If you have been following along with our bedroom makeover for the One Room Challenge, then you may have noticed that I took a week off. My daughter was having a rough time recovering from a tonsillectomy, but I’m back today with an easy DIY color block art project! I made this to go above our bed and I am excited to share because it was such an easy and inexpensive DIY home decor project.
I knew that I wanted something very simple to hang above our bed but I also know that large pieces of artwork can be very expensive. We had a large painting that I had bought for $40 years ago because there was a small tear in the canvas (we had just taped it from the back so it isn’t noticeable). The artwork never was quite my style, but $40 is amazing price just for that large of a canvas. I decided to try to paint over the canvas and create a frame.
If you saw my mood board, I was originally going to an abstract black and white painting. I actually did a black and white painting on the canvas, hung it up and just was’t feeling it. It was too modern and too busy for the room. So, I went back to the starting line and decided to do a color block painting. After trying out a bunch of different color combinations in Photoshop, I landed on a warm rust and cream.
This painting was so easy to do. The original painting had lots of texture which still comes through and I love that. If you are using a new canvas, you could add texture with thick paint, let it dry and then paint over it. I painted about 1/3 of the canvas with the rust color and 2/3 cream. I just used leftover “Simply White” from the bedroom walls.
It took a few coats to get the canvas fully covered. I experimented with sanding it in spots to get some variation in color, but in the end, I liked just the two solid colors.
Since I knew I would be adding a frame, I didn’t worry about getting the edges painted perfectly.
I overlapped the white over the rust and feathered it at the edge to give a softer edge. This worked really well with the texture of the canvas.
Then, I lightly stained some boards and we just nailed them right into the original canvas frame.
That’s it! Easiest DIY art ever!
I like how it adds a warm pop of color to the room without making it feel to busy.
I think the frame is really what makes the whole piece come together and look less “homemade”.
Now I need to decide on some more pillows and curtains. I am hoping to have another DIY tutorial coming soon! If you haven’t seen my other master bedroom posts, check them out: