24 Nov 2009

DIY Wall Art

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I have had the recent fortune of making these awesome wall hangings and I am completely in love with them! I saw this idea in Lowes Creative Solutions this summer and have been obsessed with making them ever since. Luckily they turned out perfectly, were pretty easy and the results are gorgeous, so just I have to share them.2009_11_24_4463

I started off with a few pieces of poplar board, 1 inch x 12 inches x 6 feet. I had them sawed in half, which left me with two 3 feet x 12 inch boards.

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I sanded and stained the boards,

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lined the edges with painters tape, and covered the boards with this doormat that I picked up from Lowes.

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I then spray painted 4 light coats through the doormat-2 straight down on the mat and 2 from different angles to try to fill in all of the gaps.

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I allowed the paint to dry for about 30 minutes after the last coat,

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and when I pulled the mat off I literally squealed with delight.

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I sealed the wood with a spray polyurethane and hung those babies up as soon as I could.

I used heavy duty sawtooth hangers on the back of the boards, and hung them on wall anchors spaced about 13 inches apart.

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The wood shows through beautifully and the design looks so elegant on the wall. The only real problem is that I want to put them in every single room of the house-the neutral wood and ivory go with absolutely everything! It took a lot of deliberation before they finally landed in the living room, but I was glad to finally have something to fill the space above the TV, and luckily mom was willing to hold to hold them up against different walls while I debated.2009_11_24_4458

I'm so excited to be linking this up to the CSI project!


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88 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is Awesome!! Thanks for the great post and idea! I love it!
-Ann

Kirsty said...

Those are sooo cool and I am immediately going to copy you and put them on the blank wall of my bathroom. I have trying to figure out what to do there! Thanks for the great idea!

Greta said...

that is cool!

Andrea said...

Those are so original...and very pretty!

Amie said...

So awesome I can't wait to try this ! I have seen metal floor rugs like that used before to hang on walls too! So awesome! Yes I know I already said that!

Megan said...

I looked at this on my phone earlier and was impressed, but I'm amazed now that I'm looking at it on a larger screen! Go Erin!

Amanda said...

OK, wow. Seriously in awe of your amazing craftiness.

Amanda said...

Also, Lowe's owes you for some serious free advertising!

Tiffany said...

WOW! Erin, these are absolutely incredible. That is genius! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them! They look fabulous above the tv. WOW!

Kate @ The Gaines Gang said...

WOW! What a fabulous idea. They turned out great!

Thanks for sharing!
Kate

Mandy said...

Wow. I'm so copying this. I love love love your creative art ideas!!!!!

Jenn said...

Gorgeous! I've seen this done before, but not as well...yours rocks!

Crystal said...

Looks great, and funny, when I was looking at your cute picture of daddy and baby on the swing, I realized I KNOW YOU!!!
I am Ryan M's sister from CCU. :)
Happy Thanksgiving Erin, tell Chris Crystal said Hi!

Abbey @ Practically Perfect said...

I LOVE THIS!!! Thanks for linking to A Soft Place to Land so I could find you!

Katie said...

These came out amazing! And they sound totally doable!

Tamber said...

I want to go out and buy the stuff for those today. Thanks for the ideas. I love it.

Kim said...

Very nice. I like how you used two pieces of wood for one "print".
@cheapchichome.blogspot.com

sarah said...

THat is one of the coolest things i've seen on here. Definitely going to have to try that out!

Sarah said...

ok... that is soo cool! thanks for sharing!

Erin said...

I am SO stealing this idea for my bathroom. I have a giant piece of luan that I've been wondering what kind of art to put on it and now I know. Thank you for sharing!

Tammy@InStitches said...

These are fabulous ! I think I might just have to make some. I have some gorgeous pieces of wood that I've been wanting to make something out of.

Mama Byrd said...

I couldn't decise if I wanted to go yank up my door mat or leave a comment first. I am SOOOO doing this, it's gorgeous!

Staci K. said...

What a great idea!! They turned out great!!

Welcome.... said...

Of course, I would have screamed in delight. These are beautiful. What a wonderful idea!

