Stenciled Photo Backdrop, New Profile Pictures, And BIG BIG News!!!!

First of all I think that is my longest post title ever! But there is a lot of stuff squished into this post and they all go together in a round about way.

Let’s start one of the big announcements right off the bat, shall we?

I am gearing up for a big, huge site re-design!!!! And I am semi-rebranding. Don’t worry, the phrase “Not Just A Housewife” will still be here. I just may be adding to it. The site will get a new look and things make move around a bit. But I do LOVE my current header. So I decided to make a real life header and get my profile pictures taken in front of it. That way there will always be a piece of my old look right there at the top to greet you. And you won’t feel like you are completely in the wrong place. I have been slowly working on this since January. And my goal is to have it done by Late September (my 3 year mark!).

Before I show the quick tutorial on how I painted the background, here are a few of my profile pictures taken by the AMAZING Emily Clark at WinkFotos. She is magic.

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I used some wood from my stash of old fence pickets and barn wood to create a fence panel. It is roughly 5 1/2 feet by 5 1/2 feet in size. I always clean old wood before using it. And after I built the fence panel I sanded it and cleaned it again. I painted it with exterior paint and primer. I laid it flat on the ground because I thought that would be easier. I made sure the paint didn’t go into every nook and cranny because I wanted it to look weathered, like my header.

I had ordered a stencil through Cutting Edge Stencils. It is called Verde Damask Stencil. I didn’t bother using the spray adhesive like a I do for walls since the pickets were so uneven and bumpy. It meant I had to be even more careful not to push too hard with the roller. Taping it in place and the fact that it was laying down as I stenciled really helped.

When it was all painted and it had dired all the way, I sanded it to make it look a little more aged.

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I am not sure if I will stick it in my garage and use it as a photo backdrop for other people or if I will incorporate it in my yard some where. Either way I LOVE it :)

And come back tomorrow because I have a BIG, FAT, MAKE-YOU-GASP  GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!

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Comments

  1. Julie @ Being Home says

    Looking forward to seeing your new site design. I am slowly in the process of that…and I mean slowly. lol Love your new profile pictures. You are very beautiful. :D

  2. Johanne says

    You are one pretty lady! Question: I always read that DIYers always “clean” the old wood real well. What do you clean it with? No one ever says. When I google it there are many different answers. How do YOU do it?

  3. says

    HI Stacy – Your pictures are beautiful and I’m looking forward to seeing your new design! Hugs, Holly @ coconutheadsurvivalguide

  4. says

    I absolutely LOVE this backdrop! How awesome is that? Also, your pictures are very cute! Do you recommend head shots for your blog? How did it benefit your look?

  5. says

    How exciting about the changes! I love the yellow damask too & I’m glad you’re sticking with it. How fun is that painted backdrop! The pics are adorable – the one of you laughing is my fav. Looking forward to hearing about your name change.

    Warmly, Michelle

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