Thursday, June 23, 2011

Helpful How To: Keeping It Between the Lines.

Be excited.

I have an actual HHT for you today! 

I know.

It's all I can do to contain my excitement.

I am practically bouncing out of my chair!

I revealed it this weekend on Facebook, so forgive me if you've already seen it....

If you haven't, you'll be wishing you had.

Because it's total life changing stuff.

If you have been reading for a while, you may remember seeing that I purchased a rug for my kitchen back in April.

Along with some other amazingly cheap stuff that I found at my favorite store.

And if you are too lazy to click any of those links, here's the rug. 

In it's original form.


So vanilla.

So bland.

So in need of SOMETHING.

Enter Emily's amazing template that she brilliantly used on her walls.


If my husband wouldn't KILL me I would so do the same thing....

But since he clearly would.... 

I opted for something more simple.

I printed off her template, grabbed a sharpie and got to work.


Let's all "oo" and "ah" about how amazing I look without makeup in my tube top and with all the frizzy hair.

It's glam that puts Britney Spears to shame, I know.

The key to using a tiny little stencil like this is to keep it straight.  It was easier for me since I had the lines of the bamboo to keep me straight.

But for another project, I'd have totally pencilled in a straight line for my guide.

And to make it really complicated, level the space between the lines, I lined up the stencil with the old lines and used the ends as spacer's then adjusted my stencil to that arean before outlining.

It sounds much more complicated than it is, I promise.

Less than 2 hours of work artistic flair later....

I had this.

By no means am I going to pretend like this project is amazing.

Or finished.

But it's a great starting point. 

Eventually, I would like to paint it.

Like Jen over at Tatertots and Jello did with hers.

But as it's taken me almost 3 months just to find the time to stencil in the pattern, I have absolutely ZERO grand illusions of me getting this done any time soon.

In the meantime, what do you think? 



Think it's stupid?

Or brilliant?

I mean seriously, a $19 rug and a sharpie for a touch of glam?

I'll be sharing this one over at Amanda's Weekend Bloggy Reading Linkup Party.

Weekend Bloggy Reading

You should join me!


Bumber's Bumblings said...

Very impressive! I have no patience for something like that. and you look super cute in that picture!

Stephanie said...

I think it is brilliant, wonderful and beautiful! Glad to see you keep it real with the tube top and frizzy hair! Your header of your family is so welcoming too!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I love it!! I actually think it looks pretty neat as-is. You did a wonderful job!

Thanks for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party! :)

tarynddavidson said...

i am not sure what looks more amazing... the rug or you with no makeup!
Gosh, I love Brit Brit.
LA girls, UNITE!