504 Main by Holly Lefevre: paint
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Painted Fall Burlap Banner

This Painted Fall Burlap banner was created as a sponsored post for DecoArt

I was holding out to post anything Fall or pumpkin-y until September...I made it!
I do not do a whole lot of seasonal decorating...
but banners, those are easy to swap out and store!
I decided to start off Fall with my latest banner.
Seriously I am turning into the banner lady -
but people keep asking for them and I keep making them..so there ya have it.
Fall Burlap Banner 504 Main by Holly Lefevre

Now on to the banner! This banner begins like my "We Love School" Banner but has so much more to it. To me Fall is about texture, rich colors and a feeling or warmth. I think through the use of layers of paint and pattern and the texture of the burlap I have accomplished this feeling in this banner.


"We LOVE School" Banner Tutorial

I am a little banner obsessed.
If I can make a banner for an occasion...I do.
Last week I had a small Back to School party 
and made this super cute "We {heart} School" banner for decoration.
It is pretty simple and has a rustic, vintage feel.
And I kind of love it!
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  • 7-8" strip of burlap (should be the width of the fabric). Each "flag" is about 6", so 7-8 should give you plenty of room to trace this and cut them out correctly.
  • 8 oz White Paint. I used DecoArt American Acrylic in White Wash (NOTE: This takes a lot of paint. the 2 oz. bottle may not get all your flags painted - my photo below shows a 2 oz. bottle, but I recommend more paint.I used over 3 2 oz. bottles)
  • 2 oz. Black Paint, I used DecoArt Americana Acrylic in Ebony
  • 2 oz. Red Paint I used DecoArt Americana Acrylic in Primary Red
  • Stencil for letters: I used DecoArt 3" Simple Script Alphabet
  • Paint Brush (I used an old cheapo paint brush for the burlap)
  • 1-2 smaller paint brushes for the letters and heart.
  • Hot glue/Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • 2 yards Heavy twine or jute

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Cut out 9 flags from the burlap.
  • To cut flags:
    • Make a simple template using a cardboard box (like a cereal box)
    • Draw a square, 4" wide and 6" long
    • At the bottom center (2" in from either side) measure up 2" on the center line.
    • Connect the bottom outside points to the 2" point you just marked.
    • Cut the flags.
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  • Protect your surface and layout the 9 flags.
  • Paint each flag. You may have to dab at the flags and brush to get the paint in the burlap. The finish is not "perfect." Let dry. You may want to pick them up after a few minutes to ensure they do not stick to the protective surface underneath (for example, some of the cardboard stuck to the back of my flags).
  • Optional: Once dry, if you want a more finished back as well, paint the back. Again, pick up the flags to ensure they do not stick to the protective surface underneath.
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  • Once dry, use the stencil and the black paint to add your words. With this size stencil and flag, the tops of my letters were about 1 " down from the top of the flag, and centered horizontally.
  • Hold down the stencil with your fingers and paint the individual stencils onto the flags.
  • For the heart I just drew a heart and transferred the outline to the flag, and painted it with red paint.
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  • Once all the flags are dry, line them up. They should be right next to one another with very little or no space between the flags.
  • Heat up the hot glue gun.
  • Cut a 72" length of rope/jute/twine.
  • Find the center of your rope and match it up with the center of the banner, so that you have enough rope left on each side to hang the banner.
  • Run a line of hot glue along the top edge of the banner/flags and press down the rope into the hot glue (The banners are pretty stiff after painting...sewing is possible, but VERY difficult).
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All done!
A cutie-patootie banner to celebrate Back to school!

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My kiddos have already started school...what about yours?

This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre


Inspired Bulletin Board

I have always loved to surround myself with picture and trinkets that inspire me,
make me smile or giggle, or that I just simply like.
I have always had a bulletin board in my room or home.
I consider it to by my ever-evolving mood board.

So, my other 3 bulletin board are full or kid stuff,
household stuff, funny stuff, but I wanted a board just for me!
One full of my favorite things to inspire me and only me!

