…pronounced foe-nay (as in Claude Monet); not fox-net (as in the fox is caught in a net).
A couple months ago I found this vintage art at a local resale shop. I paid $5. At the time I bought the piece, I really didn’t have a plan of how I wanted to use it.
As I mentioned last week, I have plans to redo one of my guest rooms. With pennies pinched, I needed to create some inexpensive wall art. Last night I was in the mood to paint so I grabbed my thrift store find from the basement and got to work!
As you can see, the painting was a bit drab. My goal was to brighten the whole thing up. I envisioned a yellow gold frame with a fresh new take on the current artwork using the colors (turquoise, light blue, white and green) I plan on using in my new space.
First, I removed the art from the frame to make painting everything a bit easier. I began by peeling off the paper baking. I then bent up the staples holding in the art. I kept the staples in the frame so I could use them to secure the painting to the frame when I was finished.
Once the art was out of the frame I used two colors of bright yellow craft paint to cover the frame.
After that was finished I used a gold metallic paint on top of the yellow.
I did this step after the sun when down, so I don’t have any pictures. Sorry about that. After I applied the gold I went over everything with a white wash … then a little more yellow, a little more gold, a little more white, etc. I just continued to add layers until I was pleased with the look.
After the frame was finished I moved onto the artwork. I used the original painting as a guide and added brighter colors to the whole piece.
It took many attempts to figure out what was going to look best. Honestly, at one point I almost gave up and threw the whole thing in the trash. I ultimately ending up liking the look of adding dots of color. The finished look reminds me of paintings done by Claude Monet.
This was the painting shortly after I started adding color.
You can see the turquoise and blue in the sky/water and the green I added to the trees. For paint, I just used the cheap acrylic craft paint you can buy at Wal-mart or your local craft store.
After about three hours of working on the piece (and unfortunately not taking any more pictures, as I was both focused and frustrated) here’s what I came up with.
Pretty fabulous, right!?
I’m loving the new look! It went from drab and dusty to fab and fun!
It’s cheerful and bold and I just love it! I think the colors will be a perfect addition to my room redo.
The desk below the art (found at a local antique shop) and the glass vase (found at TJ Maxx for $20) will also be additions to the space.
I’m also really pleased with the yellow gold frame. It couldn’t have came out more perfect! The bright yellow base added a much need pop of color underneath the whitewashed gold.
I also decided to paint the little house purple, inspired by this post I read earlier in the day.
You’ll also noticed the horse and cart were completely eliminated from the pond. Much better.
Until I actually start my room redo, my new piece of artwork will sit on my vintage corbel shelf in my hall.
A lovely reminder that spring and summer are quickly approaching!
So what do you think of my Monet-inspired-upcycled-artwork?