Wednesday, February 8, 2012

DIY Rustic Artwork

Well, the creative juices continue to flow! Right now, I'm actually comfortable with my home just as it is. Does anyone else feel this way?? Of course, there are little things that I'd like to tweak; but, over time, I have acquired pieces that I love; and created a home that reflects who we are. I really don't have any overwhelming urges to make any 'major' changes. I'd just like to build on what I've started. Today, it is all about some rustic artwork.




The first area that I wanted to focus on was this ledge in the foyer.  I had been contemplating a tapestry for the space inside the decorative molding:


The problem with that idea is that we have some very large windows above the front door; and I was concerned about the sunlight fading the fabric. While some people embrace that look, I don't want to lose the rich colors of the tapestry that I have my eye on. So, I decided to wait for another viable option. Well,  as I was out shopping, I noticed a lot of rustic wood and iron pieces, that would make great art.  As you know, as is usually the case, these pieces carry a pretty hefty price tag.  Additionally, I didn't see any that would work with my decor. Well, you know me...I studied them and realized that I could probably make something similar on my own! So, into creative mode I went!

I went out to the garage and pulled out some leftover wood, from one of my daughters' school projects.


Next, I reached into my "paint cabinet", pulled out a mocha glaze, and began to brush it onto the wood, following the grain:






While the mocha glaze was still wet, I dry brushed just a hint of bronze glaze, in a random, criss-cross motion, to give the finish a slightly ashen appearance:



It appears as a "greenish-gray"...




Once everything was dry,  I added crosses that I already had. They were all purchased at Hobby Lobby for 50% off:


I attached the crosses using Goop contact adhesive. It takes about 24 hours for the pieces to "set".



Dear Hubby is traveling this week; and when he gets back, I'll let him climb the ladder and lean it against the wall. I decided not to hang it; as I thought it would be more interesting that way. I plan to create one more, with different crosses and make a pair.



This was such a simple project; and you can create your own version, as well.  The design possibilities are limitless! I'm sure Annie Sloan Chalk Paint would work perfectly, as well. Because I already had all of my components, I now have custom art pieces for my ledge, for FREE!

I hope you have enjoyed your visit today; and have found some design inspiration along the way!

Have a great day; and Happy Decorating!!


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45 comments:

  1. It makes a grand statement Shenita. Love it.

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  2. My kind of project Shenita...I LOVE it!

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  3. Looks wonderful! Hope you are having a nice week!

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  4. This turned out great Shenita!
    Love the cross collage.
    :)
    xox

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  5. Just look at that creativity! I can only imagine what you could do with your own store?????? :)

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  6. Hello... I love what you created. I have tall walls... in an octagon shaped house...very hard to decorate because it has NO square walls. I've done a look like you just did, minus the wood...In other words, crosses going up the wall, and I love the look. I think you putting them on wood takes it to another level. Very nice.

    xoso Sandy

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  7. Wow,this looks wonderful! love how you attached the crosses with Goop:) Thanks for this inspiring idea and for your sweet comment on my winter white vignette. Happily following you through LF now. Would love you to follow me back. Happy week to you!Hugs~Poppy

    http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

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  8. Your art piece is charming and makes such a nice statement!

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  9. Love love love love that!! So creative!! You gave me an idea for my master bedroom! I love your home every spot is just beautifully decorated! Can you come to my house? Lol

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  10. So creative. The vertical piece will be perfect on your ledge. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. CherryKay

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  11. I love crosses and this is such a great idea to decorate with them.
    I am excited to see the pair of cross collages on your wall.
    Way to be creative! =)

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  12. What a great idea.. I may have to *borrow* it.. I'm a collector of crosses as well. I have a very large wall, behind one of the sofas in my living room, that is filled with them {along with others thru out the house} and a large tub full, that would work perfectly for something like this. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  13. That really came out awesome! I love the rustic feel you have going on in that piece of art!

