Woo to the hoo. Our bedroom horse art arrived, so we’re back to share the whole how-to-affix-them-to-canvas adventure. The title might have already given it away, but even though they arrived on Monday afternoon (spoiler alert) it took two attempts to get ‘er done in this instance.
First I went with the ol’ spray adhesive route (for $4 from JoAnn with a coupon), since I used this for anything and everything back in my art school days (it was like the duct tape of our world). It’s usually a great candidate since it’s acid free (which means it’s good for not ruining prints) and it’s listed as “all purpose” and “permanent” right on the label.
It was as simple as spraying the back of the poster (while it was upside down) along with the front of the canvas and then starting at one side of the canvas and lining up the corners and sort of rolling the print down to adhere it as I went. I was able to do it all myself (without any John help) and even snapped this pic midway through. Girl power.
Oh and I did this in the sunroom since I could seal off the fumes from the rest of the house while wearing my mask and opening the doors and windows to the outside world and running the fan (it’s stinky stuff). So if you ever dabble in spray mounting it’s great to do it outside or in a highly ventilatable space like a sunroom or screened in porch.
But back to my method. After laying my poster in place, I gently used
a credit card my Kroger card to smooth things out (gentle is the key word, you don’t want to end up with scratches or dents):
Then I did the same thing with the other guy:
Wham, bam thank you ma’am. Or so I thought. I hung them with pride and marveled that it only took about twenty minutes to attach my prints to my canvases. I may have even done that thing where you clasp your hands together and shake them on either side of your head in a victory dance of sorts. Can’t confirm or deny that.
And then tragedy struck. Ok that’s a little dramatic. More like things slowly became un-stuck. Boo hiss (my dad always says that and I crack up). I noticed that they were looking a little wiggly and less taut before bed, and within about 12 hours (by early Tuesday morning) there were actually big speed bump looking separations between the print and the canvas. I should have taken a picture but I was too worried/annoyed/bummed to remember to document it. It was the
butt crack of dawn and I kinda thought all was lost. Oh well, I did mention at the end of my horse art post on Monday that I could royally mess this project up. Do I know thyself or what? Maybe it just wasn’t meant to be. But I gave a little tug at the corner of one print and happily learned that it was actually really easy to peel the prints right off of the canvas so I could essentially start all over again. The horse photography gods must have been smiling down on me.
So next it was on to method numero dos. This time I googled around for a more “heavy duty” technique that was a bit more reliable and commonly recommended. I found this and this, which both suggested using acrylic medium as glue. The kind that I grabbed was Liquitex Matte Varnish from Michael’s (for $3 with a coupon):
I brushed a thin and even coat onto the surface of the canvas…
… along with the back of the poster…
… and then stuck them together using the same method as I did with my spray mount, although for some reason I needed John’s help this time. So maybe have an extra person on hand to help you line up corners and keep your print from folding or getting crinkled as you go. Specifically I had two corners and John had two corners and we placed my two corners down first and sort of rolled the rest of the print down (like the second pic of this post while using the spray adhesive) and that seemed to be a great way to avoid bubbles or crinkles. Some small air pockets did occur, but I was able to work them out from the middle of the canvas towards the edges (gently with the palm of my hand). Oh and some folks can have a reaction to acrylic medium (we didn’t, but noticed it said that on the container) so wearing thin latex gloves while touching the corners and placing the print might be a good idea.
Sorry we didn’t snap any photos of this step (all of our hands were in use) but here’s the finished – and very secure – result after we adhered both prints with the Liquitex varnish and then laid them flat for a full 24 hours to cure (I didn’t want them to buckle or slide off the wall while they were drying). We’ve both taken a few steamy showers in the adjoined bathroom over the last few days and they really appear to be stuck for the long haul this time (after spray mounting I could tell they might be a bit wiggly, but they felt a lot more cured and hardened about 12 hours after I used the acrylic medium). Sweet. Of course I’ll keep you posted if it all comes crumbling down. But so far, so good.
