Marker Wallpaper

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Yesterday was Thanksgiving and we had a lovely family dinner. At the end there was hardly any food leftover! It seems as if the excitement wearied my son, he’s been taking marathon ‘naps’ since last night. So… I have some time to share with you my most recent project- Stenciled Accent Wall!

When we did the first tour of our home, before putting in an offer, the wall in the living room had a stone design wallpaper. Thankfully, they removed it before we moved in. Since then I have tossed a few ideas around in my head about what to do to the wall. My brother (13 years old then) suggested built-in bookcases  but based on the overall layout of our space that would be too much.

Then I got hooked to the idea of putting up wallpaper. I found the perfect design and even bought enough rolls to cover the wall. I thought doing a Google search on how to install wallpaper would solve our installation needs, but after reading the steps I grew a bit timid. I didn’t want to mess the paper up or even worst do a not so perfect job. I kept the rolls for about 2 months, and then took them back for a refund.

Months later I got back to thinking about the wall. This time I hunted Kijijji and Craigslist looking for a wallpaper installer before I made another purchase.  The price quotes for were outside of my budget, ranging up to $1000! No way Jose’!

We found one guy that quoted us $180 and his portfolio was quite impressive. But then I started thinking what if I didn’t like the wallpaper after installing it. All that money would go to waste or I’d be stuck with a pricey wall that I don’t like until I could afford to do something else.

I started looking for alternatives. Blogs and Pinterest are littered with lovely stenciled walls, all sorts of designs and colors at a reasonable price. I chose a stencil and was on the brink of ordering one when I came across a painted wall paper tutorial on Jones Design Company. She used a cardboard stencil to create her perfect wall!  She even had a template for free.

I immediately sketched the template from my laptop’s screen (yeah, my printer’s cord got misplaced in the move and the new one has sat at Global industries for a year awaiting pick-up). Got myself a piece of chalk and completed about 1/8 of the wall to see what it would look like. I fell in love! My mom loved it and Hubby loved it!

I was sold…until the reality struck that with such an active child I may not have the time to trace a wall in pencil and then spend time painting the trace marks. I only had time for one run at that wall (there are other projects I’d like to complete before heading back to work).  Also I didn’t like the look of the pencil lines peeping out in some projects that I saw. I needed something quicker and neater.

My pilot using the chalk looked lovely but could be easily wiped off –just not permanent enough.  I started searching for wall markers on Google and came across a marker by Sharpie called “Paint Marker”. I decided to give it a try. I ordered one pack- if it worked I’d order more. The pack had one gold marker and one silver. I tried the gold on a small wall in the guest room, liked it and then moved to our more public area- the living room.

I first painted the wall in Kendall Charcoal and then made a new stencil. It took me about 2.5 hrs to complete the wall. I worked on it while watching TV and interacting with family.  I applied techniques from other bloggers such as folding the paper in 4 to cut the stencil out ,starting from the centre of the wall, and using a level to keep things straight.

This is the best before shot of the wall  I could find (very old pic-first day moving in; in my excitement to get started I forgot to take an updated before shot):


This shows my pilot project- using chalk to create the design on the original wall colour:



And this is the result:




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I have no regrets. Yesterday was Thanksgiving and my wall was a hot topic. At first some thought it was wallpaper!  Everyone loved it!

I love it!

Keep posted for the steps I took to stencil my wall using techniques from other bloggers.  Or check out the original tutorial at Jones Design Company.

I’ve finally found someone…

It feels like I have not typed for a social reason (except for Facebook posts) in decades. I have missed blogging and I have missed you.

But once you know what’s been happening in my life, I’m pretty sure you will forgive me.

My last post was on May 14, 2013 and featured my makeover of a cane chair. I was looking forward to moving the piece into our master bedroom. But God had better plans….

The chair ended up in our NURSERY!

Yeah, that’s right. Right then in May we found out we were expecting our first child. 2013 became a year of much celebrations: turning 30, buying our first home in Canada, moving to a new city, and the icing on the cake- becoming parents. So things have been quite busy. Settling into a new city, new community, setting up a new home, preparing for a baby, and doing it all during fall/winter.

On December 28th we welcomed our biggest blessing with tears of joy (and pain :)).

So you can understand why I have been MIA for such a long time.