You can stylize the board any way you want...here is what I did.
  • Bulletin Board, any size you desire ( got mine for about $6 at Walmart)
  • Pretty paper to decorate the frame...from Aaron Brothers. They have an amazing selection of single sheet (oversized) decorative papers...LOVE!
  • Paint in your choice of colors. I used DecoArt: Spice Pink, Grey Sky
  • Stencils: I used DecoArt alphabet script and polka dot accent
  • Decoupage medium such as Mod Podge

  • Stencil Brush
  • Paint Brush (for decoupage)
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Masking tape or blue painters tape (I used masking tape, but next time I will use the painters tape. The masking tape may stick too much and pull some of the cork off...the painters tape is much more gentle.
  • Ruler
  • Craft Knife

Accents (optional)
  • Lace/small fabric trim
  • Large pearls
  • Tim Holtz Metal Corners (purchased at Aaron Brothers)

(You can stencil the bulletin board first or you can do the frame first...there is not advantage or disadvantage to either way...you just need to wait for things to be dry) 

  • STEP 1: Start in one corner (makes it easy to keep level and line up) with the polka dots and begin stenciling with the Grey Sky and a stencil brush. I made a frame (of sorts) on each side of the bulletin board, just as wide as the stencil.
  • Step 2: Find the center of the board, horizontally and vertically and then determine the placement for your letters/words based on the center and how many letters are in your words. Use Painters tape (or eyeball it) to mark when the words are so they will be level.
  • Step 3: Line up your stencil and start painting using a stencil brush. I used Spice Pink and Grey Sky for the words I chose.

  • Step 4: Cut your over sized paper into 2" strips (you may need them to be wider depending on the size of your frame) 
  • Step 5: Apply decoupage on one portion of the frame at a time and line up strips of paper with inner edge of the frame. Press down and if necessary, use the edge of a craft knife or knife  to tuck in the edge between the frame and cork. Wrap the paper around the back side of the frame and trim with craft knife.
  • Step 6: Continue to apply the strips of paper until the frame is covered. Depending on the size of the frame, you may need to overlap paper edges. At the corners, fold matching edges into 45 degree angled to miter the corners and match them up.  
  • Step 7: Once all the paper is place, use the decoupage and coat the entire top of the frame with 2 coats, letting dry between coats.

  • Step 8: Add embellishments as you desire. I used some small. 1/4" crochet trim I had, large pearls and the metal corners from Tim Holtz to dress up my board. Just a little Gorilla Glue and we are good to go!

Now add your favorite things and be inspired!

How do you stay inspired?
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disclosure: at various times some of these items were provided to me by the companies. I have fulfilled those posting obligations and now as using them because they are awesome.


DIY! A Sunny Sign

OK, no joke, this sign has taken me 5+ months to complete.
You ever have those projects that look perfect in your mind...
but you start them and they are not turning out so perfect in reality...
well, this was one of those.

Finally I think I got it!
It looks NOTHING like the original vision...
but I like it nonetheless.

This sign is for my parents...paying a little
a little homage to their love of the outdoors, the beach
and my Dad's ever popular "It's seventy and sunny" greeting.

It was supposed to be a Christmas present...
so I am either really early or really late.


  • 1/4 “ plywood, cut to 24” L x 16” H 1/2” plywood (you need a 24”L x 16”H piece to cut the sun
  • NOTE: You can use all 1/4” or all 1/2” plywood to make the sun and base. I used the 1/4” for the sign to make the sign a little lighter. And I liked how much the 1/2” plywood stood out from the base.
  • Gorilla Glue Wood Glue
  • Jigsaw (DeWalt from Rockler)
  • Decoupage, DecoArt
  • Americana Acrylic Paints, DecoArt in Bright Yellow, Canyon Orange and Jack-O-Lantern
  • Canvas Corp paper, Beach Sampler on Ivory, Blue and Ivory Chevron, and Blue and Ivory Beach Words Reverse
  • Foam brush, Rockler
  • Paint brush (I used my old Purdy brush designated especially for crafts - by me!)
  • 2 – 3” DISChangers
  • Stencils Elmer’s Painters Marker, Black
  • Dremel Multi-purpose tool
  • Distress Ink  

Here is a sneak peek...
you can catch the full tutorial over at The DIY Club
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Now, just...
Draw it

Cut it

Grab some paper

Paint it!

Decoupage it

Glue it!

Embellish it!

Sand it and mark it up!

Hang it!

See ya at the beach!


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New Dining Room Chairs...in the Works!

I like to collect things...
big things, small things, things to sit on,
to write on, to put stuff on...
well,it has gotten to be a little much...
because I can never seem to find the time to finish them all.

NOW, I must get my act together and here is where I am starting...

These lovely chairs.
I bought 6 at Goodwill...3 months ago
and I desperately need them in my house.

You see my current dining room chairs are beyond awful. 

I have a vision (sort of) for these chairs. They look dated and ugly now....but with some creamy white paint, a little distressing and some new seat covers...these are going to be gorgeous! 

And my Rockler HVLP Spray System is going to be my savior here.

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Go read more about this project and so many others at The DIY Club!

Trust me....or at least play along!

Now off I go to start sanding and prepping!
(I am paying the older kiddo per chair to help and!) 


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