Chic on the Cheap: Silhouette Art Step by Step

Monday, July 27, 2009

Generally, I tend to think about a project for a little while before actually doing anything about it. Not so this weekend.

On Friday I found this post at Imperfectly Beautiful and the photo hit me as a great weekend project. I already had our silhouettes so I just had to do the manual labor. The tutorial on Country Living was for smallish corkboard heads. A good idea but I wanted something larger and I wasn't too crazy about the texture of cork.

Off I went to Home Depot to buy a piece of hardboard for $5. I printed our profiles on multiple sheets of paper, taped together and cut out a template.

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Using spray adhesive to stick, on it went.
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I followed the edges of the paper template with a sharpie to make the cut marks.
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Peeled off the template to reveal the shape.
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My plan was to cut that with a heavy duty razor. For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you might have seen a late night frantic question about alternate ways to cut hardboard. I'm sure you have already guessed that the razor didn't work at all. So I had no choice but to borrow my brother's jigsaw. Nervous about losing some important digits (how would I type out blog posts without them??), I forged ahead.

Here is where I would include a snazzy photo of me cooly outfitted in a workman's jumpsuit cutting smoothly in a beautifully organized workroom. Alas, I was in my kitchen, wood braced between two stools, standing a pile of sawdust in my pajamas while sweating profusely as I tried to hold the board with one hand and cut with the other. Not pretty! What should have amounted to certain disfigurement ended up like this
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I added some letters and sanded them all down to smooth out the rough spots.
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The only spray paint I had handy was semi gloss black so they got a few coats in that.
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Not crazy about the finish on them I considered holding off on hanging them until I could recoat in a flat black with a small roller. But then I realized if I wait, these will probably just be sitting in the box room forever like the rest of the things I always mean to hang but never get the chance. So instead I decided these were good enough. Up over our bed they went.
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I'm so happy with how it turned out. The big boldness of it really stands up with the large damask print. I think it gives the room a little whimsy too which is fun in a personal space like the bedroom.
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And when I get bored of them, its only a few small nails holding it all in place so it won't be too bad to bring down.

Considering the price of $5 (excluding the supplies I already had laying around the house like the paint, paper, sharpie, etc.) I'm really happy with how it all turned out.

But more importantly, now that I have myself schooled in the art of the jigsaw, I know I'm going to be using it again.

49 comments:

  1. Ok, you have all 10 blogging fingers left, so now I feel like I can jigsaw too. I just said that like it was a new dance craze or something. :-P Great job!

    I would totally make some of these of our dog! You just gave me an idea.

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  2. You did it!!!! I told you you could jigsaw!

    I love them. Very cool.

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  3. I LOVE it! Awesome job!

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  4. Cute!!! And I'm so glad you still have all your fingers!

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  5. Wow. I love it!

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  6. Lady, you must have been reading my mind. I was just thinking about how I could obtain me some sillouets without breaking the bank. This is a great idea. Just wondering, where did you get your comforter? I simply love it and think I need it.

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  7. thanks ib73 - comforter is from walmart!

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  8. YOU. ARE. AMAZING. PERIOD. :)

    RUTH

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  9. Those turned out great. I agree that they add a little whimsy to the bedroom. Thanks for sharing your project. Glad you kept all your digits!

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  10. AH PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it!!!!! Great project and happy to read you still have all fingers!

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  11. Your pictures look better than the ones from the magazine! :)

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  12. Thanks for the vote .
    Love the new project , I guess those of us with double chins should steer clear from this project , he he ! could you imagine , yuck!

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  13. Cute project - I love that both the silhouette and the damask are regal, but the glossy black keeps it modern.

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  14. holy cow, I LOVE this - they are so cute!!

    You and the hubby look great hanging above the bed- what a fun project :)

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  15. I can't believe you were able to get everything so rounded using a jigsaw, great job! They look fantastic in your beautiful room!

