Changes...

I posted some photos of my living room a while back. I realized how blah and boring it looks. I appreciate the suggestions I was given. One of them was 'paint'. We had the walls painted a couple years ago so I really didn't want to do it again just yet so I had to figure what else I could do to get some color in there. I thought about painting a canvas red to match the chair ( below). After talking to my sister she suggested dipping cool whip containers in paint to make the circles and an idea was born.
I bought the 3 canvases (20" X 20") at Michaels at 50% off - the three cost $21. I got a quart of paint at Lowe's ($12 - Martha Stewart's Cranberry something or the other). The blue paint was a sample size of Olympic that someone didn't buy -$1. Cool whip container and little round container I had in the kitchen - free. Fleur de lis printed off computer, traced on canvas and painted - free. So for $34 I got this new look. Very David Bromstad-ish, I think. The sofa has been moved to the wall that once housed the chair and is under the red paintings.
The chair has been moved to the wall where the sofa was. Under the chair I put my new rug from Lowe's (on sale for $60). Love the rug and the new placement of the chair. The paintings really tie everything together. I am still looking for drapes/panels for the windows since they still look blah. I plan on painting the coffee table black, too.
Working with a 'neutral' color scheme is hard. It's easy to make it very boring. The red and bit of blue really help add some excitement. I still have a way to go but for less than $100 I think I made some dramatic changes.
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Comments

Jane said…
Looks good! I have a very similar red chair. I love the color combo of the light blue and the red. Also the fluer de lis mixed in with the circles is an unexpected touch. I am off to check out the David Bromstad link. I am not familiar with him.
Kate Starr said…
Clever, clever girl! You art is really fun... and the new rug is gorgeous! Good find!
I just love the art! That is very, very clever...and much easier than trying to freehand a circle...I love the little added extra of the fleur de lis. It really makes the painting!

Great job!
pk said…
Great job on the paintings! Adding the fleur de lis is the perfect finishing touch. You're right, it IS David Bromstadish. :-) Have a great weekend...
pk @ room remix
kibbygirl said…
The canvases turned out great.. it makes me want to get some paint out. I would never have thought of doing something like that on my own.
Vanessa said…
Great idea with the circles!
Tiffany said…
Blue & red are a great color combo! Your new pieces of art look great and I am sure they add just the pop of color your room needed!
Terry said…
The pictures look amazing! I was expecting to read that it was scrap book paper but you really did it! Love it!
Wendy said…
Those paitings are gorgeous!! You really did an awesome job.
JobandBrittany said…
love that art work! my laundry room is done in those colors.

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Dagmar said…
I have been wanting to paint my own canvases for a while now, since I can never find the right art in the large size I want. If I do, it's too expensive. We just moved and now I am inspired again to get that large canvas and paint something for our hallway. Thanks for this!

Dagmar
Jewels1223 said…
These canvases are amazing - I have the same deep red color in my living room, only mixed with black and beige. I've been hunting for wall art, but nothing in my small town has the right size/color combo!!! I would love to do something like this!! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

Just one question -- how did you get the variation to turn out so amazing on the background (it's not just one solid color)???? Would you please share your technique?

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