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Geometric Canvas Print DIY


Happy Monday Everyone! Lately, I’ve been trying to figure out a simple but unique way to create wall art for our bedroom. I started looking online but only found things that were outside of my price range or were not really my style. This is usually how most DIYs start for me.

A couple of months ago I decided to pick up A Happy Handmade Home by the lovely ladies over at A Beautiful Mess.  If you like giving a personal touch to your projects this book is a great resource to have on hand. 

I do not consider myself to be artistically talented whatsoever so usually the simpler a project is, the better. One of the tutorials in the book – a DIY Picnic Blanket – caught my eye for that reason. With a few modifications to the steps laid out in the book I was able to use it as inspiration to DIY a geometric canvas print that would work for our space

You don’t need a lot of supplies for this project. Some of them you probably already have laying around your house and everything else can be picked up at any of your local craft stores.  The most expensive item will be your canvas.

Geometric Canvas Print DIY

Geometric Canvas Print DIY
Supplies 
  • 1 stretch canvas of any size – I used a 26 x 22
  • Acrylic paint in the color(s) of your choice – these can be the $1.99 ones
  • Small paintbrush
  • Craft foam
  • Scrap cardboard
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Ruler 

Based on the size of your canvas, determine how large you want each of your triangles to be. The canvas I used was 26 inches tall so I decided to make each triangle 2 inches tall and two inches wide.  This would give me 13 total triangles in each column.  

Use your ruler and scissors to measure and cut your triangle stamps out of the craft foam. I decided to cut out two triangles for each paint color to make it a little easier. Glue the stamps securely to the scrap cardboard and let it dry. 

Geometric Canvas Print DIY

Geometric Canvas Print DIY

Before you begin stamping, determine how many columns will fit on your canvas. With a 22 inch wide canvas, I was able to fit six columns with about 1 1/2 inches between each one. I decided to use three different colors so two columns of each color worked out well.

Using your paintbrush, apply a generous amount of paint to your foam stamp and begin applying it to the canvas. It might be helpful to move your ruler alongside the cardboard to keep it in a straight line. Keep reapplying the paint and stamp until you are happy with the design and the coverage on the canvas.

Geometric Canvas Print DIY

As you can see, the triangles didn’t transfer perfectly from the stamps to the canvas. I ended up liking the imperfections (sometimes I’m a little lazy), but if you want a cleaner look and have a steady hand, take your paint brush and fill in the triangles with a little extra paint.

Geometric Canvas Print DIY   Geometric Canvas Print DIY

This project only took about an hour to complete after collecting all of the supplies and could easily be done with different shapes. I love finding a good source of inspiration and putting my own spin on it.

What kind projects did you guys work on this weekend?

Have a great week, everyone! love, adrienne

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Before & After: Old Dresser gets a Modern Makeover


Before & After: Old Dresser get a Modern Makeover

There has always been this part of me that struggles with getting rid of stuff. Sometimes it can be a bad habit, but I will usually try to think of creative ways to bring new life to something that might otherwise be headed for the dumpster. 

So a few months ago, a friend at work told me she was getting rid of some old furniture and asked if I was interested in taking anything. Naturally, my wheels started turning. I started scanning my brain: what was our house missing? Were there any awkward spaces that needed to be filled?

The answer probably should have been no, but of course I came up with something. I mean, why not? She was giving it away – for free guys, come on! I quickly glanced at one of the photos she showed me – an old wooden dresser – and decided that with a little TLC it would make the perfect buffet table in our dining room. In hindsight, I should have looked at the picture a bit closer. This project turned out to be way more time consuming and labor intensive than I thought.  

Anyways, my co-worker and I made plans for her to drop off the old dresser that weekend.  I had conveniently forgotten to mention to Derek that a giant piece of furniture would soon be arriving and he would need to maneuver it up the stairs and into the house. I would be willing to bet that the word “HOARDERS” occasionally flashes across his mind in bright neon letters so I think its better to just surprise him sometimes.

