I love the way a fabric covered memo board adds a little color and romance to the utilitarian cork or magnetic versions. Why not take it step further and create a memento wall?
Vintage Valentine's Day Cards
My powder room was the ideal canvas for this project. The room was already painted a bright kiwi above the white chair rail. I picked a pretty eggplant grosgrain ribbon and some brass upholstery tacks. With a couple of hours of work I have a visually intriguing and whimsical display wall.
Start by measuring the width of the wall. Divide that number to come up with even spacings for the ribbon. Mark the ribbon placement for top, bottom and sides of the walls with pencil since it will be covered up by the ribbon. You also want to think about what you'd like to display. The memento wall needs smaller spacings to hold items in place without padding. Once the walls are marked measure to determine how much ribbon to purchase. Hold the ends of the ribbon in place with push pins. It’s a good idea to leave a few inches on each end. I put up all of my ribbon before I purchased upholstery tacks so I could be certain how many to buy. Since this was done over a wall it’s important to keep the ribbon taut. With the push pins in place work from the center of the wall, hammering the upholstery tacks at each ribbon intersection. I used a plastic hammer to keep from damaging my upholstery tacks. Continue to pull the ribbon taut after each tack is installed. You will need to re-push pin each ribbon edge as you work. When all the interior intersections have been tacked cut the extra ribbon and attach each end with an upholstery tack.
I display photos, postcards, Christmas cards and in February, vintage Valentines. There are so many variations on this project. and out. Use black and white to showcase colorful kid’s art and awards. Use hot glue instead of upholstery tacks and hang cards with mini clothes pins or fancy paperclips. Create a modern look with neutral colors and a collection of joss paper. Cover a wall of outdated wallpaper with a memento wall of vintage photos. Or turn a bedroom wall into a giant padded memo board with batting and fabric.
A collection of photos, postcards and vintage ephemera
Charming Pop-Up Cards
Shoes! Why not? Having fun with your clothes will make you smile every time you look in the mirror. And if you're smiling, chances are the folks you meet will smile too.
I took this picture exactly a year ago when I really wanted to lose the blues. With darling booties and a silky Pucci scarf I can't help but smile.
What do you think? How about a fun outfit that will lighten your mood?
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These are stock cabinets painted in the style of Tracy Porter
. The small details don't matter as much as the overall bold use of color. In this case, I chose the cheerful colors for the color-blocked carpet tiles from FLOR
before I thought about paint colors.
Painting is my favorite art play. I don't know how to do it--I just dive in. Something about manipulating color is very pleasing to me.
How I did it: These cabinets have a smooth surface so first they had to be painted with a primer. After the primer dried I drew my designs with pencil and masked the cabinets with painter's tape. The inspiration came from a couple of Tracy Porter's books: Dreams from Home and Woven in Sunlight. I love the way she mixes colors and patterns and layers stripes, checks and florals. It's so exuberant! I checked out a tole painting book from the library for flower ideas but they looked stiff to me so I just made up the flowers and vines. All paints are acrylics from my local craft store. To paint the background colors I like to use inexpensive foam brushes. The details are painted with soft bristle brushes. Once all the painting was complete I sealed the entire cabinet. Both the sealer and primer are from the craft store.
Remember: the details of the design don't matter as much as the overall piece. I try not to get too caught up in each flower or vine. Choose colors you like and designs that you like--you can't go wrong!