Happy Hour : A Portable Accent Wall


Every been in a restaurant when it turns "Happy Hour?"  You notice the mood instantly changes as everyone is ready for fun.  Whenever I'm having a Bad Hair Day, my cure is always a personal Happy Hour.  Of course, I'm hopeless addicted to interiors; so for me, this hour is all about decorating.  


When we discovered our 1990's house plans, we were surprised we had a family room. Our house is upside down with our living area upstairs, the bedrooms downstairs. At the bottom of the stairs, on the bedroom level, is a room. I guess. It's a family room? We just use it to get to our bedrooms.

A 96" x 36" pine table (twin to our kitchen table) sits where I imagine a couch could. I really use this table only when I need to get out my sewing machine. Mainly it serves as a base for seasonal tableaus. Over the years, you've seen all kinds of pictures leaned against it. This season, I thought I'd try something a little different.

At Michael's, I bought a primed, gallery wrapped (canvas nicely stretched over the edges) canvas. These come in 30 sizes - I bought a 48" x 60" which was about $50 after using coupons.

I truly do love that black and white farmhouse look, but around here, I can't talk anyone into starting over with a new collar palette. But maybe a little black paint here and there would look fresh. For this canvas, I used black chalkboard paint (Home Depot, $12) so I can draw on it sometime. Three coats later, I was ready to move my "painting" into place.

Doesn't a black backdrop makes what's in front of it a little more special? It's like a portable accent wall.

A Costco fiddle fern has doubled in height since I bought it - my pandemic baby. There's also a moss ball wreath (Ballard Designs, $17 on sale last year). The gold frame was $10 at San Pablo Flea which I used to temporarily frame a piece of cardboard.

I like the way light and shadow bounce off the slightly rubberized canvas.

So there's my little Happy Hour. Buy a canvas and paint it black for a little drama in your rooms. Easy peasy. It's the perfect portable accent wall. If you have a minute, I'd love to know what you think. Just add a comment below. In the meantime, enjoy your Sunday!



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