Wednesday, March 17, 2010

i'm pretty sure i can do that myself

like i said, it takes a lot of image collecting before i get confident enough to do something myself, and even then my motivation is purely money saving. so i had been looking for art to go above the tv stand now that we chopped it down to work for the flat screen. wait, let's start again. friends of ours gave us the tv stand when they got a ginormous 65 or so inch screen b/c it clearly wouldn't work for them anymore. when we finally joined the masses and got our own flat screen, i searched for a new stand. the cheaply made ones were over 100 bucks and were all chrome and glass. S, being the genius that he is, said he could chop this down and make it work for our new one. doesn't it look fantastic? especially since he was able to use that topper piece again. my only beef with this unit is that it doesn't have doors to cover those shelves.

Before:


After:



Better After:


so now i had that empty space and this huge blue wall. i wanted a series of connecting images, but what i came across was all floral, and i am NOT a floral person, not to mention the color palette needed to work. AC Moore had these 2 pack canvases, the craft paint and brushes (i own nothing of the sort) was borrowed from my SIL and mixed til i found what i was looking for. i have since seen 2 packs that are much bigger and would probably work, but if you think i am redoing this project, think again. the friends who gave us the tv stand had no idea this was the same one, and they also marveled at how we managed to find the perfect art piece for the space.



Here's a better shot of the art. it isn't perfect, and neither am i. you gotta be fine with that.





i'm linking up to my backyard eden, room to inspire, the persimmon perch, and mustard seed creations where i am sure there will be many more ideas to get those wheels a turnin'.

16 comments:

Room to Inspire said...

Great way to use what you already have by chopping down the existing tv stand. It works great and maybe you can find some sort of metal screening you could simply apply to the front to "hide" the electronics. Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired today.

Chelsea

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

it looks very nice! grab job on chopping that tv stand in half!

Orange it Lovely said...

oooh that looks fantastic!!!
Great job! LOVE the art work
~Tana

Dreams of Perfection said...

Now that was some nifty thinkin :o)

sleamp13 said...

The artwork looks wonderful! I never would have thought you did it yourself. And the TV stand looks vaguely familiar. I wonder which friends gave it to you :P
Have I ever mentioned that I love that you chose brown and blue? Those colors always look so soothing together.

Atticmag said...

It's nice to see your progress. Good idea to have art and less tv stand. -- Jane F.

Paddywack Designs said...

When in doubt, grab a saw. (: It looks great. I love the art too.

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

That TV stand looks so much better. I think you did a great job on the art. It matches your room beautifully!

Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours Day at My Backyard Eden!

Jason and Jill said...

Cute! I love the ottomans! Are those photo collages on the back wall? Thanks for joining the party!

Jennifer said...

Now that is a great idea to use your existing stand like that! It looks so much better. And great job with the art, it looks wonderful!

~Jennifer
www.studiojru.com

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

wow! what a very clever solution :) looks great!

Andy Porter said...

I love your artwork! I looks amazing and its perfect for that wall! Thanks for linking to Creative Cats!

XOXO,
Andy

Miss Mustard Seed said...

The art is very clever and a great solution. The room looks so much better!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Very cute art work.

Lori said...

Very pretty art!

Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday. Please join me next week for another wonderful party!!

Please stop by next week I am having guest over each day and I would love for you to tell them HI!

Lauren said...

Great transformation! My living room is STILL a work in progress! :)