Thursday, January 3, 2019

December 2018 Customer Photo Winner

Who else has a dog that thinks the world of them? Linda has a Shih Tzu and a Maltese (see them at the top of the stairs - so cute!) but also works as a dog sitter in her home. She has this wall that is right inside the door and is the first thing visitors see and wanted something fun and inspirational for them. 

We worked though some design options for her and she settled on this great design in White. It is perfect for an entryway since it doesn't stick out so wagging tails won't knock it off the wall!

Linda won the $50 in shop credit for our customer photo giveaway this month! Make sure to send in your photos to enter our drawing! Just email us: info@wallquotes.com. Or, tag us @wallquotes on Instagram or @belvederedesigns on Facebook


Cheers!
Liz

Monday, December 31, 2018

DIY Wedding Welcome Sign

Today I'm sharing the step-by-step for this gorgeous wedding sign along with the major mistake I made! Follow along so you don't make the same mistake I did! 


I've shared a couple of DIY signs, so I'm jumping right to the part with the stencil. If you need a refresher, visit my first post here and follow along until the stencil installation.


For this bride, she wanted a layered multi-colored look. So we did the first layer of the branches with a vinyl stencil and paint.


I used Valspar's Ivory Lace for the base - white was too stark for this project. I installed the first layer of vinyl and painted my background color over it. This is ESSENTIAL so the color doesn't bleed. You'll see why later.


My stencil hangs off the side a little, but that is ok since a frame will get added later.


Once the Ivory Lace was dry (in a few hours), I painted the lighter color of green we were using. This is Valspar's Ginkgo Tree that looks wonderful with our Pine vinyl.


Once that was dry, I removed the vinyl.


With the vinyl stencil you can get really awesome details. I love how these leaves turned out.


Now it is time for the text! The bride requested this in two colors. Since there was enough room between the elements, I had the stencil created as one piece so it was less things to arrange and install.


Install the stencil just like you would one for the wall and make sure to smooth it with the included installation tool.


Remove the top making layer...


 And you are ready to paint!



And then you get so excited about how it is going to turn out and you FORGET TO PAINT THE BASE LAYER LIKE YOU HAD JUST DONE! 


I'm not yelling (at you) but kicking myself. See all those little bleeds? That is exactly what the first layer being the same as the background will prevent. Such an easy step to forget with such dire consequences!

So I took my orbital sander and sanded all the paint off. And I didn't take any photos of that step because I was so mad at myself! I repainted the background, got a new decal, reinstalled, and repainted. 


This is soooo much more crisp and looks amazing. The red is Valspar's Garnet and the gray is Sherwin Williams' Network Gray. I've also added the second layer of branches here. These are vinyl and not a stencil! You can use a combination to get some great layered looks.


Add a frame and deliver your sign to one happy bride!


We also added some pinecones in Chocolate vinyl to add another layer and warm look.


This is such a great idea for any wedding and will become a family keepsake instantly!

Share your sign ideas with us at info@wallquotes.com

Cheers!
Liz


Friday, December 14, 2018

On Trend: Modern Heirlooms

Adding a personal touch to your home is just that - personal!

A trend we see every year is taking old traditions in your family and putting a fresh twist on them! 


We worked with AmyBeth to add this super special custom touch to her home. Her Grandmother's cookie recipe is the perfect addition to her space!

AmyBeth added this to the side of the panel next to her refrigerator. A perfect spot for a decal! It's one of those spaces that you don't normally want to add a nail to hang anything but it such a lovely blank slate waiting for some fun!

I was so inspired by AmyBeth's space, I just had to do this with one of my families recipes too! Here is my version:


I put mine on a wall that has a pocket door behind it - another perfect place for a decal! This is a recipe that my grandmother used to make all the time and has become a staple at any family gathering.

Then I shared it with my mom who of course wanted one for herself! She doesn't have the wall space in her home for a decal of this size, so I made this design into an Art Print as well! 


Did you know we offer gallery quality giclĂ©e print produced with a whole lotta love and skill on matte, white, semi-smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 ultrachrome archival inks with an unprinted border for framing.

Send us an email (info@wallquotes.com) with your family recipe and we would be happy to send a proof to get your own heirloom added to your home!

Cheers!
Liz

Thursday, December 13, 2018

November 2018 Customer Photo Winner


Does anyone else have a little girl that you are in total envy of this nursery?! I mean this is simply gorgeous! Megan took our Unicorn Horn Two Color Wall Quotes™ Wall Art Decal to the next level and I know her little one will love it for so many years to come.

She got the 22" tall x 24" wide decal in Black with a Gold Horn. Since our decals don't have any background (not even clear), she was able to cut apart the eyelashes and arrange them how she needed to fit the flowers in. And those flowers are just so beautiful! I'm going to have to find out where she got those.

