Friday, February 25, 2011

Something New For My Bedroom Walls

Recently I took a little break from my stairwell project to DIY myself some bedroom wall art.


I'm a bit embarrassed to admit this, but my husband and I have never had anything decorative above our bed; I've never been able to find something I loved for that space. I like meaningful art as a general rule anyway, but especially in a bedroom it somehow feels like it should be more personal, and certainly not just thrown up to fill the space.

Maybe this is just me, and maybe I'm overanalyzing things (surprised?) but that's just how I work. I'm complicated, people!

A month or two ago I started to form a plan...I love the look of weathered wood signs, so I decided to create one for my bedroom. Before I had to start searching too hard for old wood, some family friends kindly volunteered some of their weathered wood siding. Lucky me!


One side of the siding had some old white paint which was most likely lead-based. I (carefully) scraped the offending paint off, cut all the pieces to similar lengths and liberally coated the previously painted side with both a clear spray and polycrylic. 'Cause I'm nervous about lead paint, and if a little bit of poly is good to seal any stubborn bits of possible dangerousness into the wood grain, a whole bunch of poly is even better.

I laid the pieces of siding out on my kitchen floor (newly glossy side to the back!) and used screws and leftover wood from another project to secure them to each other.  I also added screw eyes and wire from a picture hanging kit.


At that point, my excitement got the best of me and I had to hang my new project above my bed to see if I liked it well enough to continue.


 And... I just about died.

I love it. It's unexpected, definitely not boring above-the-bed-hotel-art. My favorite part is the juxtaposition of the rustic, weathered wood sign and the glossy chrome and crystal light fixtures and the crisp bedding. Did I mention that I LOVE it? L.O.V.E.

And it's not even done. My plan is to paint one of my favorite quotes onto the sign to finish the project, but I love how it looks even by itself and I was just too excited to keep these photos to myself. Honestly, I'm starting to wonder if I want to paint it at all... no matter how random it might be to have a big blank wood rectangle hanging above my bed. I'm going to have to give this some thought.

 I think this sort of sign, left as is, would also be fabulous as a backdrop for pretty much anything -- how great would a display of mirrors or framed photos look layered over this? Gorgeous!


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59 comments:

  1. Anna I love it! You are right there are so many possibilities you could do to dress it up! I love the natural tone of the wood, so pretty.

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  2. It looks so good! I'm with you, to paint or not to paint! You could leave it like that for a while to enjoy and then once you are ready, add to it. I LOVE it!

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  3. well now, that is very cool! unique, and of course the rustic whitewashed wood looks so pretty with the pale blue walls. I agree its a great juxtaposition with the crystal chandelier (by the way, I have the same one with a black shade!)

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  4. looks fantastic! Where did you get that chandelier? Tres tres chic.

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  5. Thank you! I bought it at overstock a year or so ago, it's still available and there's also a version with a beautiful black shade -- both of them have a gorgeous golf-ball sized round faceted crystal that hangs down from the center.

    Unfortunately my little wild men literally swung from the chandelier a while back and pulled open all the little jump rings that held that center crystal on... so I have to go buy some replacements so I can fix it. Boys!!

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  6. I love it! Have you seen House Tweaking's DIY headboard? Kind of similar, but she has the word "love" in cursive on the panels and it looks, well, lovely. Perhaps to keep it simple and stunning like it is now your art just needs a single word instead of a whole quote? Either way, can't wait to see what you choose! xo

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  7. That is spectacular! No wonder you LOVE it! I almost don't know if I would paint anything on it... :)

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  8. Ooohhh...you've inspired me to rethink some bedroom art. Gives me shivers just to think about it. I love the look!

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  9. Hi Anna! I'm so glad you found me! And I'm glad I found you :) Your bedroom is so pretty- I just love it. The glamourous light fixture and the wood are spectacular.
    Thanks for your nice comment on my post yesterday.

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  10. Fabulous! I'm following your blog and FB so I was see all the other stuff you create!

    I just did a master bedroom makeover myself :-)

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  11. Cute idea! You have so many options now!

    I'm here from the DIY Showoff Party and am your newest follower. I'd love it if you'd come by my new blog too.

    Have a great day.
    Pam

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  12. Hi, stopping by from the DIY Showoff. I really like the character that piece brings to your room. I'm currently working on something similar for our living room.

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  13. Gorgeous!! I like the idea of hanging photos on it.

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  14. I love the rusticness (I know that is not a word) to your space. Love the room.

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  15. What a cute idea. It looks beautiful. I'm your newest follower. I would love it if you linked your project up to my link party.
    More The Merrier Monday.

    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com

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  16. looks great-i'm with ya on the juxtaposition of the glam and rustic!

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  17. I love it.. Hanging a small coffee filter or bookpage wreath over the top of it would look great!
    I want your chandelier soo bad

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  18. Very simple but very beautiful... its gives a real cottage feel to the room!.. I love it!.. great work!..

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  19. Very nice! I love the juxtaposition of clean and crisp with the ruggedness of the wood. Saw you on House of Grace. :)

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  20. Great idea! I love it also. It looks excellent as is...and though a quote would be great, I agree with the layering idea. You could change out the layer according to the seasons, or your mood. I like the idea of a wreath, maybe a sparkly one to complement the chandelier?

