to do: potato stamp wallpaper

June 10, 2012 § 2 Comments

about a year ago i moved into a condo in the west end of toronto. since then i have done everything in my power and very limited budget to make my condo feel less condo-ee. i recently bought a book called Printing By Hand (it’s amazing you should buy it) and it is so beautiful and fun and helpful i have been busy trying my hand at every project in the book. what’s best about these sorts of projects is that they thrive on the imperfect. i feel like i spend so much time and energy obsessing over small things that really aren’t permanent. i think it’s important just to go for it. in life. but also in smaller less life-altering things like wallpaper (haha). all that being said i decided to make a faux-wallpaper accent wall in my bedroom using a sailboat potato stamp.

Before

before

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Materials: a sample jar of paint i bought at Benjamin Moore for 3 dollars (all paint stores sell sample jars at around that price. if you’re ever debating over colours, buy a few and paint large test patches on your wall. it’ll give you a much better sense of the colour in your space without having to invest in an entire can. you can also use them for smaller projects like this one.) and a potato. it took me a few tries to get right proportions. i used a sponge brush to apply the paint. in hindsight i should have let the potato dry out a bit as the juice diluted the paint a bit. i also recommend testing your shape many times before applying to the wall. testing on important documents, however, is optional.

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i spaced the stamps 10 inches apart vertically and horizontally on an alternating grid and just marked the measurements lightly with a pencil. i have an okay eye so i didn’t use a level, but you could, if you’re a more patient person.

After

after

i’m really happy with how it turned out, smudgy and imperfect as it is–and it cost about 3 dollars to do it!

i hope you like it too.
xo lu
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June 10, 2012 § 1 Comment

dear reader,

welcome to the first post on my first blog. i’m so excited about this and anxious to get it right. this blog is a safe haven for anyone who snoops around a new house without permission, who opts to walk home at night to better peer into people’s homes, who stares at the young handsome daddies at the market and thinksĀ about stealing them. basically this blog is for rude people.

homes, design, gardening and food. this blog will be about those things.

i’m obsessed. hopefully that will suit you.

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