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!


Monday, November 5, 2018

October 2018 Customer Photo Winner


We just love a great quote (I mean it's kind of what we do) in a great space - and Kimberly's is amazing! I mean the light fixture on the wood base and those chairs and the sconces - I could go on. But, the custom decal we worked on just for her is a perfect centerpiece to it all! 

For reference her decal came to 17" tall x 54" wide and is the perfect size for her large space. We are always happy to work on custom designs and within the spaces you have available! 

Kimberly 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

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

How-to DIY a Farmhouse Sign with a Vinyl Stencil

Welcome! 



Liz here sharing my step-by-step tutorial on how I used our NEW Wall Quotes™ Stencil option to create this D.I.Y. Farmhouse sign! Grab a cup of coffee and get ready for lots of photos!

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 Strong Coffee Long Books Wall Quotes™ Decal in a custom size. My decal is 6.5" tall x 22" wide. 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 coffee sign is the one on the left. I made the base an inch larger than my decal in both directions. So the wood base is 7.5" tall x 23" 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!


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.


Once the white was nice and dry, it was 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 it 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°.


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.


Here is my sign with the vinyl all installed and ready to paint!


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!


Here is my sign all painted over in the White. 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.

Make sure to let this top coat dry! I've seen tutorials where they peel it off while wet, and I did not have a good time doing that. I got paint everywhere and ended up with many more spots to touch up later.


And I got so excited to take off the vinyl and see how it turned out, that I forgot a photo with all the black painted on. But you can see here that I made sure to overlap all the openings really well.


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 this 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.  


You want to grab the edge of the vinyl and release it from the back enough so you can grab it and peel it off. It take a bit of practice but isn't too difficult. If you do happen to scratch the background just a tad, you can always use a small watercolor brush to touch that up.


Once all the vinyl was removed, I got really excited! I was so happy with how it looked already!


I did decide to add a frame around the sign. I used 1x2 furring strips from Lowes. An 8 foot 1x2 was under $2.00! If you are keeping track, I've spent under $6.00 so far other than the cost of the decal. I just used some wood glue and a brad nailer to attach the frame.


And here is my finished $6 farmhouse sign!


It looks great next to my coffee maker surrounded by some of my favorite mugs!






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 

Check out my other DIY Sign Tutorials: