**UPDATE** Voting is done and I made it to Round 2--Thanks!
Hey everyone, as we head into the weekend, I'm going to share with you my project for the first week of American Crafter. Our challenge was "Hardware Store Gems." I loved that I was able to fix a problem area where I always had bags piled up on the floor.
Here's what I picked up from Lowes. I wanted to use a few predictable items, as well as a surprise one.
And here's what I came up with.
A chevron striped wall and purse station--And yes, those stripes are actually the electrical tape!
Here's what I did:
1--Tape off the wall--top, bottom, inside corner and outside corner.
2--Paint in original color to seal the tape lines (white for ceiling and baseboard and Parisian Taupe for walls)
3--Paint with sample of Valspar Turquoise Tint
4--Let it dry for a day
5--Mark points for laying the tape. My wall was 24 inches wide, so I measured 6 inch spaces across the bottom. I also measured 6 inch spaces up the right hand side of the wall. Then using my level, I made small intersecting lines at each cross point. That would tell me where each piece of tape would stop or start. Here's a crazy-cool drawing I made in Gimp to try to give you a visual of what I'm talking about.
6--Start laying down electrical tape. It's a little bit stretchy (so pull it carefully) but it's also pretty forgiving--I could pick up the end and restick it a few times to make sure it was in the right spot.
7--Keep going up the wall laying down tape and cutting to make points.
8--I cut a stencil out of freezer paper and ironed it down on a piece of canvas drop cloth I'd measured to fit my frame (that I spray painted yellow and sanded off a little too) I painted black acrylic paint over the stencil and when it was dry I rubbed some sand paper over the paint just a little to make it a little bit rustic.
9--Hang art and determine hook placement. I used some of my bags as a guide for where I wanted to hang the hooks and made pencil marks for each set of holes. None of my hooks lined up with studs, so I used a drywall anchor for one of the two screws for each hook. I should be able to hang 50 pounds on each one now without any problems (though heaven help me if I'm carrying around a purse that weighs that much!)
**Thanks for the votes--I made it to Round 2!**