Hi Somewhat Simple readers, it’s Rhonda from home.made.! I am so excited to be here as a new contributor for Somewhat Simple – it is an honor to be part of such a creative group of people and I am looking forward to sharing some fun ideas for your home. First up? Upcycled Wall Art!
I think we’ve all fallen victim to a bad decorating decision (or two or three…) at some point in our lives. Maybe it’s not so much that the decor was all that bad, but that your style has changed, evolved, or even matured over time, and now you’re ready to make your space reflect you a little better. What do you do with the old decor? Sell it? Donate it? Trash it?
Why not stretch that decorating dollar and upcycle it?
This sign was originally some bad wall art, in particular an icky wine-themed grape picture:
If you have this in your home and love it… please don’t be offended. It’s just not my style. And honestly, it never was my style – this was actually left here by the previous owners of our home. I was this close to tossing it out when I decided instead to see what I could do with a little bit of paint.
When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. When life hands you ugly art, make it pretty. Right?
After a good cleaning and priming, I taped on a chevron pattern with painter’s tape and simply painted with some leftove orange sample paint from Lowe’s. Once dry, I removed the tape and added a contrasting color. Then I simply traced some chipboard letters to spell out the message “Life is good” and hand-painted the letters with a craft brush.
That’s it. Ta-da!
I now have a custom piece of art that is more “me” and that didn’t cost a dime because I used supplies that I had on hand. When you’re decorating budget is slim like mine, it makes sense to reinvent items in inexpensive ways (like paint) rather than always forking out the cash to buy something new.
This art was definitely given a new life and now resides by another trash-to-treasure of mine: my Aqua and White Tea Tray.
Life is good, indeed. And much too short to live with ugly art.
So, how about you? Do you have some art destined for the garbage bin that could be upcycled into something new? I’d love to hear about it!