Thursday, June 20, 2013

DIY Chevron Canvas Painting

Last fall I decided to jump on the chevron trend.  After seeing lots of pins on Pinterest of chevron canvases I thought I would give it a try.

I found the canvas on sale for $7 at my local Jo-Ann's and I was able to use some left over paint we had around the house. 

To start I just took a ruler and pencil to make some clean straight lines while drawing/measuring out the zig-zag effect.  Then I used some masking tape (we were out of frog tape at the time, it worked great though) to cover up the areas that would remain white.  

After the it was all taped up I began to paint in the exposed areas until it was covered. 

Once I was done with painting I began to peel the tape off as I didn't want it to start bleeding onto the white areas underneath.
I also went through with a small sponge brush with some white paint to cover up the pencil marks as they were still visible. 

What do you think?  Have any of you made your own chevron canvas paintings?  How did you do yours?  Stencil? ruler/pencil?

Linked to Wife in Progress


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

DIY Painted Doormat

For the past few months I have been hunting for the perfect rug for the front door/entry way.  I have searched high and low, and I cant seem to find anything that jumps out at me.  So I decided to take it upon my self and create my own. 

I started searching pinterest for tips on how to paint a rug.  It seemed strange to me that you can paint a rug, so I thought why not give it a try.  I looked around at different designs that I liked and wanted to try, bought a cheap rug, grabbed some frog tape and paint and then gave it a whirl.

First you can see I just began taping the rug up in the pattern I chose. I continued to tape it up until the entire rug was covered. I then used a sharp knife to make clean lines with the tape.

(I started doing this outside, because it was so nice out, but I kept getting bit by mosquitoes so I moved the party inside.)
After it was all taped up I got the paint read to go, and started sponging it on with a foam brush.
I ended up doing 2 coats of paint, probably should have done more but I ran out of paint because I just used what I had on hand. 
Once I was done painting I removed the tape and examined my finished product
It came out okay, I'm not a huge fan of it.  I think it might be the type of rug I bought, it should be more of a flat woven rug, but it will work for now. 
What do you think?  Anyone else try painting a rug?

Saturday, June 8, 2013

DIY Putty Knife Masterpiece

I unfortunately discovered YOUNG HOUSE LOVE after we moved into the house and chose the paint colors for most of the rooms.  The kitchen was one of them. I decided I wanted this awful green color and at the time I thought it was the perfect color.

After living with it for about a month I realized it didn't flow well with the visions I had for the rest of the house.  

I fell in love with the color the Petersik's had in their kitchen at the first house, Gentle Tide by Glidden.
Once we repainted the kitchen I realized I needed some kind of large art piece for the eating area.

I began looking in stores and online and realized large pieces are just too expensive.  I then found this post from one of my favorite blogs BOWER POWER, and knew this would be perfect for our wall. 

I read the directions and realized it was super easy and definitely something I wanted to try. 

As you can see all you need is some acrylic paints, a canvas and a putty knife.   You basically just have to dab the putty knife in a couple colors and drag it onto the canvas as if you were using a paintbrush.  Continue to do this with various color patterns until the canvas is completely covered 

I made 2 because the wall needed a little more after I hung the first one.  I love how they turned out and have gotten a few requests from family members that want me to make one for them!

I can not wait to replace that very outdated chandelier with a much more modern drum pendant and to rip out that linoleum flooring and lay down something  more us and clean looking.  Someday!!!

What do you think?  Have you ever been inspired to make your own artwork?  

Thursday, June 6, 2013

New to this

Hello and Welcome to my blog. 
I've never blogged before, so I have no idea what I am doing.  Please let me know if you have any suggestions on posts.