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Last week, while getting my guest bedroom ready to post on Savvy Southern Style’s favorite rooms, I decided that I needed a little something on the desk of the bookcase. I’ve been wanting to try to do a silhouette of Finn for quite a while so I figured that it was a good time to do it.  I know they’ve been all around the internet but this was a first for me.

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It’s actually very easy and I think it’s a great project to do with your kids, or grandkids. To start, I simply took some profile pictures of Finn as he sat next to the wall. I picked the shot I liked best and printed it out.

Dog Silhouette | www.chatfieldcourt.comThen I took my small razor knife and carefully cut out his silhouette.

Dog Silhouette | www.chatfieldcourt.comNext I took a mailing label, traced him on the mailing label and cut it out again.

Dog Silhouette | www.chatfieldcourt.comI removed the backing on the silhouette and put it on my 8×11 canvas, making sure that it was pressed smooth and all the edges where secure so that the paint wouldn’t seep under.

Dog Silhouette | www.chatfieldcourt.comUsing gray acrylic paint, I simply painted over the silhouette making sure that I brushed from inside going outward. After the first coat, and while it was still wet, I carefully peeled the silhouette off. It took two coats to completely cover the canvas. So easy…and fun.

Dog Silhouette | www.chatfieldcourt.comDog Silhouette | www.chatfieldcourt.comDog Silhouette | www.chatfieldcourt.comLet’s move over to the 2nd guest bedroom and the planked wall project.

Dog Silhouette | www.chatfieldcourt.comAfter spackling, caulking and sanding the planks and the crown molding, paint finally went up on the walls. I had such a hard time getting a good picture because of the light coming in the window, but here is a sneak peek.

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Have you made a dog silhouette or am I the last one to try it?

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  1. What a cute idea making a silhouette of Finn and he posed so nicely. Not sure if my dog would do so well.
    I’ll bet you’re glad to have the planked wall painted Priming and painting wood is such a chore. After taking a break from painting my kitchen cabinets, I’m back at it. I did two sections several months ago saving the longest and most “beat up” section for last. They are original to the house so after 66 years, they are in pretty bad shape. Not going crazy patching every little ding and dent, just a good cleaning, a little wood filler here and there and some paint to give them new life.

    1. Thanks Shirlee. I’m very glad to have the plank wall done. Spackling and sanding was a very messy job. Good for you for doing your kitchen cabinets. I saved mine for last because I know what a big job it’s going to be. Wow, you have some old cabinets but I’m sure they’ll look great when your done. Good luck and thanks so much for stopping by and telling me what you are up to. I am always happy to hear from you.

  2. Ah, Finn looks so cute! I have a silhouette of myself as a child that our teacher in grade school did. How she did it was to have us stand in front of a wall and shine a light and traced it on a piece of black construction paper that was taped on the wall. After that she cut it out and pasted it on white paper. Yours seems much easier!

    Bathroom redo has been postponed. Of all weeks I get a terrible cold (haven’t had one in over a year) and I’m in no mood to be painting!! It will probably be in a couple weeks because I’m busy this next weekend.

    Take care! Enjoy!

    1. I remember doing something like that in school too. Technology makes everything so much easier these days.

      I’m sorry you’re not feeling well, I’m sick again with a bad cold too and have no desire to do much of anything. I hope you’re feeling better soon and that you’re able to have a good weekend. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting my friend.:)

  3. The room is coming along! We keep pooping out in the evenings instead of finishing the painting in the office, yawn!

    1. Slowly but surely Barbara. I think all of this reno stuff has got me pooped out too. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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