Tuesday, August 2, 2011

From the Bathroom...To the Wall (Pinterest Challenge)

I am a huge fan of Young House Love and Pinterest, so when I saw The Pinterest Challenge last week, I simply could not resist.  In fact, the challenge is like 90% (OK, maybe more like 9%, I've wanted to do this for ages) of why I made my sister start this blog with me!

After multiple--and I DO mean multiple--scans of my pinboards, I went with this awesome idea, since I'd been eyeing it for ages and saving toilet paper and paper towel rolls for weeks.
So, I got to work on flattening my rolls and cutting them into 1/2" pieces.

From there, I started glueing the corners together to make little flowers.  I used Mod Podge, because I had it laying around.  At first, this was kind of tricky, but I got into the groove of dipping two of them into the glue and then sticking them all together, and it was easy.
I made 24 flowers, as my plan was to make the piece three rows of eight.

After letting the flowers try for an hour and a half or so, I got to work on putting the whole piece together.  This glueing process was a little trickier.  Again, once I got the hang of it, things went quickly.  I just used a foam brush to put a large drop or two on each of the corners I was attaching.  I had to hold for a little longer, but I didn't have many problems.
Again, I let it try for an hour and a half or so, and then it was time for the hardest part--painting.  I wanted it to be a crisp white, but spray painting proved to be much trickier than I thought with all the corners and sides to cover.  After multiple coats, my end product was a little more gray looking than white.  You're welcome for not posting any pictures of the painting process, as my genius self decided to paint on the hottest day of the week at the hottest time of the day.  Not. Pretty.

So, here is the final product up on the wall!
I just put four nails in the wall and hung it on them.  I will probably need to put a nail or two on the bottom corners to get it to hang a little more evenly.  I'm also a little worried about gravity pulling it down, but we'll see how that goes.
As you can see, this wall is very much a work in progress.  I'm thinking I will either accompany what I have with some framed art, either on the sides or above and below.  I also definitely want to give it another coat of paint, either a bright color or a brighter white.  For now, I'm just going to admire it from afar, while I take breaks from pinning a ridiculous amount of stuff to prepare for the Fall Pinterest Challenge!

Make sure to check out these sites for more Pinterest Challenge projects, from the founders: Katie, Emily, Lana, and Sherry.