Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Dining Room Wall Art {Poppyseed Projects}

I LOVE poppyseed projects and was so excited when I first discovered them about 6 months ago. I instantly fell in love with their frames, their crafts,  projects, how easy it was to create, and all the possibilities of using their materials and my own creativity. Not only do they have great products but the owners and staff are all so helpful and sweet. So Today I am going to share how I transformed by dinning room wall with functional and one of a kind art.

First things first I headed to Poppyseed Projects store on a serious mission to find something for my dining room wall. I LOVE their design frames with a capital everything so I knew that I wanted to use them some how. I picked the frames I wanted and then I saw the wood letters and knew I had to have them. I played around with a few words and then decided on the simple word EAT. So I walked out the door with 2 4X6 Eleanor frames, 1 5X5 oval frame, and the letters E A T in their smaller size of the wood letters and knew just what to do. Now to the fun tutorial. 

{Supplies I Used}

-2 4X6 Eleanor frames {poppyseed projects}
-1 5X5 oval frame {Poppyseed projects}
-Wood letters spelling EAT {poppyseedprojects}
-White paint
-Red paint 
-foam paint brushes 
-sand paper
-Stain {Minwax Early American}
-Chalkboard vinyl or paint
-Your favorite recipes printed out

{What I did}

Once I had everything picked out I started to paint. I painted the letters white first {just 1 coat}. Then when the white dried I painted the red on top so that when I sanded them later some white would show through.

Then I painted the Eleanor frames white and the oval frame red. I did 2 coats of paint to make sure they were covered nicely. Then I set them aside to dry.

Once the paint was dry, I sanded down all the edges on the letters and the frames. Then I took my stain and rubbed it on the sanded edges.

On the two white frames I rubbed some stain on the surface and then wiped most of it off with a dry cloth to give it an aged look.

Next, I printed off two of my family's favorite recipes and put them in the frames. I loved displaying our favorites, they are easy to switch out and it is functional so you can see the recipe when you are cooking.

For the oval frame I wanted it to be chalkboard so we could put little messages to each other in it, what was going on that day, or what we would be having for dinner that evening.

You could paint the frame backing with the chalkboard paint, but I decided I would use the chalkboard vinyl that I had on hand. It was so easy and no drying time. I just traced the oval shape backing on the vinyl and cut it out. Then just simply applied it with a squeegee.

I prepped it by rubbing chalk all over it covering the whole thing then wiped it all off. This makes it so it doesn't leave a ghost on the chalkboard from each message you write.

Then I hung up my EAT letters on a piece of custom wall art that I had made {I will be sharing all about where I got the plans for this beautiful pallet art in a post really soon with a fun giveaway}, with command strips. I love the color and dimension it gives.

I also hung up the frames with the command strips. I love these things, you have to check them out. If you have never heard of them they are great to hang up pictures and small pieces of art, because they leave no holes or damage to your walls.

I think what I love most about sharing this wall is that it is great for both home owners and renters. This is something you can all do. We are renting and although there is a lot that we can't change that I would like to {Like that lovely light fixer...eek} I am able to bring my style, personality and make it feel like my family's home in other ways painting furniture, DIY projects, color and of course art like this wall.

I love how it turned out and the best part of all their unfinished frames, blocks, letters and plaques is they are completely customizable. You can use any color, technique, pattern, and put anything in them that fits your personality and decor style.

Now I just need a big Poppyseed frame and dry Erase Calendar to replace that one on the right, to tie it all together. That also is not our table we are just borrowing it while I transform ours. It is sitting in the garage drying and almost done as we speak! Oh and I love it! Post coming soon. It will update it even more and make this area look stunning! stay tuned.

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  1. This might sound odd.. but what type of sand paper do you use?

    I am asking because I just repainted a shelf and I ened up using too course of sand paper. but when I was looking at them at the store the other sand paper seemed to soft or too course.


    1. It depends on what I am working on but for this I just used 220 grit

  2. Super cute! I love how it turned out!

  3. I love how this turned out Whit!! Love the big EAT

  4. This looks fabulous! You're the cutest!

  5. Really love this! We would love for you to share with our Kitchen Fun & Crafty Friday link party!:) Just put it up! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2013/05/kitchen-fun-crafty-friday-link-party.html

  6. Love the EAT sign, so cute. And what a great idea to frame recipes in those fun shaped frames! Adorable wall display:)

  7. I think you have done such a great job! Its so adoreable. I love the idea of family recepies in the frames as well, so cleaver :)

  8. Whit I LOVE your cute dining room wall art! I think that is such a cute idea to display recipes in the frames. So cute! Thanks for sharing at Thursday's Temptation. I am going to be featuring your art at tonights link party!

  9. This is really a very cute project. And I really love it. Maybe I should start looking for a place where I could display these decors when I already did one (because I will surely make one).



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