Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Cheap Wall Art

So, I tend to be VERY traditional in my decorating. I am drawn to classic lines and colors with lots of symmetry. And I've discovered something recently...this style can be extremely boring and predictable. I don't want that. I want a little fun and funk mixed in with the traditional. So I'm trying to add elements here and there to spice things up a bit. I wanted a big piece of art to go over my couch and could not find anything I really liked. Plus, anything that big tends to be very spendy! What's a thrifty girl to do? Well, she thought and she thunk and finally came up with the perfect solution.

This is a 30 x 40 blank canvas from Hobby Lobby (40% off coupon was used, of course). It took 1 yard of 52" decorator fabric to cover this huge thing. I did splurge on the fabric. I looked everywhere for something with the right colors and a fun pattern, and wouldn't you know it? The only one I was drawn to was full price. But that's ok. A picture or wall hanging this big would have cost me well over $100. Even with the splurge of $22 a yard, I still came out way cheaper. And I like it better than anything I found in the stores.

This is an EXTREMELY easy project to do. Plus, you've got a good excuse to buy that staple gun you've had your eye on. Stretch your fabric good and tight and start stapling. I did the top and bottom first and then folded in the sides and stapled them last. Now, my fabric was very forgiving because of the funky pattern. If you have something with stripes or a picture on it, you need to center your fabric on the front and then flip it over to staple.


So, if you're in the market for a fresh and funky wall hanging...go for it. Have fun with this. They sell all sizes and shapes of canvas boards. You could do one large one like I did, or you could do a set of three with mismatched but coordinating fabrics in a grouping. The possibilities are endless. Use that imagination of yours and run with it!


27 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Great idea! I may have to try something like this for our bedroom.

jenjen said...

What a cute idea! I love it. I like to change things up a alot and this is the perfect project for that. I love your material too. Great job!

Jen

Staci said...

very fun and easy. Just the combination someone like me needs!

krissa reann said...

such a cute idea! I really like it!

Bobbi said...

Hi. I'm a new reader. That is a great idea and I have a wall that needs something on it. Love your sight.

Martha said...

Very cute idea! I used the same technique, but with my cork board! It turned out great!

Rebecca said...

Oh, I love this!

Rambling Girl said...

Gosh this is so cute and would make a great present also...Love the other things you put beside it to make it so ritzy to me. I am so loving all your cheap ideas...more of what my kind of decorating.

Shannon said...

Love that idea!! Cute fabric!!

Valarie Lea said...

That is such an awesome idea!!

Susan S. said...

Wonderful idea and I love the color scheme! I have severl "S's" that I decorate with too since both my first and last name start with S. Great affordable artwork!

~ Jamie ~ said...

Hey! That looks awesome!

Mandi said...

Girl it looks so good! I love the other stuff you paired with it too! Those S's and the plates are the perfect shade of blue. You are the master of all things fabulous and thrifty!

Erin said...

so cute and creative! You come up with great ideas! Looking at your blog makes me think....

Erin said...

I love this! It adds such great interest to this room!

Megan @ Little Bella Bean said...

Fab-O!! Apparently styrafoam makes a great backing too. I love your letters and plates too. And those animal print pillows funk it up!

=)
Megan

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Love that funky fabric, great choice! I'm gonna have to cheat off ya...

niartist said...

Great job! Don't you just LOVE Hobby Lobby!? I really like the fabric you chose, great color combinations, fresh and spring like. Beautiful!

Tausha said...

it looks fantastic! I love the aqua color accents that you put with it. The s's are my fav. I don't know why-I just have a thing for letters!!!
So-I am hoping that this question doesnt sound totally crazy but..Does your husband love it as much as my husabnd does that you have the greatest talent in the world-thrifting? That was such a terrible sentance-sorry about that. He loves that I love inexpensive things-I just have to remind him every now and then how lucky he is that I am cheap! :)

The Phillips Place said...

terrific! great fabric choice- definitely a worthwhile splurge. :) now you have me thinking about doing several small ones in a group for maddy's room. or am i just looking for another excuse to stay indoors and out of the cold weather???

Lindsay said...

Can you come and decorate my dank basement that I call home? Your house is SO cute.

AndreaLeigh said...

cute and inexpensive! my two favorite things. I'm totally dying that there is no hobby lobby here, or joanns, and my walmart doesn't sell fabric. wtheck?

Nicole ~ said...

What a great idea! You always have such creative ideas.

miSS cARTER said...

You put me to shame, serious.

Amber said...

That looks great! Love the fabric.

Stephanie said...

Looks great!

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Sweet Caroline said...

I LOVE the letters in threes! Why didn't I think of that? And, the plates, too. Love it!

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