When we first moved into this house after our move to Boise, I decided to completely redecorate my kids bathroom, and I used this thrifted and upcycled wall art to do it! We started over from scratch, which meant that I had pretty much nothing in the way of bathroom decor when I started out.
I let my daughter choose the shower curtain, and she chose this super cute flower pattern:
I loved it too, but the problem was that I have absolutely no artwork of any kind that even comes close to matching. All the artwork from our previous house was black and white...not exactly in tune with the bright, fun colors she chose. I needed something cute! So I made this upcycled wall art to match:
Cute, right? My daughter is thrilled, she keeps begging me to let her hang it in her room, lol.
When I hit upon this little gem at a thrift store for $0.50, I knew exactly what I was going to do with it. Bring on the spray paint!
I love the flowers and the butterflies, but the horrible bronze-y gold color...not so much. I think this particular style of wall art went "out" with the '60's. Or was it ever in? If so, why?!?
So I bought a can of Rust-Oleum spray paint in Berry Pink to match the pink flowers in the shower curtain.
Working outside I laid the flowers down on a cardboard box to avoid staining the grass pink (if you look at the upper left corner you can see I failed at keeping the grass safe), and I gave the hideous bronze flowers about three good coats of spray paint.
I let each coat dry for about three hours before adding another. The hardest part was making sure I sprayed from all angles to completely cover the nooks and crannies of the flowers/butterflies. Because this is a three dimensional piece I did give the back a good coat as well, just to be sure I covered everything.
Lastly, I bought some sticker gems from Joann Fabrics for $1 a sheet, got out my trusty glue gun and glued them onto the flowers and butterflies to add some sparkle. This was mostly my daughter's idea but I kind of love that it added just a little bit more dimension to the project.
So here is my new upcycled wall art in our bathroom! I love that it compliments the curtain but isn't too matchy-matchy. I don't love how hard it is to take good pictures in a bathroom with no windows! My walls are white! White I tell you!
|Ugh, bad lighting! SO bad!|
There you have it, a really easy and cheap way to get some fun wall art! This is only my second spray painting project and already I am looking around eying all the things in my house I could paint. Do any of you have any suggestions? I am excited about the possibilities for DIY home decor!