My 3 Monsters: {31 Days to a Brand New Room}Day 18: Burlap Word Art
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{31 Days to a Brand New Room}
Day 18: Burlap Word Art

If you're joining us for the first time today, welcome!  This is day 18 of a 31-day series about how to give a room in your home a brand new look, from top to bottom, completely DIY.  

I'd like to share another easy and inexpensive art project with you today.  This is one of the very first pictures I ever fell in love with on Pinterest:

I don't know why it makes me swoon like it does.  That old, chippy, ornate gold frame?  The graphic look of the word art?  The simple, but important message?  Yes, all.  Believe it or not, this was THE FIRST thing I knew I wanted to put in this room.  Everything else fell into place around it.  You can purchase Anthony Burill's prints all over the internet {here, for instance},  but I wanted mine to have a little extra texture by incorporating burlap so I decided to make my own knock off.

I found a cool ornate frame at Goodwill for $2 that I thought would be perfect, but it was black.  I quickly changed that with a can of gold spray paint.  Believe me, the irony of painting a black frame gold after having painted so many ugly old gold frames black in my day was not lost on me.  I suppose if you wanted to be fancy you could gold leaf the frame or something.  I don't think it really matters since the next step is to smear some thinned-out black paint in all the crevices of the ornate design and make it look as un-shiny as possible.

To make the word art, I simply typed up my quote in a bold, simple font {Impact, I think} in Word and printed it out.  Then, using freezer paper, I stenciled the quote onto a piece of burlap.  {You'll find a great freezer paper stencil tutorial here if you're not familiar with the process.} Once the paint was dry, I cut a piece of foam board to fit my frame.  Being very careful to keep the design straight and centered, I wrapped the burlap piece around the foam board and stuck the edges on the back with duct tape to hold it all in place.  Then all that's left to do is pop it in your frame and marvel at the beauty you just created.

Don't you love the navy blue and gold together?  I've never been a huge fan of gold in home decor, but this just works for some reason.  Mmm!  I love it!

The wall where this picture is hanging is right next to her bedroom door.  It's right where she uses the chalkboard paint on the wall to write her to-do lists and little reminders to herself .  What better place to put two of the most important every day to-do's {work hard and be nice to people}?!  I love how the artwork turned out, but mostly I enjoy that my kid really, truly embraces that as a way of living.  {Straight A's on her last report card -- woot, woot!}  She's a pretty good egg, that one.  

Be sure to check out my other post today all about a great craft book I was given and a cute little Halloween pillow I made.  There's even a giveaway since it's my birthday!!  I hope you join me again tomorrow for the next project in this little room re-do -- a super cute accent pillow.  {Yes, in fact, I am stalling with all these smallish projects to buy myself time to get the duvet cover and chair done.  I'm sure you noticed.  They'll be worth waiting for, I promise!!} 


  1. The perfect workplace sentiment -- I will make a version of this saying to hang in my office!


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