Expressions Vinyl Project

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*Expressions Vinyl contributed the neon vinyl used for this project.

Last summer I posted on my blog, I’m Not a Trophy Wife, how I turned foam mat squares, often used beneath exercise equipment, into a wall display for my son’s room.

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My goal was to add stickers and vinyl   incorporating my son’s interests.  So when Megan at Expression’s Vinyl  asked if I would create a vinyl project for their blog, I jumped at the chance!  It also was a great motivation because I had a deadline to get his board finished!  As soon asI saw the neon vinyl online at Expressions Vinyl  I was ready to create some great vinyl for his board!

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My son is a competitive tennis player so I focused on words related to tennis!  I started with a couple of general tennis terms.

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On my Silhouette Studio,   I used several fonts, but my 2 new favorites  are Bodoni and Bernard Mt. Condensed.   I increased the paper thickness setting to 20 (I usually set the thickness around 15).  I’m not sure if the increase in thickness was because of the vinyl or if it is time for me to get new blades!

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I realized half way into this project I had a lot of space to cover,  so using the  scraps I created some tennis ball shapes and simple geometric lines!

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There is plenty of room to continue to add vinyl!   I love how the neon vinyl pops off the blue mat!  My son actually loves it too!  How often does that happen?  BOOM!

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Milk Can Transformation

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I found this milk can at a yard sale a few years ago.  I dragged it home where my {first} husband expressed concern that I might be exhibiting signs of hoarder-ness.   He likes new!  He doesn’t like the idea of someone else’s stuff taking up space in our home.  So I did  what I do with  most of the “used” stuff I find at an occasional garage sale: I stored it in the garage! Duh!  How many of you are old enough to using the expression, “no-duh?”  Just asking!

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So when I cleared out the garage last summer, I painted it and stuck some dead Aspen tree branches in it and called it good!  Here is that post.  Here is what it look liked last year in our back yard!

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And, here it is this fall!!  Yep, kinda getting pathetic!  I’m sure my neighbors were asking, “Why is Laura putting dead branches on her patio?”  The good news is nobody called the HOA officials!

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And, then I saw this on Deb’s blog at Lake Girl Paints.  I planned on doing this with a very similar trunk, but then I thought this might work for my self-esteem challenged milk can!

I used scrap pieces of vinyl  (originally  purchased from Expressions Vinyl ) and used  the Engravers Font (from Deb at Lake Girl Paints’ trunk) to make the vinyl numbers. I placed them around the milk can.

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After I added the vinyl, I primed it with Behr Primer and then painted it with 2 coats of Behr Mascarpone.

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And, here is what it looks like when I peeled the vinyl off the milk can….

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I love it!  Here’s the funny thing- I’m still not sure where I am putting this, but I love how it turned out!  Right now, it’s feeling comfortable with all of the other vertically challenged accessories in my family room!

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