Ever since we moved into our new house, I’ve been having so much fun decorating rooms little by little. We are doing things on a budget, big time… and so I’ve been trying to find ways to decorate… well, on a budget. (Redundant, I’m aware…)
One of the most surprisingly expensive things I come across are things like WALL ART. Wall art can get expensive, yo. It’s crazy! And the other day, I was checking out the new Altar’d State store that just opened near us (in. love. by the way…), and I saw this wooden scripture art and fell in love… but then I was like $75?! Heck no, techno. Ain’t nobody got money for that! Okay, I’m sure some people do… but I certainly do not want to spend $75 on something like that…
So, anyway. I decided to venture to the store and get the accoutrements to try and make it myself! And, huzzah, I actually kinda like the way it turned out for my first try! It’s SUPER easy and really inexpensive!
Here’s how I did it:
I got spray paint for my wood… I wanted the rustic, weathered look… so I took a stab and got this Rust-oleum metallic spray paint in soft flat iron. The color ended up being exactly what I wanted!
For my “backdrop” – I just got a 20×20 piece of weathered plywood from the wood section of Lowe’s… it ran me about $4.50.
Then came time to spray! I just sprayed one even coat over top of the wood…
Then after the paint dried, I took some 2″ letter stencils I got from Michael’s along with some acrylic paint in white and stenciled on what I wanted to write…
Now, I know the art in the main picture is different than what you see me working on… that’s because the one hanging on the wall is the one I made as my “trial” one to see if I could do it. Then, once I realized I could do it, I decided to make another one! Honestly, you could do any number of things – and it doesn’t even have to be scripture.
For my second one, I actually took some lyrics from my favorite Hillsong United song Man of Sorrows and put that on the wood. Since I knew I would run out of space with the stencil, I decided to free hand some of it… that turned out to be more difficult than I anticipated, but honestly, I kinda like the “imperfect” look of it.
Now I just have to figure out where I want to put my second one… I think I want to put it on our stairs and create a gallery of crosses all around it. I think that would look awesome!
The first one (pictured below) is hanging in our master bedroom. I love it! It’s not EXACTLY the same as the one I saw in the store, but close enough.So, all in all… here’s what this project cost me:
Total cost: $17.47! And other than the wood, everything else I can use more than once… so really it costs a whole lot less per project. Not too shabby… much cheaper than $75 per!
Now I just have to stop myself because I want to make ALL THE WOODEN WALL ART THINGS.
What about you? What DIY projects have YOU been doing lately to save some cash?