Thursday, January 27, 2011

New Family Portrait.... Kinda

I have decided I just can't wait for one big reveal, I have to give you a little sneak peek of my family room.  This is not a totally done space.  I still have a lot to do... like maybe put pictures in the frames.


I can't even begin to tell you how totally happy I am about how this is turning out.  When we moved into our house I knew I wanted a large piece of art for this wall,  but couldn't find anything just right and anything I did kinda like was way more then I would want to spend.  So after a month or two of bare walls I just hung up some stuff I already had.
Here is the before:
As you can tell I took this picture back before Christmas, but it gives you a pretty good idea of what it looked like before.  The lamps I had bought about 5 years ago for $4 each.  When I bought them the base was GOLD and they were UGLY.  So I spray painted them black and then rubbed them a little before the paint dried to let just a little of the gold show through.  Back then my credenza was red, but once I painted the credenza black and the lamps where black and the frames where black and the walls and ceiling were beige the effect was very blah and cave like in the room.  

So first I decided I would just make my own art.  I got the canvases for about $18 each at a local craft store. Then I got two of those little sample cans of Behr paint.  You know the ones that are like $2.94 or something like that.  I got the two colors I was planning on painting on my walls so the painting would really feel like it was part of the house and so I could test them out and see how I liked them before I actually put any on any walls.


I started by painting a quick coat of the light blue on the front and edges. Then, on the front only, I dry brushed on the green color.  Once it was dry I lightly brush the blue back on in a few spots and added a few little drops/splatters of the light blue.  Once that was all dry I free handed the branch.  If you are going to do this yourself and you are nervous about painting the branch I would suggest looking some up on-line do give you an idea, but don't look at the pictures while you are painting.  Just don't.
The birds are my family.  Can you see it?  My hubby and I are the love bird up at the top and then the other 4 are the kids.  I even left room so as our family grows I can add more birds.  To do the birds I downloaded a few pictures of love birds into picasa, cropped them so they would all be the right size when I printed them off.  Then I rubbed the back with a pencil, traced the outline onto the canvas, and painted it in.

Then there were the lamps.
Do you remember this post?

Well here is what I was talking about.

Those are the same lamps I bought for $4 each, but now for the first time I can say I LOVE them.  I just spray painted them aqua blue and gave them a coat of spray on lacquer.   Then I just switched out the shade and you would never know they are my old ugly lamps.  Since doing this I have noticed a lot of people spray painted their lamps aqua blue.  Yeah I am such a trend setter. :)  Umm you know I am joking right?

50 comments:

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Can't believe how different it looks. Now I need to get brave and start painting some stuff!

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  2. Very cute. I love the birds and the lamps.

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  3. LOVE!! Really great ideas!! Your branch is beautiful, you are really talented. :)

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  4. I am an artist and just love the colors and simplicity to your vignette. I just did a new art piece on salvaged wood that says "Birds of a feather" in white with a white branch. So fun.

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  5. New follower...come see my little world of art too.

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  6. This is gorgeous! I'm so impressed! I really love what you did and I'm definitely going to save this idea. I can be really critical of my own art hanging in my house, but this doesn't seem to be that hard. Love it!

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  7. I love it!!!! Totally my style. I'd love for you to bring your creations to my friday link party www.smallfineprint.com

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  8. Your painting looks wonderful! I love the color and the large print. The lamps are beautiful! Great color choice. The shades are a perfect touch to make them unique again!
    I hope you can join my link party going on today. Each entry means your eligible for $130 to CSN Stores.com! alittleknickknack.blogspot.com
    Have a great day!

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  9. That looks FANTASTIC!!! What a difference the aqua made on those lamps. I'm totally impressed :)

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  10. LOVE the art and the lamps! I wish I could create something like that. I saw the link on the Weekend Wrap-up, I'm glad I stopped by!

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  11. Really looks great! So different....great choice on colors!

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  12. This family portrait is absolutely adorable. What a great idea!

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  13. LOVE the green of the canvas with that aqua blue. So pretty!

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  14. Love it! I like how you split it into two pieces, really smart. Great job!

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  15. I love your art! I just painted a tree right on my living room wall. I may have to try my hand at this two piece art also. Thank you for sharing! I also wanted to help you out on your 100 followers so I just became #97!

