ixxi

Inspiratie_auto_auto_c876_c438_q_foto_landschap Surfacing quickly to let you know about this cool product! My client discovered this while brainstorming ideas for large scale art. Ixxi will take your photos and images and print them on square cards, which you attach together and hang. My favorite look is when a photo is enlarged this way, but you can also do a collage of images (baby pictures, travel pictures, you name it). And if you're in the Netherlands, you have access to a collection of printed works.

In general, this seemed like a cool way to get an affordable piece of large artwork (especially with no extra framing costs!). I'm filing this away for future reference.

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Painting Update DIY

Before we left our old apartment, I had plans to have it photographed. I had a pretty hefty list of things to update/finish before it was photo-ready, and once it became clear that most of them weren't happening without spending a ton of money (and time), the whole idea got nixed. However, I'd already done one or two things that were free and fast, so I thought I'd share one! I had a little 8x10 canvas that has gone through several "lives" as different paintings. I wasn't crazy about the latest blue and white and green streaky look and it stood out more than I wanted.

So I took some painter's tape, made a few criss-crosses, and painted the whole thing black.

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I love that you still got a hit of the blue, but it didn't overpower the other pieces nearby anymore.

I just used regular acrylic art paints... I did the texture bit on purpose, but I think if I do this again I'll smooth it out instead. The bumps were kind of distracting.

I'd love to try this or something similar on weird flea market paintings too. Expose just the eyes of a portrait? Capture pretty flowers on a still life with everything else white? So many possibilities.

 

Bedroom Art

IMG_6602 This post is actually coming to you a few weeks late! We hung this big old hunk of art just a few days after the gallery wall - but it is SO hard to photograph that I've been putting it off.

Let's take a quick trip down memory lane...

After we moved the dresser to this wall (where the bed used to be), it housed the bedside lamps and for a while sported a way-too-small mirror. Our big "For Like Ever" poster hung to the right.

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Conveniently (oh the sarcasm), there is no outlet on the wall where the head of our bed currently lives, so when we finally moved a rug into this room and could move the lamps courtesy of an extension cord, we did so.

Meanwhile, I've been wanting to put a large floor mirror in the room so I can actually see my entire outfit in one viewing. The spot where the For Like Ever poster was the best spot. So not only did I have a big wall to fill above the dresser, but a displaced piece of art as well.

Only, I wanted a horizontal piece and not a vertical piece. Which means I spent months deliberating what to do, since this was probably not going to be a splurge piece.

I finally ended up ordering an oversized photo print. The photo is one that I took in Hawaii last June, looking up into a Banyan tree. I ordered the print from Wizard Prints, and for about a 32x40 inch print it was about $40.

With the glass and frame it is SO hard to take a picture of it. I assure you, the print itself is crisp and not blurry - that's the effect of the glass.

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And with the window directly opposite, it gets lots of glare that we don't mind in real life but looks terrible in photos.

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We did like having the light source there, though, so the white lamp from the living room will be moving to the top of the dresser, to the right side (a living room replacement lamp is on its way here!). I'm also thinking about painting my jewelry box - the wood tones clash terribly.

The old lamps are happily next to the bed where they belong.

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Now the hunt for a floor mirror has begun! I think about the time I finish this room we'll be packing up to move...

Rast Hack: Geometric

For the Bachelor Pad Project (see full reveal from last week here!), we needed a small nightstand with lots of storage - of course the Ikea Rast dresser came to mind immediately. I love how versatile this piece is, and always love finding new rast hacks on blogs! We toyed with lots of different options, including the classic brown stain/white paint combo we've all seen on Pinterest. I even considered hiring a graffiti artist to paint the dresser (a nod to Matt's love of hip hop). But we also liked the idea of something different, but that could easily go to his next apartment with him (and be replicated if necessary - there was only room for one here). So we found a geometric pattern that looked like pyramid studs, and got to work.slider

It's imperative to this pattern to have perfect squares, so we ended up with about an extra half an inch or so... we opted to center the extra space and do an extra line in black down the middle - the unexpected effect is that it now looks almost as if it has six drawers instead of just three!

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We determined the size of the squares by fitting two vertically on each drawer, then using that height measurement as the sides of the square. After Matt primed the dresser, I drew out all the squares and our black line using pencil. Using a straight-edge, I divided each square with an X from corner to corner (resulting in four triangles). I labeled each triangle with W, R, B, or G to signify color - the order was exactly the same on each square, but it was easy to get confused looking at a mass of pencil drawn triangles.

For painting, we suggest starting with the lightest color first, then working your way to the darkest. To get the crispest lines, tape off the triangles, paint, remove tape and let dry before taping down another section (we didn't do this taping step, and the brush did stray a bit). After we finished, we thought how cool it would have been to leave one triangle in a natural wood tone. Next time...

We bought new brass knobs too.

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This was one of those projects that kind of drags on, but if you were really dedicated to wrapping it up, it might take about a week, working an hour or two each night, just to make sure you're getting every section with crisp lines and multiple coats. Then I'd protect the whole thing with a coat of poly to protect your hard work! Thanks Matt for doing a lot of the leg work on this one! Gotta love a guy who's up for the occasional DIY (sorry ladies, he's taken!).

Sure does look cool!

Photos by the fab Sunshine Charlie.