Linda said...

WOW...what a COOL idea you had here...love how it looks! Thanks soooo much for sharing it and showing us how you did it. Hope you have an awesome week!

Blessings,
Linda

Janis@White Alder[Home] said...

I am bowing down to your craftiness!!! Those look sooooooo FANTASTIC, what a great job! I'm completely stealing this idea.

Gina Sisco said...

Fabulous, totally going to borrow this idea!!

Kelly said...

This is awesome. And I love how things you say are so easy are light years beyond what I would/could do! :)

Jessica @ This Blessed Life said...

Holy cow - saw you on ASPTL and so glad I clicked the link!

Jennifer Juniper said...

It really did turn out fantastic. Who would have thought???

brudcrew said...

Wow! I have to do this! I recently moved into a house with vaulted ceilings and LOTS of wall to cover, this is perfect! Thank you!

Donna said...

WOW! those are beautiful! I'll be doing this ASAP! We really need some art for our walls! brilliant!

Marci @OvercomingBusy said...

That is brilliant!! Just found your blog through A Soft Place to Land. Glad I did!

burlap + blue said...

This is amazing..thanks for linking up and sharing!

Vanessa said...

Love these! I already have one of those rugs! I wonder if I could use the back side of it and not ruin it??!! I might have to try! I think I found it for under $10 at Ross, though....I could just buy another one! Great project!

Des said...

ROCK and roll !! That's the coolest thing I've seen today. Going. to. Lowe's.

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Looks GREAT too!!

gina said...

WOW- that art work is STUNNING!

Infarrantly Creative said...

Ummm yes those are absolutely, positively, amazing...came over from OPT.

Carli@fearfullyandwonderfullymade said...

I love it!!! I am so going to try this! Great job!

Linz said...

Thank-you so much for sharing this! I have a large wall in my living room that I haven't been able to find art for. I'm going to leave the boards the 6' length and double it up.
How did you secure them to the wall?

Leigh said...

WOW!!! That is fabulous! now I have to find a place to put something so beautiful!!!

Anonymous said...

Erin!!! Hi from Shawnee, Rob, Katie, and Logan Fleenor! I saw the (gorgeous!) wall hanging link on One Pretty Thing, and when I came to your link and saw the photos on the right, I recognized you! Okay, that's a lot of exclamation points for one comment. Anyway, we're at rsfleenor at juno dot com, and we'd love to say hello and see what's up. Blessings, Shawnee

Its So Very Cheri said...

AMAZING-- love these-You are so creative.
Thanks for linking to the party.
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Cheri

Its So Very Cheri said...

You've been featured--come check it out.
Cheri

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Holy cow. Those are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. I am in love, and in awe of this idea! I also have a BIG empty space above my sofa that would be absolutely PERFECT for this project! Thank you for sharing!

dunfordorama said...

Ive had these on my "to do" list since I saw them in the magazine too. Glad to know they were as easy and awesome looking as they said they were!

Great job!!

J

Kathy said...

This is SO GREAT!!! One of the neatest projects I've seen in a long time!!! Wondering if I have someplace for that......

Heather said...

I would have never thought of using a door mat for a stencil - thanks!!!!!

Jen said...

That is brilliant! Wow! So creative. I'm going to steal that sometime. Really, I am SOOOO impressed. I wish you could "hear" me as I type.

:)
Jen

jaimeparis said...

That is really pretty! Great job!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Really pretty! What a great idea to use the rubber mat as a stencil. It turned out really well and looks very posh.

Anny said...

WOW Those are GORGEOUS!!!

Dianna said...

Art isn't just for canvas! They look awesome. It's fun creating unique art.

Struggler said...

Wow, I would never, ever have guessed these were made with a doormat. What a wonderful project and they came out beautifully!

Robyn said...

HOLY COW THAT'S AWESOME!

Mer said...

i am soooo glad i clicked on here from the lettered cottage! thank you for the detailed instructions...i am sooo so so so excited to make these this week! thanks for sharing!

Peggy of Plush Nest said...