As for the sides of the canvases, I debated painting them charcoal or deep brown or even using some metallic paint, but opted to just leave them white for now. The clean look works for us (it ties into the white trim and the mirror hanging above the sink between them). And as for covering the front with something (like acrylic medium or Mod Podge) we decided that we liked the smooth print-like finish for now too. But if anyone at home is planning to use something like acrylic medium over your print or poster I’d recommend testing it out on a tiny area first, just to make sure it doesn’t make anything cloudy or runny (although I’ve heard it’s usually great – just call me Captain Careful).
We did switch the sides that we hung them on (from my original photoshop rendering), since J liked the one on my side more and I liked the one on his side more. Now we can each wake up and see our favorite prints from our side of the bed (J’s is the beach one and mine is the wild horses one). Sidenote: We realized that we switched “sides” when we moved, and finally figured out why. No matter where we live, I subconsciously prefer to be on the side furthest from the door. I guess I feel more cozy and nestled that way. Weird, huh?
One of my favorite things about the prints is how luminescent they are. That soft glow is definitely something that our rough little photoshop rendering didn’t account for, which is why some people might have been turned off by how much harsher they looked in that “guestimate.” Or they might just think horse art is weird. Which is valid (I know not everyone is on the Equine Train with me). I’ve always had a strange animal fascination – I just graduated from My Little Ponies and Popples (remember those?) to ceramic and photographic versions.
In money news, each poster (found here and here) would have been $169 to get ‘em printed on canvas to the size that I wanted and I was able to DIY each one for just $64 a pop (including the poster and the large canvas). So I saved over $200 bucks. Here’s hoping it sticks.
And now for a money shot of the sink nook. My least-favorite-to-favorite place in the house. We really like that the light & airy nook is a nice counterpart to the moody horse photos (we thought lighter/softer art might be a little too sweet and matchy-matchy for our tastes, so we went for something a little wild to contrast the big white mirror).
As we mentioned in the original poster post on Monday, we know these prints are a bit of a departure from our first house’s beachy, light, and airy (and sometimes very “safe”) style. And that art is definitely one of those in-the-eye-of-the-beholder things. In general, we’re having a lot more fun taking risks in this house (although every time I think I’m going to shock & repulse my mom she ends up liking it, which is totally throwing me off). Embracing the Just Gotta Do You School Of Decorating (which is taught by Queen Latifah in my mind) has allowed us to be more true to ourselves, and our house already feels more special and more like us.
One brave-for-prudes-like-us choice seems to somehow fit right in with the next one, and it gets easier to trust ourselves as we go. All with minimal nail biting and second guessing, which was a constant occurrence at our first house. I’m not going to say that we’re never nervous (just the idea of saying that makes me nervous), but lately we’ve had some luck doing the whole “what’s the worst that can happen?” exercise and it has always been something not-that-bad (ex: we’ll get new art, we’ll repaint, we’ll return something, etc). Which are all things worthy of ending up with a house that we love – so we get all Thelma & Louise and hold hands and drive off the cliff together. Oh and one more I’m-kinda-freaking-out tip: it’s always nice to look back on other bold-ish choices that we’ve made since moving here when we need a slap of it’ll-hopefully-be-worth-it confidence, like the painted backs of the built-ins in the dining room (which were so much more of a visual payoff than leaving them white)…
… and the still-in-progress contrast-y dark-beamed and dark-sectionaled living room (we were ready to try something beyond the white beams and the white slipcovered sofa in our first house’s den)…
… and the deeply saturated guest room (which is kind of moody but still happy and fun)…
To us, our little ponies in the bedroom just seem to fit right in with the photos above. It feels like home.
And it’s so crazy to think that it looked like this five months ago:
You thought I’d wrap things up with those before shots, right? Nope. Still babbling. Because the other day I had this thought that I wanted to share with you guys: although all of the risky-bid-ness that we’ve been experimenting with is definitely fun, one thing that we never expected was that it would work so well with the softer and more calm “moments” in our house, like the serene white-framed hall art gallery:
We’re learning that it’s not all or nothing. Areas of color and contrast seem to go well with (and balance out) the less bright and saturated spaces. So going bold in one spot doesn’t mean your whole house necessarily needs to be saturated and stimulating. It’s as if those quieter zones seem to temper things (like our white-on-gray frame gallery which leads to our more colorful and contrasty bedroom). A little of Column A, a little of Column B if you will.
