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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Kitchen Wall Art

Our kitchen is yellow.  And not a golden color either.  It's baby room yellow!  I realize, I've failed to provide pictures of our home, but I promise one day soon.  Those of you who know me well or have been reading the blog for awhile know that I. Cannot. Stand. Yellow.  Like I don't even tolerate it well.  I think it stems from my mom who never, ever, never dressed me in yellow as a child.  To this day, there is no yellow in my wardrobe.  But, our kitchen is yellow.  Oh, don't worry, I've gotten approval to paint it a nice soft tan or brown.  I just need to go pick out the paint so that our landlord can approve.  And sadly, that hasn't been at the top of my priority list!  Maybe one day, but that day isn't today.  So I'm stuck with yellow.

Every time I walk into my kitchen, I see yellow.  I love to cook, but in yellow?  I know, you think I'm exaggerating, but this girl picked out red and brown for her kitchen.  And believe you me, I stuck to it!  In the hopes that my kitchen walls would be any color OTHER THAN buttercream baby yellow.  

Enough, I know.  But sadly, there is this yellow wall above my stove and oven.  I was dumb and didn't take a before picture, but visualize with me.  There is nothing above my stove, but a yellow wall.  So I improvised.  I had this idea to create something cute above it for very cheap.  Wait till you see what I spent. 

I started with 9 of these.

Not so cute, I know.  But they were 9x7 plaques that I got from the Dollar Tree.  And the best part was, they already had picture hangers on the back.  But seriously, who would buy these and hang these like this?  They say Faith, Family, Friends The Keys to True Happiness.  While I don't disagree, I would never hang something so ugly.  You can tell it was just a dollar.  Total: $9.

I broke out a bunch of my scrapbook paper that I already had.  Now if you want me to count this in cost, I will.  Though I did have it all.  One day I'll show you all of the paper that I have. Until then, you'll have to trust my husband, my friend Kate who lived with me, and my mom. Oh and me...you can trust me.  It's ginormous.  But 9 pieces at $0.25 each because I always only shop when they are on sale. Total: $2.25.  

I cut the pieces to size and Modge Podged them on.  I've always been a fan of glossy Modge Podge until recently.  Now I use Matte finish and I'm in LOVE!  I won't go back to glossy.  And I seriously refuse to include this in the total.  But if I must, I probably used $0.50 worth.  

So total, I spent $11.75ish on these.  And honestly, in my checkbook, it only looks like $9.00.

I love it! I don't notice the yellow NEAR as much!  Thank goodness!  Let me know your thoughts?  It was so easy!  You can do it too. The only thing that is tricky is the Modge Podge.  It always causes the paper to wrinkle on me.  But I have a trick.  If you brush the paper with Modge Podge on the top (like the colored/design part) and let it dry for a little bit, it will make it not bubble.  When the paper is dry, it will probably curl up a bit--that's not a big deal.  Come back and put a thin layer of Modge Podge on the plaque (or whatever you're sticking it to), then slowly roll the paper onto the plaque.  Then finish with a layer of Modge Podge on top of the design again if needed.  It's not always needed, so you decide. 

Hope y'all like it! If you come see me, you can tell me what you think in person.  Otherwise...comment away!  Although, I know you won't.  Come on!  I want to know who is reading my blog....ahem Chelsea! :)


  1. I love it, and I love modge podge of any kind:)!

  2. I'll comment for you, Sara. Love it! I need all these thrifty home decor ideas. Keep them coming! -Marianne

  3. Oh the Irony....you and Yellow! Love the fun craft project and that is right up your ally missy!!

  4. I love the project! Too cute. And I know what you mean about the scrapbook paper I have so much, but I am always looking for more...lucky for me my husband loves me enough to let me indulge in buying scrapbook paper (Although like you I very very rarely will buy it if it is not on sale) :)

  5. You are way too creative!! Can't wait to see the next creation!!!

  6. You really surprise me with all these creative juices you have flowing...can't wait to see what you come up with next.

    Beverly Lowry