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Homemade Sunshine (Faux) Pallet Art

You know it is not good when the weather forecast
on your (smart) phone just says
FOG in big black letters...
It has pretty much said that all summer long.
So sometimes you just have to make your own sunshine!

There is a lot of back story on this project:

  1. I LOVE sunshine.
  2. I was already working on one sunshine inspired pieces.
  3. I made this Faux Pallet Stenciled Piece about 2 years ago and I really like it...but when I made it I got a little carried away with the size...and there was no place to put it in my kitchen. I hung it in the family room, but as much as I liked it, it was never quite right.
  4. Then, I saw this...a fabulous art piece from Inspired by Charm, and loved the colors, etc. I rarely make projects that are so similar to others projects...but this one stayed with me...so I did it...with my own twist too of course. You should go check out Inspired by Charms piece...it is very cool!
  5. I make lots of stuff and am running out of room, so I need to revamp and update pieces.

This is a simple project that can be done on many surfaces - I used or reused my faux pallet, but canvas, plywood, even foam board or straight on a wall will work too. This sun is graphic and screams summer...and the colors remind me of a vintage surf palette (think OP in the 70's)...and it is a chalkboard too!

  • Board/canvas/wall to paint on. NOTE: If you are painting on a wall determine your size and use a level and scotch blue tape to frame your art for painting on the wall.
  • Paint. I mixed some colors to get exactly what I wanted (and to finish off some almost gone bottles of paint). You can easily just buy one color for each ray without mixing. I used DecoArt American Acrylic in: Orange Canyon and Cadmium Yellow, Winter Blue and Baby Blue; Cherry Red; Ebony.
  • 1" foam brush. 
  • Sand paper
  • Scotch Blue tape, 1"
  • DecoArt Clear Chalkboard Coating
  • Paint brush
  • Optional: large bowl, pencil, ruler


  • OPTIONAL: I originally was going in a different direction than the final project. I first painted over the entire pallet with another color...this may not be necessary for you...what it does do is give a background color showing through once you distress the piece.
  • Prep your surface by lightly sanding and/or cleaning. I was fine with my sun still having a distressed/rough feel so I just barely sanded the wood. If you want a smoother feel, sand more. Of course a wall or canvas will not require sanding.
  • Use a large bowl and place it in the corner of the wood, with about 1/4 of the bowl on the wood and trace off with a pencil. I put my sun in the corner so that I could hang the piece horizontal or vertical (see photos below)
  • Take the Scotch Blue tape and beginning at the sun outline, extend the tape out to the opposite side of the wood. I eyeballed it, but you could measure where you want your "rays" to end.

  • Paint the rays of the sun and let dry. I made zero effort to make the painting perfect. The point was to make it look distressed and effortless

  • Paint the sun, let dry.

  • Remove the Scotch Blue Tape

  • Use the 1" foam brush and fill in the spaces between the ray colors with the black/ebony acrylic paint. Again, not perfectly filled in lines - distressed and effortless are key words!
  • Outline the sun with the black as well.
  • Let dry completely.
  • Sand the piece a bit for additional distressing. Wipe clean

  • Once dry, come back with the Clear Acrylic Chalkboard sealer and paint the entire piece in on direction. Let dry for at least one hour and then paint in the opposite direction. I repeated this process 2x. Let dry for 24 hours.

After 24 hours, rub all over with chalk and now you have a fun art piece that you can also write messages on!

This can be hung vertically or horizontally (since I am moving soon, I want it to be versatile!)

I wrote some of my favorite lyrics and poems and some sassy sayings
...best part is...totally changeable! Love that kind of art!


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DIY! Painting and Designing T's!

I have not painted a T-shirt since high school...
at least not one that I would wear.
I did paint some puffy ghosts and pumpkins
with my son about 5 years ago...
but seriously I will not be blogging about that!
That is about the stiffest article of clothing
(and I use that term loosely)
I have ever seen.

BUT my daughter gave me the perfect opportunity to try it again...the right way! And with the help of DecoArt So Soft Fabric Paint, I think we had SUCCESS!

