DIY: Hand-painted Wall Pallet Art

We’re doing something a little different this post – a guest post!

13055297_10209548199326906_6413409663848052651_n.jpgMy sister and her fiance are moving so that he can attend dental school. [excuse me while I go cry] She’s been busy buying and crafting away to fill their new apartment. We come from a family of crafty ladies.

She recently made this amazing hand-painted, antler silhouette, wall pallet art to hang above their bed. Check out how she did it below!

Take it away, Kaitlyn!


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When decorating, you typically have an idea in your head of what you want the space to look like. It’s frustrating when you can’t find the perfect piece of art or furniture to make that vision a reality. In this case, I decided to take matters into my own hands and make it myself! Here’s how you can too – and you can customize it with any silhouette of your choosing – you could do your initials, last name, child’s silhouette – the options are endless!

The piece I was pulling inspiration from was about $300 at Pier One, this one cost us about $75 total.

  1. Map out about how big you want your finished art to be so that you know how many boards to buy. I ended up purchasing 4 of these boards from Michael’s that have 5 planks each. They come in all different sizes.
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  2. To save money – gather up any extra or left over paints / stains you have lying around and use those. Or determine your color palate and go buy paints / stains.
  3. Using those colors map out your design so that you don’t end up with the same colors next to each other, etc. I also included the painting technique I wanted to use and how big each section would be.
  4. Choose a color to start with and paint all the sections of that color at one time. It’s easiest if you tape off the boards and sections you’re painting with painters tape to keep the lines crisp and clean. Use different brushes, sponges and painting techniques to give the art character and texture! Also, purchase some fun stain colors to stain your boards a darker color to give the illusion of different types of wood. We also taped the boards off into two sections at all different levels to give the appearance that some boards were split into 2. This really gives it the pallet / hardwood feel.

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  5. Arrange your sections into the order to create your desired pattern. Attach the brackets to the back to connect them all together creating one piece. Using a 4 hole bracket and 4 screws, place 2 screws in each board section to connect the two. Continue until all are connected.

     

  6. Measure the boards to determine what size stencil you need. Find a picture of the silhouette you are wanting and download it onto a flash drive. Bring it to Office Max and tell them what size you need the image. They will be able to print the large image for you, that will become your stencil. Ours cost only $7.00.
  7. Cut the inside [black portion] out to reveal your homemade stencil. Place this on your board and paint the inside to reveal your silhouette. Do this step very carefully and use little paint so that your paint doesn’t bleed under your stencil.
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    You now have your completed artwork that you can proudly display because it’s one of a kind and you did it yourself.

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Peloton Update

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So we’ve officially had our spin bike and the Peloton app for a little over a month now. I’ve been asked about it a lot lately and figured I’d do a quick update! I can’t sing its praises enough. We didn’t drop the large amount of dough on the “real” Peloton bike because frankly, I wasn’t sure how much we’d like it or use it. We started small with the intention that if we fell in love and used it often – potentially down the road we would upgrade.

About Peloton

Peloton offers tons of on demand classes as well as live spin classes from 6am-8:30pm. They range anywhere from beginner to more advanced. There are various time lengths available as well as types of classes and lots of instructors to choose from. A little something for everyone. I will typically do a 45 min rhythm or live DJ class. Cody Rigsby is my favorite – he’s my spirit animal.

Our Journey So Far

We started out strong – Leep and I both riding once a day. Alternating between live classes and on demand depending on the time of day all while juggling Gunnar. Then I twisted my ankle and right as that was healing… I came down with pneumonia. Right as I was getting comfortable and the soreness [in areas] was wearing off – had to take 10 steps back.

It’s safe to say its been a slow start. I finally jumped back on the bike yesterday evening and remembered how much I loved it. We have our bike set up in the garage with a small TV that we connect to the iPad. With the volume cranked loud and the dim lights of the garage you can really dig deep, jam out and get a good workout in!

Pictured above – follow me on Snapchat [mhuett] for a “day in the life” look of: tons of filter photos, randomness and Gunnar cuteness.

This is a marathon, not a sprint. My body after baby isn’t going to just bounce back – after all, it did take 9 months to put on, I created a human, it’s not going to just fall right off. Also – my main priority is focusing on time with my family and staying healthy, not a number on the scale!

Tell me about your journey to health and fitness after a baby below!

Body After Baby

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As I watched my belly grow and my body change during pregnancy I always preached “As soon as I get my “All good!” clearance at six weeks postpartum I’m going to start working out”. Man, was I delusional. Between breastfeeding, Thanksgiving, sleeplessness, Christmas and a colicky baby it was hard enough to remember or even find time to eat, let alone worry about it being healthy. That said, I’m glad I’ve taken this time without the stresses of calories and workouts to enjoy motherhood, bond with Gunnar and fall into our new routine.

Background: I’ve never been a super fit person, but I have always tried to stay [semi]healthy. Six years ago I hit a roadblock in my fitness journey when I had back surgery. Between that and other health issues my weight has fluctuated significantly (for the worse) over the past few years. When I met Leep 4 years ago I got back into running and working out again. We have a love of good food and strong drinks, so this helped maintain the balance. We did fun runs, a half marathon and a Tough Mudder. Followed by an engagement and intense ‘sweating for the wedding’. A few pounds were packed back on during our indulgent honeymoon and just when we were ready to get back on the health wagon, we got the surprise of a positive pregnancy test. (Who am I kidding – 5 positive pregnancy tests) All thoughts of eating healthy and working out flew out the window as I embraced the ‘enjoy your pregnancy’ mentality head on.

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Thirty pounds gained during pregnancy and a baby later, I was pleasantly surprised to be back down to my pre-pregnancy weight within 2 weeks. But I wasn’t happy with where I started to being with. Now 3.5 months into motherhood this foreign post pregnancy body has got to go! I’m ready to kick it into high gear and get that “bikini body” back.

Enter… the spin bike. I invested in my health and bought a spin bike and a subscription to the Peloton app. The goal isn’t a mystical lower number on the scale, or a specific jean size – it’s a healthier, stronger me.

This week was supposed to be the beginning of this journey…. unfortunately, my bike is lost in the FedEx shipping truck world, BUT when it arrives it will be Day 1. Tag along on my journey of body after baby – here goes nothing! Until then, pizza! (Just kidding…kinda)