In short, we’re definitely still “students” who are just figuring things out as we go. Wax on, wax off. Diving in and having fun and embracing the whole trial-and-error and why-the-heck-not approach seems to work when it comes to inching towards a place that feels like us. Yes, this is another one of those yay-you moments where I encourage you to go for it and play around and be brave and have fun – all in the name of landing on something that you couldn’t love more. After all, it’s only paint/art/bedding etc – so it’s likely something that you can semi-easily undo if you hate it. So quit horsing around (aww yeeeeah, a last-line-of-the-post horse pun) and just go for it. Can I get a yeehaw? No? Alrighty then.
Psst- Here’s an awesome post all about taking risks from The Nesting Place. She says it a lot better than I do, so… what she said.
Psssst- Is anyone else in total denial that Oprah is over? I can’t bring myself to delete her last episode from our DVR, so I guess it’ll sit there a while. Maybe for twenty fiiiiiive years.
Nette @ This Dusty House says
I think we are making a lot of really safe design choices in our house… when it comes to putting paint on the walls, we always seem to balk and end up going two shades lighter than our original choice. And, inevitably, we’re disappointed.
I love the art!
I’m SUPER SAD about Oprah. I feel like not many in my circle of friends are with me on this, so thanks for saying that! I did delete the episode last night, but I did it sadly. I’m used to having several to choose from in my DVR – unless it is summertime. I’ve been boo-hooing with each episode the last few weeks. Ahhh – I’ll miss you Oprah!!
Your bedroom looks so stunning now! I love what you did with the prints and the canvas. You are so talented transforming your spaces. It was nice before, but now it is simply gorgeous! And I love your tips how to do things without having to break the bank.
What do you mean it’s not beachy? You’ve got a horse on the beach (it’s like a nod to your former decor).
Seriously, though, I love how your house is coming together. Sometimes you make choices that are “NMS” (not my style) but overall I love the look.
Haha- it’s an ode to our old beachy capiz chandelier. We miss that thing! Thankfully the light we chose for this room is now our new favorite. Mr Capiz had some big shoes to fill, but good old “Snowball” filled ’em.
Snowball! I love it (and all the nicknames).
Do you still have your eye on the West Elm capiz fixture for over the island? It’s pretty hard to envision in your kitchen’s current state, but I can see it in an all-white kitchen, like the one with similar granite that you pinned recently. However, I’m having trouble seeing how a mostly white kitchen would fit in with the rest of your moody decor? It would be sophisticated for sure, but with the capiz chandelier it would definitely seem beachy IMHO. Any thoughts of bringing a deep color into the kitchen when you reno?
Yup, we’re planning for the walls to have a pop of happy color. Since the rooms on all sides of the kitchen are soft gray we thought it would be nice to have some color on the kitchen walls “in the middle of it all” but to temper things with white cabs and classic backsplash and accessory choices (like a white capiz chandy). Who knows where we’ll end up though!
[email protected] says
It’s super traditional for you to sleep furthest from the door and for John to sleep closest. That way the husband can defend his wife from invaders! It’s what we do to, because that’s what my dad told me growing up. :)
Andrea @ DwellRepurposed says
SO, I just found your blog a couple of days ago and LOVE it! Your house(s) are beautiful and I love your design ideas!
The horse prints are lovely and fit right in, and even if they didn’t, it is your bedroom.
I love seeing what y’all have done in these older homes! Makes me want to buy and older one with some southern charm!
Keep the ideas coming! I might have to try the print-on-canvas-idea now :)
Oh, and I subconsciously sleep in the side closest to the door…always have for some reason!
Anyway, I have a little teeny-tiny blog myself, I don’t have a lot of finished projects lately, but I’d love to have a new follower! :)
Just saw your old bedroom in a Better Home and Garden email. http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/remodeling/budget-remodels/weekend-home-projects/?sssdmh=dm17.527999&esrc=nwhi052611t&email=3329026731#page=12
Oh my gosh! Talk about a blast from the past! It’s even before we added the built-ins!
Cait @ Hernando House says
Their old dining room that became Clara’s room is in there, too. Slide 22, from waaaaay back before they redid their kitchen. Major blast from the past!
