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DIY decor: 3-D wall art that ‘makes me smile’

This is part of a recent laundry-room makeover featuring wall art made by JJ VenJohn of Andale. Some of the elements reflect her love of Walt Disney.
This is part of a recent laundry-room makeover featuring wall art made by JJ VenJohn of Andale. Some of the elements reflect her love of Walt Disney. Courtesy photo

“You can’t find a room in my house that doesn’t have something made by me,” says JJ VenJohn of Andale. “I used to tear ideas out of magazines, but now Pinterest is my bulletin board. We just recently completed a kitchen and laundry room makeover that was inspired by Pinterest and Houzz.”

VenJohn taught 4-H arts and crafts for more than 10 years, and involves her own children in projects now.

DIY projects: VenJohn does some furniture painting, but her main interest is wall art. For example, she bought a window frame at a flea market, then put a map inside it and added letters to spell out “Not all who wander are lost.” Paper crafts are a favorite of hers.

“I’ll find sayings on Pinterest that I like, and then I go downstairs to my art room. I have a huge map file cabinet and it’s full of everything — old buttons, every kind of embellishment — so I hope that something will come to me and I will be inspired. I’ll put things together. I’ll take an element from one picture that I like on Pinterest and add it to another one.

“I don’t like anything flat. I always want something that’s three-dimensional. I’m very big into texture. I want buttons or paper flowers.”

Decorating philosophy: “I decided to go with whatever makes me happy. I don’t care if it’s popular. If it makes me smile, that’s what I want in my house.”

DIY habits: “I don’t throw much away around my house, which infuriates my husband. He tore down an old fence and I wouldn’t throw away the wood. We’ve used it for lots of stuff. My son made a bar. My daughter made a bench that sits by our fire pit and also made a side table out of it.”

DIY advice: “I don’t always look at something the way it’s supposed to be. It might be used as a jar right now, but it could be a vase, it could be a light fixture. Too many people are scared to think outside the box.”

Favorite person to follow on Pinterest: Jennifer Allwood of the home, craft and personal blog the Magic Brush, from Kansas City, Mo.: www.pinterest.com/jenallwood.

What’s your DIY inspiration?

Do you use social media such as Pinterest, Instagram or craft site Etsy for home decor ideas or inspiration for DIY projects? E-mail acalovich@wichitaeagle.com about your project, and you could be featured in a future column.

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