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Thursday, February 19, 2009


our kitchen before

our kitchen after creating a stencil to make it look like a brick facade


I was exhaustedly looking for a damask stencil for my living room, and when none could be found, I found this trinket box at a Hobby Lobby store, took it to a local copy shop and had a photo copy of the box enlarged.  

I used 2 large blank stencils to trace the design and a hot tool to cut it out.

I used an interior glaze without tint and a stencil brush to apply it.

It is quite subtle and is barely noticeable from some angles.  I didn't continue the design because I really wanted a higher gloss, but accented with the 2 frames, it works for us.

Casino Night

Making these enormous dice was a bit more challenging than I had expected, but they sure turned out like I wanted.

The extra large playing cards on the windows were fun to make!

Inspired by the Vegas signs used in advertising last years 3-point and Dunking College Contest.

Daddy Daughter Dance 2008

These are pics from the Daddy Daughter Dance that was held at the Keller Campus of Cross Timbers Community Church. The theme was Sugar & Spice so obviously we went with a candy and candy colored decor.
I used Foamular insulation purchased from the Home Depot which comes in 8ftx4ft sheets about 1"thick. I painted it with interior gloss paint and then used glue and glitter for accents.
The hanging candies were made with Foamular and styrofoam discs that we painted with the same interior gloss paint. The styrofoam candies were then covered in clear mylar wrap to look like cellophane.

The lollipops framed the dance floor. I used white plastic trash cans purchased from Ikea that we painted with interior gloss paint, stuffed the can with floral foam to hold the stick which was made from wrapping paper cardboard tubes that we spray painted with chrome spray paint. The top of the lollipop was made from a beach ball that was painted with the same interior paint and covered with the clear mylar wrap an secured with fishing line and a ribbon.

The window decor was done using the Foamular insulation sheets, painted with brown interior paint to frame it out and create the swirl patterns. We hung it with a brown satin ribbon.

The registration desk was surrounded by the pipe from a pipe & drape set that was wrapped in white Christmas lights. We hung a few extra candies and 2 light kits purchased from Ikea. The white lamp shades also purchased from Ikea I painted with acrylic paint and accent ribbon from JoAnn's. Although, once the light shown through, the paint appeared splotchy, so I inserted a piece of construction paper to obstruct the light from coming through the lower part of the shade so the light still came out of the bottom of the shade to give additional light to the volunteers working registration.

The Garage

I took this design for Cross Timbers Community Church kids team and replicated it onto a car hood for the room for 1st-3rd graders themed "The Garage"

I used Rustoleum™ high gloss paint for the gray background and acrylic paints for the lettering and shading.

I made a template using a roll of parchment paper which I had to do in three stages for the dimension and shadowing.

This was the logo I used for the other hood.  

I had to modify the colors a bit but stayed within the same scheme as the prints that were used for the team.

Whittaker's Room

This is the Dwell crib bedding we ordered for our first born in 2005, most of their designs are inspired from vintage wallpaper designs.

I used a swatch from the website to to print a photograph and then enlarged it to the size
that I wanted for the wall stencil that I made by tracing the pattern, one for the leaves and one of the stem.

The circles I painted by using a plastic potting tray from the Home Depot, held it against the wall and traced the circle and then painted it using acrylic paint for the mushroom and blue and leftover interior paint from our living room for the dark brown.


This was the print design that I worked from to create a sign for the dance area at Circle R Ranch in Flower Mound, TX.

Let me know what you think or if one of these ideas has inspired
you to try something out for your space or someone else's.