Cause’ I want pretty decor, but I don’t want to pay a ton of money for it. You know feel the same way, too.
I recently put together my home workspace, and it’s almost where I want it to be except it is missing a few key details- WALL CANDY! Wall candy? Like huge gummy bears on your wall? No, silly. I mean cute wall decor. I think I spent more than what I initially budgeted for myself on office furniture, so I could not even fathom spending more on a few pieces of stretched canvas and glass, as beautiful as the art may be. “There must be a work around for this!“, I thought. Well, duh! My creative instincts where suddenly coming back to me. After all, I did take art almost every year in junior and high school. How hard can this be? It was actually much easier than I thought. Keep reading if you want to learn how easy, fast, and cheap it was to make these cute gilded gold striped pieces of “art”.
So, first you will need to gather your materials. Here are the details:
- Stretched canvas, any size you want. I bought a 2-pack at the Hobby Lobby, and after a 40% off coupon I paid less than $4 for them.
- Metallic gold spray paint. I chose a spray paint that was quick drying to speed things up. My workspace theme is white/gold/silver so a shiny, metallic gold that screams HELLO! was the right color for me. Choose what ever you think will look beautiful on your wall! I purchased my spray can at Wal-Mart for $6.
- Masking tape. I think we all have some of this laying around at home somewhere. If not, you can buy this practically anywhere and it usually runs for a buck or two.
That’s it! 3 items! Ready? Here we go:
First, lay down your masking tape into strips. I used about 3 rows of standard masking tape to create my strips, slightly overlapping each other to ensure that there are not any gaps. Leave a little extra tape at one of the ends for easy removal. The masking tape will allow me to have bare canvas after applying the paint, leaving a white strip behind and creating stripes.
Keep on going…
Continue laying your masking tape down. Your end result should look similar to this. Ready to spray it gold?!
Before you start painting, make sure you take your canvas to a well ventilated area, preferably an outdoor place. You definitely do not want to spray this inside of your home or in an enclosed space. I found some cardboard boxes, and laid them out in my backyard so that I can put the canvas on top of it and spray it down without painting onto the concrete or the grass.
Now, shake your can and get ready to spray. Oh, and if you are in a windy area, please spray in a direction in which the spray won’t hit you in your face or eyes!
Spray evenly. I started from the top and worked my way down.
Once you have sprayed all of the bare areas, your canvas should look something like this. I let my canvas sit for about 30 minutes and it was dry by the time I came by to check on it. Yours may dry sooner or later than mines depending on the temperature in your area. Let’s peel this tape away?
Start peeling the tape away… Slowly of course! You might see a little bleed through on your stripes like mines. I don’t have a problem with it, I actually think it gives it a little bit of playfulness. If the bleed through is bothering you, you can go over it with some white paint or maybe some white out?
Ta-da! My finished striped canvas is ready to hang.
Look at that gold! My, oh my. I know just where to put you.
I found a bare space on my wall, and used a little command tape to mount it. Isn’t it beautiful?!
What do you think about this easy diy? Would you try this? Comment below!