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DIY Potato Stamp Accent Wall

DIY Potato Stamp Accent Wall

Life with a new baby can throw a wrench in the best of plans. And when it is your sixth, well, survival is first and foremost. I finally finished painting the nursery…<ahem> this past fall.

Yeah, I think that having a finished nursery to welcome the newest little one fell by the wayside after Zip, our third child, arrived. And you know what? I don’t think that Pop, Van or even Baby #6 have minded a bit. They all sleep in our room for the first 6-12 months anyway. (And yes, I know that Baby #6 needs her screen name.)

That’s just life.

I must admit though. Finishing painting the nursery walls was a great feeling. I loved the fresh, crisp sight of the white walls. However, I felt like it needed something else-an accent wall of some kind.

So I grabbed some leftover paints (SW interior satin white and SW interior satin mindful gray) and eyeballed mixing the two paints until I was happy with the results. It ended up yielding a very subtle design on the nursery wall. This was exactly the “look” that I was going for, simple but also soft at the same time.

After I mixed my color choice, I only needed one thing: a pattern or stencil. I didn’t want to spend money on one and I also did not necessarily want the look of a stenciled wall. If you have one, great. And I may do a stenciled wall down the road. But this time? This time I was looking for free, fast and fun.

I found what I was looking for in my kitchen pantry. A potato.

Simple and quick was the name of the game.

Here’s the easy how-to

  • I cut my fresh potato in half (width-wise) and then scored my pattern in the surface of the potato flesh (the flat side- see photo below). The cuts with my knife were roughly 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep

*Note: Keep your pattern simple. You will thank me later for that bit of advice. As you can see, I chose a diamond for my pattern.

DIY Potato Stamp Accent Wall

  • I then took the knife and cut about 1/4-1/2 down from the top….slowly until I reached my scored shape. You are NOT slicing through here. You are just cutting away the excess potato from your desired design.

The goal is to have a raised pattern, thus creating a stamp for your project.

DIY Potato Stamp Accent Wall

You can see my lovely homemade diamond stamp.

  • I also added small notches on the outside of the potato skin to mark the points of the diamond.

This helped me later to keep my diamonds fairly straight and pointing the same direction. You may want to notch one or more sides of your potato stamp to mark the top of the design, etc.

DIY Potato Stamp Accent Wall

  • Stamp away. Remember that it doesn’t have to be perfect. You are more than likely going to have furniture, wall art, etc. obscuring the continuity of the pattern anyway. No one will notice crookedness or spacing issues. Promise.

Here is my stamp all covered with paint. You may notice the cut down the middle of the diamond. I actually cut half of my diamond off. This allowed me to continue my pattern on the left and right side of the window in my accent wall. (Thankfully stamping above and below the window didn’t involve partial stamping.)

*Note: Definitely keep in mind what you will do with your pattern around any windows, doors and outlets as well as along the ceiling and floor. You may want to adjust your spacing to help with any issues BEFORE you begin stamping.

DIY Potato Stamp Accent Wall

I absolutely LOVE the finished result. Sure, it is not perfectly spaced. I used my hands, a ruler and my eyes to decide stamp placements.

This room is actually a little hard to photograph. If the light hits the design just right, the pattern melts away into the rest of the wall. This is exactly what I wanted. My pattern isn’t a bold, straight lined, completely colored in diamond shape either. Again, the freestyle of the stamp was right down my alley.

It was a quick little update for the nursery “crib wall” that I was able to finish between feeding times for my little nursling. And trust me, I like quick.

DIY Potato Stamp Accent Wall

Want to try an accent wall in your home? Are you like me and you love quick and free for your home projects? This easy DIY wall project is right for you.

DIY Potato Stamp Accent Wall

 

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The Upstairs Armoire

Doesn’t that sound like a book or movie title?  Really ambiguous, veiled.

 

 

Well, its not.  It’s just a simple armoire that’s been in storage upstairs for over four years.  In our previous home, we used it as it’s intended purpose: a tv armoire.  It was perfect in our little family room.  I loved it then and I love it now.

 

 

In this home though, we currently have an alcove for tube TVs (remember those?!) above our living room fireplace.  We’ve simply hung our flat screen TV from a ceiling mount and used the actual shelf space for other equipment such as DVD/Xbox player, remotes, etc.  However, I would love to mount our TV on the wall upstairs in our soon-to-be family room {happy dance}.

