Wednesday, July 27, 2011

stripes & smiles

UPDATE: This Dwell Studio Bedding is now for sale.  Check out the post here. 

I finally got my act together and made the giant wall art for Kash's room that I've been thinking about for the past four months.  This was a hard decision for me, as most of my home decorating decisions are, I thought maybe I would do a gallery wall or a giant quote and had a million ideas from blogs running through my head.  But I finally settled on this:

Not the best quality picture, for some reason I can't take very good pictures of rooms!
It took me awhile to come up with the quote that fit Kash, but when I read this one I couldn't get it out of my head.  Kash hasn't stopped bringing smiles to my face since the day I found out I was pregnant.  And he himself was such a happy smiley baby from the beginning.  This quote made sense for his room.

Obviously I missed the mark a little bit and this one is 10x better...but I tried!
My inspiration was this "Sunshine" wall hanging and I went from there.  I bought a 4x4 ft board at Lowe's and had them cut it to 3x4.  I then painted the first coat white.  Then I cut large letters out of contact paper with my Cricut.  The "you" was too big so sadly I had to freehand that one...so it didn't turn out as well as the rest of the words.  I measured and stuck my letters on top of the white paint and spray painted the board with 2 coats of green spray paint.  Then I sanded it a little bit to give it an aged look.  This is the step I regret.  I liked it a lot better before, now it just looks streaky and not aged at all.  I should probably sand it a little more and maybe stain it but then I don't think that goes with the rest of the look of the room.  So anyway, you probably didn't want to know all those steps but there they are.  It was actually pretty easy, just a lot of steps and waiting for the paint to dry.

Oh and did you notice those awesome stripes?  That's my favorite part of my house right now!  I've been obsessed with stripes in home decor and was pretty proud of my self for being brave enough to put them on my wall.

Kash's room is almost complete now (minus the fact that his curtains still aren't up and I need to decorate the top of his dresser more oh and I want to make a new lampshade...okay so not almost done but getting there).  Until he moves into a big bed and then I'm sure I'll have an itch to redecorate the entire room!

42 comments:

SassAFrass said...

His room looks so great and cute! You did an AWESOME JOB! Bet that boy loves waking up everyday in that room. I know I would with those gray striped walls. I am currently obsessed as well. I want a house just so I can paint the walls awesome colors and do cool things to it. Job well done on the art project. Turned out amazing! Bet you love your circa. One day I may have to invest in one myself.

Phaedra said...

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amanda said...

I love the stripes and color. You have done a great job with his room.

Kathy Koeven said...

Love his room - Love the wall quotes. Glad to see you're all doing great !

Karen said...

I love them!!! That looks awesome! You are so great at decorating and coming up with ideas! I love his room!

Alan and Natalie said...

I saw this on Pinterest and I have to say it is AMAZING!!! I want those stripes in my Little Mans room pronto! Can I ask what color paint did you use? Any tips on painting the stripes?

erica said...

Thanks everyone! It's for sure my favorite room in the house. I used Olympic Quill (d16-2) for the room and the base of the stripes and then went one shade darker which is Olympic Stormy Weather (d16-3) from Lowe's. My biggest tip with painting stripes (that I learned from HGTV) is paint your base color, tape off your stripes and then paint your base color again over the edge of the stripes. This way if any paint seeps through the tape it's the color that's already on the wall and this creates a seal so your actual stripe color doesn't bleed through as much. Hopefully that all made sense! ha

Katie said...

I absolutely LOVE the wall quote in your little guys room! I found it on Pinterest and am glad I stumbled upon your blog:)

Laura said...

I found this on pinterest and think it's great! I saw the sunshine sign before and think you're interpretation is great! I was curious what font you used for the 'you'?

Brooke said...

... um can I have you come visit and make me one of these? I am in love.

erica said...

Laura, thanks for your sweet comment! The font for the "You" is called Marcelle Script. I think I got it off of dafont.com

Brooke, I'd be happy to come making anything for that darling little girl of yours!

Anonymous said...

I love the artwork you created for your son's room!! Adorable!! Just a few questions....I would love to recreate this piece. "SO MANY OF MY SMILES BEGIN WITH You" - You stated in one of your replies to another commenter that the "You" was a font from dafont.com. Did you use the font and print and cut it with your computer?? OR did you just look at the font and freehand it?? How did you keep the letters stuck to the board after you cut them from your cricuit and during the spray painting process and still be able to peel them up?? I greatly appreciate the help!! Can't wait to recreate your work!!
Ashley

erica said...

Hi Ashley! Thank you! I cut all of the letters out of clear contact paper (you can buy a big role at Walmart for pretty cheap). That way it will stick to the wood while you paint. And I just free handed the "You" because it was too big to print from my Cricut, although it would have been a lot easier and probably turned out a little better. Hopefully this helps and just let me know if you have anymore questions! Good luck, I would love to see your finished product!

Anonymous said...

Erica,
Thank you so much and for the fast response also!! I can't wait to get started!! I will try my hardest to get a picture posted. Thanks again for your time!!

Ashley

Anonymous said...

And I think your "You" looks perfect, I hope mine turns out half as good as yours!!
Ashley

nicole. said...

new to your blog. fell in love with this via pinterest.

kari said...

Came across this pic on Pinterest today - beautiful job!

Lovely Little Nest said...

Oh my gosh I love it!!

Pinned:

http://pinterest.com/pin/160650741/

:)

asrubin10 said...

