DIY Initial Wall Art

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The apartment The Mr. and I are currently living in is a red brick building built in 1930, surrounded by maple trees that are just starting to turn green again, elegant Victorian-style homes-turned-dorms, and all of the dark-leather, old-money feel this area of Boston has to offer. Sounds classy, yes?

It’s not.

Trust me: it’s really not. Sure, our place has been remodeled in the last few years, and it’s as clean as you can expect any apartment to be, but that’s just it! It’s an apartment, not a home. And certainly not my dream home. It’s just another red brick building, with wood floors and white walls badly in need of some decor. When The Mr. and I first moved in here almost a year ago, I wasn’t sure how long we would be in this apartment so I wasn’t ready to commit myself to decorating it. After all, as important as I believe aesthetics to be {i.e. very}, decorations are just another thing to pack when you move. And I hate packing.

But The Mr. and I just renewed our lease for another year. Which means it’s time to break out the art supplies!

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This is a quick little project I worked on for the awkwardly empty patch of space above our headboard in our bedroom. I wanted something super easy, simple but personalized, and chic with just a hint of shabby.

So I moseyed on over to the Michael’s in Porter Square, bought myself some acrylic paint, a set of new paintbrushes, some big wooden letters {a G for Gabby and a J for The Mr.}, and three canvas boards. Yes, spray paint would have been a lot easier than painting by hand, but it also would have been a lot smellier. I don’t particularly fancy paint fumes! And besides, I find painting by hand to be incredibly relaxing :)

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I chose “Deep Sea” and “Putty” for my colors since they matched my comforter. I know a big decorating “rule” is don’t be too matchy matchy, but I wanted my wall art to be “one” with the my bedroom, and I like breaking rules ;) (…well, some rules). I my painted the letters over about three times, just because the wood was rough and needed the extra coats for everything to sink in the way I wanted. I didn’t bother trying to smooth out the wood, since it gave it that slightly shabby look I was going for.

DIY Initial Art | www.MomMakesJoy.com | Make your very own custom wall art using just wood lettering, a few canvas boards and acrylic paint!
DIY Initial Art | www.MomMakesJoy.com | Make your very own custom wall art using just wood lettering, a few canvas boards and acrylic paint!

Then I moved on to the bird in the middle. There wasn’t any reason behind the bird stencil except that I thought it was cute and a lot easier than painting my own bird! Martha Stewart makes a bunch of different stencils like this one. Just place and paint!

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And that’s it! Quick, easy, and I thought it turned out pretty cute :) I hung it up such that our initials hang over the side of the bed we each sleep on…although if I were to hang these accurately, my initial would be hanging over two-thirds of the the left side ;) I keep telling The Mr. we need a king size bed, but he seems content with his third of the mattress!

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I hope you enjoyed this DIY initial wall art idea! I would love to see your DIY home decor, especially now that I’ve started looking for ideas to dress up our little place! Leave a link to projects you want to share in a comment below, or just leave some love if you enjoyed the post :)

Love,
Gabby

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