Before & After: Old Dresser get a Modern Makeover

Well, the dresser arrived in all its glory.  And by that I mean, I definitely should have looked at the picture a lot closer because…

HOW WAS I GOING TO SAVE THIS, AGAIN?

Its weird how when you see things in real life they look completely different than how you remember them.  That seems to happen to me a lot. Let’s just pretend like I have a good imagination. In any case, it was too late to go back now and I had already promised Derek he wouldn’t have to lift a finger to help me restore it.

Oops.

As you can probably tell, this thing needed a lot of help.  There were dents and chips in the wood. The front legs looked like they were about to buckle and the decorative wood piece on the bottom was not my style.

For a while it just sat in our dining room. I couldn’t quite figure out where to start.

I usually lean towards the natural wood look, but there were so many chunks missing I finally decided a fresh coat of paint (or four if I’m being completely honest) would go a long way. Since we’re renting and probably won’t be buying a house for another couple years, I decided on a simple glossy white paint that would be easy to match in the future.

Before & After: Old Dresser get a Modern Makeover

Before & After: Old Dresser get a Modern Makeover   Before & After: Old Dresser get a Modern Makeover

But before we could paint, we had to sand.

And sand.

And sand some more. 

Or should I say, Derek had to sand.

And sand.

And sand some more.  

We filled in the holes from the old hardware with putty and decided to use a hand saw to chop off all four legs and the decorative piece on the bottom. At this point, I still hadn’t figured out how were were going to replace the feet but I was feeling better.

Before & After: Old Dresser get a Modern Makeover

Then came the three coats of Kilz Primer, and the four coats of Valspar Ultra Gloss White Paint. Even though the paint was also a primer, we chose to do the Kilz underneath and the white turned out very bright on the dresser. The whole painting process took a couple of weekends to complete while we waited for the dresser to dry between coats.

Before & After: Old Dresser get a Modern Makeover

Before & After: Old Dresser get a Modern Makeover

Before & After: Old Dresser get a Modern Makeover

At this point, I knew we were nearing the finish line but I wasn’t sure how to replace the legs we had chopped off. I liked the look of the dresser as it was but it was a little on the short side. We bought casters but returned them a couple weeks later. Fortunately, we found some simple legs that were the same size as the stubs sticking off of the dresser. I decided that painting the legs a different color might give the dresser a little more personality, but to keep it simple and clean I chose to do them in a glossy black. Priming and painting the legs only took an afternoon.

Before & After: Old Dresser get a Modern Makeover

Before & After: Old Dresser get a Modern Makeover

Finally, we settled on some new hardware – these knobs for the smaller two drawers, and handles similar to these for the bottom, bigger drawers.

Voila!

Before & After: Old Dresser get a Modern Makeover

Before & After: Old Dresser get a Modern Makeover

Before & After: Old Dresser get a Modern Makeover   Before & After: Old Dresser get a Modern Makeover

Before & After: Old Dresser get a Modern Makeover

A few words of advice

If you’re  interested in upcycling old furniture, make sure you feel comfortable using an automatic sander or a power drill. It’s easy for these tools to get away from you if you’re not used to them. Make sure you work with someone more experienced who can show you the ropes a little bit. Don’t worry, power tools aren’t my thing either but I’m slowly learning. I would also recommend wearing a pair of safety goggles when working with the power drill and sander, just in case. Especially if you’re clumsy like me.

This was definitely a bigger project than I had in mind when I first said yes to taking the dresser, but I am really happy with how it turned out. There are still some imperfections, but I love the clean lines and classic look of the black and white. Its something different than I usually go for.

I’m on the hunt for my next project, but I think I’ll try to be a bit more selective this time around. I imagine upcycling old furniture is similar to having kids – you forget how painful the process was because what you made was just that AWESOME!

I’m 100% joking.

TOTALLY NOT THE SAME THING!

I hope this gave you guys a little inspiration if there’s a special piece of furniture just squatting around your house. Have a good week everyone! love, adrienne