A Ceiling Medallion Makes A Unique Wall Hanging

I’ve had this pretty ceiling medallion hanging around my place for a while (not on my ceiling).  My friend acquired it at a yard sale, and then gave it to me while I was helping her move.  I love the details in it, but it is definitely too busy for my dining room ceiling. 

I’ve also been trying to think of something for one of the other walls in my bedroom, so I decided I would give the old medallion a face lift.  What do you think?

If you are not familiar with a ceiling medallion, you can check out this Architectural Depot site for more info.  My medallion was a urethane model that had obviously been used because the opening in the center was beat up a bit.  This is what it looked like before.

The first thing I did to it was to spray paint it.  I used Rust-oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover in Satin Nutmeg. 

It has been difficult to find a place to spray paint this winter, so I was forced to brave the outdoor elements.

(Yes.  I spray painted the grass.  It was so darn breezy that I just gave up on the paper and hoped my husband wouldn’t notice the brown patch in the yard!)

I gave it two coats of spray paint, letting it dry completely between applications.  I let the second coat of spray paint dry overnight and then I applied the darker glaze to give it an antique look.  (I used the Ralph Lauren Faux Technique Glaze tinted with Martha Stuart’s Library Mahogany Color.)  

I just sponged it on with a cloth and after about 8 minutes I rubbed it with a clean cloth, which left the darker color to highlight the details.

In fact, I rubbed a little too much off, so then I just added a little more glaze and worked it around until it looked just right.  I love the antique feel it gives the piece and it is super easy to work with.  Oh BTW….take my advice and wear plastic gloves of some type. 

Once the glaze was dry, I was ready to add my center.  You didn’t think I was gonna hang it on my wall with that ugly hole in the center did you?

See that cute blue plate on the left side of the picture?  Yep…it’s the perfect fit for that gaping hole. 

Now I do not claim to know anything about plate collecting.  I know some people are very knowledgeable in that area, and if you, dear reader, are informed, perhaps you could let me know the value (high or low) of the plate I am about to defile for the sake of my wall hanging.

This is the plate close up…

and this is the stamp on the back…

Now with that said (plate collectors may want to divert their eyes for this one), I glued the plate to the medallion with my trusty hot glue gun like so…

And this is how it turned out when the glue was set.

I hung it on the wall using the hole in the back…

Viola!  My new wall hanging fits the room perfectly.

I just love all of the detail in the ceiling medallion.  A wall of these medallions of different sizes with mirrors in the middle would be very pretty too.

Well, I’m off to the 9-5 gig but check back with me tomorrow when I reveal my accent wall in the kitchen and I show you my weekend thrifting treasures.

Wendy Sue – The Hopewell Homesteader

BTW…the glaze was not cheap, but I purchased it with a future furniture refinish project in mind and I only used a tiny bit on this wall hanging.

I am partying today with:

Sumo’s Sweet Stuff – Market Yourself Monday

The DIY Show Off – DIY Project Parade

Dittle Dattle – Amaze Me Mondays

Skip To My Lou – Made By You Monday

Making The World Cuter – Making The World Cuter Mondays


Well Versed Sakura

Yesterday I was checking out some interesting color themes at Home Goods and I was inspired by a blue room.  As you may be aware, I am the queen of blue.  So it makes sense that I wanted to try to use the idea in one of my rooms at home.

I have also been loving the book page art I have seen all over the place lately and I wanted to somehow tie that into my piece.  So I decided to do a take on the Japanese Cherry Blossom paintings, using the paper and the brilliant blue color that inspired me. 

And here you see what I ended up with….

The first thing I did was to take two 8.5″x11″ blank canvases and paint them with a bright blue acrylic paint.  I put on two layers with a foam brush sweeping back and forth across the canvas. 

These are most of the materials I used for this project.

While my canvases were drying, I made a template for a backing and petals.  I cut them out of cardboard and traced them onto pages I had ripped from one of my thrift store book purchases (Sorry Michael Crichton!!).  I cut them out…and then I cut out some more…and then finally I kept cutting. 

PHEW!  It was a lot of cutting, but I was finally ready to assemble.

I assembled the large blossoms like so….

Then I added a few pink styrofoam balls that came from an old wreath to the center for a pop of color.

Then I made several smaller flowers using just the petals (no backing).

I also made a few blossom buds from the petals like so…

Once my canvases were dry, I glued several branches to them.

When I was ready to place the blossoms, I first used the handle of a paintbrush to roll the edges of the petals.  (I forgot to take a photo of the rolling…but you get the drift).

Then, using my trusty hot glue gun, I glued the blossoms into place carefully covering any spots where glue touched the canvas while adding the branches.

The right panel…

The left panel…

And the two pieces look like this when they are placed together side by side.

And this is how they look over my favorite reading chair.

I am not done with this space, as it still needs a side table to set my books on and a small lamp of some sort. (I’m thinking maybe something in the way of a paper lantern)

So how do you like it?  It’s kinda modern for my usual taste, but I’m trying to stretch myself a little.  I’m still not sure how I feel about it….maybe my house is just better suited to the vintage look.  I think I will take them into the 9-5 gig office and see how they look in a more modern setting.

