Friday, September 16, 2011

Project: Quatrefoil Wall in Laundry Room

      Sometimes I have a lot of things I need/want to get done, and some other project sweeps me up into it and trumps everything else.  That is what happened with this.  A couple of weeks ago, I cleaned out and re-organized my laundry room, which made me realize that I like it much better when it is orderly in there.  I took that thought a step farther and decided I would like it even better if the wall was prettier.  Here's what I did.

Picnik collage
(Pay no attention to the horrible AT&T box in the middle of it.  I am working on a canvas to cover that up.)

I taped off the section of the wall that I wanted to paint, centering it off of the horrible box right in the middle of the wall.  I painted with the current wall color over the tape to make sure it wouldn't bleed - this is the best way I have found to get clean paint lines.



I painted Antique White inside the tape - it is the color of all the trim in our house, so I knew it would match everything else in the room.


Here's my helper.


I removed the tape, and taped another round of tape just inside the border, so it would make an inch border framing everything.  I painted the Antique White over that as well.


Then, it was time to draw up the quatrefoil pattern - I didn't know that was the name for it until I saw it called that on Pinterest.  Ahh, Pinterest - you teach me so much.  The problem was, I didn't have a pattern in the right size.  I was in too much of a hurry to print this one out, but you could definitely use it and enlarge it.  I decided to make my own.  Here's how -

Picnik collage
Picnik collage

This was not hard, and I like the results, though it is not perfect.  I traced this onto my wall using a pencil.  It is so light that it is probably hard to see.


Then, I hand-painted it all using a smallish art brush.  I ♥ it!  John thinks it is really funny that I wanted to paint a wall in our laundry room.  I feel like it can only help me.  I am not laboring under any delusion that it will make me want to do more laundry.  I do think, however, that I may enjoy my time in there a little more.  I am working on a few more things to finish it out, and I hope to show those next week!



Lindsay K said...

LOVE it!!!!

Kristin Murdock said...

Oh my word it is STUNNING! Carol I am beyond impressed with your painting and crafting skills. I mean BEYOND. And your helper is too precious.

Franchise Man said...

LOVE it!!!!