So I’m kind of obsessed with the West Elm catalog when it comes in the mail. I love everything in it. I’ve done a little online shopping there, but over the weekend I went into a West Elm store for the first time ever. And I thought I died and went to heaven. I wanted it all! Seriously, if I didn’t have little destroyers living in my house (Oscar included) I would have way more West Elm and probably a little less IKEA. Not that there is anything wrong with IKEA…..
Anywho. The last time I got my West Elm catalog I fell in love with some textured abstract wall art. It was just the colors I wanted, but it was too big, both in size and price.
What’s a DIYer to do? Make something that wasn’t too big.
I scored a 24″ x 36″ canvas 50% off on sale at Michael’s and added a 25% off your total purchase coupon making it less than $10. I also picked up some gesso from Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon and set to work.
I also borrowed a pan scraper from the kitchen for the job. I have 3 of them so I could do without one. And then I simply poured on some gesso and smeared it around with the scraper, creating the texture on the canvas.
I know, it’s kind of hard to see the white on white. I repeated this in random patterns all over the canvas and let it dry. It was my first attempt at using gesso and it dried with less texture than I hoped it would so I added a second, thicker coat.
Once it had dried I marked on the side of the canvas where I wanted my white line and painted a coat of white extending past the the line.
Once that had dried I taped off the line and painted over the edges of the tape so I would end up with a clean line once I peeled the tape back.
Then I grabbed my sample of yellow paint leftover from painting the key box and a can of black paint leftover from painting the vanity in the master bath. I painted one coat of each color, purposely leaving brush strokes to add to the overall texture.
Then I peeled back the tape to reveal a crisp line!
While Cupcake and I were at Lowe’s for her workshop I picked up two 2x4s to make a frame. No mitered corners. I just cut the top and bottom longer and the sides to size. Put a screw in each end and called it a day. No one is going to see the ends, so I didn’t bother covering up the screws. I gave the frame a quick coat of dark stain and plopped my canvas into it (once it dried of course).
It’s now resting on my mantel with my finds from West Elm and IKEA. And I really, really like it!
Now to style the rest of the mantel. And maybe paint it or stain it or do something to get rid of the oak. I still haven’t sold hubby on that, yet. This project rang it at less than $20. $10 for the canvas. $6 for the gesso. $2 for the 2x4s. The rest I had on hand.
Yep, I really, really like it. I hope you do to!
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