So glad to be back to "normal" life after the whirlwind of December, Christmas and the preparations for CHA show. The date of this years show was so close to Christmas that many of us in the industry sacrificed much (including blogging) to make everything happen in the time frame. I am looking forward to 2017 when the show will be moved to Phoenix and the date will be more conducive to spending holiday time with family instead of making samples. So let me jump off my soapbox and let you in on some of the behind the scenes work that took place this last month.
Today I'm talking about one of the walls that was created for the idea-ology booth. Tim and I usually start talking about the booth 6 months prior to show. It's always better to have a plan to work from than throw something together at the last moment. Even with the advance planning, the right side of the booth seemed lackluster so I looked back through some ideas I has saved and ran across a picture of a backdrop with vintage wallpaper. I did some research on vintage wallpaper and found a site on Etsy called Hanna's Treasures that sells hundreds of rolls of it. I put together a virtual inspiration board with the idea, samples and cost and sent it off to Tim to see what he thought. He sent back an email that said, "go for it!" (that is the kind of guy he is...super positive, always supportive, and is 'all in' when it comes to a crazy idea!).
To prepare, I placed an order for 4 vintage wallpapers and within a week they were delivered. Jay went to Home Depot and bought 2 wood "skins" (as I like to call them) for $9.97each. They are super thin wood sheets 48 x 96" (Home Depot calls them a Utility Panel). Jay had them cut to fit the booth walls (and the back of the Jeep - because if they do not fit in the car, we're in trouble).
Jay painted the skins with some leftover house paint so the surface would be sealed. Richele as I worked on one panel at a time on my kitchen table. First we added dictionary pages with Mod Podge since we wanted to break up the wallpaper. Jay helpd in the drying stage (thank goodness for Heat It tools).
We added a few of the smaller pieces that were left, to the bottom of the boards.
I hope you liked reading about the Vintage Wallpaper adventure. The walls are now at home with me...currently in my living room waiting for a home to live. I am sure you will be seeing them used as backdrops for future photos!
Both Tim and Richele have done great posts about the idea-ology booth. I sure hope you will stop by their blogs to see some great pictures!