Monday, August 6, 2012

diy large scale art - on the cheap

As you have probably guessed from the majority of my diy projects, I am cheap!  Well, I am cheap when it comes to individual pieces, so I like to find less expensive ways to achieve the same high end look.

For instance, remember what our room looked like before?
Well, now that we've moved the bed to the wall with the window (on the left), this wall was empty - super empty.  I knew I wanted to get a large art piece for this wall, but art is so stinkin expensive.  For a piece large enough (about 3.5' x 4') would be hundreds of dollars.  

We were strolling through Target a few weeks ago and spotted this shower curtain.
Target Home™ Stripe Shower Curtain.Opens in a new window
It has a really beautiful sheen to it and the colors range from a light slate, to a deep royal blue and among the greens are olive and lime.  I knew immediately that flipped so the strips are vertical, it would be a beautiful (and inexpensive) art piece.  

Also, we tend to be drawn to neutrals for decor in our room (which you will see in our master bedroom reveal soon), so this panel would bring a lot of needed color into the space.  Using cloth shower curtains/curtain panels for fabric from Target and similar stores is very economical since they tend to be a lot more bang for your buck than if you went directly to the fabric store.

We picked up this curtain and then stopped at Home Depot for a few 1x2x8's to build a frame.  I had them cut one of the boards in half to (2) 48" pieces, and then the other board to (2) 42" pieces. Check out my cute little helper!
I screwed the pieces together to create a simple frame. Then, I opened up my curtain to steam the section that I would use for the art piece.
By the way, if you haven't ever thought about getting a steamer for your home, I highly recommend it.  I used to work for a boutique where we had a steamer and I quickly became spoiled, and knew that we needed really would love one.  Ours is this Conair model that I picked up last year from Bed Bath and Beyond.
This model is only $59.99, and if you have one of their frequent 20% off coupons, that brings it to less than $50.  This comes in handy often for curtains on the wall, everyday pressing needs, and was really helpful during the wedding weekend! Plus, we don't have to deal with getting out a bulky ironing board.

Anywho, back to the project at hand, I got that curtain steamed, and cut it to size of my frame.  I set the fabric on the ground, placed my frame on top and stapled.  Since this fabric is striped, I was very careful to make sure my stripes were straight when I was pulling it taut and stapling.

Here's what I ended up with.
One nail in the wall, and we've got a great art piece and some color in this space (sneak peak of the new furniture as well...)
This project came to a total of $22 for the shower curtain, and two 1x2x8's.  And, I even have leftover fabric from the shower curtain for pillows!  Can't wait to show you what else we have changed in this room!


  1. Hi Erin! This is such a great idea, and it looks beautiful! Can't believe you don't have tons of comments on this one :(.

  2. Hi Doreen! Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a sweet note!! It was a super easy project, and cheap cheap cheap! Have a great day!

  3. That's such a great idea! I've used sheets for shower curtains, so why not shower curtains for art? Not only are large pieces of art expensive, it's hard to find things with a simple design. I am trying this!


  4. Excellent. Well done.


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