Britt Schaefer is a self-proclaimed wanna-be designer, artist, and Martha Stewart. She’s all about making things pretty, creatively – up cycling, repurposing, etc. The founder of A Penny Saved, Britt blogs about all sorts of frugal, yet fabulous design ideas and projects. We recently discovered this Sharpie artist when she posted a Sharpie-made wall design created in her very own home! The outcome of the project is nothing short of amazing. After seeing what Britt can do with a Sharpie, you can’t help but to be inspired to Uncap What’s Inside!
How would you describe your personal style?
Fickle! It seems to change from day to day. One day I’ll find myself on a Hollywood Regency kick, the next, I’m loving Swedish design, then it’s traditional, mid-century mod, French provincial, etc.
Where/When did you come up with the idea to use Sharpie to create such tremendous wall art? Why not just wallpaper or paint?
I fell in love with some designer wallpaper, but with my fickle tendencies, I just couldn’t see spending hundreds of dollars on something that I might not love once installed. Then I saw a similar project where someone had drawn a bold pattern on their walls with Sharpies, and I thought, why not create my own version of the designer paper that I had fallen for?
What is your creation & design process like?
I don’t really have a process, per se. I spend a lot of time scoping out blogs, magazines, and interior designers’ sites for inspiration. Then I just figure out how to make things come together, using upcycled, reinvented, thrifted and handmade items whenever I can. Each room & each project is different.
Who is your favorite interior designer? What do you like about their work?
I’m a big fan of Ruthie Sommers. Like me, she doesn’t seem to be able to stick to just one style, but she’s a master at blending several styles to create spaces with lots of personality.
Favorite Sharpie? Why?
It’s so hard to choose just one! (See a pattern here?) I love Sharpie pens for just about anything, but for special occasions or for a little extra sparkle, I love the metallics!
Tell us about your blog, A Penny Saved. What is it about? How long have you been blogging? What inspired you to start?
It is a random collection of my favorite design ideas, DIY projects, and bargain finds, with a little about my life thrown in. I started blogging about a year and a half ago. My husband and I had just moved half way across the country, into a brand new house, and I wanted to document the process of turning it into a home. In the year and a half since, I started adding in posts about whatever was inspiring me at the time.
We have something huge in common, I too love thrifting and going to yard sales. What do you love most about going to Yard Sales and Thrift Shops?
I love getting great deals, of course, but I also love not knowing what to expect – you never know what you’ll find and how you’ll end up using it.
What’s the best thing you’ve ever found?
A free baby grand piano at an estate sale.
What are you currently searching for?
An antique lantern fixture, a chinoiserie dresser, and maybe another tole chandelier.
Scrolling through your blog, you seem to have collected so many great pieces! Do you have any tips for finding those “diamonds in the rough”?
Don’t look just at the condition or the intended use. Think about what a piece could become if you painted it, reupholstered it, repurposed it.
Are you working on any new projects that you can tell us about?
I’m hoping to freshen up my kitchen a little…..painted cabinets, subway tile backsplash. Nothing too labor-intensive or expensive, but hopefully it will make a big impact.
What’s the best piece of advice someone has ever given you?