For over a month, our living room has been torn up while we replaced the plaster walls for drywall. The goal is for more energy efficiency and have a better surface to work with. I’ll do another blog post with more details, but pretty much it entails a bunch of dust and mudding and insulating.
On Friday, my husband put on the last coat of mud on the new drywall so the room was handed to me- it was time to caulk the seams and paint the walls.
While I was doing the (not so fun) painting, I thought about putting the room back together. I sure missed the drapes and rug! One thing I didn’t miss was the gallery wall. Since I didn’t want to put a bunch of holes in the wall for art I didn’t like, I thought about alternatives. Want to see what I came up with?!
how to DIY color block rainbow wall art
Let’s start with the video tutorial so you get an overview on what I did. Then, I’ll dive in with more details below:If the video doesn’t work here, you can watch it on YouTube here. P.s. I’m trying to build that page up, so if you’d subscribe, I’d really appreciate that!
The beauty of this project is that you DO NOT have to be an artist to make this! If you can tape on a line, you can make this. Begin by gathering your supplies.
- art canvas. Mine is 36″x48″. I got it on sale for $22 from Joann
- paint brushes
- painter’s tape
- paint in the colors of your choice. I used 1. Beloved Pink, 2. Shy Smile, 3. Ballet Rose, 4. Coral Fountain, 5. Lamplit, 6. Corn Stalk, 7. Frittata, 8. Frosted Sage, 9. Spring Reflection, 10. Country Weekend, 11. Serene Breeze, 12. Casade Green 13. a combo of Cascade Green and Watery, 14. Watery. I had these latex paints on hand. If you are buying all new paints, the most cost effective way will be to buy craft paint.
- T-square Ruler
Start by drawing lines on your white canvas with a pencil. I did 2″ stripes so they’d be the same width as my painters tape. I went with an L shape stripe to add some variation. Measure 2″, use a t square ruler to draw the line with pencil, put tape on it. Continue until the while canvas is covered with 2″ stripes. I did have a rectangle of left over space in the bottom corner.
After the canvas was taped off, I laid out my paint out in 2 groups. I lined up the paint I was using on this step (the odd numbered paint colors from the above list). I also lined up the paint I will use in the next step (the even numbered paint colors). For each paint color, I used a different paint brush so I didn’t have to wash brushes between colors.
Then, I began painting the open spaces on the canvas in rainbow order.
And now, I stated pulling off the tape. Side note, if I was going back in time I would have used thinner painters tape and left the white lines between each color- I thought that was really cute! Since I can’t go back, I decided to go forward with my original vision and painted on the rest of the colors of the rainbow. I didn’t re tape, but awaited until the paint was dry. Then, I used a paint brush and carefully filled in the white spaces.
Another note, there was some bleeding under the tape. Also, the pencil marks showed on the white lines. Painting with the next colors nicely covered those up. If I were to leave the white lines, I would have probably painted them with white paint.
Here is how the art turned out!!! I LOVE it!!! It corresponds nicely with the stairs that are in the next room over. These colors just really make me happy!
I quickly finished painting the living room walls, swept and mopped, then put together this little corner! The cute pink chair is from Homepop furniture and is a new addition that I am loving! The seat is super cushy and the velvet is so soft! The back is more on the firm side. I really like the soft blush pink with the wall art. It looks way more expensive than it really is! You can see it here (plus this cute modern chair comes in a bunch of colors).
Also, I’m still planning on framing the canvas to make it more expensive looking. For this portion though, since I had the paint (and most of the supplies besides the canvas on hand), It cost me $22 and a few hours to make. Such a great price for over sized wall art!
Anyway, I am so, so happy with how this project came together! It is more of a relief that I can say that we have our living room back after living in chaos for weeks. Especially with the laundry room project starting shortly! And the cute art (and chair) are definitely the cherry on top!
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