Let me be real here for a sec - our house is a mess, and it is entirely my fault. You see - I get these ideas (see photo above) that make tasks like doing dishes seem absolutely irrelevant.
Last night I was a little extra messy. It started after a long weekend of cute babies, birthday partying, and trying really hard not to get a cold from the many family members who sniffled around us. While we were visiting, we spent a night at Ben's grandma's house. Luna Bear came with us and she LOVED Grandma's house. Everyone loves Grandma, so it's understandable - but for Bear - this is a REALLY big deal. She took months to warm up to Ben and my home. But with Grandma, it was like she'd lived here all her life! She also kept checking on Grandma, and giving her sweet puppy kisses which was so adorable to watch :)
Ben and I talked on the car ride home about all the ways we could make our home more like Grandma's so Bear could be that happy all the time. We talked mostly about her open floor plan and soft rugs. Then when we got home, Ben headed off to the driving range and I began making a mess :)
First, I moved around ALL of the furniture in the family room. I wanted the room to feel more open, and if you had seen it before - you'd agree that this is a lot better! Definitely not staged to perfection in the least, but you can get an idea of the space!
I also removed the rug, because it's different shades of teal and cream, which not only don't match this room - but it's way too busy for this space when you combine it with the stenciled wall.
So I took the rug and put it down in the kitchen. This is when the real mess began....
To give you an idea of how the kitchen looked before:
Then I put down the rug. I asked Ben to check it out and he said how much the table needed to be white now that the rug was so busy in this room. So I started to paint it....
Something about the process of re-staining the table, I was reminded of my VCU days of printmaking/lithography and I thought hmmm.....
Why not turn our kitchen table into a makeshift printing press?!
I ran upstairs and grabbed my nice bristol paper and got to work:
You know you have the coolest husband ever when he doesn't even question your insanity and just photographs your process. :)
Pushing the paper to the table like a stamp was so much fun! I can't wait to ink in details to these prints. I made a bunch and some already look like the ocean. Others are beautifully abstract and full of tiny details from the wood grain and my brush strokes. I freaking love them!
After this, I decided it was a good time to paint over the teal in the kitchen with a light shade of grey. To say I was all over the place is an understatement.
Get excited for more beautified shots of these spaces & artworks in the near future! :) Now tell me - what is the weirdest way you've made artwork? What inspired you to do it? Comment below!
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