giving art a second life

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My first piece of advice when making under a home is to envision what you want your space to look and feel like. Then, once that vision is defined, the next step is to exfoliate the items that do not fit the future vision.

For me, artwork is difficult to exfoliate. I have purchased a few large-scale canvas wrapped prints from Bed Bath & Beyond in the past three or four years which I have outgrown. They no longer fit the vision I have for my space. But rather than pass them on or toss them, I’ve decided to give them a second life with a new coat of paint. The canvases alone at this size could cost upwards of $80 at an art store and just by doing some simple paint techniques on top of the print, I get a whole new look without spending much cash.

The art at the top of this post is now hanging above my bed. I decided that I was over the cool blues that permeated my apartment last year in favor of something bolder and slightly more feminine. Though I’m far from being an artist, the outcome is exactly what I was looking for. What I also love about this idea is that you can go to your local thrift store and find other not-so-great canvases and do the same thing.

(Before shot courtesy of Becki Schleis.)

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  1. Jenny

    Wow! That looks great. I’ve never thought about painting over a canvas I already have. I normally just sell the art that no longer fits in my place and use that money towards buying something new.

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