New Plaques With Personality

June 7, 2010

Hey Guys! Hope you all are having a GREAT day! It finally started to heat up in Utah, YAHOO but it makes me want to be at our nearby pool 24/7 ;)!

As I have mentioned before I am in the process of re-decorating our apartment, everything is either outta here or getting a revamp! It was the weirdest thing, when we moved from Logan, UT to Southern Davis County, UT I realized the stuff that I had just wasn't "Me" anymore. For those of you who don't live in UT let me explain Logan: it is rather lovely but a little on the boring farm side. I mean they don't even have a Target...! Honestly don't know how I survived so long up there without one! I did notice after moving that surroundings really influence my design aesthetic. While living in Logan my style was BORING and drab since my surroundings to ME seemed boring and drab. When we moved to Southern Davis County I felt that I was returning to my old self before I moved to Logan. So I have decided to do a total rehaul on our home decor. I am going for a brighter more youthful approach that really reflects us. Isn't it so weird how your surroundings can affect you?

On that note here is my plan-ish:

~I am working on our main level first this includes the TV Room, and Kitchen.
~The TV Room as mentioned in previous posts will be: celery green, orange, and yellow.
~The Kitchen will be: antique blue, red, and butter cream yellow.
~Don't spend a lot of money! ;)

So I have been taking pieces we already have and molding them to fit the new design scheme.

My latest project has been some OLD vintage plaques I found at a thrift store for $0.75 each! BARGAINS!!

Here's a before and after shot!

Before:
{Blah, blah, boring grapes and fruit.}

After:
{Fun and funky with a splash of initial love ;)}

Want to make your own Plaques with Personality?

Here is what you will need:


~Plaques
{I found mine as mentioned at a thrift store, I see them ALL the time there and really all they are is painted wood usually with some sort of image glued to the front. You can also just use wood blocks cut to size.}
~Paint color of your choosing
~Scrapbook paper
~Mod Podge
~Paint brushes
~Sand paper
~Scissors or a paper cutter
~Primer
{This is optional depending on what color of paint you are using, I had to use some due to mine were dark wood to begin with. Also priming first will help eliminate having to do multiple coats of paint.}
~High gloss varnish
{This too is optional but I love a high gloss finish, this just depends on taste.}
~To use initials like I did you will need some chipboard, I found mine at a local discount scrapbook store. But you can always create your own using scraps of cardboard and tracings of fonts printed from your computer.
~I used a stamp behind each of my initials so if you like it use it! If not skip this supply ;).

Directions:

1. Sand the plaques down lightly so you are able to adhere paint easily.

2. As mentioned this is optional but I primed my plaques to make the paint process quicker.

3. Paint. Apply as many coats as you need to create your desired color, allowing each coat to dry properly before re-applying.

4. Measure the area you would like to place the mod podged scrapbook paper.

5. Cut paper to the pre-determined measurements.

6. Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the desired area to adhere the previously cut scrapbook paper, and allow to dry.

7. While you are waiting for your plaques to dry either during the paint process or the Mod Podge process you can paint your chipboard initials in the color of your choosing.

8. Before I adhered the previously painted chipboard to the plaques I used a stamp to create a focal point behind where the chipboard would go. Instead of using ink I brushed on some white paint onto the stamp and pressed it onto the desired area to create some texture as well. Allow to dry.

9. After allowing the stamp to dry I adhered my previously painted chipboard to my desired area using Mod Podge.

10. After allowing the initials to set I applied a layer of Mod Podge to the entire plaque to seal it, and allowed it to dry.

11. {This step is optional.} I added a top coat of a high gloss varnish to the entire plaque to give it some more character and texture. If you aren't in love with glossy finishes just do a satin or matte finish to the surface of your plaque.

12. ENJOY!


Before and After again:

Here is a great tip I have come across while re-decorating my home:

Take items that you already have small or large and use your imagination on how to give them a new personality or revamp them to fit into your new design. It will for sure save you money and will give you a chance to be creative and have fun will experimenting!

Have any questions or design dilemmas please let me know I am always happy to help! Hope you guys are having a great day! Love, love.

You can find me linking up to some awesome parties HERE!!

39 comments :

  1. Oh, I love these! I could see these in so many places in my house. Would be super cute in my kiddos' bedrooms.

    Thanks for linking to Messy Monday. You are definitely a creative girl!

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  2. Oh yeah, it's so funny how your surroundings influence your style. I live in the middle of the woods, and what's my favorite design element? Nature. Go figure!