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  14. This artwork is absolutely beautiful! I love it...the metal, wood, and the crosses are so pretty. GREAT JOB!

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  15. I love this piece. I did not know that Valspar made a patina product. Thanks for sharing and I'm your newest linky follower!

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  16. Your piece turned out fabulous. It is going to look great in that spot.
    I have a small wall between the window and wall in my bedroom and I have hung all the crosses people have given me over the years.
    I really love the idea of having them on the board.
    By the way...Be on the lookout your little bag is on it's way.
    Melissa.

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  17. Such a great idea! I love how you grouped the crosses together and made it have a bigger impact. I've never heard of that "Goop" adhesive before. Looks like it did the trick!

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  18. The crosses are beautiful and the project perfect. Stuff from around the house and 50% off = perfect in my world!!!

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  19. Very pretty and extremely creative. I can't wait to see what it looks like up on the ledge.

    Enjoy the week! xo ~Liz

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  20. That's a great idea! And it flows so well with your style. How nice that you feel your home is done. I look forward to that very much!

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  21. It looks great! Can't wait to see what it will look like on the ledge. I always let my husband doing the hanging part too! xoxo Jeanette

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  22. That looks great Shenita! Thanx for coming to the party!

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  23. Thank you so much for the follow:) I am following back and I love your blog. I cannot wait to read more:) We are originally from deep south Arkansas, so not so far from North LA:) I bet we know a few of the same places. Blessings!

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  24. Awesome project! Love the layout! New follower! I appreciate you visiting my blog, as well!

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  25. Wow, I didn't know that Goop would hold that well. It is really beautiful and a clever decor item.

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  26. This is beautiful. Thanks for providing steps to do this. I fumble when I try to do do things like this and need all the help I can get.

    Regina
    www.thecrazynutsmom.com

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  27. Love your blog. My house isn't the way I want it but I'm working on it. Actually I just picked out a color for my dining area very similar to the one in your picture.
    Ann

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  28. I love to tweak/primp too. LOVE your rustic project :0)

    Thanks so much for taking part in our Pin'Inspiration Party. Hope that you are having as much fun exploring as I am and that you'll take part in helping the "Beat the Winter Blues" on Saturday.

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  29. Beautiful crosses! Love the way you pulled that project together. Linda

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  30. I feel the same way you do. I like my home the way it is right now. I've worked hard to get to this point. Of course, there will always be some tweaking that needs to be done!

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  31. Beautiful & I have a cross exactly like the one on the top, right!

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  32. Oooh, I love this. Your crosses are so interesting and beautiful. I would be thrilled if you would share this at our Link It Up Thursday party going on until Sunday. http://thesepeastastefunny.blogspot.com

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  33. Shenita..it looks fabulous..you are so creative...beautifully done!

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  34. What a fabulous idea! I love FREE!!! Great inspiration, thanks so much for sharing it with us at WIW. See you next week, can't wait to see what you're up to next!
    Big hugs,
    Patti

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  35. I like mixing in iron decorative pieces into my decor as well. Adds a wonderful texture to the mix.
    I'm your newest follower, Mary Alice

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  36. And she does it again! :) Great idea...Off to find myself a piece of wood!

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  37. Hey there! Thanks for visiting and linking up with me on the perfect line. Returning the favor and following you via GFC :)

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  38. Shenita, you always have such great ideas! This is beautiful!
    Great inspiration! Please, share pictures once you have it up on the ledge!

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  39. Wow how creative and pretty, love it!

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  40. A great project! It turned out wonderful. Thank you for joining TTF and have a fabulous weekend!

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  41. Love this!!! Thanks for sharing at my party!!! Happy Valentine's Day!!! XO, Aimee

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  42. First your house it gorgeous! Second I love the piece you made! The crosses are so interesting. Thanks for linking up with us at Link It Up Thursday.

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  43. Hi Shenita, How pretty! This piece will look fabulous in your home. xo, Sherry

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