This is a story of a project gone awry, only to be resurrected into something pretty darn great. But let me not get too far ahead of myself. You see, for the past two years our master bedroom has been a slow work in progress. And I’m sure it will continue to to be over the next two. It just doesn’t rank high on the priority list, until that is I freak out over how I can’t take it anymore and get to work on it. Last summer we finally tackled painting, and you can see here, the additional layer of curtains just two short weeks ago. But le sigh, that wall above the bed was naked ya’ll. It has been Miss Plain Jane for a looonnng time just begging me for some love.
Then I had this great idea! Why not paint a large canvas a nice soft yellow and then layer tree branch wall decals over the canvas for an inexpensive piece of artwork?! So that’s what we did. We got a VERY large canvas from Michael’s (with a 40% off coupon I might add) and went to town.
I then worked with Belvedere, a previous sponsor of ours, to create a custom decal of tree branches to fit the canvas. (Side note, they were great to work with and I highly recommend them. I paid for the decal on my own so I promise there is no incentive for me to tell you that, just my own great experience!)
Here we are with the yellow canvas laying out the decal.
But wait. The decal didn’t stick. I was devastated. I’m not sure if it was the paint or the canvas surface, but no matter how hard I tried, the decal was simply not having it. And Belvedere had warned me that they had never heard of this great idea of mine. Clearly I was going rogue. And sometimes when you go rogue, there is risk involved.
Luckily, just as I was about to cry into my yellow canvas, Shelby suggested that we see what it might look like directly on the wall. Worst case scenario was that if we didn’t like it we could take it down since its a decal.
So we activated the stick stuff and pressed it on…
and we wore hats and made goofy faces…
and in the end we think it looks great! In fact, now that it is up I think the yellow would have been too jarring and that the white branches on the blue background make the perfect bedroom art. Its relaxing and chic all at once (at least I think so).
Even Meatball agrees.
ps – messy bedside tables not included!
pps – If you have a chance, check out my hubby Floyd’s photo article from our time at Fallingwater on CNN.com! So excited to see his pics and our amazing time there come to life!