After finishing my daughter’s beautiful upholstered headboard (if you haven’t seen it yet, you can see it here), the wall around it seemed extremely empty. There are two windows on that same wall, one the right and one on the left of the bed but they’re high up and there was plenty of space underneath them for some art. When I was taking the pictures a week ago, I realized that I loved the color combination of the dark grey headboard fabric with the light pink of the camellia that was in the vase on the nightstand. So, I decided to extend that same color scheme on the wall art.
I had kept a photocopy of a Martha Stewart Living article (September 2013 issue) on bird feeders. I liked the shape of the birds and thought that, maybe, I could get something out of them in the future. And I was right!
I enlarged four of them (that’s how many I needed). I cut them out…
…and traced their outline on the back of white carton paper. I chose some paper with ridges for additional texture. I thought it would look a little more interesting. But it was pink I was going for, so I used some satin pink craft paint to give the birds the color I wanted.
I centered and glued each of them separately on some charcoal carton. And finally, I used an 18K Gold Leafing Pen to draw the birds’ legs, eyes and food. That’s about as far as my artistic talent goes!
I also dug up two 2-pack metallic frames that were on clearance some time ago at Joann’s…
… and spray painted them gold. But they weren’t shiny enough so I added a coat of gold metallic craft paint with a foam brush. Lots of gold going on!!
Ready to take their places above the bed.
Or maybe on the side. Actually, I placed three of them on the left of the bed and one on the right. I thought it made more sense since as you enter the room you see only the left part of the wall. Plus there is a lampshade on the nightstand on the right, and it would completely hide a second frame.
With a branch from a Purple Leaf Plum tree, blooming this February in the backyard, this is an absolute chinoiserie look!
I hope you like them as much as I do and maybe go for a similar look in a bedroom or maybe a hallway!
p.s. I got the latest issue of House Beautiful in the mail today. Look at the color palette of the Benjamin Moore ad: Satin black, antique pearl pink, snow white and moonlight gold. It’s nice to know that I’m not the only fan of these colors!