This is surely not the fabric paint I remembered from my youth. So Soft has a really nice  "So Soft" hand when it is dry. It is easy to paint with - and I used a variety of different brushes/items to do just that...and when it dries it feels comfortable and relaxed (yeah no stiff T-shirts!)...and I had fun being creative and coming up with designs.

These designs are my own and I will figure out how to load them here,
so you can print them if you want.
I think my T's turned out awesome!...
And, I may be partial, but I do think my model is awesome too! 

  • T-shirt or garment of choice
  • Variety of brushes (see below for each T)
  • DecoArt So Soft Fabric Paint. Colors for T's follow
  • Cardboard or something to place between the layers of the shirt to protect back/side/etc.
  • Image/Design
  • E-xacto Knife
  • Freezer Paper
  • Iron/Ironing Board

Ballerina Shirt: 
So Soft Fabric Paint: Fuschia, Baby Pink
So Soft Fine Glitter Paint in Celebration Pink
Brushes: Medium pouncer, small/tapered regular brush

Surfer Shirt 
So Soft Fabric Paint: Bright Coral, Bright Avocado
So Soft Glitter Paint, Lemon Drop
Brushes: Medium Pouncer
Old Toothbrush

So Soft Fabric Paint: Fuschia, Baby Pink
So Soft Fine Glitter Paint in Celebration Pink
Brushes: Medium pouncer, small/tapered regular brush

It is super easy and fun to create custom garments!
Go check out the full tutorial at The DIY Club
The new Project Party starts October 1!
What will you enter?????

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Pick a garment!

Design It
I wanted to do something fashion-y but thought my daughter would give me "the stink eye" if it was not pink and fluffy...so I drew a (slightly) fashion looking drawing of a ballerina. I decided to paint this in all pinks other than the hair. Just because - it is a design thing.

The surfer was from a previous project as was the flower. The surfer called for bold colors and I wanted to try something light, soft, and blended for the flower.

Place it!
Determine the placement.

Paint it!



        So, what do ya think?

        Ready to try your hand at fabric painting!?
        I am making some towel and placemats too!


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        DIY! Accessorizing with Stencils and Chalk!

        I have commitment issues...
        so for my backyard fence,
        I found the perfect solution.
        I love to entertain and there may be a party or two in the future,
        so I really wanted something fun and interesting for this barren back fence.

        I figured since I am dressing up the playhouse, and then eventually will get started on the gardening...my fence needed some accessorizing...it was looking lonely. My son and I attempted to create some visual interest by creating a "tee pee" based on one we saw at Earthbound Farms...but ours never took off (the dog may have had something to do with that...it just may have been his favorite place to, um, relieve himself).

        Anyway, every morning when I open the blinds in our bedroom I look outside and see a blank fence...so I had a BRILLIANT (if I do say so myself) idea.

        And it is so simple!
        Go checkout all the details at The DIY Club!
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        DIY IT!
        I used an allover random pattern for this larger stencil.

        Step 1. Determine layout
        Step 2. Tape stencil to fence (I simply used masking tape)

        Step 3. Apply chalk. Now for this step, I sometimes used the side of the chalk and rubbed and sometimes had to use the tip to fill in.

        Step 4. Repeat as often as necessary.
        NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN EXACT SCIENCE. Based on the roughness of the fence (and your own desire for "perfection) your results may vary. I LOVE the way this looks on my back fence - rustic sunshine!

        I live in a pretty foggy wet coastal area, and the one stencil has lasted for almost a week (EDIT - it lasted until there was big rain - months and months!),
        so for a party, you could easily do this a day or two before.

        Next up...I am trying a chalk/stencil rug!
        Now of course I could have painted the stencil on...but I thought by using chalk, I could be playful and fun...imagine the fossils stencils on the fence for a boy's party, the chrysanthemums for a summer BBQ or an allover design to liven up the fence. Best part...when you want a change, just whip out the hose.
        I live in a pretty foggy wet coastal area, and the one stencil has lasted for almost a week, so for a party, you could easily do this a day or two before.

        Next up...I am trying a chalk/stencil rug!

        Do you LOVE chalk!?
        Have any crazy ideas for chalk at your house?

