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Tiny Dancer

Since cohabiting, Chris and I have realized that we have very different tastes in art. He likes cityscapes, but not of places he has no connection to. I like abstract, something that can be seen in different lights. We both agreed that we don’t want something that everyone has. You know how embarrassing it is to be seen at a party in the same dress as someone else? We feel the same way about art. Ikea would naturally be the place to go for inexpensive, trendy wall art. But it’s instantly recognizable.

Ikea - $59.99 (3' x 4.5')

Home Goods and TJ Maxx have unique pieces, but are either too “girly” or over-priced, or both. Then we turned to Etsy. Etsy provided some quality pieces that we may turn to in due time. At present, however, we needed something fast (potentially spending hundreds on sight unseen requires some deliberation). So, the creative couple that we are, we decided to make our own painting.

We bought canvas in a pack of 7 for $19.99 at Michael’s. We bought 2 tubes of light blue paint ($0.88 each) and a large tube of black paint ($4). The yellow paint we had left over from our living room walls.

First we chose a lay-out for how to hang the canvas on the wall. Then we drew a checker pattern, spacing the lines 4 inches apart with a ruler.

After labeling each diamond with a “b” for blue and “y” for yellow, we went to work painting.

We let these dry overnight before painting the silhouette.

We lined the canvases up like a puzzle before drawing the dancer. We lined up the posterboard on top of the canvas so we could make sure she was drawn to scale. We both had a hand in drawing. I initially drew her, then Chris edited an arm, a leg, the hair, and the waist, before I redrew the hands and feet. Teamwork at its finest.

Paint inside the lines, then put back together. The puzzle was much easier this time around.

There you have it. One of a kind wall art that we can take pride in, all for under $30.

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Dining Room – During the Upgrade

I have become addicted to wallpapering furniture! I toyed around with the idea in my head for a while, wondering if it would be financially smart as well as a beautiful outcome. It has proved to be both. I bought the diamond checkered pattern on ebay for $10. I did the table top and drawers, and I also did my new vanity/bar, which needs another post entirely.

The table folded down to a tiny drink station

You may be able to tell that we haven’t solved the lighting solution in this room yet. I do plan on keeping it darker to add an ambient atmosphere, but as of now we just have a lamp plugged into the wall to add light when we painted.

We haven’t moved the bench out to paint behind there yet either. There’s no doubt that this room is only about 40% finished. I plan on adding some drapes to close it off a little, and throw some pillows together for the bench as well as new ones for the chairs.

We’re also at a standstill on the wall. The original plan was to stencil the fleur de lys onto the wall in a diagonal criss-cross pattern, but after we painted we started brainstorming other ideas. Maybe have frames of different shapes and sizes covering the back wall. Maybe thin gold stripes. Possibly leave as-is? To be determined..

I love this room as a lounge. The small trunk between the 2 Ikea chairs is from Home Goods. It’s perfect for setting down a drink or for a tray of appetizers. The room looks so bare in thie picture but once the drapes are up, the lighting is perfect, the bench has pillows, the walls are decorated, then voila! it will look wonderful. How is the smallest room the hardest to decorate?

 

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