gallamore west: My free Bon Appetit Burlap Art {and free curtains too!}

Thursday, August 18, 2011

My free Bon Appetit Burlap Art {and free curtains too!}

Ever since watching the movie Julie & Julia a couple of years ago, 
I've had this thing for the saying:
Bon Appetit

Whether it's a fancy dinner {oh wait, that doesn't really ever happen here}.  So whether it's a real dinner with the table set for our family of five, or a quick quesadilla on a paper plate, I love saying

Bon Appepit!

as we sit down to eat.  I say it in my best Julia Child's voice {reeeeeally high and chirpy} of course.  The boys giggle like crazy, and I love it.

So I knew when we moved here that I had to have that saying in our dining room.  With a budget of pretty close to ZERO dollars for decorating, I'm thrilled with how well I've been able to "shop the house" and repurpose things I already have on hand.  

I've had my eye on this for a re-do for a while... 

It was originally a Christmas gift from my sweet little sister, Kari, years ago.  And it was adorable and well-loved.  But after years in the boys room, when we moved here it looked like this.  Pictures falling and tacks missing...

Time for a makeover... yes!!

So I pulled off the fabric, ribbon, and tacks and saw that my sister is a GENIUS because she made that photo board with a piece of drywall!

I put a big beautiful piece burlap on top of the drywall {because it's what I use for just about everything these days.  Poor hubs just might find his bathroom towel replaced with burlap at any moment... ha!}

I cut the burlap just about an inch and a half or so too big all the way around the drywall, ironed it to get the wrinkles out...

and attached the burlap to the drywall with spray adhesive from Michael's {it's my new bff}.

Then I used Pinky, my little glue gun, to glue down the burlap on the backside.

And then it looked like this...





  This metal fork and spoon were great at our old house, but didn't have a home here so  I tied a little yellow ribbon on them and hung them on the board with some of the tacks from the original photo board.

Then I used my new Silhouette 
{hello, I loooooove you Silhouette!}
to cut these freezer paper stencils.


And I painted them black.

The fork and spoon were a bit scratched, 
so I pulled out my new friend...

and gave them a quick, shiny "Black Coffee" makeover.  


I also roughed up the edges of the burlap by rubbing some of it on the edges.

I am LOVING the final product!  And especially loving the price tag... {freeeee!}  I had every single element of this project on hand... 


recycled 
reused 
repurposed
= love.

See those white curtains below?  Those were free too!  
Left by the people who lived here before 
{but hung really high and not my style}  

I washed them, had the hubs rehang the curtain rods straight, cut off the metal grommets, re-sewed them to length, and tied them back with scraps of burlap.  And now I love them... plus we have three rooms that go across the front of the house so there are three sets of them.  


All for free!   


I'm loving our dining room wall art and our three sets of {free} curtains.  I'm a reformed Pottery Barn/Z Gallerie shopper and I've learned that it's MUCH more rewarding to make it yourself {for next to nothing, or even totally free!} than to fork out a bunch of money for something mass produced.  


It may be taking A LOT a bit longer than I wanted it to take to show you what I've been up to around here, but it's all worth it in my mind because it's more meaningful and done on a tight budget.  


I have so many projects going on here... I can't wait to finish them up and show them to you.  Ohhh, and there is exciting stuff going on at Gallamore West on Facebook too!!  When it hits 300 fans {getting sooo close} I've partnered up with an adorable Etsy shop owner for one of my Facebook fans to have the chance to win one of these!!  


I have one hanging in my dining room and I LOVE it!  So, if you don't already "like" Gallamore West on Facebook, I would love it if you did.  And if you do already, I would love it if you would send your friends.  I'm super excited for this giveaway! :)


  I'm linking up my Bon Appetit Burlap Wall Art to 
Todays Creative Blog 
and some of my favorite link parties!





21 comments:

Larissa Muir said...

Looks GREAT!!! I am currently reupholstering our chairs and painting our table which has now the 6th time but I love it as it gives me the chance to change it with my mood and much more rewarding knowing "I did That!!"

Jennifer said...

So great! And even greater it was all free!!

Kelsey @ Tattered and Inked said...

Looks fantastic! Love the burlap art :) Burlap is amazing anywhere! And awesome free curtians!! Can't wait for your giveaway!!

Ellouise88 said...

Wow, how fantastic is that! You are so clever.

Rachel said...

Love, love, love it! Thanks for the inspiration.

francine said...

I have checked out Pinterest and love it, but I can't find directions, nor do I know how to pin things on boards, etc. wish you'd give us all a lesson, or tell us where to find directions! Thanks! Francine

Fashion Meets Food said...

What a cute idea! My friend has her kitchen that is kind of themed like this. Definitely going to have to make one of these for her. Love your blog and I am your newest follower.

xo

BRITTANY said...

That turned out great!! Thanks for sharing! Hopped over from TCB.

Natalie said...

Love it!! Your sister used drywall?! That's awesome! I didn't know you got a Silhouette! Sooo stinking jealous! Now you're going to be cranking out these awesome projects!

Anna@Directions Not Included said...

Looks great! I'm your newest follower coming over from A Turtle's Life for Me.

Breakfast With the Bennetts said...

Burlap is my newest favorite thing! I just found some in my grandmother's stash that I inherited a few years back that is orange! Perfect for fall! Thanks for the great idea!

Coley said...

THis is soo cute! I love the texture of the burlap as the background :)

Coley @
www.whatyoumakeit-coley.blogspot.com

Ke'Shonda said...

What a cute idea! You're speaking my kind of language...I love FREE lol. Great blog! :)

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