For those who are new to the blog I’ve spent the past 5 weeks remodeling our basement rec room/playroom as a participant of the One Room Challenge.
I can’t believe we only have one week left!! So far I’ve painted the walls, repurposed some diaper boxes, built a wall storage system, shiplapped a wall, reupholstered an ottoman, created some “I love you” wall art, and made 2 large pillows.
This week was another busy week. First, we hired someone to fix the electrical problem we had downstairs and to install 6 cans lights in addition to the florescent tube lighting we already have (yay, for more light in the basement!!!)
After that was completed a friend and I installed 4 wide beadboard panels onto the ceiling. I still need to patch holes and do A LOT of trim work and painting to make it look beautiful but beautiful the ceiling will look!!
The hanging chairs I mentioned ordering in the last post arrived and they are now hung (the kids are already enjoying them…and I may or may not have relaxed in them a bit too)!:-) I hope to find the time this week to make a fabric cover to hide the chains holding them up.
What I enjoyed working on the most this week was some more DIY artwork for the room. If you’ve been following the blog for awhile you know how much I love abstract paintings and wall art. I’ve done a few abstract painting tutorials that you can find, Here.
But this time instead of painting abstracts I created some on the computer using photoshop elements. The below abstract artwork from West Elm served as my inspiration.
via West Elm for $249
via West Elm for $139-$189
With prices between $189 and $250 each buying them was out of the question! I was able to create the large framed artwork below for under $30!
After I created the artwork in photoshop elements my friend Cristie from Skip Rock Inc. printed it out for me. It was a 16 x 26 print. I called Staples to see what they would have charged me to print it there and it would have only been $15.
Not a bad price at all for that large of a print!!
I bought a blank canvas from Michael’s (with a 40% off coupon) for $13. I painted the canvas white and then laid the print down on the canvas while the paint was still wet and let it dry.
Then I nailed 1×2 furring strips (total $3) to the canvas to create the frame. With left over glaze I had on hand I quickly wiped on and wiped off glaze from the frame to darken the wood just a bit. You could also paint the frame white or whatever color you wanted to!
Like I mentioned before I had some fun (maybe too much fun) playing around with creating art in photoshops elements. I created the 6 designs below and want to share them with you. You can click on the corresponding numbered link below to download the image.
Once you download the image you can print them out on your own printer or you can save the file on a flash drive and take it to Staples or a similar store to get it printed out (they can change it’s size to whatever you want).
If you download all of them you could create a gallery wall similar to the one below.
Or just a couple of larger ones. The options are vast!