October 16, 2013

How to Create Giant Art for a Giant Wall

When updating the family room I really wanted to create some HUGE art to go above our huge shelf found HERE.  Do you know what makes the best inexpensive canvas?  A hollow core door.  They are around $30 (and you might recall that my mom used one HERE in Rex's room).

So, here's the sign I ended up making, which was heavily inspired by THIS ONE I pinned a long time ago.  

I used colors to match our room and I used a quote I love (thanks Tiffany).

I layered the shelf with some photos - old and new.

And it adds a lot of color to the room.  I was really happy with how it turned out.  To attach it, my dad used long screws and screwed it right into the studs in two places.  That means you can see two screws from the front, but they aren't really noticeable and I could paint over them if necessary.  

 So here's how I made the sign.  I was lucky because my parents had an extra door in their garage they weren't using.  I started by letting Rex paint it gray with a roller and some extra patio paint I had.  He was so excited to get to help out with it.  I lightly sanded it when it was dry to remove any bumps.

Then I found a large circle to trace for the sun.  I think I ended up using a huge bowl from the kitchen and then I used painter's tape to tape the rays.

I painted each section a different color, using basic acrylic paints.

Then I removed the tape and used a foam brush (whose width was equal to the width of the painter's tape) to fill in the rays with purple paint.  I also outlined the sun with it.  

I sanded down the whole sign a lot to distress it.  Then I watered down some gray paint to make a glaze.  I spread it on and wiped it off.

I still wanted it to look a little more distressed so I dry brushed a few spots with the same base layer gray paint.

I designed the text with my Silhouette software and cut the vinyl to create a stencil.  I brushed on white paint in a messy more dry-brush kind of way so it wouldn't look new.  If you don't have a vinyl cutting machine you could print off the letters, cut them out, and trace them onto the sign.  Then just paint them in.

I peeled off the stencil and sanded the letters a little more.

And there you have it.  Little price tag.  Big impact.

Thanks for reading my blog.  I'm glad you're still here. 


  1. What a great idea! I had never thought of using a hollow core door, but it's the perfect choice!

  2. Gorgeous!!!! Love the baby in the bouncy seat in the background. :)

  3. Wow - Love it!

    Was there not a hole in the door for the handle? I thought they came pre-drilled? If so how did you cover it up?

    1. I had that same question. I agree, this is a beautiful piece though!

    2. You can buy them without the hole there. I didn't have to fill it in in any way.


  4. Wow, what a statement. I love it. It's so bold. I love the quote and how the colors tie into the rest of the room's decor. Great job!

  5. We're still here. Nice to have you back. Take a break whenever you need one.

  6. I love everything about this!!! and since I just painted my whole kitchen white, I have a huge canvas to fill, This post came at the perfect time for me! Your ROCK super mom!! :) Michelle

  7. I love this art. Even without the beautiful words. :)

  8. This is beautiful! Love it.

  9. WQW you really pulled off a great one !!

  10. That is very effective. I bought a lovely necklace with that quote on it recently. It was typed on what you young girls call a 'vintage' typewriter which is the type of typewriter that people my age in their 60s learned to type on many years ago. You have done a great job!

  11. This is amazing, I'd love to have something like this hanging in my house! I have the same question as a couple of other posters...how did you cover up the pre-drilled hole for the handle? Beautiful work, as always!

  12. So glad you are back, and your baby is adorable

  13. i love it!!!!! espcially since it cost next to nothing for such a large piece!!


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