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Friday, March 9, 2012

Purse Station

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!**
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  1. I love this! I am heading over to vote!

  2. I love how you used the tape in such a creative way! There were so many cool projects. I hope we both make it through together! p.s. I voted for you :)

  3. This is awesome! Good luck! :D


  4. I love this modern look. Very cool!!!


  5. Neat idea and love the pop of colour! Do you know what happens to the paint if you have to peel off the tape?

    Claire @ alittlesomethinginthemeantime.blogspot.com

  6. The yellow frame is great for that wall! And chevron...how can you go wrong with chevron?

  7. Oh I tried to vote but it looks like I am late. Sorry, love your project.

  8. I love this and your methods. thanks for sharing.

  9. Congrats on making it to round 2! I just gave you a shoutout. Good luck!



  10. Totally makes the wall pop! SO smart to use electrical tape. Off to vote for you!

  11. Turned out soooo cute!! Love it! Thanks for linking up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you'll be back soon! -The Sisters

  12. Your in the SSTS ON COM today. YAY! winks, jen

  13. I love this!! It looks fantastic :)

    Also wanted to let you know you were featured on my blog today!

  14. What a fun accent wall. Turquoise is my fav color.

  15. looks great! wonderful pop of colour :)

  16. good idea and your wall came out great!