Making An Entry

Upon entering my home, there’s a blank wall needing some attention. If you’ve been rolling with me in my stories over on Instagram, then you know the wall. Yep, uh huh, that one.

Listen, I want this wall to be that curiosity piece. You know? The one where people see it then wonder what other hidden DI-trY gems does this home possess?


Here enters…

Lé Slat Wall

For the longest, this wall has been bare. Like seriously… No color; no art, no nothing! Oh but baby, that’s about to change with yet another wall upgrade! If you didn’t catch the first upgrade, check out these posts on adding wall moulding and an Artsy Fartsy DIY art project using hot glue! You’ll love ‘em! For today’s DI•trY, you will need the following:


Of course, there’s always some Pinterest inspo to help get the design juices flowing. I usually try to go with no more than five ideas; or else I risk having analysis paralysis and won’t start! You ever get like this with too many options? I know I do.

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Before the fun…

Before the fun begins, I had to take care of the not so fun parts, at least to me they aren’t. I painted the wall Midnight Blue by Behr paint, followed by sanding my slats.

On my Instagram stories, I shared my fear of adding color in my home, but I’m gradually getting over it. If you’d like to try this project, you can shop materials here.

FYI… I brought my slats inside to get acclimated to the atmosphere of the house versus having them in the cold garage. Wood contracts, so I wanted the slats to do what they do in the environment of the installation, prior to staining.


Stain On…

Before taking on this DI•trY project, I honestly did NOT think staining slats would dang near take me out! In between life happening (per usual), there was plenty of staining. Hear me when I say PLENTY of staining (this is where I begged myself to abandon this project)!

Needless to say, I didn’t flake out on the slat wall. Shucks, I purchased all these slats already and the price of wood today is not ya friend! Needless to say, I’m not wasting any money simply because I had a case of the ‘don’t wannas’!

The idea…

Execution…

Of course once the staining was done, there’s the cutting. I cut my slats based on the above idea drawing (obviously not drawn to scale).

  • Started with 3 vertical slats, affixed using my 1/4 inch multi-screws.

  • Used my 1×6 as the leading board (header) and wanted to use same size as the ending board (footer)

  • Atop the slats and following the header board, I used my nail gun to attach my cut horizontal slats (again, based on my above “Idea” drawing).

  • Using a scrap piece of wood, I was able to create equal spacing between the slats. This helps eliminate mis-measuring and BONUS: the spacer can also serve as a small shelf. (Note: I’m not placing anything super heavy on this tiny shelf. I’ve opted for small decor, to include a small vase with a plant cutting)


Reveal…

I’m not one for prolonging the reveal so here’s the 95% finish of the slat/plant wall.


Why 95%

Why 95% you ask? Well, turns out the bottom portion of the wall isn’t straight so the bottom boarder slat can’t simply lay flat and get nail gunned like the top boarder. This places a slight burnt crisp on my cookies – meaning I’ll need to figure something out.


HOWEVER(comma), it’s going to have to go on the backlog because I’m totally over all the staining and the One Room Challenge is headed my way! So let’s end on a good note.

Possible changes…

also known as The Backlog

I’m thinking I would like to bring the Midnight Blue Behr paint slightly higher up the wall. Perhaps, I’ll also move the slat wall over to the right, and cut the bottom portion up above the electrical outlet.

But again… that’s all BackLog and we’ve got more plans for this space during the One Room Challenge!


Till we meet again… Keep it Genuine!

Ya girl, Kim!

Artsy Fartsy

I’m finding myself leaning more into a side of myself I once thought was so NOT me! Wanna know what it is???

Crafts!

Yes! It’s arts and crafts. Back in the day, my mom was the leader of arts and crafts for VBS (Vacation Bible School); and when I tell you I STRONGLY DISLIKED HER ROLE‼️ We (her children) were her guinea pigs who had to do ALL the crafts before she chose which one would be done at VBS. Looking back on those moments, and now recognizing how blessed I was, I could slap myself for being such a turd about crafting with my mom!

Can you tell I really enjoyed Schitt’s Creek?! Anywhoo…Nowadays, I find myself dissecting with my eyes, many things I see in the store to determine if I should buy it or DI•trY it!?!?

In the case of this particular project, I did not need to look any further for many of my supplies after coming across Tresha JA Design YouTube post involving much of what I already had on hand.

You will need…

This project does not require major tools. As previously mentioned, most items you may already have at your fingertips. However, if you don’t have these supplies, you can find most, if not all, of them at your local grocery superstore. This way you get your groceries (or as we say in New Orleans “make groceries”) and pick up craft supplies.

  • parchment paper

  • Picture frame

  • glue gun

  • pencil

  • glue sticks

  • paint brush or paint sponge

  • acrylic or interior paint color of your choosing

  • spray paint color of your choosing



If you recall in my Picture Framed post, I did a wall moulding installation and I wanted to add an art piece in the larger, middle box. I felt this would be the perfect opportunity to showcase my long lost VBS crafting skills! Thanks mom! Lol.



Back to it…

Using the parchment paper, I drew lines around a shaky hand drawn circle. Listen, I am in no way a drawer, so do not feel like your lines need to be perfect (or the circle either)! You mainly want an idea of a pattern to follow.


After drawing my lines, I took my hot glue gun and followed the pattern. This design was repeated about 4 good individual times … the other times, let’s just say it got real abstract and will be repurposed elsewhere. Smh.

While the hot glue design was setting up, which doesn’t take long, I painted the back board insert of my IKEA frame. Shop any store selling picture frames for yours or even better…pick a frame up from your local thrift store! I’m sure it will bring down the project’s cost! Yaaayy for saving money!


Now, using my Rustoleum spray paint, picked up during a grocery run, I spray painted my individual hot glue pieces. I let those babies dry while I went off to pick up The Girl (aka my daughter) from school.

Once everything was dry, I positioned my first layer of glue art on the painted back board insert. I then hot glued the piece onto the board. Thereafter, I repeated this step but affixed/ hot glued each layer atop the previous layer. I did this approximately three times to give the piece some depth. NOTE: I really just “loosely” followed the instructions in @treshaja YouTube video; but words like depth is what makes it sound artsy fartsy.



The results…

Here’s the final result after somewhat fighting with the closures on the back of my picture frame. I really like how this art piece turned out; to say its cost was no more than $20 (to include the purchased frame and spray paint.) All other items were already in my craft supplies.




The wall needs a few coats of paint, but in my IG Stories you know what experience I am having with differentiating the paint colors.

Try it…

Let me know in the comments what you think and if you’d try this quick and fairly simple art addition.

Now, off to paint a wall and get started on another project. Stay tuned in my stories and Insta squares on Instagram!

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Until we meet again… Keep it genuine!

Ya girl, Kim!