Sherry and Katie announced the Pinterest Challenge last week. In case you don’t know what that is – many people (myself included) have joined Pinterest and are ‘pinning’ inspirational images on our ‘boards.’ Who actually gets around to making all of the fun DIY items that you pin, though? So this challenge was a way to hold ourselves accountable to actually making something that we pinned over at Pinterest. (You can follow me at Pinterest)
Knowing that I didn’t have a lot of time and I was looking forward to lying around all weekend with my Kindle in hand, I chose to do a simple project to start off. I’d been staring at the ceiling fan in my bedroom for over six years now and have hated it from day 1. Well, I love the function but I don’t really like the cheap white fan. Replacing the fan with a chandelier was not an option since I use this all the time in the Spring and Fall, and hanging a new fan wasn’t an option since those suckers are heavy and I’m a wimp. When I saw this project on Design*Sponge I was immediately excited to tackle the project.
Only thing is – the more I thought about it I didn’t want something to draw a lot of attention to the fan and I wanted something less permanent. This isn’t my forever home and I really didn’t want to have to repaint the blades when it was time to move out (the other side of the blades in my house are wood-toned, not white). I made a trip to JoAnn’s and Michael’s this weekend to see what I could find to use as an alternative to spray paint. I figured some sort of decorative tape would work well since it can be removed later (either when I sell or when I get bored with the blades - I get bored with things pretty quickly). I found some adhesive lace die-cut borders and some decorative paper tape from the Martha Stewart line. I bought one of each ($5 each), knowing that I loved everything and would easily use the extra for scrapbooking or cards (did I ever mention I make greeting cards for holidays/showers/etc for friends and family?).
Here is the fan that I was working with (ohh…you also get to see my new crown molding – isn’t it pretty?!?).
So I decided to use the paper die-cut border in blue (the other colors were too much with the room). Each border could be cut into two strips that would fit across the fan blade so I measured (by measured I mean I laid the border in place and cut with the scissors without using a measuring tape at all since I’m lazy) them out and put them in place to see how I liked the pattern.
This project ended up taking me 15 minutes and cost $1 (like I said the extra is now part of my card supplies – there were 5 styles of trim and the package cost $5 so that’s $1 per style). Did anyone else take part in the Pinterest Challenge? Is anyone else as addicted to Pinterest as I am? (though I am more into looking at inspiration than pinning – how odd.)