11.26.2010

Dollar Store Wall Art {tutorial}

My stairway walls have desperately been needing some dressing up. They are stark white (it's the renter's curse!). The area wraps around into the entryway and living/dining room, so it felt like too big of an area to paint, which is why I have been meaning to buy or create some wall art to display on the wall at the top of the stairs.  While there are tons of great options out there, I wanted something unique and inexpensive - and have I mentioned I like to make things?

So, a while back I picked up these little canvases from my local Dollar Tree for, you guessed it, $1 a piece.

As you can see, this is not exactly my style (is it anyone's style?!) But do not fear! To fix this ugly little situation, I enlisted the help of my good friend, Krylon White spray paint. I think it took me maybe 2 or 3 coats to erase all of the badness.



Ahh…blank canvas. Now I was able to unleash my creativity (ha! yeah right). I free handed some birds - however, I wish I would have printed a bird silhouette and stenciled it onto the canvases to get some uniformity to their shapes. If you try this project, here is one option for a free bird silhouette.


Lastly, I busted out my acrylic paint, which I already had, and painted the background first and then the birds.

Here is a pic of the birds hanging on the wall. Not too shabby for $4.

They really brighten up the stairway. It draws your eyes up as you walk up the stairs, which is great considering the staircase carpet is a high traffic area and tends to accumulate many stains. Who knew how much of an impact a little color can make?

What sort of wall art have you created? I'd love to see it, so feel free to leave a link. Thanks!  :)


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14 comments:

  1. Cute bird art! I love the color scheme and the theme.
    I especially like the fact that is was inexpensive to make!

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  2. Really cute!! And really awesome for $4 art! Visiting from Remodaholic!

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  3. What an awesome idea! Never thought about buying cheap canvases and repainting them - perfect idea! I like your birds too - simple and chic!!
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  4. Love it!

    And I have been looking for 4 canvases to do a project myself. I'll have to look for those. Thanks for the tip!

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  5. Great idea to re-purpose those canvases! And they turned out really cute.

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  6. Super cute! Don't you just love the dollar store?

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  7. I love your little bird pictures! Very creative!

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  8. Love your description of why you craft and your love something handmade rather than store bought. I feel the same way.
    Your wall art is definitely personal and expressive of you.

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  9. This is so pretty! Super cheap, but now you have your own work hanging on your wall to show off!

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  10. You have some really great ideas! I LOVE it!

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  11. I really like this one. I like bird motifs, and this is so clever with the birds flowing off-screen.

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  12. I was looking for ideas and this place is perfect now i'm save it in my favorites, you are really good

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  13. These are great! What a fantastic idea! Your bird pictures are awesome and look great hanging up. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas! :)

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  14. such a great idea! I always look at those canvases in the dollar area and wonder what I could do with them

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Thanks for your kind comments!