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DIY Ombre Kitchen Art

on March 28, 2013

I’ve FINALLY finished my latest project! I waffled back and forth while doing this and finally made a decision and stuck to it!

Ta-da!

Cook & Create!

Cook & Create!

I now have new kitchen art! I was eco-friendly again for this project and reused the canvasses that used to hang above my futon before I replaced them.

Before

Before

The color scheme in my kitchen is a little different than the main room of my apartment – I went for the orange-citrusy tones there. Once I decided that the canvasses would go in the kitchen, I headed over to Lowe’s and grabbed myself some paint.

My sample pots

My sample pots

I went for an ombre effect and chose: Sun Shower, Fall Gold, and Pumpkin Pleasure from the Olympic Paint collection. I chose real paint over craft paint because I wanted really good coverage and better quality. Then I started the prepping process:

Even with the cardboard, I had a little overspray onto the ground

Even with the cardboard, I had a little overspray onto the ground. Whoops!

I used Kilz Odorless spray primer to prime my canvasses. Ordinarily you wouldn't need to prime, but I had to cover the art underneath.

I used Kilz Odorless spray primer to prime my canvasses. Ordinarily you wouldn’t need to prime, but I had to cover the art underneath.

Then I sprayed sprayed sprayed! Many of my curious neighbors came out to take a peek at what I was doing haha

First coat

First coat

After the final coat - I think I did 3

After the final coat – I think I did 3

Then I got to bust out the fun paints and go crazy! I did two coats and it gave me great coverage!

All painted and ready to go!

All painted and ready to go!

It was this point in the process where I got stuck. I originally thought I wanted to pick a script-y font and trace it onto the canvas and paint over that. So I went through a TON of fonts before I settled on one and I traced it on the first canvas, started painting over it and I HATED it. Imagine how I felt after ALLLL that agonizing and then hating the finished product!! So I painted over it. Good thing I used real paint from Lowe’s because it covered right over the tracing and painting and looked good as new afterward!

So the canvasses sat there for a while and one day I got my butt in gear and decided to freehand the words on.

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I googled images of ampersands and liked this one the best!

I googled images of ampersands and liked this one the best!

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Here they are all done! This is after 3-4 coats of white craft paint on the letters.

Love it!

Love it!

So the proportions are a little off and the “create” is off center but I love it way more than I would have if it was perfect! 🙂

Here they are hanging on my wall!

Here they are hanging on my wall!

Before and after

Before and after

Project Breakdown

Canvasses – Free, already on had

3 sample paint pots from Lowe’s – $3/pot = $9.00 total

White craft paint for the lettering – $0.69 from Michael’s

Kilz Odorless spray primer from Lowe’s – $6

Paintbrushes – Free, already had

Total: $15.69 (maybe about $15.00-20.00 more if you didn’t have the canvasses or paintbrushes)

Totally worth it!

Now if I only I could figure out what to do with the leftover paint samples….

Happy crafting!

-Yenny

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2 responses to “DIY Ombre Kitchen Art

  1. macstabby says:

    Lovely! I’ll have to keep this in mind- it’d be a great project for so many different rooms!

  2. arzea says:

    I love this! I am glad you decided to do it because the final product is very chic and cute! I’d love for your to share this on my link party this week! http://domesticsuperhero.com/2013/03/28/swdst4/ Hope to see you!

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