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. 


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