged, refocused and reorganized!

The first fall order of business at our house? Create a stylish family schedule – displayed in a prominent location – to help us keep track of all our tasks, events and appointments.

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Materials needed to recreate this project:

(You could also replicate something similar by simply buying plain chalkboard vinyl, cutting it to fit your fridge, and using chalk markers to label the days of the week.)

I chose to place the vertical weekly schedule on the side of our refrigerator because this is a high-traffic area of our home. It is an area visible both from our kitchen and living room, and everyone passes by it multiple times daily. I believe this is one of the keys to maintaining a hanging schedule; it should be placed in a location where people pass by frequently.

After deciding on the location, I began applying the vinyl decal to the fridge.

For the full details on exactly how I did this project, check out my full post in the Royal Design Studio Paint+Pattern magazine.

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This schedule is helping our family stay organized and on top of our daily events. I also love that I can customize it for any season. The kids enjoy using it, too.

How do you keep track of your busy fall schedule?

Simple outdoor dropcloth pillows

I love to change out the throw pillows in a space because it’s one of the easiest – and thriftiest – ways for me to freshen up my décor for the season. I’ve been sewing my own throw pillows for years and have gotten it down to about a half-hour science (per pillow). I even started adding zippers to my pillows so I can remove the covers and throw them in the washing machine. (I have small children. Need I say more?)

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Recently, I combined two of my favorite thrifty things – paint and a painter’s dropcloth – to create stenciled, outdoor throw pillows for my Adirondack furniture. You can view my full, step-by-step tutorial in the Paint+Pattern Design Magazine here.

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If you have any reservations about sewing your own dropcloth pillows, I can reassure you that you can do it! I am not a precise seamstress and I’ve been able to produce these consistently with minimal difficulty. Why not give it a shot this summer?

Special thanks to Royal Design Studio for sponsoring this stencil project.