Tuesday, June 12, 2012

DIY : recycle old painting with quote art

Well like all other breathing 25 year olds the majority of my inspiration comes from pinterest these days.
I found a DIY art project I wanted to try

                                                                         Source: craftgawker.com via Kelsey on Pinterest

I had a painting under my bed for at least 10 years (no joke) that I picked up at a yard sale and had always intended to re-purpose.  I liked it because it was large, and have a good frame so I could easy re-cover it with canvas and paint a new picture or something.
Well flash forward a decade and I saw this and remembered my sad, forgotten painting.  And then I breathed new life into it and it proudly hangs above our bed.

This is SUPER easy to do.

All you need is:
  • a painting or some type of picture with colors that you like
  • paint - I used cheapo white acrylic paint from Hobby Lobby for $1 and then added a little paint thinner because I wanted some of the original artwork to show through
  • letter stickers - I bought some on clearance at Jo-Anns
  • a paint brush
  • time 
Choosing a quote is probably about the hardest part.  I had so many ideas running through my head... but I ultimately decided on this one because I love it so much.  It has a special meaning to me ever since we lived in Grenada.  We lived in the sunshine, swam the sea, and drank lots of wild air...... 

I love how Emerson turned out.  The colors are perfect behind the words.

the bedroom isn't finished as of yet.... just this lone painting hangs on the wall.
my husband said "do all these patterns go together"
ummm not exactly. and I like it that way.


Danelle said...

This is really cute Kelsey! I saw the first picture on pinterest too, but I may have to try it with the paint thinner like you did. :)

Amber said...

Love this! Ugh I want a real apartment so I can do decorative things too. We have no non slanted walls to hang pictures on. :( When we do can I hire you to decorate? ;)

Laura Conley said...

hahaha. Lee asks if they all go together. That's such a guy comment! :) I love it!

Candy said...

How smart.....GREAT RESULTS.


Crystal said...

Oooh, I've seen a lot of these on Pinterest, but none where the white is kind of transparent like that! I like it!

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