Oh my gosh- that’s hilarious!!! I can hardly remember what that room looked like with that door to the kitchen!
Does that happen to be your old dining room in that same set?
It looks like your original kitchen & back patio.
Yup, isn’t that so funny? Those pictures take us back!
Jessica G. says
Beautiful! The colors are so soft and serene — a big improvement from the Photoshop version. If you wanted to test out different colors for the sides of the canvas, you could cut strips of colored paper to size and tape them on. I think gray would look nice.
DH and I switched sides of the bed when we moved last year. I’m the opposite of you in that I like to be closer to the door… because it’s a lot easier to get up and run to the bathroom without having to open my eyes all the way. :)
Beautiful! And I loved seeing how they tied in with the rest of the house… I’m not even a horse person, but those prints are really inspiring and calming at the same time. Great picks!
Jenny S says
I’m a new follower to your blog, as I begin my decorating journey. We just purchased our “grown up” house and I’m finding lots of inspiration! I can only hope that I make it good enough for you to come house crashing in SC!
hhahah i looooved Popples!! And its eerie how close your photoshopped picture was…
I, for one, am LOVING the new bolder you (guys)! I’ve never been afraid of color, and get bored when all online pictures are white beige and white. Bring on the fun!!
That being said, I totally just painted a bed frame candy red. http://candyskitchen.blogspot.com/2011/05/guest-room-red-red-bed-frame.html Though I wasn’t looking to be more bold in my house (as I already have a bunch of color), I felt I was looking too much like a “mom house” and not enough like a “20-something house”. Does that makes sense? I wanted a hint more of modern, fun & funkiness (kept telling the bf I wanted to be more funky… don’t think he fully understood what I meant by that… take it how you will.) Anyways, bringing this red in is making me smile. It adds so much more youth to the house! I also think it’s an awesome idea for a kids’ room down the line… what can I say, I’m a planner & multi-purposer ;).
LOVE IT! Wow, you’ve got guts girl. And the lipsticked duck is adorbs. You knew I’d love that, right?
Rachel Tatem says
So creative and yet so simple. I have a poster I wasn’t sure what to do with and now I am inspired!
Steph @ Birdhouse Family says
Darn, I wish your post had come two weeks earlier! I just had the exact same pealing off/bubbling experience mounting large-scale art with spray adhesive. I was so bummed that I left mine lying around in the garage. I was going to try modpodge next, but I’m glad I waited. I’ll try the acrylic medium instead. Thanks for sharing your failures to help others!
Oh, and the art looks amazing in your room, of course!
I can’t believe how great those prints look mounted to the canvas! It gives them some nice dimension, in my opinion. Also, mu husband and I switch sides too…I’ve found that I always have to sleep away from the alarm clock (which strangely is usually found closest to the door). :)
looks great. I’m glad you posted the how-to process. I’ve been wanting to do this with large prints…
Kate B. says
Didn’t really care for it with the photo shop photo… LOVE it now! Great job! Thanks for the great ideas for hanging posters!
Is it just me, or does everyone always start to read the post first and figure out if it’s John or Sherry writing? Seriously, I’m now able to tell by the 2nd line! :)
A – Love Popples
B – I too sleep on the “inside” wall, every hotel room, every time we’ve moved, etc.
C – I too imagined you in an Oprah voice for the twenty FIIIIVE years! line.
D – I also giggled when you showed the before shots of your bedroom and then kept on going for another segment. :)
E – I say boo hiss all the time. I don’t know why.
Glad the pictures turned out!!
1. I love that you lettered your points instead of numbering or bulleting them.
2. Let’s all bring back boo hiss.
3. I only wish I could do the Oprah voice. I try and I fail.
Christa M says
Stephanie – I too can tell by the second line who it is!
and for some reason when she said “twenty FIIIIIVE years”, I heard the voice of the old announcer on The Price is Right.
Robin @ our semi organic life says
sometimes I get confused and have to check back then realize DUH!
Andrea @ DwellRepurposed says
Oh, and I forgot to mention how much I love Popples too! They were my favorite stuffed animal when I was little! You must be an 80’s child as well.
Woah, the change from the before and afters are stunning!
Hi John & Sherry,
Your horse prints look much nicer “in person” than they did in the Photoshop.
