Tuesday, May 8, 2012

guestroom makeover part 1: diy art

With the impending arrival of my husband's extended family in June I have been on a recent tear to redecorate our guest room. More on that larger project later.

First our guest room really needed fresh art. Since I am doing all of this on a tiny budget I hit the local thrift stores. Although I found some great inexpensive pieces nothing felt right. I kept hoping to find artwork that looked like this fabric from my stash. 

Vintage 1960's Scandinavian Filkauf Screen Printed Linen Fabric!!!

From the moment I saw it I new it was special. It was one of those fabrics that you save forever because no project is worthy. The kind of fabric that is truly a work of art. Enter artist's canvas:

In bits and pieces it was hardly big enough to cover this "over the bed" canvas but I was going to make it work. Canvas scored for 12 bucks!

Piecing it together, the layout was going to be something like this. Luckily my scraps still had their salvage edge and I wanted to  keep them visible to show off how special this fabric is. 

Note: Our guests that spend the most time with us are my parents and other family members, none of whom are artists or have a great a appreciation for vintage textiles. I was doing this particular piece for my own enjoyment.

Linen stretches and to get it right I needed to call in the Mod Podge, fitting for this 60's era fabric icon.

Once the glue was dry it was time for the "big guns." OR... my crappy staple gun that required 3 separate trips to the hardware store to obtain the right size staples because "old school" staples ( circa 1996) are apparently hard to come by. Good thing it was the weekend which meant we were headed there anyway.

Complete and checked off the list. The big guest room reveal will be coming soon so I can't show how the piece looks in the space just yet. I am so happy that I found something in my stash that worked, it truly is what I was looking for all along. 

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