Saturday, February 26, 2011

$5 Wall Art!


I've been trying to decide what I want to put on the wall above my student desk.  Last week I was watching HGTV and could not stop looking at a painting in the room.  It was just like the top painting, except more orange.  I wanted it.. yesterday.

So I looked at my options from Lowes and found a board that was 24"x48".  It was only $5, so I had them cut it in half and took it home!

First I sanded the edges with my Dremel to smooth them down.

I used my free Valspar paint samples to paint the board.


It was gorgeous outside so I worked on the back porch!


First I painted all the edges, then worked my way in.


I put on two coats of blue, and three coats of yellow.  While that was drying I cut out my stencils.

I found images I liked on Google, then printed them on cardstock.  I used my exacto knife to cut them out.

***Do not cut on your carpet!! It WILL cut through it!  (Not that I've done this...)***

Here they are ready to be used.  I chose a bird and a frog!


For the white I used the leftover paint from my desk bookcase and my  student desk.  I used my foam brush and kind of smushed the white paint on.  Some of it leaked under, but I wasn't going for perfection.



After I impatiently calmly waited for the paint to dry, I ran over the entire piece with my Dremel again.  I made sure to really thin out the white because I didn't want it too brilliant.  I wanted more of an old, worn kind of white.  I probably could have even thinned it out more.



I was going to nail hanging brackets on the back, but the nail was too long.  Because the board is so light weight, I just hot glued the brackets.  Hopefully they won't fall and slam into my face one day.

And here they are in my office!


The entire process took about four hours, but that includes just sitting on the couch waiting for the paint to dry.


So total cost, $2.50 per picture!  I love it!

Cheers!

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19 comments:

  1. that turned out so cute- that is the mist cheerful little nook ever!

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  2. So cute & simple! I love the stencil images you chose. Thanks so much for sharing the How-To!!
    ~Mary

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  3. Looks awesome! Love the color...thanks for sharing!

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  4. Too cute! Gotta love that free Valspar paint. I haven't used mine yet.

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  5. These are super cute! What a great pop of color :)

    PS- I'm doing my first giveaway ever on my blog, I'd love if you would stop by and enter! http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/02/my-first-giveaway-and-introducing-your.html

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  6. I love how you have contemporary art pieces for so little cost - very creative!

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  7. Turned out way cute! Love those colors :) One thing you could do to tone down that white is just mix a tiny bit of black into the paint to give it a more antiqued look- or you antiquing glaze to wipe over it once it's dry. But I think it looks great as is- very contemporary! Thanks for your comment on my table! I'm glad I found your blog :)

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  8. What a cute idea. And so simple too. I'm your newest follower. I would love it if you linked your project up to my link party.
    More The Merrier Monday.

    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com

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  9. Really cute. I am looking for ideas for my sons room and this would be cute in a sports theme.

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  10. I love these.

    Love the advice about cutting on carpet. Don't trace something with a Sharpie on your white sofa either thinking that you will be really really careful...

    not that I've done that and marked my sofa...

    ahem.

    megan
    craftycpa.blogspot.com

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  11. Very cute! I saw you at the Paisley Passions blog hop & am now following your blog. :-)

    http://educatorssoliloquy.blogspot.com/

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  12. This is SOOO cute!! I love it...and it's so bright and cheerful!

    Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"! :)

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  13. These are really cute! :)
    What a unique idea.

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  14. Ooooh, Simple & Elegant, Thanks for the idea!!

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  15. Love this! I featured you over at my blog today, feel free to check it out!
    Jen

    http://jen-simplyliving.blogspot.com/2011/03/stuff-i-like-sunday-6.html

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  16. Love it! Found you from Simply Living and new follower. Going to check out more of your crafty ideas! Have a great week!

    http://playfuldecor.blogspot.com/

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  17. Love the paintings! I wish I had more walls in the house so that every craft I see I could make!!!

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