Tomorrow I am going to go back to something a little more vintage, but I did have some cute ideas for a japanese feel lantern already swirling in my brain, so look for that in the not so distant future.

Wendy Sue – The Hopewell Homesteader

BTW…I decided to add the japanese symbol for Cherry Blossom (Sakura) to the corner of each panel after I was finished to add some more interest to the blue canvas.

Linking Up To These Parties Today:

Everyday Taste – It’s A Keeper Thursday

Treasurista’s Thursday Treasures

House of Hepworth – Hookin Up With HOH

The Shabby Chic Cottage – Transformation Thursday

Somewhat Simple – Strut Your Stuff Thursdays

An Antique Typecase Display

Two weekends ago, I stopped by one of my favorite estate sales and found this beautiful type case tray.  I immediately knew that it would become a new wall hanging to go with my new bedroom linens.  Unfortunately I kept putting the project off because I wanted to do it “just right”.  I’m not usually a perfectionist at all, but when I get that feeling about a particular project….then look out for some serious procrastination!

After two weeks though, I realized that my quest for perfection would lead to a bare wall for eons to come, so I pushed ahead with my best attempt at making it beautiful. 

And this is what I did….

I wanted it to have an antique feel to it, so I used an assortment of scrapbook paper that had a newsprint, some canvas/burlap material, pictures of my family members new and old, and some old buttons and other embellishments.   Oh…and my trusty glue gun came in handy of course.

I measured the cubbies to start….

Then I cut the scrapbook paper and material to fit a number of the cubbies…

I just hot glued the paper and material to the inside of the cubbies, but I did not fill them all because I wanted to leave some of the old wood exposed.

Next I printed out a few photos I had on my computer.  Some of the pictures are actually prints of an old photograph and some were newer, made to look older with Photoshop.

Then I used some scrapbook frame embellishments and added a few old buttons, some antique key replicas, and some blue beads to add a little color.  Like so….

Can you can guess how I’m related to the lady in the picture at the top right corner?

Can you tell who is getting married in the photo in the center…?

 and if you are REALLY a smartypants, guess how I’m related to the little boy with the tie in the top right corner of this picture!

After I was done decorating the front, I tacked some ribbon to the back to hang it with.

Here it is…ready to hang.

And here it is hung in its rightful place in my bedroom.

It was a super easy and quick.  And I think that it turned out beautiful….perfect or not.

What do you think?

Wendy Sue – The Hopewell Homesteader

BTW…come back tomorrow for the “I think I’m Turning Japanese” book nook redo.

Partying today with:

The Thrify Home – Penny Pinching Party Wednesday

Savvy Southern Style – Wow Us Wednesday

Someday Crafts – Whatever Goes Wednesday

Beach Cottage – Good Life Wednesdays

Crafty Geordi – Show & Share Sunday

The Treasurista – Thursday Treasures

Everyday Tastes – It’s a Keeper Thursday

House of Hepworth – Hookin Up With HOH

The Shabby Chic Cottage – Transformation Thursdays

Somewhat Simple – Strut Your Stuff Thursdays

Framed Monograms With A French Feel

I’ve had a few different sets of initials in my life.  (And “a few” is not exaggerating…seriously.)  So for my latest project I decided to highlight my current set of initials.  This framed Monogram was the perfect fit for my pitifully empty headboard.  

I got some of my inspiration from All Things Thrifty.  She does a lot of projects involving stencils and she even has a page where she freely gives of her stencil patterns.  In fact, that is where I got the stencil pattern that I defaced in the process of making this beauty, so a big thanks to Brooke.  

So let’s jump right in.  These are most of the materials I used….

  1. 3 wooden frames that I found in the $1 bins at AC Moore a few years ago.  They don’t have a back or stand, but they were perfect for my purpose.
  2. Left over fabric from my dining room drapes.
  3. Scissors  / Pinking Sheers (optional)
  4. Acrylic paint in tan, white and dark brown.
  5. Paint brush / Stencil Brush (optional)
  6. Hot Glue gun
  7. 3 Bags of Tea (I used Good Earth Chai) and a bowl of water
  8. Staple Gun & Staples (optional)
  9. Stencil or Pattern & Xacto knife
  10. Sheet Music

The first thing I did was to paint my frames in a base color of tan.

As I waited for that to dry, I brewed a bit of tea.  I used a Good Earth Chai blend and it made the whole room smell wonderful and yummy.

No serioulsy…I’m not joking.  It has a purpose here beyond being my favorite beverage. 

Once it was relatively dark, I added the sheet music that I had cut to size with my pinking shears and I gave it a tea bath.

Oh BTW….the quotes for my tea were as follows…

“If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends.  You talk to your enemies.”  –  Moshe Dayan

“In science the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not the man to whom the idea first occurs.”  – Sir Francis Darwin

“The first and great commandment is: Don’t let them scare you.”  – Elmer Davis

OK….back to the regularly scheduled program.

