DIY: Simple DIY Gold Canvas Wall Art

I feel like I’m never really done with my apartment. It’s forever evolving. When we moved in we mounted our television so we can have the dresser underneath free for lamps, frames, and all that good stuff. Something about it was bugging me though. I felt like the TV was just THERE. Just right there all alone in the middle of the wall taunting me. A big black electronic rectangle. So I went on a search for wall hangings to anchor it. I bought mirrors online but they were too small because the website totally lied. I searched and searched but couldn’t find the right pieces. Everything I found was either the wrong size or dumb or way too expensive. Honestly, a lot of it I felt like I could do myself. So I decided to. I knew I wanted something metallic and long  to compete with the TV and add height to the wall. I went to the craft store to get inspired and found that canvas was on sale. So I bought some and headed home to my drawer of paints.

DIY Gold Canvas Art

DIY Gold Canvas Art I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do so I hung the canvasses and tried to envision what I wanted. I came up with a simple modern gold design. I used my favorite champagne toned gold from Martha Stewart, because champagne is my favorite, obviously.

DIY Gold Canvas Art My “technique” was simple. I slapped some paint all over the top half of the canvas and then dragged the paint downward. I did about 4 coats to get the coverage and texture I wanted.

DIY Gold Canvas ArtI like that the look changes depending on how the light hits them. Sometimes they’re a deeper, warmer gold and sometimes they’re a shimmery, light, silvery gold.

DIY Gold Canvas ArtHere’s what they look like hung up next to the TV. Seriously, so much better. The wall looks less dumpy and more complete. The gold ties in with my bar cart and the hardware on the dresser. I like them. They’re staying.

DIY Gold Canvas Art

DIY: I reupholstered our Bergere chair with florals! Oooolala double welt!

Remember our bergere chair that I found on Craigslist for $20 and reupholstered with curtains?

Well, like everything else in our apartment, I felt like it was time for a change. When we were packing up our apartment during our move I laid this left over fabric from a skirt I made last year onto the chair and had an epiphany.

Epiphany

I loved the way it looked next to our new paint and lace curtains. This fabric isn’t something you would normally upholster with. It’s a silky semi-strechy apparel fabric, but who cares? This chair is rarely used and more for decorative purposes so I don’t care. It’s cute!

I ripped the old fabric and upholstered it just like I did here. Instead of nailheads I decided to finish it with double welt cording. I took these really crappy iPhone pics for you:

Double welt cording
I didn’t have long enough strips of fabric so I had to sew some together. Normally you want to cut strips on a cross-grain but I didn’t. Anyway sew your strips together like this.
Double Welt Cording
When you lay it flat it’ll look like this.
Then encase your cording rope and use your zipper foot to stitch
Then encase your cording rope and use your zipper foot to stitch.
Put another piece of cording next to the 1st piece and roll it over. Using your regular foot, sew down the middle over your last stitch.
Put another piece of cording next to the 1st piece and roll it over. Using your regular foot, sew down the middle over your last stitch.
Cut off the excess fabric as close as possible.
Cut off the excess fabric as close as possible.
Carefully hot glue it on over your stapled edges.
Carefully hot glue it on over your stapled edges.

Now it looks like this!

DIY Floral Chair Upholstery

Marble top table from Topanga Flea $15; Brass vase from Goodwill $5; roses from TJ's $6
Marble top table from Topanga Flea $15; Brass vase from Goodwill $5; roses from TJ’s $6

DIY Floral Chair Upholstery DIY Floral Chair Upholstery