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  3. Great idea and tips. Have a great week!

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  4. Hi, Oh gosh I love these! Thanks so much and I hope that you have a wonderful new week!
    hugs...
    Bobbi

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  5. HEY! My kitchen is sky blue, red and butter yellow! Freakin' rocks my world. I love Logan, but you're right. Every time I drive through there, I can't imagine living without a Target. That seems like it should be illegal. Anyway, darling plaques.

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  6. Following from Tuesday Tag Along!

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  7. Just popped over from All Thingz Related...

    Great job with the plaques. And nice, easy to follow tutorial. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Hello! I'm following you from Tag Along Tuesdays! Have a great week!
    http://murrayfamily213.blogspot.com/

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  9. Those are so fun! I love the colors that you used, so bright and fun!

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  10. Great idea & a smart way to make some cute custom stuff. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday!

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  11. Great idea to recycle the things in your home to make them reflect the decor you now want. I'm sure you have fun in the process. Have a great day! ~ Sarah

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  13. Here from TTA
    Love your blog!

    Hope you'll come check mine out

    http://ethertonphotography.blogspot.com

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  14. very cute! I like the bright colors.

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  15. I am doing the same! since we just moved to Utah (davis county too!)I am revamping almost everything to give it a fresh feel while we rent and get to the know the area better before buying!

    but my styles change all the time - and I like it! :)

    have fun decorating up the new place!

    and hey - stop taking all the good stuff from the thrift shops! Ha ha ha ;)

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  16. These look so cheerful! I love your style. Also, I saw that Amy from Mod Podge Rocks featured your notebooks. I bet she will feature these, too :)

    Thank you for participating in the Craft Therapy session over at Life in the Pitts!

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  17. Love how these turned out! I really like the colors that you used! Thanks for linking up to Hoo's got talent!

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  18. Great plaques!! Much better than the original pictures on them!! Very stylish!

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  19. I love your blog. You have some fantastic ideas!

    I would be really honored if you would join me at my first link party and giveaway that is up now:

    http://lifeinmypjs.blogspot.com/2010/06/pajama-party-1-giveaway.html

    ~Ela

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  20. Clever revamp! You will have so much fun redoing your decor, and as clever as you are you will surely hit all your goals.

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  21. Very fun! I love the bright colors!
    Thanks for linking up!
    ~Liz

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  22. I love the idea to take something old and blah and turn it into something updated, bright and fun.

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  23. Fun idea! Thank you for linking to my party!

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  24. I swear you could making something cool out of trash bags! Great job and I can't wait to see the cheery updates. It's kinda funny how that happens when you move. I moved in October and have redone almost every room in the house! (on a budget of course!)
    Thanks for linking up!

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  25. Visiting from The Shabby Chic Cottage Transformation Thursday...
    I love these NEW plaques!! Awesome job! I look at everything with different eyes now; instead of just passing something by because I don't like how it looks, I try to come up with ways I can change it so I DO like the way it looks. :)

    Oh and I can totally relate to the small town life and the being affected by your surroundings. ;)

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  26. thanks for posting my link! Loving your posts as usual! :) I am also enjoying your weekend wear posts what great steals you find! Much love!
    Amber
    www.confessionsofahairstylist2009.blpgspot.com

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  27. So very cute! I love this idea! I would have never thought of re-doing those! Thanks for linking up!

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  28. Would love for you to link this up at our party Fabulous Friday! Great idea, much better. :)
    Heather @ www.savingmoneylivinglife.com

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  29. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

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  30. These are great! Bright and cheerful!
    Thanks for sharing @ Anything Related!
    {Rebekah}

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  31. Very cute--I love the blue and yellow. Thanks for linking up to the Under $100 Linky Party.

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  32. so creative... should try those!

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  33. Hey, I found your blog via Amy @ Mod Podge Rocks. This is an awesome project and I would love to try it out myself! I'm addicted to anything that looks expensive but was actually super cheap! In fact, I blogged about some vintage finds today!

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  34. These are great! Bright and cheerful!
    Thanks for sharing @ Anything Related!
    {Rebekah}

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  35. Great idea and tips. Have a great week!

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  36. HEY! My kitchen is sky blue, red and butter yellow! Freakin' rocks my world. I love Logan, but you're right. Every time I drive through there, I can't imagine living without a Target. That seems like it should be illegal. Anyway, darling plaques.

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  37. so creative... should try those!

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