Saturday, February 27, 2010

Mod Podge Mania...the neverending project is complete!

Welcome Mod Podge Maniacs! So glad you are here, I'm excited for the party!!! Mostly I'm excited because the project I started MONTHS ago is finally complete. Now I haven't been working on it for months, it has been sitting waiting for me to get back to it since I started it months ago, and ran into some problems.

But first things first...let's review the rules. You may link up any post new or old that shows us something fabulous to do with Mod Podge. It doesn't even have to be a project you did yourself...it can be something you ran across that you just think is really cool and want to share! Just make sure to give credit where credit is due.

Please remember to link back to me in your post. Also, please take the time to visit as many other party guests as you can...the idea is to share and receive great new ideas for Mod Podge!

NOW...down to business! I first saw this idea over at Sarah's. She snagged it from Ballard Designs, I snagged it from her. Sarah is not a fan of the Mod Podge, however I'm not a fan of the spray adhesive...so we both did it our own way! Here's the lowdown on how I did it:

1. Start out with 1/2 inch medium density fiber board (MDF), cut into 12"x12" squares. Home Depot will cut it for you...Lowe's won't. Just a little FYI. I used 9 squares.


2. Spray paint the edges of your MDF board. I used Rustoleum Espresso Brown.


3. Select a variety of scrapbook papers and adhere to your squares with Mod Podge. I have generally been able to be relatively wrinkle free with my projects, but this large surface proved to be a challenge...the first few squares I did months ago looked terrible! But I snooped around and snagged some tips from other bloggers, and I had much better luck this time! Put MP on the back of the paper and on your hard surface, then use a straight edge (like an old credit card - thanks for the tip Jen) to smooth out all the bubbles. Let dry before adding MP over the top of the paper.


4. Place your boards out to dry on every available surface in your work area, causing your kids to complain that there is nowhere to sit or eat.



5. Once dry, flip your boards over and use an X-acto knife to trim any paper edges that are overlapping.



6. Beg your close family friend James to come hang them for you. I grew up with James, and his wife Kimberlee, who also happens to be my cousin and one of my very best friends (she knows all my secrets). Now sure, Hubby and I could have managed this...but James has like this supernatural ability to quickly do anything architectural with skill and perfection...he's like this architectural freak or something. So for the sake of my sanity, and my marriage...I chose him!

7. Snap cute picture of James and Kimberlee's baby while you're waiting for James and hubby to quit goofing around and get the things hung.
I'm not sure how this step helped accomplish the goal but...whatever.

I. am. so. in. love. with. it. What do ya think?


The best part? I got to hang out and catch up with Kimberlee while our husbands played handymen!

Now I cannot WAIT to see what you all have to share...so what are you waiting for? Start linking!!!


25 comments:

Paula said...

Great project! Your grouping really adds a pop of color to your wall.

I haven't done any mod podge projects lately, but I'm going to link up an old one. I hope that is ok!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Yay!!!! Xazmin, it looks fantastic. :) Love the papers you chose. Is it in your living room, bedroom, family room??

The only mod podge project I've attempted went horribly wrong. Not sure what I did...I think it's the measuring/cutting part that messes me up.

Two thumbs up!

FrouFrouBritches said...

Love it! That turned out soooo cute! I love the papers.

Of course you could've done the hanging, as I could, but I ALWAYS wait for my SIL to come up from Houston to help me hang stuff. She's so good at it!

Measuring the bicep is helpful in every situation. Cute baby too!

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

Ha! I love it!! Love the paper you used! That is so funny, cause our Lowe's cuts as many as I want, Home Depot won't!

Tanielle said...

I love it!!! Now make me one and find a place on one of my walls!!! Turned out awesome!!!

April @ Adventures and Gadgets said...

LoVe it!

Mod Podge Amy said...

Love it Xazmin!! So awesome -

Myya said...

LOVe it! All the different patterns are awesome. Hilarious how you got sidetraked many a time... of course a baby can make ya do that! These are the times I wish I was crafty... or rich... yeah rich, then I could just pay someone to do it for me! :)

Jenny said...

That turned out great!

MiMi said...

Yours looks AWESOME!!! Very good job. :)

Vivienne said...

Fabulous! I love the "extra steps" photos that you put in for us too.
:)
I don't have any Mod Podge projects going at the moment.... Next party!

Symply Me said...

You obviously have had more experience with Mod Podge than me! Turned out AWESOME! May make me go back and try mine again, since I know now that it CAN be done sans bubbles!
Good job!

Sara said...

Great project! I need something for my girls bedroom wall. This will be inexpensive but will have a big impact in their room. Thanks for the idea!

Emmy said...

That is so so cute!!! And it looks like he hung it up all spaced so nicely, I am impressed.

kado! said...

that turned out great!!

Small House said...

Very NICE! Love it!

Heather @ Sugar N Spice Mostly Nice said...

LOVE IT!!! They look fantastic!

STILLMAGNOLIA said...

AWESOME Project! I adore this....and would have probably never thought about this....you should make some more...and give a tile or two away as a giveaway.....:-)

Mama Michie (aka Michaela) said...

What a great project and it looks easy enough for me to do!! I'm in desperate need of some wall deco and I love the way this turned out!

Rhonda said...

Wow that looks awesome! Love it!! I love the paper you used. I thought I was too late to the party, but maybe not!

Grammy Kim said...

I'm glad you have a handy man and a good friend who can help you. That's a cool project!

Valerie said...

Turned out fabulous! I've seen a few version of the "tile" squares and want to do some for my bedroom. Thanks for showing how you did it!

kermiefrg said...

Very pretty! I love the mix of patterns!

jenjen said...

You are awesome Xazmin! I love that project!!!

XOXO
Jen

RootsAndWingsCo said...

Love this! Who doesn't have either beautiful fabric that they love, or beautiful scrapbook paper that they love. This is the perfect project for those of us who hoard/have both or either of the above! Thanks!
Rebecca of the R&W Gals