K, so remember a few months ago when I showed you our family room? (Go HERE for a refresher…) Even though it isn’t completely magazine worthy, I wanted y’all to see how things were coming along since our move. One of the many things on my To Do list for this room was to find a suitable picture to place above the mantel.
We’ve had this Monet reproduction sitting on the mantel while my creative juices waited for some inspiration.
I like the picture, but we’ve had it for so long I couldn’t really see it anymore. Plus the frame was a bit too big. The original frame broke, and a few years ago I bought this Ikea frame as a replacement. Of course, it helps to know the size you need before you go all the way over to Ikea and buy a frame. But, since I like learning lessons the hard way, I decided to keep this too big frame as a
constant gentle reminder to measure before I go off and buy something.
Anywhoo, about a year ago I saw this painting in the West Elm catalog that I just loved. It’s called Circles by artist Lourdes Sanchez.
Unfortunately it’s no longer for sale through the store, but I just needed the inspiration to make something on my own. It’s paintings like Circles that make me think I could possibly be an artist. The same way John Grisham makes me believe I could possibly be a lawyer (yeah, right), or Ashley from the blog Make It and Love It makes me feel like I could sew (not happening!).
I found a few more inspiration paintings that helped me realize, YES! yes…you CAN paint your own picture to put over the mantel, Beth!
I love Sanity Fair’s apartment! Her picture inspiration was from her stacked bracelets. Freakin’ genius.
As I gathered my materials to paint my own masterpiece, I was pretty thrilled to think I could make it for free.
First, I spray painted my Ikea frame black using spray paint from my stash.
I also grabbed black craft paint, a bowl, and a foam brush (which I ended up not really needing). I had originally intended to paint directly on the back of my Monet picture, but when I got it out of the frame I realized it was glued to a piece of board. That wasn’t going to work. :/ So, I had to actually open my wallet (yeah, call the papers…Beth’s spending some money) and buy a piece of white poster board. It was 42 cents. Yikes! Break the freakin’ bank, why don’t you?
The painting was seriously the easiest thing I’ve ever done. I just dipped the bowl into the paint and placed it on the poster board. Sometimes I twisted and turned the bowl around, sometimes I just lifted it right up.
(See that drip? It was intentional…just like my inspiration painting.)
The only hard part of this project was getting past my fear of failure. Really. It took me months to get up the nerve to take the picture down and out of the frame. Then a week or two of looking at the poster board sitting in front of the fireplace while I stared at the black frame already on the mantel. I was afraid that I would ruin the painting just by painting it. That people would come over and ask if I framed my kids’ artwork just to be nice. That someone would be rude enough to say, “Oh, you made that? Huh….well, you can always put something else in there.” Pretty sure I don’t have such rude friends anyway, but it still scared the crap out of me.
And guess what? No one has said anything rude. My friends and family really like it. And, more importantly, every time I look at the painting, I just smile. I personally love it. Like really really love it. (So if you don’t, please keep it to yourself.)
I think it’s going to look fab with the curtains I eventually put up. I’m actually just waiting for fabric samples to be come THE thing to put on your windows. Call me a trend setter. You saw it here first.
I’m pretty thrilled with the transformation…
And I’m glad I sucked it up, got up the guts, and painted it myself. And for 42 cents? Yeah, I’m pretty happy.
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