The myth of social media is that most people have a perfectly curated home. I have felt so discouraged over the years seeing bloggers move to new (and bigger) homes and immediately share perfectly furnished photos. We’ve been in our house for 2 years and while we’ve made lots of progress – it is a work in progress.
The reason for the delay is simple – things are expensive and we have a budget. A budget that doesn’t include home decor.
When we bought our house our main bathroom was my least favorite room in the house – so much so I have ZERO before pictures. The walls and ceiling were painted brown, there were three hanging lights that looked dated and hung over nothing because the sink was a small dresser with a glass bowl on top with no space for a toothbrush. I couldn’t imagine how it could be improved upon but since it was newly tiled, I also knew there was no gut job to be had.
Fortunately, I used the tile as a guide and thought of a lighter, Venetian inspired style for the space. When we moved in we almost immediately painted ($40), changed the light ($100 fixture plus electrician because the bathroom needed and didn’t have a vent), vanity ($450 for vanity sink set and faucet) and towel rack ($30) and the bathroom went from being my least favorite space to my favorite.
After those changes I refrained from anything else and the empty wall space over the toilet has bothered me for two years. I wanted some piece of art but anything that was sized right was more than I could justify spending (the flower picture is $15 from Home Goods and I only know that because it ended up in storage until I more recently put it up).
Last weekend I decided to make my own art. I had a black frame in the basement from a bridal shower game Cara planned that was the right size. I bought a 99 cent poster board from Michaels and pulled out old paint samples we’ve collected over the years and Lucas’ art tools. I eye balled this masterpiece so much so that it got narrower as the lines went down but since I was mixing colors as I went I couldn’t go back to stretch out a line. Brilliant solution? Cut the interior of the black multi-photo matte and flip it over to create dimension and cover the uneven ends.
Out of pocket costs for this project $5 between the poster board and the white spray paint. The satisfaction of not having a big blank wall – priceless.
Some other DIY Art Ideas
My DIY project supplies were basic and with the exception of poster board and spray paint, all things I already had at home.
- Old frame
- Spray paint
- Paint brush
Here are some other cute, low entry art projects: