I’ve been imagining my living room gallery wall for months now. I think it was this time last year when I tasked myself with the job of re-decorating the living room. And here it is almost a year later, and the artwork is only just done! I’m trying to convince myself that a labor of love knows no deadlines.
Once I decided I needed to get the gallery wall done, it came together in no time at all. Inspiration strikes at the most random of times, around 10:30am on a Saturday to be exact. All of a sudden I felt like I had to finish it N.O.W. Some $27 later at Aaron Brothers, I had all I needed to finish up my gallery wall.
I found cost effective frames at Ikea a few months ago, but they sat next to the couch, stacked and collecting dust until we hosted the girls' birthday party. Little did I know, it would take Super Hero inspiration for me to actually get the frames hung on the wall. Having people over to the house gets me moving, always.
I knew that I wanted to DIY my wall art. After I found some art at Williams Sonoma Home that I adored, I knew there was no way we were going to spring over $1,000 a piece. It was time to think artistically.
I used two packs of 3 canvas panels 12"x16", acrylic paint in black and white, generic small painting brushes from the hardware store, and a bit of gold paint for accent.
Not being a painter in any way, I had no idea what I was doing. So…I painted each canvas in a thin coat of white paint, hoping to minimize the canvas texture. Then I painted the images in black. I added a bit of gold to the ombre and star burst pieces.
Completing all six pieces took about 45 minutes, max. I let them dry for a day or two in the garage to make sure the paint was cured and wouldn’t squish against the glass of the frame.
Voila! Easy, simple, clean (barely a drop of paint on me).
I find myself sitting in the living room, staring at my handiwork. Is it wrong that I was so pleased with myself that I did a happy dance to “I love me” by Meghan Trainor?