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DIY Striped Wall Art

The great thing about wall art is that you can change it as often as you change your mind, and for me, that’s pretty frequent.  The great thing about making your own wall art is that you don’t have to spend a small fortune to add a piece to your collection.  Here’s my latest DIY wall art endeavor!

diy striped wall art

I started with two 16″ x 20″ canvases (about $4 with my Hobby Lobby coupon).  They got an all-over coat of Valspar Delightful Moon, the same buttery yellow that I used on my accent tables.

diy striped wall art

Several days later once that dried, I broke out the ol’ Frog Tape (which I’ve been known to use for wall art before).  I used little scraps of tape to space the stripes evenly.

diy striped wall art

Then I separated each stripe in random spots to make two stripes per line.

diy striped wall art

I recently picked up a couple more Valspar samples (I have a serious lack of control when Lowe’s releases their color palettes).  These are Redstone Blue Spruce (left) and Perfect Storm (right) from the Playful Pumpkin palette.

diy striped wall art

Each stripe got two coats of paint, Perfect Storm on the left and Redstone Blue Spruce on the right.

Just for funsies, here is a gif of my paint process:

diy striped wall art

I carefully pulled the tape off while the paint was still wet and was immediately obsessed with the bold, stripey design.  Imagine my face resembling the emoji with hearts for eyes.  Smitten!

diy striped wall art

After repeating the taping process (I measured the stripes on the first canvas and taped them off on the opposite side of the second) and repeating the painting process, I had two bold, stripey little works of art to put on our floating shelves in the living room!

They look really cool in both landscape and portrait orientation, so it will be fun to switch them around every now and again.diy striped wall artDo you have a favorite of the three orientations above?  Have  you made some wall art of your own lately?  Do tell…

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Herringbone Happiness

I wish I could decorate my house and play around on this blog full time, but like everyone else, I have bills to pay.  Luckily, I absolutely love my nine-to-fiver!  I don’t love, however, that I spend it in a cubicle that is beige, grey and greige.  But with a little effort and very little cash, I injected some happy into the space in which I spend most of my week!

I already had this sweet little console table in there, but it needed some love.

Console Table

On a post-work trip to IKEA one night, I picked up a few simple decorative items to style the table.  I bought the TOLSBY 2-sided frame ($0.99), four little MÅTTFULL candles ($0.79 ea), a FEJKA plant ($3.99), and a plant pot ($1.49 – can’t find the link).  That’s a grand total of $9.63 pre-tax, y’all.  Cute, right?

Things

For the TOLSBY, I used some of the leftover Allen + Roth basketweave paintable wallpaper from my media stand project as the matting.  I used colored pencils to do an ombre effect on the wallpaper and then just taped a couple of my favorite Instagrams of my pup to the ombre’d matting.

Frame

Now here’s where the herringbone comes in…  This pin is constantly showing up in my pinterest feed.  And it makes me swoon.  I had to make one.  I used the concept and put my own little spin on it.  With all of the beige, grey and greige in my cubicle, I needed brightness in there.  I taped off the edges of my canvas (bought at Hobby Lobby for about $8.50 with their weekly coupon) since I wanted them to stay white.  I picked some loud, funky colors and started laying them down randomly.

Herringbone Wall Art

Then, I let the whole thing dry overnight.

Wall Art

I probably didn’t have to do that before this next step but I wanted to be extra careful.  Also I wanted to watch the season finale of So You Think You Can Dance…  Don’t judge me.  So the next night I started the herringbone pattern.  To create the design, I cut up strips of frog tape.  Lots of strips of frog tape.  For like two hours.  It was the most tedious part of the project, but it was totally and completely worth it.

Frog Tape Herringbone Pattern

Frog Tape in Herringbone Pattern

I picked a few spots that I wanted to remain white and removed the tape.

Frog Tape Herringbone Pattern

Then I painted the whole thing with white acrylic paint.

Paint Over Frog Tape Herringbone Pattern

I didn’t wait to take the tape of before it dried.  I just used tweezers to carefully and quickly pull off each piece.

Frog Tape Wall Art Herringbone Pattern

I also painted the edges white to make it look more finished.  You can sort-of tell in the above photo, right?  Look at my pretty, pretty herringbone art.

Herringbone Art from Frog Tape

The wood frame of the canvas rests perfectly on two cubicle clips.  You wouldn’t believe how happy I get every time I walk into my cubicle now!

Herringbone Art in Cubicle

Anyone else doing anything to their workspace to jazz it up a bit?  Do tell…