Black and White Abstract Art: West Elm Hack

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Have you seen these black and white abstract art pieces at West Elm?  They had me at hello.  I mean they are gorgeous and with the subtle gold frame?  Perfection.  Not to mention that they do look great with just about anything.  I figured I would try to DIY my own version.

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Total cost for my version was around  $15.00.  I had some of the items needed on hand like the black & white acrylic paint and gold spray paint.  Had I not had anything already at home, it still would have been inexpensive, probably less than $30 which I think is pretty incredible, considering the prints from West Elm are a lot more and smaller than the one I made.

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Instead of using a pre-made canvas, I used a 40×50 canvas drop cloth from Lowe’s.  Total cost $5.98.

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As for the frame, I enlisted my hubby’s help and Sam Sam the frame building man took some leftover wood scraps and built something nice and sturdy to staple the canvas around.

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Once all stapled and tight, we moved on to making the outside frame.

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At Lowe’s, I bought enough white screen moulding to fit going around a 40×50 piece of art, and spray painted it with my trusty gold spray paint.  If you don’t have a favorite gold spray paint, I highly suggest this little post from my friend, Brittany.

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Once the spray paint was dry, Sam cut the moulding at a 45 degree angle to fit around the outside of the canvas.

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Then it was just a matter of finding the exact right spot on the wall to hang it…which is an entirely different post all together. 😉  I don’t think I need to explain how I created my art, but for those who like details, I covered the canvas in white acrylic paint and then sprayed the black acrylic paint straight out of the bottle onto the canvas with absolutely no rhyme or reason.  I mean have fun with it!  The worse that could happen is that you hate it and start over again with the white.

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It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but art is in the eye of the beholder, right?  😉

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