I also appreciate how you share that just because one or two rooms are saturated that doesn’t mean your whole house needs to be. I’ve been doing a lot of home decorating website purusing and it definitely seems that many tend to go one way (saturated) or the other (all whites). It’s definitely been tricky trying to find that balance in our home, which is still only 2 months old to us, so it’s nice to see that other people who have been in their homes much longer have the same feelings.
I love them! I’ve always done what I darn well pleased with my house…being safe is fine, but it never gives you a chance to discover yourself.
Great job guys! You really have kept the momentum going with this room.
This turned out incredible. This is, by far, my favorite art you have ever hung or featured in your house! I liked your old, beachy, airy house- but I looooove the newer, bolder stuff you are doing with the new place.
I seriously love the fact that you mentioned Popples in this post. I asked my husband if he remembered them and of course he said no. I thought I was the only one who loved them.
Love the horse art too. I was leery at first but they definitely look a lot better than I expected.
Laura @ Starting Out Fit says
Being a horse owner and lover, those prints are to die for!!! and you’ve definitely inspired me with the idea of attaching a print to a blank canvas. Such a great idea!!!
p.s. I still have my entire My Little Pony collection.. in hopes that I have a little girl some day perhaps? ;)
pps. I unfortunately have no idea where my poor popples ended up. I had a tiny pink one though (a baby popple) which I loved to death as a kid.
Oh man my Popples and My Little Ponies are gone. I did have an inexplicably large collection of Troll Dolls (it’s so insane to type that sentence) and I think my mom kept one of those.
My husband says “boo hiss!” Clearly he’s working on his “old man” credentials. Great job on the prints, and thanks for the mounting tutorial!
Haha, my dad is about to believe it’s a cool “kids term” in light of this fact.
The pictures look great! I would have been a nervous wreck to glue them once, let alone a second time! Too funny about switching sides. My husband and I always have this discussion (in hotels, when we’re guests at someone’s house, when we moved) He always thought his side of the bed was closest to the door and mine was farthest. I always thought my side was the right (if you were in the bed; looking at the bed, then left) When we moved in March it was a big deal for him to figure out why I was sleeping next to the door!
They look gorgeous! They are perfect for your room. If only I can talk DH into that fabulous Ikea light fixture, I knew I had to have it the first time I found your site a week ago. Ditto the others who said they sleep on the side of the bed closest to the bathroom (ever since having babies, my bladder is the size of an acorn).
When I saw the horse photographs I immediately sprang into “Sherry and her dream of horses” sung to the tune of Belle and Sebastian’s “Judy and her dream of horses”. You should probably listen to that song now :)
I don’t even remember that song! Must. Google. It.
Katy B says
My mom has crazy DIY skills. She was constantly decorating and redecorating our home growing up, at a time when it wasn’t such a big trend. She has great taste and always seems to pull everything off with little effort….very annoying if it weren’t for that whole uncoditional love thing I feel for her.
That being said, I hate when she instantly loves my choices. It makes me feel as though I am not edgy enough. I finally gave up and realized I just have a cool mom.
Haha, I don’t know, my mom used to wear socks with sandals…
Okay, maybe it’s weird that THIS is what I comment on after all that information, but I JUST wrote a post called 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me and one of them was the fact that I recently realized that I subconsciously sleep on the side of the bed CLOSEST to the door. I was glad to read I’m not the only weirdo. Ha ha. Love the prints by the way. I’m thinkin’ I just may have to steal the idea.
I can’t possibly sleep closest to the door or windows. My BF thinks it’s crazy but if I try to sleep on his side, I just switch back.
Tamrah Ryan says
Love these! And I mean LOVE.
Come to think of it, when we moved into our new house I switched sides of the bed too (to the side furthest from the door). I think part of it is that I feel safer, but also my husband gets up with our boys if one of them wakes up. I’m one of those “can’t fall back asleep once I wake up” people and he’s one of the “falls asleep as soon as his head hits the pillow” people. So, he gets the door side so he can manage the munchkins.
I love the way it came out!
And Oprah, OMG, I cried so much at the last two, and I haven’t even seen the final. When they built the library? And the little kids shared what she meant to them? She’s awesome. How much did you love Nate’s song and dance bit? Thought of you (in a not creepy way)
I loved it! Nate was the start of the show. And yes, I totally cried about the library. And the trees outside?! Amazing.
