I love building websites, and graphic design, and typography, and photography, and photo editing, and crafting someone’s online strategy…. all things creative and techy. But I also love to step away from the digital stuff and physically build something once in a while… like lots of people do! I get a big urge every month or so to trade in the mouse and keyboard for pencil and draft paper to follow. Then maybe paint and canvas, or hammer and nails. Either way, every once in a while I feel a really strong urge to create something with my bare hands. Something I’ll have to scrub them clean for when I’m done. Like a creative cleanse.
Usually, it’s a painting. But, our apartment is only so big, and I’ve already painted over all our huge canvases. So this time, it was a bench. :) And I gave myself a day to make it (this past Sunday).
The Thought Process
It was a bench becaaaaauuuuse:
I found this guy’s project, saw he had no idea what he was doing but still made something, printed it, took it to my parents’ house where my huge family was already having Sunday brunch together, and showed my dad. I told him I wanted to “re-create that but do a wayyyy better version. And I need to finish it today so it dries before Ryan gets home.” He laughed and said ok, that I could maybe pull it off…
Then I saw a bunch of tree stumps he had piled up in the backyard and changed the design; I definitely wanted to use the stumps for a more natural and raw look over the standard 4 legs. I thought Ryan would like the same thing… which, turns out he did! My dad also had a really nice burgundy-colored stain that I liked for the finish, so luckily I didn’t have to buy that either.
So, I went to Home Depot to buy the only items I would have to buy for this project: one 4″ x 12″ x 8′ piece of Douglas Fir lumber ($26) and four 6″ Galvanized Hex head lag screws ($4). We would cut the wood to 5′ long (too bad Lowe’s NOR Home Depot will cut wood this thick for you.. sucky!). I like the look of industrial/metal textures mixed with natural/wood materials. So since I wanted the screws to show through, the galvanized texture mattered… and I liked it better than shiny. All in all, this bench ended up costing us only $30. Not bad at all.
Anyway I’ll leave the technical stuff out.. I’m sure you can see how the rest of it went through the pictures. It took me the entire day, mainly because of all the sanding I had to do to make it somewhat level and smooth enough to sit on, but I’m proud of it. Best of all: Ryan was totally surprised, and he loves it too. :)
Lately I’ve been looking for ways to change things up in and around our apartment (and driving my husband a little crazy in the meantime, no doubt!). I mainly wanted to brighten things up. Literally with color but also emotionally with something more light-hearted and positive than what we recently had going before: a mash up of dark furniture, but with a big red COMFY couch in the middle of it all, our own paintings – which we like but were also dark… Anyway not to get too HGTV on you, especially since I’m no interior design expert by any means. BUT, it was time for a change. And that’s for sure.
Enter: Typography Design
Since I started learning about graphic design, I’ve always had an appreciation for typography. Simply put, typography is designing with type. Look around you…. typography is literally everywhere. Street signs, movie posters, book covers, t-shirts, all kinds of advertisements, commercials… just everywhere.
“Graphic Design, meet Interior Design.”
So, this particular form of graphic design – typography – has had a big impact on the interior design world in the last few years, with the still-growing trend of typographic wall art. I’m sure some of you have seen the trend of these growing over the past couple years especially with wall decals like these, and poster designs like these. The most popular example probably being the “KEEP CALM” series.
Well, I’m definitely a fan. And luckily for me, so is my husband. :)
Below is a photo recap of my personal experiment – Designing our own typographic wall art for our new living room deco! Woot!
Home is Wherever I’m With You
Ryan and I easily agreed on the words we would use for the design: “Home is wherever I’m with you” from Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
Our favorite lyric from one of our favorite songs… and definitely something that would help with the whole, brightening-up of things.
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