Friday, June 1, 2012

Flea Market Canvas

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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.

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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  Winking smile

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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!

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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!) 

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I hung it on the living room wall today, and I’m not embarrassed to have it there…I think!

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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!

Updated to add:  Yes, I had to make the Farmers Market Canvas as well!  You can see it here.


This project has been featured at Elizabeth & Co., DIY Showoff, and Knick of Time Interiors. 


Linking up here:

Funky Junk’s One Scary Thing Challenge

 Domestically Speaking Elizabeth & Co.
Sisters of the Wild West No Minimalist Here’s Open House Thursday
Friday Remodelaholic 2805
My Simple Home Life’s Simple Creations Friday Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Feature Friday
Funky Junk’s Saturday Night Special The DIY Show Off
Beyond the Picket Fence Someday Crafts
Daisy Cottage Designs My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Perfectly Imperfect {Primp}
Simply Klassic Sundays My Repurposed Life
From My Front Porch to Yours It’s So Very Cheri
Cowgirl Up! {aka} design


Cheryl said...

Fantastic job Korrie!

Anonymous said...

Wow, nice job - it's beautiful!

Homeroad said...

Korrie they look fantastic! Great job! See..... we never know what we are capable of until we try!

Cassie Bustamante said...

that painting is FABULOUS! wow. i LOVE it!

Tam said...

This is gorgeous! You did an amazing job!!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I am impressed, Korrie! I think you did a beautiful job and I love the colors. If I tried something like this, you'd think a 5 year old did it! I like to see bits and pieces of makeovers and then the whole thing all together. It's nice to see how something {like this canvas} becomes part of the whole room in the end.

CJ said...

What a novel unique canvas - I love it! CJ

Anonymous said...

love it. looks so much better than the one you copied.ang

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Seriously Korrie, it's totally amazing! You are sooo talented! Don't EVER doubt yourself!

Twice Nice said...

Fantastic! I think you hit it right out of the ballpark again!

Okio B Designs said...

I think you did a fabulous job! I love it! Can't wait to see the next one you do. =)


Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Korrie! It's just flat out FABULOUS!! I'd love something like that hanging on my wall! You did such a great job, and your version is just as great as the inspiration canvas.
VERY cool!

Chris at Red Gate Farm said...

Love it Korrie! My daughter has done this before with vintage posters... now I have some new inspiration for her... perhaps one in time for my birthday :)

You did a fabulous job and it's nice that you could change the colors up a bit to suit yourself :)


eleven-o-one said...

Korrie, those are awesome. Great job

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

Wow, I think you did a great job- it's gorgeous! I love the colors on yours and isn't it great to be able to personalize it with your own colors?!

Ali Richardson said...

Oooooh, so pretty! Great job!

Carolyn said...

Oh that is so pretty. You did a really good job and approached it so methodically. I would have just jumped in and been all over the place!
Your color scheme and design are much more aesthetically pleasing than the original not that it is a bad piece. It caught your eye for a reason right?! Beautiful inspiration!
Great job.

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

How Beautiful Korrie! You did an awesome job! I Love it!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Covenant Lights by Dorothy said...

Good for you, Korrie! It's absolutely beautiful. I, too, have an artist sister and mother who was very talented. It's been difficult for me to explore my creativity because I don't think I'm good enough, but when I force myself, I'm always so happy with what happens. I give you a big BRAVO!! I love everything you do!

Bliss said...

Korrie....... you can reveal all or little of your projects to me because I love them all. This is no exception, turned out great Little Miss Freehand!


Anonymous said...

I really like the colors of yours better! Great job, again!!

SImple and Serene Living said...

WOW, great job. I love it.

Gypsy Heart said...

Korrie, it's awesome! Of course, everything you do is. And you just feel free to share your "re-do" any way you want...there are no rules!
If, per chance there are somewhere out in blog land, well just forget them! We'll make our own. :-)


gail@My Repurposed Life said...

Korrie, You did a fabulous must run in the family.

Kimberly T. said...

Wow, that is so cool! You are amazing!! To tell you the truth, I like your's better than the original.

Artsy VaVa said...

I love this! You did a great job!!!

Dawn said...

I love the look, it has such a vintage feel. What size is the canvas? Dropping by from Sisters of the Wild West party:)

Irene said...

Wonderful painting Korrie.

Kristin said...

Oh wow! I love it =) Such a great job!

Visiting from DIY Show Off

Linda said...

Fantastic! What a wonderful idea.
Thanks for sharing.

Proper Prim said...

OMG those are fabulous. I am so impressed with your skills. You did a great job on those... absolutely worthy of displaying in your home.


Unknown said...

Korrie - it's wonderful! I found you on the Funky Junk linkup and thought "I WANT THAT!!!". Isn't it always surprising and a fabulous feeling when we do something that we didn't think we could do and it turns out great? I'm not a painter at all (except for walls LOL) but once I took an old suitcase and painted my company logo on the front. It took hours and I was so happy with the way it turned out. Until I realized that because it was a suitcase - if I held it by the handle, it made the picture be upside down LOLOLOL But it's still there - just didn't have the heart to paint it out and try it right side up!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

WHAT?! What took you so long to paint?? These are gorgeous!

Wow wow wow. I'm beyond impressed. I sure hope you keep this hidden talent up. Seriously... stunning!


jessiev said...

There's no are and artist...and a great one! The sky is the limit now! You must be so proud of yourself. Awesome!

April said...

wow! that is amazing - you definitely should not be embarrassed to have that hanging in your living room. Honestly - I like yours better, the coloring & layout.

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

Korrie- I've never heard of the artist you referred to; but I'm sure she would feel flattered!
You did a fantastic job. I've recently thought of painting too. Sometimes I make little sketches while sitting-- the other day, my Honey said to me, "I didn't know you could draw." Hmmm... I guess we all have hidden talents.

love your paintings, I'm off to see the new room!

Dori at The Red Feedsack said...

This is the most awesome thing I've ever seen. WHEN are you going to start selling them???!! Really amazing talent you have. I'm your newest follwer.