Have you been thinking of jazzing up your kitchen or dining space a bit? All decor updates needn’t essentially burn a hole in your pocket to look polished and professional. If you have a bit spare time on your hands and creativity within you, there are loads of easy DIY decor projects that add a personal touch to interiors without looking like displayed school projects. This week, going through my art stash, I found a couple of spare primed canvases and acrylic paint hiding behind lots of other interesting stuff. (Scary realization: “Oh my gosh! Am I becoming a hoarder?”). Well, be that as it may, combination of the forgotten art materials sparked the idea for this DIY decor item for my kitchen. It took just a couple of hours, but the result was quite pleasing. So, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to create a display-worthy decor item.
Let’s Get this DIY Decor Idea Started
Decide on design and size:
Take a sheet of paper of the size you want and paste it neatly on a sturdy piece of cardboard. I had a spare primed canvas (size 14 x 18 inches) lying with me, so I used that. I decided to go with written message rather than the usual whisk, chicken or coffee cup designs, but you can choose whatever suits your personality and mood.
Get creative and begin:
At this stage, you can get loads of help from the internet. There are quite a few printable designs, letters and images available for free on the web. But if you are feeling really creative, you can draw it out right on the board. Right now I am dabbling a bit in calligraphy, so decided to rough it out in pencil on the canvas. The chevron pattern seems to aptly balance out decorative feel of the letters and add a touch of elegance. If you make mistakes while penciling the design down, don’t worry because it would all be painted over.
Save up white spaces:
Before you start painting the patterns in, either use masking tape or masking fluid to save up the white spaces or light-colored spaces. You can choose to not use either of these and just paint in part by part, but that is a bit time-consuming and leaves more space for error. Since there were lots of curves and corners in my design, I went with masking fluid. It is easy to apply and offers great flexibility of brush movement.
Brush in background colors:
You can see in the image below how I have been able to cover most of the part in paint with very little care for color bleeding or spillage. Also, all the drawing mistakes and changes have disappeared 🙂 . I have used acrylic paint here as it is comparatively easy to apply and you can cover up any mistakes quite easily. Let it dry. Since the general color scheme of my kitchen is green, I chose to go with blue-tinged green and powder blue. To avoid looking too matchy-matchy, I used grey to balance the whole thing out. While choosing the dominating color of your creation, be clear in your mind whether you want the decor item to stand out boldly or get along with the general interior color scheme.
Detailing and finishing touches:
After the paint has dried sufficiently to work with, unmask the preserved spaces on the canvas. Rubbing gently with a finger or eraser removes the masking fluid pretty easily. There might be some untidy edges, which you can tidy up before filling the spaces up with lighter color. I went a bit crazy with white and ended up altering the chevron pattern quite a bit. But surprisingly, it came out better than I had planned for! So, you never know! Just go with the flow and make any changes to your planned design that you feel would turn out looking better. After all, it is your DIY decor idea!
And here’s my finished artwork adding a touch of elegance and personality to my kitchen! May be, I will hang it on the wall later. What do you think?
I later attached two paperclips on the back and hung it on the wall. You can choose to go with smaller board sizes and make it a collection of 3 or 4 different messages. Why not go rustic and use pellet wood as base and go crazy with paint and stencils? The beauty of this idea is that you can create a few pieces and keep rotating them to reflect your mood. Once you begin, it’s hard to stop! New design ideas just keep sprouting.
How many did you end up making? Or, are you just toying with the idea of giving it a go? I would love to hear (or see) what design ideas you came up with.
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