We could then close off the deep alcove above our fireplace.  *sigh*  Doesn’t that sound nice?  Hubs sees it as wasted space and I see it as a beautiful place to finally be able to decorate…to my little heart’s content.  What else could we possibly use it for?   I mean, really.

So now you may be left wondering,  TV alcove-getting closed off.  TV moving upstairs; yes, but only to be mounted on the wall.  Why are you then keeping that old armoire?  Good question.

First, I love it.  And when you love something, is that not reason enough to keep it?!  Sometimes?

The other side of our attic begs to differ.  😉

It is good quality, solid wood and only cost us $50.  And it is HEAVY.  Like hernia-heavy.  Nope, can’t do it.  Ask Hubs to take it back downstairs after lugging it across five states only to haul it upstairs to sit for four years and never having used it?!  Absolutely not.  I have to exhaust all my options for it first.  All very good reasons to keep it in my book.  So what am I going to do with a “tube tv” armoire?

Repurpose it.

We are going to remove the TV swivel shelving and build some shelves for storage for crafts and sewing.  So yes, basically the beloved armoire is for me.  We have a bond- ha!

Here’s some ideas that I’ve been pinning that inspire my obsession with hanging on to this massive piece of furniture.

 

Hobby storage.

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 A quilter’s daydream.

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Scrapbooking ideas.

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Sewing options.

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I am contemplating painting ours a soft gray.  But you know me when it comes to choosing paint colors,…I’m pathetic.

First, though, it needs a good cleaning.

So what do you think?  Would you keep it?  What color would you paint it?  Tell me.  I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading.

Day 27: Paint that Pumpkin…and Repaint

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For years now, I have been carving the kids’ nicknames into their pumpkins…with ummm, a paring knife.  Probably not the most brilliant, I know.  Last year after nearly nicking my finger, I determined that I would go a different route.

This one involved the kids being a little more involved.  And a tad more mess.

We took a quick trip to Walmart last evening to pick up some craft paint.  The girls loved picking out different combinations of colors.  They did much better than I did at picking paint for my necklace.

The sun was just beginning to go down as we pulled into our driveway.  However, I had promised the kids that we would paint the pumpkins and so we started pulling out all of the paint supplies and cardboard to paint on.

I was so excited about finally working ahead on a project.  Woo-hoo.

Then our neighbor’s little girl came and joined our painting crew.  I was cool with that, and I was rolling with it.  Guess who shows up next? {rolls eyes}

A vacuum cleaner salesman.

Kirby has impeccable timing.  I watched the demonstration while also watching our neighbor friend paint our front sidewalk instead of the pumpkins.  Grrreat.

Finally, after a very disappointed salesman went his way, I stood back and surveyed the mess.  We now had a strikingly clean circle area in our otherwise filthy living room carpet, three messily painted pumpkins, a rainbow colored sidewalk, sticky children to bathe, dinner still waiting and no pumpkin pictures.  Could my vision of happily painting with my kids get any worse?

Yes.  It rained.

Aren’t I lucky?!

*sigh* So the kids and I got up and tried repainting the messy, rained-on pumpkins again this morning…while I snapped a few pictures.

It was fun and it was messy.  I’m able to laugh about last night’s disaster.

The pumpkins are so bright and cheery on our front steps.  They really make me smile when I walk by.

Will I paint pumpkins again next year?  I don’t know.  Ask me what I think after I get done scrubbing our front walk.  Then I’ll know whether the risk of carving is a better option.  

By the way, another good memory from last night was that we don’t have a $1200 payment plan to look forward to over the next few years.  Yeah, no Kirby. (For the record though, they really are awesome machines.)  😉

Do you paint or carve your pumpkins?  Ever want to scrub a sidewalk? Own a Kirby?  Please share.


Tree Thoughts

I have been wanting to paint something special in the nursery for our little girl since forever.

Trees are what I’m envisioning.  A beautiful hand-painted tree would look simply delightful with her pink and brown toile bedding.

Here are some inspirations that I’ve found for her room:

Pottery Barn Kids

Babies R Us

Pottery Barn Teen

Better Homes and Gardens

Target

Land of Nod

Pottery Barn Kids

Here’s a few pictures of her room currently.

Which tree is your favorite?  Which wall would be the best?  I’d love to hear from you.