Friday, August 10, 2012

Recycled Hall Part 3: DIY Custom Art and Chandelier

Hello, daaaaaahlings! How are you today? I am splendid! I finally finished my other hall...that was way too slow of a process for my style. I like to get things done, and quickly at that! With all the craziness happening in my life, it seemed like I couldn't get inspired enough to actually finish this hall. Today, something just clicked and I finally did...
Anyhoo, the reveal will happen, ummmm.... probably tomorrow, or if you are in a different time zone, it may be the day after tomorrow for you. 
Today, I am going to show you how to create quick, easy, custom art. Like I mentioned before, this hall was designed using everything we already had (minus the 10 Euro rug I painted). I scavenged through all of my picture frames, pictures, canvases, everything, to see if I could come up with anything black, white, yellow, grey or silver. If it wasn't right, I simply painted it.
When I created my B"ee" wall last fall (haha, that rhymed), I printed off a picture of a bumble bee and put it in a white frame. One black, white and yellow picture...check!
I found the silhouette I made of my precious pooch, Penny, but it just needed a little extra zing added to it. I decided I was going to attach it to a canvas I got a while back at the Euro Store (like the American "Dollar Store", but about 17 cents more per item). I laid some cheap lace I found  over the canvas and taped it around the back.
 I then sprayed the canvas with some yellow spray-paint and quickly removed the lace before the paint could soak in where the lace was lying. The canvas was left with an awesome, distressed lace pattern.  I  mounted (makes it sound fancier than hot gluing) the silhouette on the canvas and it really finished off the piece.
I found another large silver frame and painted it black to make it a little bolder. I put a piece of scrap charcoal grey and white fabric (purchased last year from Ikea) that I found in my craft drawer in the frame.
On the other side of the hall, I hung a rustic wooden sign which reads "designer or artists studio" in French. I found that little guy a few months ago in the states for $2 at a thrift shop.
Also in the arrangement is a graphic that I received as a gift, black and white pictures a starfish, and an empty frame with a random curtain-rod finial for a coat hook.
I needed some extra pizzazz, so, like with our bedroom chandelier, I spray painted a faux (FAKE) crystal chandelier the same yellow that I used for the lace canvas piece. I WOULD NEVER PAINT A REAL CRYSTAL CHANDELIER and you shouldn't either! A $30 fake one...sure, why not? It really came out astonishingly sunny and wonderful. 

If you missed the last two posts on my recylcled hall...
Click here to see how to paint a custom rug 
click here to see a tutorial on how to make $2 wallpaper.

Click here to see the final reveal! 

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  1. I LOVE the finial-turned-hook, the chandelier, and the book page wall!! All such great ideas! Beautiful as always!


    1. Thank you so much Allison! I really appreciate it! I hope you are having a lovely and blessed weekend!

  2. Molly! Your blog is amaZing!!!!! I'm your newest follower!!! :)

    1. Thank you Kristin! I am so thrilled that you are now following! I hope you have a lovely day!

  3. Hey Molly! I finally got a chance to check out your blog and I am loving it! Gorgeous decorating on the cheap... right up my alley :) Anyways, I LOVE the lace canvas you did! I can promise you that I will be trying this out in the near future... Thanks for the tips! xoxo

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