Tuesday, November 8, 2011

DIY Wall Art

DSC00373Happy Tuesday everyone, I hope you are all having a beautiful Autumn filled day. Today I wanted to share a little DIY project that’s been in the works for awhile now ‘round these parts. I have no problems starting fun projects but I’m really bad on that pesky following through part that’s so pivotal to the reveal of said project. Alas, this DIY was finally completed and I’m quite pleased with the outcome.

DSC00376 I was struggling to find the right piece for above my couch after months of looking and buying things only to return them later. I wasn’t satisfied with anything I found and was getting really sick of my plain empty wall so I decided to give up searching, roll up my sleeves and just make what I wanted.

DSC00377 To create this for your home it’s a few steps but they are so easy it’s well worth it. I did this entire project on the cheap too; in total it cost me about $40 start to finish. Here’s how it came together:
DSC09961 First thing I needed was supplies of course. We bought an MDF board from the local lumber store for $10.
  DSC09964We bought a rubber mat commonly used on the outside of your door for $10.
  DSC09965And we bought some spray in the colors we wanted to do our stencilled artwork in. We went with a chocolate brown and bright white but any color combo would work if you wanted to customize it to your home’s color palette.
   DSC09953 After we measured out three boards to the size of the rubber mat we gave each one two coats of the brown spray paint as the base color.
  DSC09959It takes about 20 minutes for the spray paint to fully dry (or at least ours did, check your bottles at home) I suggest propping them up on scrap pieces of wood so the wet sides never come into contact with anything. Any time you see a piece of MDF laying flat we have it propped up to avoid mucking up the sides.
DSC09979When it’s all dry it should look like this. Not very exciting, just your average piece of brown MDF.

DSC09980We used our trash can layered with newspapers as the pedestal for spray painting the pattern which worked like a charm. The sides will need to be taped off to avoid being sprayed with the white paint.
DSC09982Take care to not put the tape too far onto the MDF so it won’t interfere with the stencil.
DSC09985Lay your mat flat and evenly on your MDF. The mat will stay put because it’s pretty hefty and meant to be non-slip so it does the work for you.
   DSC09995Spray an even layer of white paint on top of the mat and let it dry. Then repeat the process.
   DSC00002Take extra special care to get into all the teeny crevices and holes with the white paint to be sure they show up when the mat is lifted.

DSC09996 Let all the white paint dry completely before you touch the mat because if you need to add some of smudge it then you’re in trouble. These types of things never go back in the exact spots they started from.
  DSC00007The funnest part is the reveal! Peel the mat back slowly and put on your wow face.

   DSC00033Repeat these steps as many times as you like depending on the number of pieces of artwork you want. We went with three but it can be done hundreds of times if you like….. and have the wall space.
   DSC00259You can leave it as is and have a really defined stencil look. We went the other way and sanded the pieces to have a rustic weathered look. This also really helps to blur the little imperfections bound to happen.
  DSC00261Here’s a closer look at what sanding it down looks. Be careful not to overdo it or you will start to lose the pattern which sort of defeats the whole purpose.
   DSC00263This is a shot of the completed MDF post sanding.
    DSC00269To seal the paint and give the boards a more finished look we topped them off a coat of clear finish Varathane in satin.
  DSC00270Doing this makes the boards look a bit more professional and it will also make them much easier to clean.
         DSC00289Now for the hanging process. Since this was just a piece of MDF we had to come up with our own way to hang the boards.  We went with some scrap pieces of wood to give the boards some definition from the wall. The biggest piece got a hole cut into it for the little teeth hanger to go across. To attach the the pieces of wood we used wood glue and screws.
   DSC00279Here’s a close up of the pieces of wood we used. The little guy is for the bottom of the boards so it hangs evenly from the wall.
DSC00277Pretty straight forward stuff once you’ve got your pieces cut. We attach the teeth hanger and added some cushioned wall protectors so it would sit softly against the wall.
DSC00278The little pieces were screwed in and also got the cushion treatment

DSC00274This is how the finished board looks with all the attachments.
DSC00369 And now for the best part, which is sitting back and enjoying the fruits of your labor!

DSC00378You can get a sense of the definition from the wall that we attempted by using the small wooden pieces here which went well with our raised trim work below.
   DSC00383 And there you have it my pretties. I hope you found this tutorial entertaining and useful. Please feel free to share your thoughts or DIY ideas you’ve used in your home too!


(Photo credits property of Reckless Bliss


Unknown said...

Really cute idea!! :-)

tamara sue said...

I think this is such an awesome idea! I love your living room!! I have been trying to find inspiration for my living room, and lucky for me I have a couch that looks just like yours so I have a vision of how it would look before I actually do it! :)

recklessbliss said...

Thank you so much! Very sweet of you to say :)


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