YHL Art

Anyone who has been reading DIY or home design blogs for, oh 5 minutes, has read John & Sherry’s blog, younghouselove. If you haven’t, go there now! Seriously, I’ll wait.

Did you come back? It’s ok. I don’t blame you if you don’t. Their blog is awesome.

Anywhosit, awhile back, Sherry DIY’d some art (seen here) she had seen on Pinterest. Here’s a pic!



She decided she wanted a more “tone-on-tone” look and went over some of the darker colors with a lighter shade of paint. Here’s her final result.



Immediately after seeing the first pic, I knew this would look great in our bedroom in the big blank space above our bed. Our color scheme for the bedroom is various shades of blue. This was the perfect way to bring all of those colors together, much like my paint chip art did for the office.

This room is still a major work in progress.

Husband and I have major issues with this wall. One problem we’ve had is that the bed isn’t centered on the wall, specifically under the ceiling beam. This always caused us a dilemma. Do we hang art centered with the ceiling or centered with the bed? I made an executive decision (Mark your calendars! That almost never happens!) to use the bed as the center. My reasoning is that the bed is the focal point of the room. If you’re wondering why we don’t just center the bed under the ceiling beam, it’s because Husband wouldn’t be able to get to his closet. He’s skinny but that’s pushing it.

Another issue with art in the bedroom is size. The high ceilings made everything we tried above the bed look too small. Do you know how much large art pieces cost?!? More than my cheapo self is willing to pay!

Husband and I are indecisive when it comes to art and we change our minds a lot. Just ask our friend Big Wes when he tried to help us hang some art in our living room, which also took years to finally do. Then, ask our friend Trevor when we changed our minds a few months later and he helped us hang a large mirror instead. We changed it ourselves the third time, so we could preserve our friendships. Don’t tell Husband, but I want to change it again. (Just one piece, Honey! Not the whole thing! Promise!)

So, Husband and I never like to spend much on wall art because we may dislike it in a month or so. Don’t worry. I keep everything we buy because we will probably like it again in another 6 months. Fickle much?

Where was I? O yes. Sherry’s art. Sherry’s painting was pretty easy to duplicate because of her simple instructions. And I could buy the materials for cheap. Perfect. I just had to wait for large canvas to go on sale.

Michael’s had large canvas at 50% off so this canvas cost $20. 

The paints were also on sale, two for a dollar.



Once I had my materials, I just followed Sherry’s easy peasy instructions.

1. Use a ruler (or measuring tape, in my case) to draw some vertical lines. I used to the width of the ruler to evenly space my lines.



2. I used a sticky note pad to make the little arrow shapes, as I called them.



3. Then, the time consuming part. Painting your arrows. It isn’t hard and there’s no right or wrong way. I would just randomly paint one color in a few spots, and then switch to another color and paint that in a few spots, etc. etc., so that I could have the colors spread fairly even. I mixed some white paint with each of my colors to give myself more color options, without having to buy twenty tubes of paint.



Mixing my colors.

I spent about a couple of hours a week for maaaaannnnny weeks. You could knock this project out in a few days but I couldn’t dedicate more than a small chunk of time a week. It was kind of Zen like though. Just to paint. And all I had to concentrate on was staying in the lines. Easy enough!

Now, I promise I wasn’t trying to be exactly like Sherry. I really did prefer the high contrast version of her painting. But . . . I didn’t like the dark green and the dark blue together. They were sort of . . . . competing. I decided to nix the dark green for a lighter teal shade so that meant painting over some colors just like Sherry. Sorry Sherry, I didn’t mean to completely jack your style. I had only intended to kind of jack your style. *like she reads this little blog*

4. Finally, I painted the sides of the canvas a light blue gray (also in the painting) to give it a finished look and to cover up any drips.

I also touched up any white spots.


5. Once it dried, I used Velcro strips to hang our new art centered above the bed. No holes, Husband! Aren’t your proud?

This room still needs a lot of work. On the list, new nightstands that are tall enough for our bed, matching lamps, and probably more artwork.




Budget breakdown.

Canvas - $20
Paints - $2.50
Pencil, notecard, and ruler – on hand

Total - $22.50

So, what do you think? Not bad for an art novice, such as myself? I love that this project didn’t cost a lot of moolah, so it won’t hurt our wallets if we change our minds. To be honest, this will have hang somewhere in this house. I spent too much time on it to keep it in a closet!

I think this project would also look really cool in other colors, like grays with pops of pink for a modern tween girl’s room. What colors would you try?

7 comments

  1. Gorgeous, gorgeous, I love it:) I would probably try it in shades of maroon, burnt orange...for the fall:)

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  2. So pretty!! Would LOVE it if you would share this project at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/09/turquoise-lovin-4.html

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  3. @Kala

    Ooo that's a cool idea. The color combos are endless.

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  4. It looks awesome! I too, am going to totally jack her (YHL's) style. I'm planning on a slate/blue scheme.

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    1. Yup, I check their blog every day... twice, just in case they put an afternoon post up :) I finally finished my version of this piece, it's here: http://6826freemanridge.wordpress.com/012/02/01/in-this-post-how-to-fix-everything/
      If you would like to see it. I linked to your version; you were very helpful!

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