I love it when a room starts to come together and you finally begin to see your vision unfold! Oh it’s a magical feeling! I am making a TON of progress on the family room makeover (it’s only been 9 months) and I feel like I’m getting closer and closer to the big reveal. Things have been moving right along until I ran out of supplies for a HUGE project and I’m not sure when I will be getting more in :( So while I’m waiting to finish the last big project in the space I thought I’d give you a few teasers with some of the smaller projects. Consider this a little peak into the room.
Today I’m sharing my DIY Eye Chart Tutorial. I’ve seen a few variations of them around and I love the vintage look at feel and the fact that they can be completely customized. You can include your family member names, a sweet saying, scripture, or just a mix of your favorite letters and numbers. The possibilities are endless. This would also make a great house warming gift or wedding gift!
I used one of my favorite scriptures for the text, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalms 37:4″ It’s a scripture that I have kept close to my heart since I was a little girl and it is something I think about daily. I love that something so special and personal to me is now hanging on a piece of artwork in our home.
If you know me by now, I’m always trying to decorate on a budget and one of the easiest ways to do that is by upcycling things already in your home. Would you believe this DIY Eye Chart used to look like this?
Because I used wall art I already owned and leftover paint, this project cost was 100% FREE! You can’t beat that.
1. I started by taking apart the existing artwork.
2. I separated the canvas from the frame and painted them both white. I gave them each 3 coats of paint.
3. Next I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the template for my eye chart. I used Arial font and the top letter starts in font size 288. Each line has one extra letter than the previous and I cut the font size down roughly 50% from one line to the next. The last line of text is font size 10. (Note: There is a great website called http://www.eyechartmaker.com that helps you create a custom eye chart for free. Unfortunately this didn’t work for me because my scripture didn’t fit into their template so I had to create my own. But if you want an easy print out, head on over.)
4. I cut my text onto some dollar store vinyl to create a stencil (probably not the best but it was just for a stencil and it worked). Vinyl works great as a stencil because it sticks to the surface and you don’t have to worry about it moving around. Plus, it peels up nicely when you are done.
5. I used a basic black Sharpie to fill in each of the letters. I used a regular tip for the larger letters and then used a fine tip for the smaller letters.
6. Once I was done, I peeled off the vinyl and put the frame back onto the canvas.
It was a really simple project, you could easily do this in a few hours!
I’ll be revealing more family room details throughout the next few weeks AND hopefully by then I’ll have all the supplies I need to finish the last big project! To learn more about the direction I’m taking for the room you can view my Pinterest board here!