I got this wall hanging at a garage sale for $5.00! It was cute just like this, but not quite what I wanted for my space.I've been adding some blue into my main bathroom and decided to give this piece a little bit of color.
Hmmm.... what can I do with this that won't cost any money?
I really wanted to find paint that was the color of Meditative from Sherwin Williams. In my stash of paint samples that I use for my paint consultations, I had some full sheet samples of that color. I decided to use Mod Podge and "glue" it on instead of trying to match paint to the achieve my desired color.
Now I needed to decide what to put on for the image. I discovered The Graphics Fairy, an amazing site where you can print off any image you'd like for FREE! They have great vintage art and fun images for almost any project imaginable. I'll be using this site again for sure! Since I was making this wall hanging work for my bathroom, I found some adorable vintage perfume labels. I printed them and cut them out.
This was my first attempt at Mod Podge.
One trick that I learned (the hard way) is that after you paint it on the surface that you're applying it to, you should stick the paper on, smooth it out, and wait until it dries a bit before applying more to the top.
This is different than the directions suggest, but I found that it tends to curl up on the edges if you do it that way.
After applying the colored paper with Mod Podge, I placed the vintage images on top and repeated the steps.
After it was all dry, I decided to antique them a bit by brushing on my antiquing glaze and softly wiping it off until it looked right to me. It's difficult to see in this picture but before I applied the glaze it looked too "clean" to me without out it.
I'm still working on my bathroom by adding bits of blue here and there. I've got a few more projects to finish up before I'll be satisfied with how it looks. I try to never say that I'm finished. My family reminds me regularly that by the time I'm finished with something, I'm ready to start over!