I have been keeping a secret from you.
In addition to working on my front-room-to-office transformation (you can see the latest installment of that here), I have also been working on a major living room redecorating project! I never know if I’m “supposed” to show it off in bits and pieces or with a major reveal…so forgive me if I’m not doing it right!
So while it may be a bit backward, I’m going to show off the most recent project for the living room first!
I fell in love with these vintage-y canvases from Mandy Lynne when I saw them at an upscale furniture store.
There are posters available through her Etsy shop for about $65/each (canvases are considerably more expensive), but that was both out of my price range and not the look I was really after.
So I spent a lot of time scheming how to “knock-off” her work. I created a whole Silhouette design, but the thought of the layers of stenciling I would have to do to recreate the color scheme intimidated me more than a little.
Then I had the great idea of using the overhead projector, like I have on so many coffee tables, but on the night I wanted to do it—I found that I couldn’t get the image to be the right size for the canvas I had prepared.
So…I took a leap and just started sketching. And to my great great great surprise…it wasn’t all that bad! My layout differs slightly…it changed as I filled up spaces too quickly
In fact, it was good enough that I took the next leap…painting! I was able to choose colors that complemented my home better than the gray of the original.
Here’s how they look side-by-side!
I won’t lie to you…I’m super excited with how this turned out! It’s my first EVER real painting! (We’re not counting furniture!)
I hung it on the living room wall today, and I’m not embarrassed to have it there…I think!
I’m proud at myself for attempting something so new and different. I have a mother and a sister who are incredible artists, so trying anything remotely like painting or drawing has been very intimidating for me.
But at least I can say now…I tried!