You’ve heard the saying one person’s trash is another person’s treasure? Well when we bought our house there were a few “treasure” pieces left behind by the previous owners. We have tried to make use of a few things. As we have been redecorating our bedroom while my husband has been home on holidays, we felt that our one wall was looking empty. I received some awesome scrapbook paper for Christmas, and using some leftover materials we created some cool wall art (original idea found on Pinterest).
My scrapbook paper was 12″ x 12″ squares, so Andrew cut the leftover plywood sitting in the garage into squares of that size. Then we chose our nine pieces of paper. This was a very difficult process. I struggle to think outside the box. I tend to over match items, so when you see the final product, you’ll have to realize what a stretch this was for me to embrace. Thankfully my husband has great ideas and manages to pull me aboard with his plans.
Before we started mod podging we spray painted the edges of the wood black. Here we are covering each square with a couple of tablespoons of Mod Podge and then placing the scrapbook paper on top of it. We found out quickly that you need to start from the middle and work out smoothly the bubbles. Making your hand into a fist and pressing firmly worked the best. Also, you need to let the Mod Podge dry for about 20 minutes before applying the layer over top of the paper. Otherwise you’ll get something like this mess:
Scraping this stuff off is not fun! We used a spatula and that ended up getting most of it off and we just did it again over top of the same piece.
We let them dry once we covered the top layer in more Mod Podge. You could spray paint them clear after to protect the paper, but we decided we didn’t want the glossy finish for when the light reflects off them.
This next step was all Andrew. Caleb and I just sat on the bed and watched him measure, drill and hang up the art. He did an awesome job spacing the nine squares out in three rows of three. Ready to see the final product?
I am so happy with how this project turned out (seems like the ones that involve my husband always turn out way better)! This definitely adds a splash of colour and vibrance to our brown and beige bedroom!
I’ve had so much fun working on projects with Andrew, but sadly he goes back to work on Wednesday. I’m going to try to not think about that tomorrow and just enjoy our last day off together (until the weekend of course!).
Have a blessed week!