Planting Sequoias

In which I blog about a life (hopefully) well lived.


Putty Knife Painting (in which I introduce fairy princesses into our apartment decor)

Being recently inspired by the thrift shop challenge and having an abiding love for secondhand things, it should have come as no surprise to my husband when I brought this little gem of a painting home.

Unfortunately, he was quite surprised and a little taken aback.

thrift store canvas with princesses

I soon found out that Ken was not so keen on decorating the apartment with fairy princesses.

So after drying my tears, I moved on to Plan B.

Ken liked this blank white canvas much more than he appreciated the fairy princesses and was content to stop here.

blank canvas and supplies

But I pressed on and assembled a motley crew of paint cans that I had lying around the apartment (and by that, I mean that I of course carefully unstacked them from the organized paint cabinet).

I also picked out my paint application tool of choice. Since brushes are so 2012, I sweetly asked my husband to get the putty knife from the garage. Using putty knives for actual putty is also very 2012. Putty knives are the new paintbrushes…you heard it here first.

And then I got to work (on the carpet, yes, because I like to live life on the edge. We already discussed my daring carpet-crafting skills here.)

paint tray for putty knife art

I began globbing the paint onto the canvas in short putty-knife downstrokes, moving my way across the canvas. The idea for this painting was inspired by Katie’s version from Bower Power Blog (my fave!), which you can gaze at here.

scrape the putty knife over and over on the canvas

It was very easy and very fun and took only about 20 (very messy) minutes. Kenny wanted to get in on the action but did not finish his law school homework in time…it’s a hard life he leads.

putty knife art aftermath finished painting

After letting it dry, I found a place for it in our dining room. It matches nicely and is not hung crookedly despite what your eyes are telling you. Also, if I ever find a great deal on gold paint or rub ‘n buff,  I think I may paint the edges of the canvas.


To answer your burning question, I paid just $2 for the fairy princesses and had to purchase white paint for $1.26…so that means I spent a grand total of $3.26 for this giant piece of customized artwork since I already had the colored paint.

Kenny is just relieved that the fairy princesses have been exterminated from our apartment. That’s a nasty infestation we are hoping to avoid for a few years before any girl babies come along.

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