This has been the greatest task given me. And if you know me- I’m gonna give it my all. I must admit, it hasn’t been easy. There are days I really don’t know what to do when the fussiness takes over. There are times I miss my quiet space and being able to do whatever I want to do whenever I want to- like blogging :). There are days when I do not like the feel of pee soaking my clothes, or having to wake up at odd hours of the night. There are days when I want to be the introvert that I am- but my child seems to be an extrovert! I watched him yesterday on a play date with some friends and he was having a blast. There’s no dull moment when he’s around.

I still look at him in awe and now that I can touch him and cuddle him my favourite song while pregnant has taken on an even stronger meaning:

A Mother’s Prayer

My sweet baby on loan from above.
No better treasure could I more love.
I stand here beside your bed as I pray
Ilay my hand on your head and I say:

May you grow up to serve Him
all of your days.
May He lead you and guide you
in all of your ways.
May His hand bless your future with
friendships that last.
May you cherish your youth
and not grow up too fast

I stare in wonder at your tiny frame.
Just to think that God knows you by name.
He knows every hair on your beautiful head.
He knows your thoughts before they are said.

May you grow up to serve Him
all of your days
May He lead you and guide you
in all of your ways.
May His Hand bless your future with
friendships that last.
May you cherish your youth
and not grow up too fast.

May God grant you peace
in the midst of a storm.
May God give you strength even
when you’re forlorn.
May you answer the door when
Jesus comes knocking.
May wisdom guide when
your mouth is talking.
May discretion protect you
and keep you pure.
May you never stumble
or fall for a lure.
May your heart remain humble
to the very end.
May uprightness and truth
be what you defend.
May the world not ensnare
or change who you are.
May the light that’s within you
shine like the stars.
May angels surround you
body, spirit, mind.
May favor and peace be yours to find.
May rejection and pain
never reach you.
May your spirit grow bold
for what you’re called to.

May you grow up to serve Him
all of your days
May He lead you and guide you
in all of your ways
May His Hand bless your future with
friendships that last.
May you cherish your youth
and not grow up too fast.

As you rest in God’s care I will rest, too.
Knowing that Jesus is watching over you.

I finally found someone who throws me completely off my game and I just have to go along with it – no complaints. I love him. He’s the guy I spend my days with, make silly faces and sounds for, sing to without a care of who’s listening, read the same stories to over and over again, listen to the same CDs with on our drives. He”s turned me into a ‘morning person,’ a late-night laundry queen, a germaphobe, a crazy dancer, an expert bottle washer, a baby food puree’ chef, a ladder, a bouncy seat, a big toy (teddy bear), a lighter sleeper and a candid photographer/ videographer. But most of all He’s turned me into a MOM.


My Red Velvet Cane Chair

I was in luck a few months ago when I scored this chair for $34! For weeks I played with different ideas of how to make this chair my own.


I soon found my inspiration chair at Dimples and Tangles


My first attempt to transform my chair was inspired by this post I found via Pinterest by Pinterest Addict, she used Tulip Fabric Spray Paint to paint her chair. Hers turned out quite well after 5 bottles; I can only imagine how many I would need to turn my chair from red to snow white! I realized that this would be an expensive venture when one bottle failed to cover the front side of the cushion adequately, and I did not like the texture  (with a 40% discount at Michaels each bottle cost 6.90!).


My second attempt was inspired by Hyphen Interiors and Vintage Revivals . I got my paint at Home Depot and my fabric medium at Michaels. I painted, painted and painted.  After my fourth coating, I knew this too was a fail. I felt better knowing I had lots of company in the ‘fail category’.



Maybe, if I had persevered for a few more coats the turnout would have been different, but the texture of the chair wasn’t appealing – it was too coarse for my liking. I wanted something that would be comfortable to sit in.

Throughout my attempts at painting my chair, I had my back up plan. If painting failed I would strip her all down and start afresh. That I did. And I am pleased with the outcome: Red Velvet Chair: The Makeover!

Master Bedroom Inspirations

It’s been awhile since I have shared anything new. These past weeks have been quite busy. I am shopping around for key pieces that fit my inspirational photos.

These are some inspirational photos that I’m using for our master bedroom :

Master Bedroom Wall Art

Of course, to buy key items from these photos would cause me to break the bank, which I have no intention of doing. So I am shopping around and will update you on my finds!