I'm so glad you linked this on the Best of the Nest, it's super cool!

Little Big Nest said...

I love your blog, and I love this! I am going to try this out for sure. Good job on them!

Little Lovables said...

wow, what a pretty project! and can be done with any colors too, thanks for sharing

Adventures in Dressmaking said...

That looks really, really cool!!!!

Kristi said...

I love that idea! I am now looking around my house thinking of wear I could put something like that!! Love them!!

glor said...

WOW, this is beautiful! Thanks for showing.

Jennie said...

What a cool idea! Thank you.

Jennie @ Cinnaberry Suite

Destination Seaborn said...

Those lok great! What a clever ideat! Thanks for sharing! ~Lisa

Ellen said...

What a great idea! Good for you!
smiles.

Brooke said...

That is so creative!It looks great on the wall. Thanks for such a great idea!

Diane at InMyOwnStyle said...

This is truly spectacularly (Probably not a word, but you get it's meaning)creative! Ingenious, do-able, and it looks stunning.

TidyMom said...

BEAUTIFUL!! I had seen this idea before but forgot all about it!!

Can I ask, how did you get them lined up so evenly on the wall when you hung them? I'm SURE I wouldn't be able to get them so even!

~TidyMom

Time For Beads said...

Love it! I was looking for something to do as an insert for a armoire panel and I think I'll try this!

www.timeforbeads.com

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

This is seriously gorgeous - I would squeal too!

Faithfulmom2 said...

I can't believe it. I love this and I threw out this same door mat a few months ago! I wold do this for sure. Thank you.

Michael and Annalea said...

WOW! These are truly amazing and I'm so going to make some - I can't stop thinking about the color combination possibilities! Thanks for this awesome idea!

Little Big Nest said...

Hey I mentioned you on my blog. I tried this project. It did not turn out quite like yours but I tried! Thanks!

jrae said...

I made this project when that magazine came out. Mine turned out terrible the first time I tried it. The problem was the floor mat I used. The rubber edges along the design weren't smooth and neat and so when I sprayed the paint my design was messy. I went back with a Dremel tool and cleaned up the floor mat. It took me three hours! Then I tried it again and it turned out great! So get a nice floor mat and pay attention to the design.

Andra said...

what an amazing idea!! THANK YOU!!

Robyn{Lee} said...

AWESOME!!! Love it! : ) Great job.

Lori said...

Awesome job! I'm gonna have to try this one day!

Katie said...

This is such a great idea and so easy! Great craft!

brudcrew said...

I saw this when you first posted and we were building a new house. I knew just where I wanted them but knew I would need to make them on a slightly bigger scale to hang on the wall over my stairs. I have made them and they turned out great! Now I can't figure out how to hang them. They are HEAVY and this will be an awkward place! How did you hang yours?

brudcrew said...

I also wanted to know how far apart you spaced yours. They look great!

Jamie said...

WOW! You have done such a great job on this wall art! The tutorial is great, too. Hope it's okay, I just couldn't help but post this on my new blog here:

http://frugal-home-design.blogspot.com/2012/01/frugal-design-inspiration-and-ideas.html

Thank you SO much for sharing!

Linda said...

We made these last November and I love them:
http://sharedpinterests.blogspot.com/2011/11/my-debut-project-stenciled-wall-hanging.html

Thanks so much for the brilliant idea!

forsythius said...

What color stain & spray paint did you use. They turned out great...I just happened to come across this on the Lowe's site today, but the directions were terrible. Thanks so much for the explanation!

Jen McCannell said...

Did any locate the actual 24 x 36 mat used???? The current mat at lowes is super different and I like the one she used better. Would anyone be willing to send it to me? I would be apply to pay for it, plus shipping??? Thanks!
Jen McCannell

Jennifer Calero said...

I absolutely LOVED your project! I thought it came out amazing. I tried to do it myself and it didn't go well at all. I tried two different mats and I just couldn't get the same result as you. You should start selling these! I just featured my attempt at your project on my blog, check it out some time.
http://pinorpass.blogspot.com/

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