Any thoughts to changing out the knobs and hinges in the ‘nook’? Maybe white would not draw your eye there so quickly and give a more cohesive feel when viewing from the bed area? Or maybe that’s just my perspective from viewing the pictures.
Oh yeah! We have big plans for that vanity down the line (including new knobs and hinges and some other cosmetic stuff).
I love the prints! Today is my first day of vacation, and one of the first things I am doing this summer is a redo of my son’s room. The poster-on-canvas is the first thing I am going to do in his room. Thanks for all the inspiration and information!
Sarah K says
LOVE how the color in the prints plays off the color of the curtains! The room is really coming together.
As for sleeping arrangements, my husband is always hot, so he sleeps closest to the window (or if we’re in a hot place, closest to the air-conditioning vent).
Lauren M says
Love the horse prints. Love the writing. Love your faces.
Love your face right back Lauren M.
Lori @ Richmond, BABY! says
Your room has really come together and I love it! The horse prints match perfectly. Thanks for the poster on a canvas how-to…such a great $ saving idea.
I love that you did this post as well as Monday’s regarding applying pictures to canvas. We have a poster in a crappy plastic frame in our bedroom that we love, and we also recently inherited some terribly tacky artwork on canvas that is framed. I had the bright idea to somehow glue the poster we love over the crappy canvas we hate and keep the great frame. Somewhat new to these craft projects I ordered some Mod Podge online, but when I read Monday’s post I decided to wait and see what you guys used! Looks like I’ll be picking up some acrylic medium to use instead! Did you have any trouble with rippling as the prints dried? Thanks again!
Nope, it was great! Just be sure to keep the canvases flat for a full 24 hours while they dry. Then they should be totally cured and you can hang ’em!
HA. It’s hilarious how many of us want to be farthest from the door. I’m a little over-the-top, perhaps: no matter where we are or where we go-to visit friends, a hotel, my parents, etc.-I always sleep away from the door regardless of if it’s my normal side or not. Drove the hubs a little crazy when we first got married, but he’s used to it now : ).
I’m sad that my daughter won’t know the joy’s of Oprah. Sigh.
PS Everytime I see a picture of your guest room I get giddy. Love that green headboard against the teal walls.
Me too! Clara never ever looks at the TV. Even when there’s a cute doggy and I bring her in to “show” her. But once when Oprah was on in the background while we were making dinner she crawled up to the TV and sat in front of her and the audience started clapping to welcome a guest so Clara sat there and clapped too (it was the Shania Twain episode). I almost died. So sad she won’t grow up watching her like I did. I’m such a sap.
Is it totally nosy of me to ask what your “media policy” is for Clara. You and John seem like such wonderful, thoughtful parents and I’d love to hear your thoughts of the subject. If this is way out of line, please accept my apologies and feel free to not answer! xo
No worries! Clara doesn’t watch TV (she does see the TV from time to time in those rare instances that I described above when we’re all in the next room doing something and it’s on in the background). She just doesn’t seem to like it (even programs that are meant for kids her age). She’d rather “read” or “draw” or bang blocks together or fill a basket full of plastic eggs or something. Haha. I guess she’s “hands on” these days. No worries. I’m sure when she’s a teenager she’ll make up for it!
The horse on the beach photo goes much better than I had originally thought it would, it does have some of those yellow gold tones which were harder to see in the photoshop version.
Also, it makes sense that you would switch sides of the bed, studies have proven that women prefer to sleep closer to the closet/bathroom while men prefer to sleep next to the door( whole defender against intruders thing). It’s vary strange to see a woman sleeping next to the door.
And one last thing, I promise, could you not have used Modpodge as adhesive for the paintings? I am in love with the stuff and use it for anything! It’s like my own version of Windex, I think it can cure anything!
Haha, I wonder if Mod Podge would have worked. When I googled around I didn’t see much about using it (and I saw acrylic medium mentioned a bunch of times so I went for it). Fear of a second failure got to me I guess. Haha. Anyone have any luck with Mod Podge?