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  16. This is FAB!! Good work!
    craft-interrupted.blogspot.com

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  17. I'd love for you to come link up at Inspire Me Mondays
    http://singingthreelittlebirds.blogspot.com

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  18. love your blog! I just happened upon it.

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  19. Love love love your art - the color, the simplicity, the whole shabang! Thanks for sharing, so happy to become your 99th follower - found you through FF!

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  20. it looks great, it gives me ideas for two pieces of art I don't like anymore and want to cover it. I'm also a mom of four ( three stepsons and my own son) I'd also like to get some followers on my blog so please anyone who is into home decor and projects of all kinds come check out my blog. Thanks.

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  21. Oh, it's so beautiful! Love the canvases and the lamps...Lol. I spray painted a Goodwill lamp in aqua/turqoise last summer. :)
    Shannon
    {aka}|design

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  22. Looks fabulous - the lamps and the canvas. I am on my way to the thrift shop to find a lamp to paint! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  23. That is just fabulous! I'm your newest follower!

    Become a follower of my blog for you chance at a GC to WestElm once I hit 100 followers also!
    www.lldecor.blogspot.com

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  24. oh I cant stop looking at this. it's gorgeous. I love love it!!!!
    Tana

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  25. ahhh...I love the whole stinkin thing. The birds - the branches, the colors and lamps painted out aqua are FAB!

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  26. Very pretty! Were the blank canvases very expensive? I've never even really looked at them. I've seen them at craft stores but always assumed they were expensive.

    I'm amazed you free-handed that! I have to pencil things out and even then I usually have one or two botched paint spots. Ugh!

    Aloha,
    charlie

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  27. Nicely done! I wish I was artistic like you! I'll be featuring you tomorrow at My Backyard Eden! Thanks for sharing!

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  28. I linked over from Finding Fabulous. I love the artwork. What a great idea. Especially the fact that your family is represented in the birds. I am your latest follower I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at www.diybydesign.blogspot.com. Thanks. Looking forward to keeping up with your blog.

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  29. Oh I LOVE it!! I just painted trees and birds in my master bedroom..come see:-)

    http://girlinair.blogspot.com/2011/01/master-bedroom-makeover-part-1.html

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  30. Just what I want for the office and den area. Ive been on the hunt.Great inspiration!

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  31. I LOVE the picture!!!!!! SO cute!!

    Please come over and enter my giveaway!!
    Thanks!
    Amy

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  32. Really lovely artwork. And those lamps are elegant and chic. Turquoise is my favorite color.

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  33. Oh my goodness -- what a clever, talented girl you are! I absolutely LOVE your canvases! Thank you for sharing -- now can you just come do my house?!?

    Blessings, -- Jill

    blessingsofalifetime.blogspot.com

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  34. Thanks so much for linking up this project. I really love it. The painting is absolutely gorgeous.

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  35. I love this painting so so much!! You've inspired me to want to try it!

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  36. came over from somewhere that featured you, I forget where. you know blog hopping is! but i love this and also have the same problem with finding big peices that aren't expensive. you've inspired me!

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  37. I love this! I have some blank canvasses hanging around and was looking for some diy art ideas online to fill a blank wall I have as well! Thanks for sharing.

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  38. That painting looks awesome! LOVE LOVE LOVE! And the blue lamps look fantastic with it.

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  39. I've featured you today! Come by and grab a button :)

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  40. That painting is amazing! You are so talented and I love the lamps now, perfect combo!!

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  41. Wow, I love the way this turned out.

    Warmly, Michelle

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  42. SO BEAUTIFUL...and I'm diggin' the turquoise lamps, too!!

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  43. You have totally inspired me! My last name is the name of a bird and so this is perfect for my family! I'm doing this. It will go on the huge wall behind our couch that I've never had any idea what to do with. Thank you! Thank you!

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  44. I know you have had a million comments on this painting, but I just love it----I love meaningful! And the lamps are wonderful too! SO so cool!

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  45. I like the bird painting. I've been wanting to have a panoramic paint or frame of images the same with the design that you have. For me, it will be a series of my families images from we were young till we have grown up.

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  46. Beautiful. I've been staring at Behr paint swatches for a project, and I'm wondering what shade of Behr Green paint that is?

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  47. Hello, I too was admiring your beautiful project and wondering what shade of Behr paints you used and what size canvas you used.

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