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.
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.
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 :)