It All Began With a Post-It Note

5 years ago we moved into a 5 year old house that had wallpaper in every room. Being we were moving from another state with time constraints we hired out for removal of all wallpaper and to re-paint each room. To save a little money I opted to keep the laundry room wallpaper. It wasn't hideous but after living with it for 5 years I wanted a little change.
it all began with a post it note, The post it template
The post-it template
So the other day I was writing down a few grocery items to pick up and the thought occurred to me that this may be the right size for a pot template. I quickly cut out a form of a pot.
it all began with a post it note, Close up of greenery on wallpaper
Close up of greenery on wallpaper
I liked it but i thought that actually making a stamp out of something would make this a much faster project than actually painting inside a stencil or template.
it all began with a post it note, Brighton Beach Melbourne Australia
Brighton Beach Melbourne Australia
I have an enlargement of a picture I took of beach houses in Australia in my laundry room along with the following picture.
it all began with a post it note, Purchased in St John s VI
Purchased in St John's VI
This also hangs in my laundry room. The colors are similar so I decided to use these colors for my pots but I still need to figure out what to use for a stamp because I know I have no sponges. But I do have these....
it all began with a post it note, Foam paint brushes
Foam paint brushes
I had 3 different sizes of foam paint brushes and even though they are smaller that my original plan with the size of the post-it note I decided to go ahead and cut each size into a pot stamp. The handles easily pull off and they are very easy to cut into leaving a plastic piece inside which makes an easy grip for each stamp.
it all began with a post it note, Applying paint to the stamp
Applying paint to the stamp
Going with 5 of the predominant colors in the pictures, I began with one stamp in green and did every green pot I wanted to make all at once. Then I did all of the second color, and third, and re-used 2 of the stamps after washing them and letting them dry for the remaining 2 colors.
it all began with a post it note, Using the smallest stamp
Using the smallest stamp
I did all 5 colors in random, not following any certain pattern and also leaving quite a few with no pots.
it all began with a post it note, Finished
This is the completed room. I had to shut the blinds because of the glare but it's so nice and bright and colorful now. Everything you need in a laundry room,
because I had the paint and the foam brushes this was a no cost project Except for my time. I would guess each color took 20 minutes to do. I had to use a ladder to reach the top and over the cabinets.

it all began with a post it note, Laundry room entrance
Laundry room entrance
Brighter picture!!!

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  • Mol20973754
    on Mar 19, 2017

    Can you give us details on how to make the leaf stamp

    • Patti
      on Sep 23, 2017

      Nice place to do the laundry. My mom TO was my best friend. And yes that wringer washer on a Monday. What a monster just waiting to eat you up. LOL Have a Happy Day.

  • Joyce Stesiak-Troyer
    on Mar 19, 2017

    I'm sure there's a story behind the stick hanging on the wall in one of your photos. Don't leave US hanging...

    • Lisa House
      on Jun 14, 2018

      Fabulous ideas...hanging the stick to honor your mother and using a stick to pull laundry out of the washer! I am short and round so I have difficulty reaching the bottom of the washer...I need a stick! I also have a bad back so bending to empty the dryer is difficult...the stick would help move the laundry to the front of the dryer! Your mom certainly knew how to make the job a bit easier, thanks for sharing.

  • V Valencia
    on Mar 19, 2017

    I love how you customized this wallpaper. Where did you get the wallpaper?

    • V Valencia
      on May 26, 2018

      Yes, I have been thinking about doing this recently. I have a very simple branch design I want to create.

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  • Eds21368230
    on Apr 8, 2017

    I like the design as it is clean, not cluttered. At this time I would not be able to attempt this project..

  • Maureen
    on Jul 12, 2017

    Extremely creative!! Looks awesome 😎

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