First, a big shout out to Cassity at Remodelaholic who featured the Living Room Wainscot Post – I’m loving that people are as rocked about this product as I am!
Last week I mentioned that empty wooden frame hanging on my dining room wall. It was destined for greatness. And when you’re contemplating greatness, drywall mud almost always comes to mind, no?
Many moons ago, my Cousin Adam (who I lovex3) & I created this artwork for my bedroom:
So the method was already tried & true. Because of my strong glammy glam pear adoration in the Dining Room already, pears it was. Sadly, drawing is not one of my talents – I peak at excellent doodling – so my talented girl assisted with this. She’s asked to remain anonymous, so we’ll call her Katelin, and later I’ll just show her picture.
The Mister made the frame (1×2’s, stapled together, 2 brace pieces at the 1/3 points); we stretched canvas tightly over it, & stapled it. Super simple.
And then “she” (air quotes – Katelin) drew. And erased. And drew. Pears are harder than you’d think.
They very easily slip into gourd territory.
See the silver pears sitting there for inspiration?
And Voila, we had pears.
Now came the drywall mud. I used a 3” putty knife to glop it on and smooth it out.
I applied 4 layers in total on the pears, letting the compound dry between each layer.
Once I had the pears layered enough, I applied a thin layer of compound all over the canvas. Once that dried, I very gently sanded some of the spatula marks with a fine sanding block. This smoothed out some of the ‘high spots’. You could totally skip this step if you wanted more of a textural thing going on.
Next, painting – yay! White (of course). Here I’ve done 2 coats of regular wall paint (that of course, I already had, because it’s white, and it’s me). I later used silver metallic craft paint to create a bit of shading, and on the stems. The great thing is that if you don’t like what you’ve added, just paint over it & start again!
I wanted the pears to stand out in a non-standing-out way (you get me, right?).
So I applied a coat of ‘Americana Triple Thick’ gloss glaze just on the pears for some shine.
And here’s the finished product :
It’s the perfect (I was going to say ‘pear-fect’, but that’s just silly) fit for the dining room.
I totally love projects that are so simple, but look like they’re not….because then when people ‘oooh & aaaah’, you can be all “Oh yes, it was quite an endeavour” and snicker to yourself.
Plus, how much fun is drywall compound to play with? If you don’t know, you should find out. Size. Large. Fun.
Ok, go make something.
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all in love with your home again.