Monday, June 18, 2012

Royal Design Studio Winner

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The winner of the Royal Design Studio stencil is Bethany from Pitter & Glink!  Congrats Bethany!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Give the World the Best You Have...

A few days ago I stumbled upon an unfinished board in the basement.  I have no idea where it came from or how long it's been sitting there.  Clearly I need to clean out my stash (hoard) of furniture, wood and decor.

The wood grain and knots were beautiful so I used a stain and poly blend to bring them out a bit more.  After the two coats were dry, I used my Cricut (LOVE that machine) to cut out a few lines from my husband's favorite poem (it is Father's Day this weekend after all).  I used the negative from the vinyl and painted the letters with one coat of matte black paint.  I hung the three foot board above the fireplace with some dried hydrangeas in my urns. 

It's been raining here so I couldn't snap any great photos, but you get the message...I know I do, each time I sit in the living room!

Surprise, surprise...some of the spacing and letters are off.  I was annoyed when I realized this and questioned starting over or even posting this to begin with.  Then I realized the irony in the sentiment of my sign.  I slaved over this for a few hours and it's perfectly handmade.  And I'm sharing it!


People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;

Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
-Mother Theresa

**Don't forget to enter my Royal Design Studio's Giveaway (that is ending this Friday) if you haven't already!**

Linking up with:
Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Royal Design Studio - My Review and A Giveaway!

When I came in contact with Royal Design Studio, I could not have been more excited!  Deciding which room I would stencil was the easy part!  Choosing one of their stencils, not so much.  Royal Design Studio offers so many different designs.  I poured over their site, daydreaming of all the possibilities.  Ultimately, I chose the "Tiger Stripes Allover Stencil" for my twin daughters' bedroom.  The longest wall would be the stenciled focal point.

Before my stencil arrived I painted the walls with Glidden's "Misty Aqua".  It was an improvement already but I was itching to get to the stenciling.  When I received my package I quickly read through the instructions and helpful tips and got my supplies ready.  My daughters chose Glidden's "Pink Flamingo" for the tiger stripes.

To begin, I found the halfway point of the wall and centered the stencil on it abutting the ceiling.

I was so anxious to get started that I decided to skip the spray adhesive tip and used frog tape to adhere it to the wall.  In my experience, this was a big mistake.  I wanted crisp lines but instead ran into some bleeding.  This also could have been due to the paint roller being overloaded with paint.

I'm so thankful I realized this on the first "square" that was stenciled.  I let it dry, repainted with the "Misty Aqua" base color and decided to begin in the morning - this time with spray adhesive in hand.  Using the repositional spray adhesive made the job move along so quickly.  My helpful hint with the adhesive is that less is more.  That stuff is sticky!

My favorite feature of the stencil is the repeat registration cut into the Mylar.  It was a dream lining up the registration marks and keeping everything level!

It took me only a couple of hours to complete my 12' wall.  The next morning I went back over my stencil work with a small paintbrush and "Misty Aqua" to touch up any areas that had bleeding.  There wasn't much to improve upon.  I really enjoyed this project and found it to be relaxing. 

My daughters' room is so unique and they are ecstatic with the results.  I'll let the photos speak for themselves...


I am thrilled to offer one of my readers a Royal Design Studio stencil of their own!

To enter, hop on over to Royal Design Studio's website and select a stencil ($50 or less) that you would love to use for a project of your own.  For an entry in the giveaway, come back here and leave a comment letting me know which stencil you fell in love with!

For additional entries:
1. Like Royal Design Studios Facebook Fan Page!
2. Follow Designamour on Twitter!
3. Or follow Royal Design Studios Pinterest Page!
4. Follow Maxwell House Interiors on Pinterest!
5. Become a follower of Maxwell House Interiors or let me know if you're already following along.

**Leave a separate comment for each entry.**
The winner will be chosen using on
Friday, June 15th at 10 a.m. 

Linking up with:
Lovely Crafty Weekend @ Lovely Crafty Home
Catch As Catch Can @ My Repurposed Life
Weekend Link Party @ Lolly Jane
Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SNS Link Party @ Funky Junk Interiors
Weekend Wrap Up Party @ Tatertots & Jello
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
Before & After Link Party @ Shine Your Light
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