Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Dining Room Updates

For the past month or so, I've been working on some DIYs for our dining room.
The first project was painting and mounting this paper roll holder.
I've had it for years, but wasn't sure where to hang it once we moved.

George & Willy
I love having a way to make large format drawings with my kids (or at least the one kid who doesn't have a YouTube channel or Twitter...)

I also wanted a way to be able to leave notes or write encouraging messages without the mess of a chalkboard.

Newspaper printing facilities will often give away their end rolls for free. Since our local newspaper didn't (at least at the time), I enlisted the help of my dad who then also built the box to hold it. I used black spray paint to give it an updated look.
You can also use the Mala drawing paper from IKEA if your newspaper doesn't give away end rolls.
George & Willy, creator of the inspiration image, is the New Zealand-based company that makes these holders. By coincidence, they're offering free international shipping through the end of today (June 30).
The other project I worked on was creating this large format brush stroke art. I bought a 30" by 40" canvas from Amazon, then simply dipped a paint brush in some black paint and swirled it around on the canvas. The good news is that if I don't like it or get tired of it, I could always re-paint the canvas white and start over. :)
This post from the Museum of Modern Art was the inspiration for the art; I wasn't trying to copy it exactly, just get a similar feel.

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