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  16. That is SO fun, I love it! What a great project, I'll be linking.

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  17. Amazing. Great Idea. Looks so wonderful above your beautiful bed.

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  18. DIY projects are great, this one is so neat! I like this idea, I bet anyone who sees this in person will think it's such a cute & original piece of art. :)


    Jen Ramos
    'Cards & Prints You'll Love...'
    www.madebygirl.com
    madebygirl.blogspot.com

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  19. You do such a good job of blending classic and modern. So cute!

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  20. Ahhhhhhh!!!! I absolutely LOVE your version of this...they are fabulous. I think the large scale makes a real statement above the bed. Which ,by the way...gorgeous bed! Now I'm thinking I want to do this instead of the cork boards. Thanks for the inspiration...(and for the link...so thoughtful)!

    ~Amanda

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  21. I love it. Now I kinda want to do that to the ones I have over my bed ;) Thanks for the idea. Although, I'm definitely not as crafty as you are!

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  22. I love this! So glad you didn't lose any fingers! :)

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  23. This is so cute..and I personally love that you admit you do this stuff in your kitchen -- in your jammies! Me too. Love it!!!

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  24. I love it! It looks amazing. I love the black against the blue walls. And every room needs a bit of whimsy.

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  25. Great project!

    I can't help but study your bay window and how you hung your curtain rod. I too have a similar bay window that it is a big decorating dilema and I love what you've done. Is that rod one continuous piece that has been bent or shaped to fit the bay window? Great curtains also...custom?

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  26. looking all jiggy!
    good thing that your mate's letter is not M otherwise it would read S + M! :) You are magnificent!

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  27. Way to go! Use that jigsaw mighty woman! I LOVE POWERTOOLS!!! Looks great! I also think they would be great in an entryway!

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  28. I love it. It's so creative!

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  29. great job! love this project.

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  30. You clever girl ! I love how the images are a throwback, but modern, all at the same time. Classic, but whimsical too.

    Nice job with the jigsaw.... I know what you mean about the digits... I just used my hub's electric miter saw for the first time today, and I still have my fingers. Pop the champagne !

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  31. Great job! So have you decided what to do with the unfinished nightstand? I am thinking that painting it to match the other would be great. But I'm sure whatever you do will be great! I so wish my place looked like yours! Hugs from Conroe, TX!

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  32. hi nancy - I am going to paint the nightstand. I just haven't gotten around to it. Painting things is so NOT fun so I postpone forever :)

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  33. Wow! fabulous job...Your project turned out awesome!

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  34. How crafty and creative of you! Good job.

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  35. wow those turned out amazing!

    <3 Lindsay

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  36. You did it again, Mrs. Limestone! This is so stunning.

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  37. very cute. I also love you're bedroom, the bay windows look great and your tufted headboard.. very lush

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  38. Lovely!! I love how they turned out. Thanks so much for your comment today. You are so right. ;)

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  39. Thank God you have those digits! I don't know what we'd do without your blog... The project is brilliant and really does stand up against that dramatic damask. Beautiful!

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  40. Your silhouettes look perfect over your bed for all the reasons you stated. What a great bedroom and what a headboard!!!

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  41. I can't wait to share this with my sister in law. This is just her style!

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  42. So fantastic! Love this idea:)

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  43. ok...this is just too cute

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  44. Ada @ New York5:54 PM

    Turned out great .. and glad u managed to keep your fingers! Yeah!!!

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  45. Karyn Lloyd10:07 PM

    I love the silhouettes! I'll just have to convince my husband that he likes them too :)
    Where'd you get your headboard? It's beautiful! I need it or I will explode!

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  46. MrsLimestone2:08 PM

    The headboard is from Candace Olson furniture line. I bought a display model from a wholesaler so I can't recommend a particular store but its nicely made.

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  47. katherine leonard3:11 PM

    I LOVE IT!!! great idea for a couples bedroom!

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