Large-Scale DIY Painting

It’s been nothing but taping and painting since I last saw you here!  I finally tackled the wood panels that Chris made for our dining room wall with candy-colored paints and a trusty level.  It’s mod, bright, and in-your-face–I love it! www.tphblog.comRemember the circle-shaped canvas?  It arrived and I’m still playing with it…but I moved it into this shot for fun.

www.tphblog.comI love the play of the white chandelier, pillows, and chairs with the room–it’s like reverse silhouette.

www.tphblog.comThe new wallpaper and painting are getting along just fine.

And,  I love the view of it from the kitchen.

Chris did the hard part by making the panels for me out of 1/4″ plywood and trimmed in bullnose 1x2s.  He put a cleat on the back of each panel and the wall out of 1x3s that holds the panels securely.  Next I went to the paint store and picked out the possible palette for the painting.


Once I knew my approximate colors, I color matched the paint cards with craft paint so I could play around with the colors on a small-scale mock up of the actual painting.


I painted the composition on small (but not proportional) canvases to get the general idea of what I wanted to do.


Then I jumped in and started painting, a slow and steady process of tape-paint-dry-repeat.IMG_6534

Those crisp edges are courtesy of the old paint trick of painting the tape your basecoat before painting your topcoat.  In the photo below I taped out the yellow to prepare for my next green layer, but before I added the green I sealed the edges of the tape with the yellow to prevent the green from seeping under the tape to the yellow layer below.  If any seepage occurred, it happened with the yellow onto the After I had my outer layers done, I moved the panels up to the dining room to finish the layers.  I wanted to see it come to life in the space and have the chance to see any changes I wanted to make ahead of time.IMG_6542Now I feel like we have a proper place to eat our quesadillas.

I’m off to the next project now–follow me on Instagram for sneak peeks.  Thank you for stopping by!

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  1. Oh my goodness, you are on a roll! (I may have already said that, but it’s true!) You are providing an endless stream of inspiration and I can’t wait to get started on some projects. Love your fearless, bold and unique style. Keep going!! :)

    • It’s amazing what one can do when one is not homeschooling, ha! Kids are happy in school and mama is happy making stuff. Thank you, Katie!

  2. Perfect in every way. The panels are like the cheeriest, pop-iest candy-colored touches. I love them, and the bold simplicity of the round canvas, in the dining room. You’re amazing, lady!

  3. Jenny says:

    Stunning. Love, love, love it. Your style and aesthetic are the best I’ve seen. This is so good.

  4. Shannon says:

    YES!!!!! I love this so much! Great job!

  5. Alicia says:

    Such a great pop of color in your neutral space. Getting things done is so invigorating!! I love your dining chairs and have been contemplating purchasing the same for about 6 months (design decisions for oneself take time). Can you share where you purchased yours? I have seen quite a few in a gloss finish but would prefer a matte finish myself. Would you recommend them? I have small children and am so tired of fabric at this point!

    • Oh, yes, I LOVE getting things done—such a do-er! For better or worse. :) Thank you!

      Yes! We love the Panton chairs! I would recommend them for ease of cleaning and classic modernism. They do sit a little low so little kids may have to sit on their knees. They are lightweight so we have had a kid or two take a tumble if they were only sitting with one leg/butt cheek (sorry) on the chair. I don’t remember where I ordered them…but they are actual stamped Verner Panton Vitra chairs in a matte finish and not a knock off. I think a lot of the knock offs have support brackets on the back of them to keep in mind for the silhouette.

      • Alicia says:

        Thank you so much for your thoughts on the chairs. We have a farmhouse style table and I think the Panton chairs would make a great addition to it. I have noticed the support brackets on a lot of them and prefer the originals without them. I did a little searching and found the original style at Dwell. Thanks again for your input, now to pull the trigger!

  6. this is amazing. you’re amazing. what vision you have.

  7. It’s just killer! And it makes the other pieces in the space really pop. I love how it all makes everything else even better!

  8. So much fun!!! You never cease to amaze me!

  9. These panels are ahhmazing! That dining room is just out of this world. Nicely done! And I love the wall sculpture just outside as well.

  10. I keep creeping over here and staring at these. Just STARING. trying to decide how to cram my maximalist lifestyle into a more modern, streamlined home.
    This is so clean and perfect and COLORFUL.

  11. OH MY! This may be my favorite piece of yours yet! I’m inviting myself over for quesadillas so I can take it all in in person. 😉

  12. Emily says:

    My goodness. I think I’m in love with your house. Where in town are you? Buckhead? I live up in Buford, aka the land of blah suburbia. My dream house is right along the looks of your beautiful home. I can’t wait to get there someday! You have a wonderful talent!

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