LOVE my new stairs! Instead of painting my stair risers, I used paintable wall borders from Lowe's. So simple to do! Barely any clean up! You don't have to worry about spilling paint on stairs because you paint them before applying them. And the texture adds a little something more!!
Bender Photo Collage - I used a 4' x 6' canvas with 12"x 14" blocks of 4x6"photos. Think quilt blocks. Glue pictures on with Elmers glue leaving a small border between. I nailed (every 12 inches or so)the canvas to wall behind random pictures to keep it smooth. We bought "primed" molding to frame it and nailed to wall. Paint trim to match woodwork. This has been up 18 months and still smooth.
Harlequin Pattern Tutorial: alas, this blog only shows how to measure, not how to do the fleur-de-lis or the textured painting itself. Still, neat idea. I might do just one row with partial rows above and below, framed with horizontal borders, as an accent.