Hi all! Today is a quick and easy project that I was inspired to complete this past weekend! It all started when I began moving around our living room and re-arranging things, because that's what I do when the mood strikes, and when I get bored with the current "set-up". Though I've managed to keep this room the same for quite some time, lately I've been feeling a bit un-inspired by the room. This is a huge sign that I needed to act quickly. And that I did.....
Today's post is about how I created a large piece of wall art to cover a wall space that was left bare, (when I removed a giant mirror from it). The hanging system for that mirror was complicated, so I decided to leave those gigantic screws in the wall and simply cover them up! Leaving the screws in is a positive for two reasons: 1. When it's time to hang the mirror back in this location, there will be no hassles because the screws are already in, and 2. It prompted me to find something big enough for the wall to cover both those screws! Mission accomplished. Below is the wall, after I removed the mirror....See the screws? Time to fix that.
I knew I needed something big to cover the screws, and a picture hanging elsewhere in that same room was the perfect frame size for the wall. The frame was great as is, so no modifications to the frame were necessary. This project just became shorter! Then, I brainstormed different ways to fill the frame....I had no other "art" on hand to simply insert into the frame, so it was time to take matters into my own hands. I went for something simple, and something I've never done before. I'm excited to share the "how-to" with you here!
Supplies Needed: fabric, scissor, hammer, paint/paintbrush, small piece of sponge, wooden letter, adhesive spray, thin cardboard, lampshade, wire. See below...
1. Get a photo frame that has a cardboard backing in it (eliminates the need to cut a new one!). Most photo frames have these in them. The frame I chose had been hanging in our living room and seemed too dark for spring, So, out with the dark, and in with the light and bright....
2. Remove the old picture from the frame, and use the backing (usually a thin cardboard) to measure your fabric. Lay the fabric over the board, and sketch the boundary with a pencil. Cut along the boundary and you have a backdrop for your "new" monogrammed wall art.
3. Spray your cardboard piece with spray adhesive. Spray along borders of all four sides, as well as the center (similar to applying glue on a piece of paper). This will adhere your fabric to the cardboard. You don't have to cover the whole board with spray, a little goes a long way. Plus, by applying the spray conservatively, it will be easier to remove your fabric and re-position it if needed (to remove creases).
4. Place your fabric on the cardboard and slowly press it flat, removing any wrinkles or creases as you go. You can remove corners pretty easily to "re-do" if you have too many creases. This step takes a bit of practice if you've never done it before. Tip: if you were conservative with your adhesive spray, you should be able to easily peel your fabric corners in order to re-position and smooth over onto the cardboard.
5. Now you are ready to apply your magic! With a little paint on your sponge, dab the bottom rim of the lampshade so it's completely covered. Use enough paint on the rim, so it transfers onto your fabric. Be careful not to glob the paint on, or your circle shape might not appear as a nice circle!
6. Center your lampshade over your fabric board (tip: you might want to make a pencil mark in the center of the fabric before placing your lampshade). Once your lampshade base is on your fabric, press down around the lampshade rim so the paint can transfer onto the fabric. The result won't be a perfect line, but that's what makes this project great! It doesn't have to be a perfect boundary to look great!
7. Get out your wooden letter (any material letter is fine. It's purpose is to prevent you from having to make your own letter, free-hand). But if you are so inclined to create your own letter, go for it! Paint the back of your letter (plenty of paint but not a ton, because you will be pressing the painted side onto your fabric. If you have too much paint on the letter, the excess paint will gush beyond the boundaries of your letter while you are pressing it down.
8. Once your letter is painted, center it inside the circle you just made with your lampshade. You can eyeball it, or use your pencil mark (if you made one in the center of your circle). Gently press your letter onto your fabric. Make sure you press down on all surfaces of your letter so the paint transfers onto the fabric
9. Once the paint is dry, you are ready to place your new monogrammed art into your frame! This is the fun part. Simply place your fabric board (which now has an awesome monogrammed feature on it!) face down into your frame. Secure the back of your frame so your cardboard stays in place (usually backs of frames will have little metal tabs you can simply bend over your board). Lastly, make sure you have proper hanging hardware installed. See below:
I added this hardware before placing the glass and cardboard into the frame, so as not to break the glass while hammering. To add this hardware, I measured 5 inches down from the top of the frame on each side of the frame. I made a hole on each side (centered), using a small nail so I could screw in hooks on both sides. After hammering in the nail to create the holes, I removed the nails, and placed a screw hook in each hole, turning the screw to the right (righty-tighty!) until tight. Then, I added hanging wire, looping each end into the hooks, and winding around the wire to secure.
AND THAT"S IT! Your new monogrammed art for any wall in the house! Fill that dead space on your wall!
coming up.....color ideas for your next furniture "re-do" and examples too!
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