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November 4, 2010
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by thenestinggame

Reverse Silhouettes

So, our hallway is a long stretch of dull. Well, that’s not quite true. We do have this stunner at the end of it, so at least there is a reward waiting for you after travelling down the barren wasteland

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This mirror is from Morocco, and it was my grandparents’. When Taylor and I went up to Chattanooga to get some furniture after Papa passed away, Taylor took one look at this and said I should take it. And I’m so glad I did. It’s definitely a show piece and it works really well in this spot.

So, to go with it, we decided to jump on the silhouette bandwagon and whip some up of us and the kids. Our inspiration was these guys, from Jonathan Adler.

We thought some color would liven up the white pale pale pale gray walls. And, as to not COMPLETELY rip off JA, we reversed the colors. So, the heads would be white and the background a color. See? TOTALLY different.

First, I went to Goodwill and bought some ornate, antique-y frames. (Sad but true sidebar: there were about 10 frames there with pictures of this one guy with his wife and kids still in the frames. Divorce, anyone?) Anyhoo, I picked the best shapes and textures and spray painted the frames white.

For the silhouettes, we pulled our colors from the mirror and painted heavy duty watercolor paper cut to the size of the frames.

Then Taylor took head shots of all of us against a plain background and cropped them out in Illustrator. I recommend that girls pull their hair back for better lines.Then, he cut them out with an exacto knife and used the outline as a stencil.

He then cut us out on Frisket Film, which is like a sticky clear overlay that pulls off cleanly. (I love Beck’s little teeth and bed head.)

Then he stuck the frisket overlay on the dry painted paper.

Then we went outside to spray paint the heads with high gloss white paint.

And immediately, we removed the frisket film.

We let them dry, then popped them into the frames. We used our butcher paper hanging trick and that was that!

One little thing that bugs me—Sadie was supposed to be pink and I was to be gold, but my head was too big and Taylor had already painted the boards. Alas.

Here’s the view with the mirror. In retrospect, we should have mixed a little black with the more vibrant shades to mute them a bit, but overall, we’re happy. Can’t you see it in our faces?

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  1. November 4, 2010 7:14 pm

    Hallways are tough. Love what you’ve done with yours and I like Sadie’s glasses against the gold. Ours is a little bit Charlotte York-Macdugal-York classic six-ish, but is yet undecorated. Is it wide enough to support art on one side? Y’all can tell us in a month.

  2. November 4, 2010 7:43 pm

    Looks fabulous!!!!! Y’all are so crafty and the projects always turn out great.

    Job well done. And who doesn’t love a good silhouette?!

  3. November 4, 2010 9:54 pm

    realllllllllllllllly cute!! :) me likey very much!

  4. Shannon Logan permalink
    November 4, 2010 11:18 pm

    I love that your head was too big to fit on the gold…that would definitely happen to me. Seriously though, I think it is super cute.

    • November 8, 2010 8:31 pm

      Yep. It amused Taylor (who loves to comment on the size of my noggin) to no end.

  5. November 5, 2010 2:29 am

    I love it! I want one of my own…

  6. November 6, 2010 4:11 pm

    Seriously, so in love.

    Fabulous job!!! Loving your blog too. So glad I found it. = )

    • November 8, 2010 8:31 pm

      Thanks, Caroline! I saw your link via Kristen’s blog and I love the plate idea!

  7. April 29, 2011 2:48 pm

    Over from peepthread. You just gave me this year’s mother’s day gift project — thank you so much! These are insanely adorable and elegantly modern, too.

    • May 13, 2011 12:52 pm

      Hey Mike! Thanks for stopping by. Did you end up making the silhouettes for Mother’s Day? Would love to know how yours turned out!

      • May 31, 2011 1:08 am

        I did in fact! The first one turned out really well and then I had some … issues. (see here — Because I used some really poor photos. But the ones where I stuck with your directions, those turned out great. Thanks again!


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