Wall Art for a Glamour Girl

I had grand plans today.  I was going to paint several projects I’d been working on, one of which is a present for my niece’s birthday–which is tomorrow.  Then it rained.  A lot.  For a really long time.  So I tackled a different–one I’d started a few days earlier and never finished.  It involved rhinestones.  Lots and lots of rhinestones.

Tater Tot’s room is bright pink and zebra.  It’s crazy loud, but it fits her personality.  She also has a love of all things Audrey Hepburn.  I don’t know why, but she just loves her.  So when we came across a large Audrey Hepburn print in Ross one day, we snatched it up.  I haven’t hung it up yet (shocker, I know), but I wanted to do a gallery wall or something with it.  I found a couple of quotes by Audrey Hepburn on Pinterest, and inspiration struck!  I knew they would be perfect wall hangings for the room.

So I took some leftover MDF from the garage and cut it into two 8″x10″ squares.  Then I gave each one a coat of spray primer and a coat of semi-gloss white spray paint.

While the boards were drying, I used my Cricut to cut out the quotes in vinyl.  I laid everything out on the boards and marked where I wanted everything to go.  Once you apply the vinyl, you may want to put a hanger on the back.

I just picked up a few sawtooth hangers at Home Depot and attached them to the back.  Then I started searching for something to frame them with.

On one of my many trips to Lowe’s, I picked up some stop molding.  I used one 7′ board to frame both pieces.  I simply measured and mitered the ends with my miter saw.

Then I sprayed the trim pieces with some black spray paint I had laying around.  I believe the finish on this one was satin.  You can’t even tell that I used two different sheens.  After the pieces were dry, I used some wood glue and my nail gun to attach the frame to the pictures.

It was at about this point that I realized I should have paid better attention in high school geometry.  (sigh)  I just used some wood putty to fill my nail holes and less than perfect mitered corners…

…and a foam brush and some black spray paint sprayed into a paper plate to cover my putty.  You can’t even tell where my nail holes are.  It worked like a charm, but it still needed some glamour.

I picked these little cuties up at Hobby Lobby for 40% off.  Each quote took one package.  I think that some people have fancy Silhouettes that do rhinestones for you or something.  I don’t have one.  :-(  My Cricut is way old school.  So I just cut apart the strips and applied them by hand.  A pair of small scissors and some tweezers come in really handy here.

It was actually kind of therapeutic.  I grabbed my tweezers and rhinestones and watched a couple of episodes of Downton Abbey while I worked.  I messed up a few times, and it was really hard to get those suckers off.  The adhesive works really well.  I didn’t even need to apply a clear coat or anything.

They are the perfect inspirational pieces of art for my little glamour girl.  Now let’s see how long it takes me to hang these babies up!  ;-)