Have you ever been to one of those painting classes where you paint and drink wine? I’ve been twice. It was a lot of fun, right? Yeeeeesss! And you came home with a beautiful Picasso-esq painting that you couldn’t wait to hang up on the wall, right? Ye….um…No.
Yeah I know, me too. So these are the paintings my husband and I did.
Because we painted them I felt like I had to put them up for at least a little bit, and I did, but after a few months the novelty wore off and I was ready to get rid of them. My only problem was, I have a hard time throwing out perfectly good, albeit unattractive, items. I thought about donating to Goodwill but I figured they would just end up in the trash because no one in their right mind would pay for these. So that meant I had to keep them. They took up residence in our closet for almost a year when I finally came up with a plan for them. I recently renovated our master bathroom and needed some type of art for the wall above the toilet. I wanted something inexpensive because well, it’s a toilet, so I decided to upcycle the old paintings into a single, larger, new piece of art.
I started by removing the canvas from each frame. A screwdriver and pliers were all that were needed. Next, I secured the two frames together with clamps so they would not shift while I attached them to each other with screws and metal stripping. I thought about just gluing them together with wood glue, but I went with screws instead as it would make it easier for me to disassmeble them later if I wanted to upcycle them into something else again in the future.
After securing the back, I turned the frame over and stapled the front for extra support. The two frames, originally 16×20″ in size, were now combined into a single larger frame measuring 16×40″.
I purchased a Glitter Damask Apparel Fabric from Hobby Lobby. I only needed 18″ (half a yard), so the total cost was just $3.50.
Using my staple gun, I wrapped the fabric around the frame and stapled it to the back. I then took some 3″ wide gold ribbon that I had and stapled it to the back of a gold wooden lattice piece I had left over from a previous project. The lattice piece was originally square. I purchased it from Ross for $10. I only needed the corners for a project I was working on, so after cutting the corners off, I was left with a circular piece. It’s just been sitting in my crafting room waiting to become something.
For the lattice I used two pieces of ribbon. I stapled one ribbon to the top of the lattice and the other ribbon to the bottom of the lattice. I then wrapped the top ribbon over the top of the frame and stapled it to the middle of the framework on the back. Then I took the bottom ribbon around the bottom of the frame and also stapled it to the middle of the framework on the back.
I turned the piece over, and that was it. After an hour of work and less than $15 in materials, I had my upcycled wall art.