        Disclosure: Some products were provided to me through my affiliation with the DIY Club. See my full disclosure


        DIY Day! Pretty Stencil Kitchen Towels

        I have so many projects in the works...some for me, some for my son, some for my house {you can see the kitchen photos - finally - here!}, and a lot for the DIY Club. We have so many awesome sponsors for the DIY Club...and I am a little too inspired {is that possible...yes it is unless you do not need to sleep}.
        So, before I go any further...
        Stencilled kitchen towels by Holly Lefevre


        DIY Club! Perfect on the Porch

        I have been DIYing a porch makeover for a couple of weeks now. I started this project with my Dad {and yes, we are still talking}. This is my first time tiling {it is not quite done} and I have a few more things to do before I can call my porch makeover done…and if the weather would cooperate…it would be that much sooner!
        {the table before...all dirty and everything!}
        While I am waiting for adhesive to dry and final tile selections to be made, I am working on the accessories. I have had this little table on my porch since we moved into the house. I have had every intention of giving it a face lift long ago, but kind-of, sort-of never got around to it…until now! You cannot put an ugly old table on a new FAB porch, can you?
        {Yes, I know my bottles and jars are messy...I am a messy crafter}

        This table started off with Crazy Aunt M…then moved on to my sister in law and now it is mine…and it is staying that way! I added some spunk and flair with a coat of DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint {Light Avocado} and then textured the top with DecoArt Texture Terra Cotta {Black}. I need some more love, so I also used the DecoArt Texture Stencil {Royal Tiles} for some detail...And you all remember how much I LOVE hardware store finds…so with inspiration from the screen wreath, I used Gorilla Glue to add a little screen skirt to the table.

        The DIY will be specific to my style of table, but I think you get the picture…it is easily adaptable to any table….and I have to tell you I love my newest creation!
        Perfect 4 the Porch Table
        {Click HERE for a pdf document}

        *DecoArt, Texture Terra Cotta, Black (1 jar)
        *Americana Acrylic Paint, Light Avocado {or color of choice} (2-3 bottles…depends on the size of the table)
        *DecoArt Texture Stencil, Royal Tile
        *Stiff brush or palette knife (for texture application)
        *Foam brush, roller, or good paintbrush (for paint)
        *Gorilla Glue
        *Brite Kote aluminum screen
        *Gloves {optional…the screen can hurt}

        DIY it!
        *Clean and sand the table
        *Brush off/Clean to remove residue or dust.
        *Paint the base and legs with the Americana acrylic paint.
        *Let Dry.
        *Coat top of table with DecoArt Texture TerraCota…cover top and sides of table top completely.
        *Once dry, I cut my Texture Stencil apart and placed a particular portion of the motif in each corner.
        *Use the Texture Terra Cotta to fill in the stencil.
        *Let dry.
        *Add screen skirt (optional, see below)

        Screen “Skirt”
        *Cut lengths of screen 5 “ wide and 1.5 times {or more if you prefer} the perimeter of the table.
        NOTE on WIDTH: This is the width I used because I glued my screen to the back of the apron of the table…your width may be adjusted to suit your design and styling preferences (it can be a smaller skirt or a longer skirt}.
        NOTE: You can use the end {selvage} of the screen for the “hem” or cut an extra 1 inch and fold over twice to make a clean – "non-pokey" hem.
        *Prepare the skirt by accordion folding the screen {approximately 1” folds}.
        *Using Gorilla Glue, spread a line or two along the edge you will be gluing. Place screen in position. I then put a few drops in the creases of the skirt and pushed it down onto the table for extra hold.
        *The way my table was configured, I had to place some weighted object on the glued edge of the screen while the glue set.
        *Repeat on all sides.
        *Let dry.

        Oh yeah...since the paint was out, I whipped up a vase to match...
        I have big plans for finishing the porch...
        and I dream of a wrap around porch {maybe one day}.
        Until then, I will enjoy my hard work and
        the little piece of serenity I have created.
        {Of course, I think I will have a mojito to help with the serenity.}

        What's your favorite thing about your porch?

        I personally love the little sign in my window...
        Can you read it? It says "Warning: Strange Dog"
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        Disclosure: As part of the DIY CLub and this vendor sponsored event, I received products to complete my DIY from DiscChangers, Gorilla Glue, and DecoArt.