Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Guest Blogger The Polka-Dot Umbrella

Hey everyone! I'm so excited to introduce you to the gals at The Polka-Dot Umbrella. I was stunned by their creativeness and the wonderful projects they share with us. Have fun getting to know them!

I am thrilled to be a guest today!! Thank you so much for letting me be part! My name is Jennifer and I am 1 out of 4 gals that put together The Polka-Dot Umbrella. Because there are 4 of us we always have a wide range of posts with great ideas and there are constantly new tutorials being shared!

Just this past week there has been...

Spring Fun List. Every month Emily will give you a list of activity ideas to do with your kids.
I am here today to share with you this darling Wood Wall Art I made and how to make it. Surprisingly this is very practical for everyone. You just need a miter box, saw, nails, brackets, paint and wood.
47"X47" Wood Board Wall Art

When we first purchased our home and I got all our things in and unpacked, the entry way was where I was stumped the most. Let me back up a bit, we had just moved out of my 2 bedroom downtown apartment, and my husband was just a year and a half out of his bachelors. We didn't have much, and what we did have was a little of this (something someone gave us) mixed with a little of that (something that we picked up along the way). So... my house was unpacked, and the entry way, the most important part of the house for decorating, was empty.
Just like everything I do, the perfect thing eventually just came to me: Wall Art. This thought was triggered from something I saw at Pottery Barn, but ended up nothing like it when I was finished. My husband did the math (again), and we began building this beautiful wall art.
I drew a picture and then pulled out my crayons and began coloring.
We made it with 1x3's and 1x4's for the top piece.
We used 2x2's for the frame.
For the frame we nailed the two boards that met together and then added corner brackets to hold the it securely. There was going to be a lot of weight added, so I wanted it to be very sturdy.
I painted my frame red, and then laid my boards on top just like in my colored picture. Then we began nailing them down. We started in the middle to make sure things stayed straight. I used large headed nails (that is my girly term for them). I wanted it to look tough and sturdy and also have some, (girly word) embellishments on the overall art piece. No manly carpenter would appreciate my terminology, I am sure.

Again, my favorite part of this project was making it look old and worn. I added some painted brown and black stripes, and then sanded it.
I didn't use any lacquer or finishing products. I liked the color it was, and I knew it wouldn't be getting banged and scratched up hanging on the wall.
When I finished I couldn't stop smiling. This project was hands down the most proud I have been with my end result. After we hung it, I kept going into the entry just to look at it and admire it.
I can't wait to make one for my little boys room. I am thinking blues, browns and oranges. Won't that be darling?
This is a stunning piece for a home! I don't think any one person has walked into our home for the first time and hasn't commented on the piece as they come in. This piece has wonderful sense of uniqueness and bold coloring that lights up it's surroundings.

Wow, what a great piece of art! I love the size and bright colors! Thanks, Erica for sharing that simple tutorial to create a unique display for our homes! I hope you guys can all stop by The Polka-Dot Umbrella to show some love!


  1. That looks so great in your entry. The colors just pop against the light walls. Love it.

  2. What a great way to add some color in the stairway! Thanks for sharing.


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