DIY Abstract Art for the Living Room

Our living room has been in serious need of some art on the walls. I wanted something BIG to take up some space on that ginormous blank wall, and since I've been wanting to try to DIY some abstract art for oh, like ever, I decided to take this project on myself. (Remember the inspiration I posted about?) I snagged a 24"x36" canvas from Michael's (with a coupon of course!), some cheap-o acrylic paints and a pack of plastic palette knives* (similar) and went to town. I'm really happy with how it turned out!

It took a little while to get the hang of it and I'll admit, I had a first effort that was a major fail. I didn't even take photos of it, it was so sad-looking. But you know what? I just painted right over it and got a final result that I love. I have to thank Julia from Cuckoo 4 Design for her super simple abstract art tutorial...it really helped get me going on this second effort.

I don't have a tutorial for you for this because you know what, I had no idea what I was doing until it was all over! So instead, I'll just show you photos of my new painting hanging in my living room :).

It brought some much needed color and a focal point for this space. What's funny is in some of these pictures, the canvas still looks kind of small on that giant wall, but when you're actually in the room, the size feels perfect.

I love the colors I ended up with on the canvas...blues, pinks, greens, white and GOLD! For some reason, it's really hard to photograph metallic paint, but those darker brown areas are gold, promise! ;)

It ties in nicely with the current pillows I have on our couch (which will inevitably change, given my constant itch to redecorate). In case you're wondering, the light blue/white pillows are ones I made from West Elm embroidered dot napkins and the watercolor ones are West Elm Kate Spade Saturday Habanero shams I modified so they'd be throw pillow size.

On a side note, can you spot that little plant on the side table by the chair? It's a jade plant I snagged from CVS of all places for $4 and I just love it!

Isn't it cute?

Here's to hoping I can keep it alive!

A closing thought about the art...I don't consider myself to be an artist, and I'm so happy that I decided to try out this abstract art thing anyway. If you're considering trying to do some yourself, DO IT! If it's terrible (like my first one was), just keep messing with it until you like it. If I can do this, so can you!

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  1. You did a good job, Chaney! Love the colors and it adds so much to the space. I love jade plants. That pot is adorable. I have a bunch that I get from either Lowes or Home Depot. I keep the receipts, and if they croak, I take them back and get another one. I found a bunch of brass pots at the thrift shop cheap and put them in those. Also, I painted on a canvas also. El cheapo. I spray painted with white primer over a $2 canvas about your size. I got my inspiration from Katie Bower's entry way painting in blues and greens. I used putty knives and paints I already had. It turned out pretty good. In fact, I have it above my desk and am looking at it now!!

    1. Thanks, Sherri! That's so smart about keeping your receipts from Lowe's or HD and replacing the succulents. I had never thought of that! I've definitely had a few croak on me...haha!

      And glad to hear you had a good painting experience! Isn't it fun once you get going?

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