I came across Sage & Naomi’s blog the other week and was completely enamoured with this project. Their entire blog “Plaster & Disaster” is fantastic – but this one in particular caught my attention. We’ve all done the garage sale frames with spray paint, or transferring art in and out – but did you know you could actually create your own mats for your pictures. This takes you way beyond a typical DIY result into a professional-looking, custom piece. Don’t believe me? Well, I’ve coerced Sage from Plaster & Disaster into sharing this post here. Read on to see why I was so impressed with both the DIY project and their blog.
When Shelly asked me to guest post at 100things2do, I couldn’t have been more excited! I’m thrilled to be here today sharing a recent art project that added color and polish to our bathroom walls for less than $30. (For more about our bathroom makeover, check out the original post at Plaster & Disaster.)
We have a lot of DIY and semi-DIY art in our house, not because I’m an amazing artist but because we’re quite cheap and didn’t want to invest any money in art while we were still living in an apartment. I’m glad, because now that we’re in our house our art needs are so different and I have all these pieces sitting in a pile waiting for me to figure out how/if to use them. But since I made most of them very inexpensively, I don’t mind.
I’m definitely more open now to the idea of buying some nicer pieces that fit our longer term space. But I’m still a fan of inexpensive/DIY wall decorations for a lot of the house, at least for the foreseeable future. Recently I posted about our living room makeover and the gallery wall with a lot of inexpensive and DIY pieces, and today I’m sharing a quick art project in our bathroom.
I knew I wanted to add some colorful prints to contrast with the dark walls, both above the sink and on the open wall across from the sink and toilet. But I wasn’t sure what, so I procrastinated/contemplated for awhile. I didn’t want to spend much — or any — money, so I spent way too much time searching for free printables online to see if there was anything I liked. I just couldn’t find the right thing, until one day I remembered that when I was wedding planning last year I kept coming across all these “digital scrapbook papers” on Etsy. Essentially, they’re colorful digital designs that usually come in coordinated sets of 10-12 for ~$5 that you can use electronically or print out to use in hard copy form. So I scoured Etsy, and after weeding through a lot that weren’t quite right, I came across this pack from creativequbedesign (at the time, it was on sale for $2 — it looks like right now it’s still a very reasonable $6):