Do you ever get an idea for a project but it takes you months, sometimes years to actually complete? Ok, glad I’m not the only one. I’ve had this idea in my head to make DIY Vintage Inspired Wall Art for the kids’ shared bathroom and this week I had the best excuse to finally complete the project.
A lot of times I get a crazy idea for a project and it turns out to be a total disappointment, but this time I think I got it right! I am so excited about these personalized pieces that capture the personalities of both my son and daughter and the best part, they look perfect with their bathroom decor!
In case you missed the memo based on all the icons I used to describe by kids, my son is ALL BOY and my daughter is the most girlie girl you have ever met. Total opposites and so fun to raise together. Total side note, but if you want to see their true personalities come out, just put them in a room with a bug, like an itty bitty bug. My son will get on the floor and watch it for a while and then try and eat it. My daughter on the other hand…once this itty bitty bug is spotted she will run out the room screaming bloody murder and won’t go back in until I come in and survey the room. Kids are so entertaining :)
Ok back to the project… My inspiration for this project came from something a little unconventional. Have you ever ordered barstools from Target? When our Metal Farmhouse Barstools arrived, I found these cool arrow crosses at the bottom of the packaging. Most people would probably just throw it away, but I saw the start of a new project that was already completed for me! How can you throw away preassembled wood?!?
Ok so here is a little rundown on how I took those arrows and turned them into artwork.
– Criss Cross with Arrow Ends
– White and Black Spray Paint
– Black Acrylic Paint
– D Hooks
I started by painting by wood rounds white. I needed two coats to get the coverage I wanted.
Once everything was dry, I used Wood Glue to adhere the pieces together. I love how the crosses make these dimensional!Ok onto the vinyl. I wanted these to have a vintage flare so I used icons to represent my kid’s personalities. My daughter actually picked hers out and we used this diamond, purse, and ballet shoes found in the Silhouette Store. For my son, we used a football, baseball and tractor.
My favorite way to use vinyl is to make stencils with it. And the best part of using it this way, it doesn’t matter what color vinyl you have and you can use anything on hand. I cut the shapes out using pink vinyl and then applied them directly to the wood with Transfer Paper .
I removed the transfer paper and then painted the open area black. I prefer to have paint on my wood signs, although you could easily cut these shapes directly onto black vinyl and place them on the wood without having to paint. It’s just personal preference.
To hang them, I just added D Hooks on the back. They are so easy to install and are really secure. I use them for everything.
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