Custom Art – its easier than you think!

Posted in DINING ROOM
on July 12, 2013

Our dining room re-do and I use the term re-do lightly, as it was more of a dining room tweak, is pretty near to completion. There was one more area that deserved some attention – this massive blank wall.

Because we moved the furniture around, we also moved some of the existing art work, leaving a gaping hole where a large painting used to be. We needed to come up with something!

Let’s talk budget. Since we hadn’t exactly planned to redecorate the dining room, there wasn’t a budget at all.. more of a steal from one project to complete another. In other words, it had to be a lost cost solution.

I’ve been following along with a blog series called DIY Ditto and, although I haven’t been participating so far (I keep missing the deadlines), I’m so inspired by the projects that I decided to try a few on my outside of the series. I loved the idea of using fabric for custom art. The other challenges they have lined up also look like a ton of fun and could be of use around here. Maybe I’ll get it together enough to participate in August – we can hope!

This is about as easy as it gets, it was super inexpensive, and has such a tremendous impact. It was enjoyable to work on. We had a great time looking for the fabric – I talked Shay in to coming with me, which was pretty funny – his first trip to a craft/fabric store! I believe there was a line that went something like, “So, this is what these places look like inside.. “. It was almost like I’d introduced him to the secret society of women. I even had him hold my purse at one point. It was excellent – and so is he!

The fabric is $40/yard – of course, I can’t find anything I like for less, right? BUT, it was on sale for 50% off, AND I only needed 1/2 of a yard. $11 for the fabric. Everything else, I already had on hand. The frames and mats were from an old set of prints we had and will probably never use again.

I spray painted the mats with Krylon Satin Dover White. I was able to use the foam board from the original prints as the base for the fabric. I applied a thin coat of spray adhesive to the foam board, used the fabric on top, smoothed it out and reinserted into the frames.

I think they turned out well and filled the space nicely. They also complement my new candles perfectly – or maybe it is the other way around.

It’s time for a full dining room reveal! Stick around!

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