Remember my new friend Carlie, and her bedroom that she wanted to personalize?
She had already hung the (drop cloth) drapes and painted the walls, floor and bathroom door by the time I came over for the first look-see, but she wanted to inject more of her personality as far as the art, furniture and decor went, and she just wasn’t sure where to start or how to implement it. I think we’ve all been there a time or two. (Or three!)
One thing she did feel sure about was what she wanted on the wall to the right of her bed. She envisioned a big piece of art with scripture on it. Something that would be the perfect start to her mornings. She chose Psalm 143:8. “Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love for I have put my trust in You. Show me the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul.” ”
I told her I couldn’t promise it would be perfect, but that I could *probably* put something together. We measured the wall and decided on the size 36″x36″.
I started by picking up an 8-dollar piece of luan plywood from the home improvement store, and then I pulled out one of my old sample pots of blue-gray paint.
I rolled on some of the blue-gray, and then used a palette knife to scrape on a second (messy) coat of white paint. After that, I laid a yard of burlap onto the surface of the wood, and then rolled some more white paint onto to surface of the wood. It left a really neat, random pattern, but when I pulled the burlap away, there were a lot of little burlap fibers stuck in the paint. Nothing a little sandpaper couldn’t fix! I gave the whole thing a quick, light sanding and it turned out nice and smooth. I did the lettering with a pencil (using the print it out backwards and rub it on with a pencil method), and like I told Carlie, it’s not perfect- but, hallelujah, what it says is! 🙂
My friend, Billy, helped me make a simple frame out of dark walnut-stained 1″x2″s and Kevin and I hung it up for Carlie today.
We’ve still got a ways to go in here, but I wanted to post an update since I had some new photos. Check out her pretty new bedding!
It’s the Samantha duvet and Pick-Stitch quilt and shams from Pottery Barn. I’m excited to bring in some more art, accessories and greenery soon!