I love Mary Engelbreit. That being said, for a number of years, I have enjoyed her bright colorful wall paper border in my kitchen. But, as my kitchen has transitioned to more of a wine theme, it just wasn’t working for me anymore.
Not yet wanting to repaint the walls, I searched for another border that might work. Part of my soffit is narrower than what is pictured above so that presented a challenge. If I found a border I liked in the right colors, I kept running into the situation where it had been discontinued and I could not purchase the amount I needed. Or that it was too wide to fit on the narrower parts of the soffit.
So I brainstormed. Finally it came to me. Why not do something creative with wine quotes? Together my husband and I selected two of our favorites. And then I went shopping.
As luck would have it, wooden letters were on sale that day. I spent hours determining what letters I needed to create a very random look. Just when I was finished, I found even more letters in the clearance aisle. That meant additional time and revamping my design. But eventually I made it to the checkout before the store closed.
At home I was able to lay them all out to make sure I hadn’t missed any letters.
The next step was painting them all black. I used Rust-oleum High Perfomance Enamel in gloss black. Since I did not prime them, it took two coats, but I suspect it would have taken two coats regardless.
Once they were dry, I rolled out some newsprint paper measured the same distance as the soffits where they were to be placed and created a template for spacing the letters.
Here’s the finished project! I am so pleased with how it turned out. These are the two main soffits in the room. For now those narrow ones remain as a blank canvas. I thought they would look really empty, but they do not. I am planning something a little different for those areas so they don’t take away from those main quotes. I am hoping to find some rustic looking wooden signs with the names of some of our favorite wines on them. But if not, I’ll just have to make them!