Today I’m very excited to be taking part in a little Blogger Challenge thought up by Chelsea over at Pinterior Designer! She challenged me and a few other bloggers to do a DIY involving patterns of some sort. You know I couldn’t pass that up!
Plus, I got a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas and this was an excellent excuse to play around with it 🙂
I’m really excited to share this project because it includes a very important reminder that I feel like we all need at one point or another. In this age of Pinterest-worthy homes, it’s easy to get caught up in trying to achieve “perfection.” But, more often than not, that will just lead to dissatisfaction. So I want to focus more on being realistic with my expectations and enjoying everything God has already blessed me with. So let’s get started, shall we?
I’m not going to give much of a tutorial on the Silhouette portion of this project because, honestly, I was too focused on trying to figure out how to do it correctly. But there are tons of tutorials and YouTube videos out there if you’re just starting out!
I will give you one little tip that I’ve picked up so far. If you’re trying to cut out a phrase with multiple words, cut each word individually. Don’t try to cut multiple words at once. Trust me.
Once I had my words cut, I peeled off (or ‘weeded’ is the official term, I guess) the extra vinyl. And you guys. It took me WAY longer than I want to admit to figure out which parts I needed to weed out in order to get my stencil to work correctly. If any of you ever want a more thorough tutorial on how to do it just let me know and I’ll try to explain it as best I can.
Anyway, once I had my stencil cut out properly, I adhered it to my glass. I just used a few matching Ikea frames I had in my stash. Then I applied the etching cream (I used Armour Etch) with a small foam brush.
According to the instructions on the bottle, you’re supposed to leave it on for 5 minutes and then wash it off. So I did. And it was a big womp-womp moment. The glass wasn’t etched at all. So I thought maybe I just needed a second coat. So I applied another coat, a little thicker this time, and left it for about 7 minutes. But when I washed it off, it had etched very unevenly and just looked plain awful.
But I am not easily deterred. I applied 3-4 more coats and kept letting them sit for longer and longer until I finally got the look I wanted. I also googled around a bit and apparently Ikea uses some freakish glass-hybrid that is particularly resistant to etching. Lesson learned.
Once that step was done, it was almost time to hang them. I just had to decide what I wanted to put in them. I wanted some kind of a patterned fabric, but I knew the pattern would have to be subtle so as not to compete with the etched glass. I chose a blue fabric I had on hand from Roarke’s nursery. The dark color allows the etched glass to show up well, while the subtle pattern doesn’t scream, “HEY! LOOK AT ME!”
“Just do you.” Is there any better reminder for a creative workspace?
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