Megan @ reFind says
I have not watched my last Oprah yet, because if I haven’t watched it, then she is still on, and there are more episodes left. Yep – that is what I call major denial :)
Oh my gosh I should have done that. Life is better when there’s still one unwatched Oprah in the DVR.
I actually really like how they look–especially with that “glow.”
Question: I have a watercolor/sketch scroll thing that my mom brought me back from China and we have had the toughest time figuring out what to do with it. I’ve had it for like 14 months and I wanted to put it on canvas, too, since we got some crazy $500+ quote to frame something that big (it’s 53″ by 27.5″). I was thinking more the modge podge route…did you guys consider that at all or was it nixed for some reason? Just wondering how much of a difference there is between that and the Liquitex. Thank you!
PS. I used to pick the side farthest from the door but my husband laughs at me because now I pick the spot that’s closest to both him and our cat. :)
I definitely still wonder if Mod Podge would have worked. When I googled around I didn’t see much mention of using it for this purpose (and I saw acrylic medium come up a bunch of times so I went for it). Anyone have any luck with Mod Podge?
I think the canvases look great there. I love the colors in the prints against the wall color and the drapery fabric.
I switched sides when I moved too and I came to realize that everywhere I sleep, I sleep on the side of the bed farthest from the door. I blame my social anxiety and paranoia for that though. It gives you an extra 10 seconds to escape when that crazed-axe-murderer/zombie/drunken-psycho-from-the-bar-next-door comes through the door. lol
I LOVED Popples! I totally had a Popples themed lunch box and bookbag! Too funny.
Yay to it working out! And I have to admit, I’m liking the luminescent vibe the pics have too. I wasn’t digging them so much in the original post, maybe a negative Photoshop effect?
But I love the idea that you can take a poster/print/etc. and affix it to the canvas to hang!! Makes it so much more substantial and artistic!! My daughter has some prints of Venice that she loves (and that I need to hang, duh), and this is such a great idea, rather than framing them. Love love love! One last thing, I know that how we see your house is very dependent on all the variables that go into the taking the picture, the lighting, and the quality of our computer monitors, but I like your how your sink alcove looks! Maybe it’s just my taste?? Or lack there of? ha ha
Yeah we love how it looks now too! I think that sentence was confusing (I meant it to mean that it used to be our least favorite view and now it’s one of our favorites). Thank goodness for some paint and that mirror and removing the backsplash! And the faux sheepskin. He helps too. Haha.
Jen @ The Decor Scene says
Great post. Love all the information.
When you said, “encourage you to go for it and play around and be brave and have fun – all in the name of landing on something that you couldn’t love more.” You totaling inspired me with you bold/deeper colors that I had to try it and what better place but in our Laundry Room. It’s just paint right…we can paint over it if we have to…BUT we love it. We made sure that everything else was light and bright because it is a small room with one window. Thanks for the inspiration to just “try” something different. Now if I could just get the hubby to paint a bold/deeper color some place else in the house. ;)
You can check out our almost-done-Laundry Room here: http://thedecorscene.blogspot.com/2011/04/laundry-room-added-storage.html
That color is faaaaaaaantastic! I love it! Thanks for sharing the eye candy. Mmmm.
Jen @ The Decor Scene says
I should have said that the color is Benjamin Moore Natura – Mills Spring Blue. Glad you love it. :)
It looks so great with the white cabinet!
Jen @ The Decor Scene says
Sorry color name correction. It’s Mill Springs Blue. I put the “s” on the wrong word. My bad!
Haha, that’s like Carolina Inn Club Aqua (our bedroom color). It constantly confounds me (ex: Caroline Club Inn Aqua?).
Jen @ The Decor Scene says
Thanks Sherry! There are actually more cabinets on the other wall. Sorry the pictues are dark, but we didn’t have proper lighting in there yet. http://thedecorscene.blogspot.com/2011/03/laundry-room-cabinets-installed.html
Jen @ The Decor Scene says
awwwwww, thanks! :)
I like it! The dark colors in the photograph really ties the dark colors of the room in. What a neat way to wake up in the morning. I need to take more risks. Thanks for the inspiration. I also switched sides with my hubby when we moved, and just realized after you mentioned the door that it’s the same reason. How strange!