I am excited to share this post, because this was the most fun I’ve had on a project in a long time. All it took was an old canvas, craft paint and leftover interior latex paint—and getting in touch with my inner artist.
I wanted to bring in a pop of color into our dining room and clear some of the clutter that had begun to accumulate on our bookshelf. As you may remember from other posts, I had just laid a chalkboard against the wall and assembled a few accessories around it. It has always been a revolving display, but it was beginning to look like the collection center for my next garage sale. And with it finally feeling like spring around here, I wanted to bring in a burst of spring colors.
Luckily I had a huge canvas that has been hanging in my son’s room. It’s roughly three feet by four feet, a great size for my dining room wall. It had been a project my husband and I worked on one cold, long winter in South Boston to get us through our hibernation season. We were in need of diversion and color, and this fit the bill perfectly. Another great friend gave me a few intro-to-painting lessons and helped me get over the fear of messing up. So we had several good memories attached to it, but it had found its way to one of the more hidden walls of the house and been forgotten.
I thought painting over it would better serve our good memories than storing it when I get my son the Broncos poster he’s been wanting. So last weekend, I decided to give painting another go.
I started by covering the whole thing with two sample pots of leftover wall paint. I mixed them together to create my third color. This gave me a clean slate that was more interesting than just being blank.
Then I got out my cheap craft paint and added layers of colors.
I just used a couple of Dixie cups and a Dora party plate to mix my colors. I think keeping it easy and casual is what kept it fun. If you need a new relaxing hobby, I think this rivals yoga. I also used every paint brush I could find, from the very small fine-tipped to the square-foam brush.
I changed up the music I was listening to, and I kept going, trying not to mix my colors on the canvas too much. It got a little muddy in places, because I wasn’t waiting patiently for one color to dry before I started on the next. But when that happened, I just took a break and came back with a more saturated color once it dried a bit. Plus, because I had my “clean slate” paint on hand, it felt like I had an eraser if I needed one.
And that’s it. Because I already had the canvas, I was able to complete this project for about six dollars in craft store paint. I’ve decided to think of it as a work in progress and add colors if the inspiration strikes. Or I might decide to paint over the whole thing again in a few months.
For now, I love it. It’s a little beachy, a little like the sky, and I love how its generous size takes up so much of that wall. You should try it. If you don’t have a canvas, they seem to go on sale at Michaels or Hobby Lobby every other week. So next time you’re feeling stressed, try reaching for a paint brush instead of a yoga mat and make your walls happy.