    Did you get the chandy from overstock.com? It looks like one I contemplated for the dining room, I ended up choosing a similar one from overstock though.

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  21. I love it like it is! And, I also think it would look awesome with something painted on it then distressed.....

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  22. Wow...I just left another comment...but this is so simple but very cool. Looks awesome.

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  23. Looks awesome! I like how it is rustic but your room is dressy!

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  24. Gosh, I don't know what I love more--the new art or that ADORABLE kitty! He/she kinda steals the show. :) It's such a simple yet creative idea. I just love it! I'm having the same dilemma. I haven't had anything above my bed for years. I should probably figure something out, eh? Thank you for sharing!

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  25. Great idea! I really like how the wood looks. Also, I am LOVING those lamps!

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  26. Leave it alone! Oh my word! That is stunning! I L.O.V.E it! I never comment on blogs, but I just stumbled on yours for the first time and HAD to comment on this piece! WHOA, love it!

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  27. wow! this is stunning and simple and gorgeous and I totally agree that it works because everything else is so crisp and clean. GREAT job!

    www.northerncottage.blogspot.com

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  28. I love it too!! I think it looks beautiful just the way it is! We currently don't have anything above our bed, and that would look awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Beth.

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  29. I love this! Definitely leave it as is & have the option of layering over the top w/ a wreath, mirror, painting, etc... I love the rustic touch to the polished room. Great idea!

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  30. Anna - I love it! What a beautiful statement that doesn't overpower your already beautiful bedroom! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity in the DIY Project Parade. I'm including a link to your post in my highlights today! ;)

    Have a wonderful week!
    Roeshel

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  31. Gorgeous! What a clever and unique idea. Your bedroom is very similar to the color I am planning to paint my bedroom this spring. Beautiful!

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  32. Very cool. I can't wait to see what you write on it ;-). Thanks for sharing.

    Brittany
    http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

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  33. Who knew blank boards could be so perfect for a room? I think you're right---leaving it blank would be great and you could always change out whatever you decide to put on top of it (per your suggestions). Love it!

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  34. This is so simple and beautiful! I agree the elegant along side rustic combination is perfect. I wan to make one!!!

    www.kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com

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  35. Oh, I love it! Just curious, how did you get the kitty to sit perfectly on the bed? Thanks for linking up!

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  36. Beautiful! Wonderfully rustic and elegant! Came across this via just a girl.

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  37. I am so glad that you posted this!! I have had the same idea for our guest room, but wasn't sure how it would look. I plan to attach an iron scroll-y thing I saw at Hobby Lobby. I love it!!!

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  38. So simple, yet so creative! Thank you so much for linking up to Saturday Spotlight. This is such a great project and I'm your newest follower. Check back on Saturday to see the featured projects and to link up again!

    ~Jenna, SAS Interiors
    www.sasinteriors.net

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  39. I shared this on my facebook page tonight! https://www.facebook.com/willowhousewithgreendoordesigns

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  40. you're my inspiration! I have been blog searching for an idea of something to hang above my bed. Your blog was the jackpot! Thanks so much! I can't wait to show you what your inspiration brought to pass. (my husband is a little less excited-he doesn't quite get as excited as I do)
    Really-thanks again!!!

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  41. I'm SO out of touch. I can't believe I didn't see this until just now. Hard to believe that's the same wood I ripped off an old garage over a decade ago. Well done, Anna! The colors in the wood are a perfect compliment to your wall color. Yes, we're pretty sure that white paint is lead-based and yes, little chips of it are all over out back 40 where we piled up that lovely weathered wood. Yikes.

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  42. Hi Anna! I have to tell you, that first picture has been in my 'inspiration' folder for over a month. I forgot where I saw it first but couldn't find the source. So happy I checked out Mandi's post today and found your blog!

    -your 'neighbor' over at Vintage Revivals' LWIFF Liz @ bontempsbeinget.blogspot.com

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  43. That is SO fun! I love it, it looks great just the way it is.

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  44. I have nothing above my bed for the very same reason. If you cut letters out of vinyl then you could just peel them off if you decide you liked it better without. I like it this way, too.

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  45. Love this! Such a simple yet perfect piece. I also love the color on the walls...can you share what this is?

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  46. I'd love to know what color you have on the bedroom walls. Just gorgeous!!

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  47. I really admire all that you have done in your bedroom. Where are your shams and throw from? I am trying to find coordinating colors to go along with the comfort grey. Our bedroom is painted in this color and I never liked the colors I chose to go with. I love the white and sea blue!

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  48. Thank you! I actually got them from Target a couple years ago as a quilt/sham set and I just sewed the shams into 18" squares and used them as throw pillows.

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  49. Really pretty. Nice color choices.

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  50. Oh how I love this project! The whole room is just dreamy! Thanks so much for sharing! It got my creative wheels turning. :)

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  51. love it. you should make and sell more!

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  53. Love this! I did something similar for my sons room http://www.bartlettunedited.com/2012/03/pinterest-inspired-sign-for-carter.html

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  54. I just found your site today! Great projects! I just want to know.. did you ever put anything on this? New follower!

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