When I shared the new kitchen decor a few weeks back, I wasn’t really happy with the location of the big chalkboard. Since the frame was so heavy, it had to be attached to studs, which meant our placement options were limited.
So I’ve been on the lookout the last couple weeks for something else to add to that corner. Last night the inspiration came to me! I’ve loved the “Keep Calm and Carry On” posters that are everywhere and have wanted to use that phrase somewhere. And when I researched the origin of the posters, I was even more compelled to use it! Apparently the British government printed 3 propaganda posters during WWII. They were all very simple – 1 color, the Edwardian crown, and simple white text. The “Keep Calm…” poster was put in reserve to be distributed after a particularly hard night of bombing. Somehow the posters were lost and were never used. A few years ago an English bookseller was opening a box of books from an estate sale and found one of the posters. His wife really liked it and hung it behind the cash register. Their customers commented on the image so much the book shop began selling reproductions. Over time the posters became a phenomenon with a life all their own, which brings us to my project.
I decided to use some of the lath that we’ve collected from our own walls to create my wall art piece, which meant choosing some pieces that were the same width.
The hardest part was actually making the decal that would be painted on the front. It took a couple mistakes, but I learned a lot about how to use my new Silhouette Cameo electronic cutter! After finally figuring out how to print it correctly, I picked out all the little pieces and carefully peeled it from the paper backing.
I’m just pleased as punch with it. And pleased with myself for doing the whole thing on my own without spending an extra dime. We already had all the materials! Now that corner looks really put together!