After months of searching for just the right piece of art to put over my mantle, I decided to give up – and paint my own! Sure, there is plenty of beautiful home decor out there but to find the perfect size, shape, colors, subject, design AND be at the right price point can be frustrating. I never found anything that spoke to me in my price range. So I got out the paint and brushes and just started painting.
The good news is that it turned out pretty well. And if it hadn’t then I would have just painted over it and tried again. This painting began as a typical print that you see at any home store. I got this one at Home Goods in the clearance aisle. It used to be very bright colors: blacks, reds and blues. I bought it for the shape and size. It’s 36″ x 36″.
My family room is blues and browns so that is where I started. I got out a bunch of paint and began painting big broad strokes to cover all of the former design. I wasn’t sure what I would end up with so I just kept painting, blending different colors randomly. My faith is very important to me so I ended up painting a cross using all the colors of our decor. I love the way it turned out and most of all I love that it was cheap and customized just for our house and our style.
Consider turning your trash into treasure. If you have a painting that is no longer suiting your decor, consider doing the same thing yourself, or finding a daring friend to do it for you. Check out more amazing trash to treasure ideas at my talented friend’s blog: www.trashtotreasure.com. Or like her Facebook page Trash To Treasure. -Meredith