Today I would like to introduce a sweet bloggie friend of mine…Jessie from Imperfectly Polished. Her diy projects are so creative and fun! I am sure you will love her! Thanks Jessie for visiting…:)

Here are a couple of my favorite projects she has completed in the past…

Envelope Pillows made easy

Barn style wainscot

 DIY Pendants

¬†Here’s Jessie :)

When we recently made over our dining room on a tight budget, I tried to come up with a way to DIY some art work on a large scale that wouldn’t cost much. I started by wandering the aisles of our local home improvement store to see if I could find something that would work. Enter these 2’x4′ pieces of wood we found at Home Depot for $6 a piece.

I had the nice man at Home Depot cut each sheet in half so we ended up with four 2’x2′ pieces of wood {cork board or even thick foam board from a craft store would work as well}. I only needed three of them for this project so we still have one left to play with another day. I bought some inexpensive muslin fabric to cover the boards with {they were kind of rough}.

You can see where there was some weird, discolored parts on the board so you would either want to paint it {which may or may not cover all the imperfections} or cover it with fabric. Then I stapled it in place:

I did the same thing with all three boards.

Since this is a dining room {ya know, where we eat}, I wanted some fun dining-themed art and huge pieces of silverware seemed perfect. Since neither of us are super artists, we didn’t think free-handing silverware would look all that great {I’ll admit, the fork had me nervous} so we started brainstorming other options. I have to give my husband credit for this one: a flashlight and piece of silverware.

It worked perfectly. We sat in our bedroom and traced away. Mike laid the light on the bed and held up the silverware while I took a pencil and traced around it. Pretty cool, huh? Then I took the boards into the kitchen and painted them by mixing a couple colors I had on hand {a light gray and black} to get a charcoalish color.

Then I sat the boards up to dry for a little bit.

To hang them, we used some little hook thingies we had in a kit we had on hand.

And Mike hung them from a nail in the wall.

Aren’t they fun?

You could use the same method to trace all kinds of fun shapes for different rooms {a toothbrush in the bathroom, hair accessories in a little girl’s room, toy cars/trucks in a little boy’s room, etc.}. Oh, and the best part was the price. We made all three pieces of oversized artwork for $12. Pretty good, right?


I love this!!! SO perfect for any room because the possibilities are endless!!! Thanks Jessie!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha's Circle of trusted bloggers.

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  1. Thanks so much for having me, Tracie!!! xoxo

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