I let the music steep awhile.  I didn’t want to make it very brown.  I just wanted to take away the bright white pristine look.

When the tan base on the frames was dry, I mixed up my white wash, which was a combination of mostly white paint, a tiny drop of the tan, and a dash of water to make it more like a wash.  Then I brushed it onto the frames.

Some of the tan came through the whitewash, but that’s ok.  Perfect is not a requirement for me.  I am a firm believer in the “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful” movement….

While the white wash dried I cut out my stencil with an Xacto knife.  That was the most difficult part, and I was so engrossed in getting it done, that I forgot to take a picture of that process.  Sorry…but it’s pretty self explanatory.

Once the whitewash was dry (I used my hairdryer to move the process along), I painted the stencil onto the frame using the dark brown paint.

I used the same stencil on the top and bottom of each frame.  My paper stencil lasted long enough to finish the three frames, but next time I would probably make the stencil out of cardboard or a plastic folder.

Once the stencil was dry, I took a piece of sand paper and distressed the frames.

Then it was time to add the fabric to the back of the frames.  Like so….

I used a staple gun, which helped to hold the fabric tight across the frame, but you could use thumb tacks as well.

My frames were now ready for the sheet music and monogram letters.  Using Microsoft Powerpoint and my color printer, I printed the letters onto card stock I already had on hand and then cut them out with the pinking sheers as well.

Then I simply glued them into the middle of the fabric in each frame.

In order to make it stand on its own, I decided to use fabric to create a kind of hinge between the three frames.  I stapled the fabric like so….

Then I just checked it to be sure it could stand on its own.

Voila!!  My framed monogram with a french feel. 

This was a bit of work (and a bunch of waiting for things to dry), but it would make a great gift for a newborn child.

It would also be a great wedding shower gift.  A helpful reminder to the newly married woman who is still trying to remember to write the new last name when asked for her signature.  (Been there..done that a few times!)

So what do you think?  Doesn’t it look cute next to my new bedding?

Join me tomorrow for another “Mayhem…thy name is Zoro” story, some interesting thrift store finds and a beautiful, but easy and cheap wall hanging project.

At your service as always,

Wendy Sue – The Hopewell Homesteader

BTW…I’m partying with following this weekend:

Pre-Loved Fabric Topiary

I’ve been trying to think if the perfect accessory for this spot in my living room for a long while.  I wanted it to have a little height because the wall behind this table is mostly blank, but it had to go with my decor, and I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. 

I tossed around the idea of a wreath, and I saw some beautiful versions of fabric wreaths online, but that would require buying a wreath frame.  Now I know they are not expensive, but hey….I’m lazy, and I didn’t feel like going all the way to Wal-Mart for one stinkin’ thing.  So that is when it came to me….I already had a foam cylinder that I had used for another project this past christmas that would be perfect. 

Next I needed to find some fabric.  I had some fabric left over from my newly made curtains, but I didn’t like the thought of cutting up $5 worth of fabric.  (read: I was being cheap!)

Then I spied the perfect material!  My husband’s worn out, hole ridden old jeans were just the color I was looking for….and they had the right price tag too!

So I got my materials together:

  • A hot glue gun and some hot glue sticks (it only took about 1 & 1/2)
  • Pinking sheers
  • A foam cylinder
  • A paint brush or skewer with a pointed end
  • A pillar candle holder

(I know that there is a flower-pot and a block of foam in the picture above, but about half way through this project, I changed my mind and decided to use a pillar candle holder instead.)

Next I cut the panels of material from the legs of the jeans.

Then I measured and marked off squares (mine were 1.5 inch x 2 inch, but you could make them a little larger), and cut them out with the pinking sheers so that they had fringes.

After I had LOTS of squares of material ready, I got out my trusty hot glue gun and fired it up.

To attach the squares to the form, I put the point of my skewer in the middle of the fabric square.

Then I folded the edges of the fabric up and held it around the skewer.

Added a drop of hot glue to the end of the point in the material.

And pushed the material into the foam.

I did those steps over and over, placing the fabric pieces close enough that I could not see the green form.  Like so…..

I kept going……

When I was almost finished,  I added my accent bow. 

Then I added fabric to any areas that I could still see the foam.

When it was complete, I simply placed it on top of the pillar candle holder in my living room.  (I could have used double-sided tape to hold it to the pillar holder, but I like to live dangerously!)  

And this is the final result.

I really like how this looks in my living room.  So much so that I think I will make another one sometime in the future so that I have a pair. 

Wouldn’t a pair of these look super cute on the mantle of a fireplace? (If only I had a fireplace…*Sigh*)

This could be done in a wreath form (which would take a few pairs of jeans and some serious cutting) or with a foam ball topiary form.  The possibilities are endless.

But I’m on to the next project for now.  Come back tomorrow when I will show you how I make the cutest pins and purse embellishments!

Have a good Day!

The Hopewell Homesteader