Megan won the $50 in shop credit for our customer photo giveaway this month! Make sure to send in your photos to enter our drawing! Just email us: info@wallquotes.com. Or, tag us @wallquotes on Instagram or @belvederedesigns on Facebook


Cheers!
Liz

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

DIY Farmhouse Bathroom Sign

Hey everyone - Welcome back!



Today, I am sharing the step-by-step instructions for a DIY Farmhouse Style Sign made with our Wall Quotes™ Stencil Decal.

I shared some of this on my last DIY post as well, but in case this is your first visit, I'm starting from the beginning! 

So first, head over to the store, find a decal you love (so many to choose from right?), pick a size, and make sure to order it as a stencil.


I ordered our Have A Nice Poop Wall Quotes™ Decal in the 7" x 11" size. The color doesn't matter as you will be painting the decal on your surface and removing the vinyl.

To get started, I joined two scrap pieces of wood I had from another project with my Kreg Jig tool. I am working on 2 signs here. The bathroom sign is the one on the right. I made the base an inch larger than my decal in both directions. So the wood base is 8" tall x 13" wide. 

Remember to measure the space you have available and account for any frame or border you will add.



I used my orbital hand sander and make sure the top of the boards were nice a smooth. The smoother this surface, the easier it will be to get a nice crisp edge when painting later. I used three different grades of sandpaper. I started with 60, moved to 120, and finished it up with 360. It was super smooth when I was done.
I cleaned up the surface of any dust from sanding using mineral spirits on a lint free rag.
PS - does anyone else use their table saw as a table when you are out of room in your workshop? haha!
Carefully flip the decal back onto your surface and smooth it down with the squeegee that is included with every order. If you misplaced your squeegee, you can use any hard plastic card you may have - that old gift card, the frequent shopper card gathering dust in your junk drawer, anything that is hard plastic.
Peel off the transfer tape, also at a 180° angle. This layer is what was holding all the little bits and pieces in place for you.
Now comes the fun part! Whatever color you used for the background of the sign, you will paint a light coat over top of all the openings in the vinyl. Your surface should be pretty smooth, but if there are any areas that may bleed underneath, this will seal them up in the same color as the background so you won't have any touch-ups! Woot!
Then, I wanted my letters to be Black on the White background - classic! I used Valspar "Dark Kettle Black" for the letters. I got a sample size for under $4.00 at Lowes. Win! I used a small brush and did two coats of the black.
 
I love how the letters are just a bit raised from the thickness of the paint but it is completely permanent!
Thanks for following along! If you have any questions, comment below or email us info@wallquotes.com 
I'll be sharing a couple of other signs I've made and some variations and options to think about when making them.
Cheers!
Liz





Then the painting begins. I did three coats with Semi-Gloss interior paint in White. Use light coats - they will dry quickly and will be smoother in the end.


I also cut the frame pieces for my sign at this point and wanted to make sure everything was the right size. Measure twice cut once right?


Now it's time to add vinyl! The installation for a stencil is exactly the same for a wall installation so the instructions that are included are super helpful. I trimmed the excess off the decal, centered it on the board, and attached it with painters tape. Whenever we can, your stencil will have an inch of extra vinyl all around the design so you don't get paint onto your background.


 Then, flip up the decal and peel off the backing paper. This is the thicker paper on the back that has a grid on it. Make sure to pull it away at 180°.










Here is my sign all painted over in the White.  



Now for this sign, I attempted to peel off the vinyl stencil while the black paint was still wet. Since I have lots of experience with vinyl, it wasn't a total loss, but unless you are in a huge rush and needed this done yesterday, it is worth a couple of extra hours to let the paint dry.




When you are taking off the vinyl, it will probably rip, tear and stretch. That is totally fine since we are not saving that part. You should just be able to use your fingernails to get up all the outside sections of the vinyl.

The inside sections are a bit trickier. Hubby has a pick is his stash of tools-that-I-have-no-idea-what-they-are-truly-for and it worked wonders. Or, you can get a set of picks at Harbor Freight for under $10. Or, if you also happen to sew, I believe a T-pin would also work. 


Now, since my paint was wet, I mentioned I did have some touch ups to do. I waited for everything to dry and used a small watercolor brush.


You can see the bottom left of this letter is smudged and inside doesn't look great either.


So I put a little white in a blank area on the sign and carefully re-painted the areas that needed some help. Then I just removed any excess that was left.



To add the frame, I glued the wood, clamped it in place, and used my air nailer to attach it (sorry, no pictures of this as I didn't have an extra set of hands and always safety first!).


Here is my sign in the lovely backdrop of my front yard. As soon as it was done I was so excited I didn't even get it inside yet!

That's it! Super simple DIY. I've styled this in all my bathrooms at some point and have some inspiration for you below. I don't plan to hang this anywhere so I didn't add any hardware to the back. I'll share some signs I've done soon that I did add hardware to so you can see some options.







Thanks for following along! If you have any questions, comment below or email us info@wallquotes.com 

I'll be sharing a couple of other signs I've made and some variations and options to think about when making them.

Cheers!