I am new to your blog, did some reading of old posts and came upon this one! I am in love this this...I totally want to recreate it, but I have questions first. How do you go about hanging it? Also, I don't have the cutting machine, so would I be able to use a regular printer to print on contact paper? Why do I think that contact paper comes in huge rolls like wrapping paper? I have no idea what color to spray paint (Ive never even looked at spray paint-is there a large selection? Did you buy that at the hardware store too?) My room is very light beige, furniture is white, crib bedding is a light green toile, (sp) but there's a guest bed with a comforter that is blues, greens, pinks, purples...everything was kinda just thrown together as we live in an apartment and it is very temporary, so no theme to the nursery. I have two boys, so pink is definitely out :) I appreciate any and all advice/comments! thanks a bunch for the inspiration and for hopefully providing me with a piece of art that will hang over where my mirror was supposed to be, but can't due to the structure of the wall :( (how heavy is this piece? If it needs anchors I won't be able to hang it. Can I get away with hanging it with something else?) sorry for all the ridiculous questions...

erica said...

I actually used Commands picture hanging strips, the ones that could hold 5-10 lbs. The strips are kind of like velcro but they actually click and hold the board up just fine. Although we own our home I didn't want to put any major holes in the wall. You can only use these if your board is VERY thin and VERY light otherwise the Command strips will not hold, which is what I used. I tried to find the thinnest, lightest board at Lowes that I could.

You could probably use your printer to print on contact paper and then just cut it out with an exacto knife. Hardware stores also have large sticker letters that you could use as well.

I think most hardware stores have a nice selection of spray paint, but as far as color it would be hard for me to say what would look best without seeing your room.

Best of luck! Let me know if you have any other questions!

Here's a link to the Command strips that I used http://www.amazon.com/Command-17203-Medium-Picture-Hanging/dp/B000OF6X48

oosterheert said...

do you ever sell the signs you make? i LOVE the "smile" sign.

oosterheert said...

do you ever sell the signs you make?

erica said...

I do sell sometimes :)

Jessie said...

I love both of your signs. I'd buy them for my baby girl's room in a heartbeat. You're super talented!

The Widmer's said...

Thank you so much for sharing! I feel so fortunate to have stumbled upon this on Pinterest. I love, love the stripes and the sign, but I also love the quilt and bumper. Can you tell me where you purchased those or maybe the brand?

erica said...

Thank you! The bedding is from Dwell Studio and it's called Robin Motif. It was actually discontinued when I bought it 2 years ago, so it was really hard for me to find online! I'm looking to move our son to a bigger bed and would be happy to sell you this set. The sheet has seen better days but we switch it out with light blue and white and it matches fine. Let me know if you are interested.

Brooke said...

Your sign looks great. I am going to attempt to make the, You are my sunshine one. I downloaded the font that you used, but do you know what size the YOU is? I know that you freehanded it. I have a silhouette cameo machine and was going to try and cut it out on that. I am not talented enough to free hand it. :) Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

A friend of mine posted a picture of the green and white wall quote ("every smile begins...") and I've been dreaming about making it ever since then. I love the color and I LOVE the fonts you used, but I can't figure out how to make the letters... I'm really not good at free handing/drawing letters, especially the way the YOU is done (my favorite font.) If you did it all by hand, how is it so perfect, size-wise? I must find a way!

The ShuFamily said...

i was confused after reading which was the inspiration and which was the recreation. i think i like your better. i am totally copy-catting this for my wyatt's nursery. i am just curious how thick the wood is. (i am wood clueless)

erica said...

if you don't feel comfortable freehanding the lettering you could always purchase a cheap projector (http://www.amazon.com/mn/search/?_encoding=UTF8&x=0&tag=desidazz-20&linkCode=ur2&y=0&camp=1789&creative=390957&field-keywords=trace%20projector&url=search-alias%3Daps) and project the font on to the board. As for the width of the wood it's only 1/4". I wanted something really thin since it was going to be so big that it wouldn't take a million nails to hold it up.

Anonymous said...

How many and what is the width of the stripes??
Thanks, room looks great!

Anonymous said...

Can you explain again how you did the stripes. Im a bit confused. Is the first stripe color the same as the other 3 walls? That's what the picture looks like but, not for sure.
Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

LOVE the room! What color green did you use for the "So Many Smiles" board?

The ShuFamily said...

i am going to try this this weekend. i love it!!

Jenna said...

Love everything about the room, so cute! Where is your dresser from?

Audrey Gabel said...

Love your sign "you are my sunshine". If you are ever interested in selling it or reproducing it I would purchase. Love.. Love

erica said...

Hi Audrey! Where do you live. I am actually interested in selling it as I transform my son's nursery into a big boy room. You can contact me at eggs.turnbow@gmail.com if that is easier.

Thanks,
Erica

yemi said...

I love your baby's nursery it oozing of style and class .
I will like to add to our photo gallery of baby's nursery at www.babydeco.co.uk/gallery, if you don't mind

Mallory said...

I LOVED this room so much that I am using this theme for my first childs nursery!! What color did you use for the sign? Have you made duplicates to sale by chance?
Thanks:)

LaCourse said...

Came across your blog on pinterest, LOVE your sign! I'm having my 3rd boy in June and am painting his nursery in gray/white strips. I love the wall with the sign on it. Do you have anymore pictures of his room? I'm undecided on how many walls to put stripes on and how many to keep solid gray, so I'd love to see what the rest of the room looks like if you have pictures! Thanks!! :)

LaCourse said...

Came across your blog on pinterest, LOVE your sign! I'm having my 3rd boy in June and am painting his nursery in gray/white strips. I love the wall with the sign on it. Do you have anymore pictures of his room? I'm undecided on how many walls to put stripes on and how many to keep solid gray, so I'd love to see what the rest of the room looks like if you have pictures! Thanks!! :)

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