Wednesday, October 6, 2010

DIY Art Using A Canvas & Nail Head Trim


The original design plan included a TV in the Master Bedroom, above the settee. However, after not having one in the room for several months (since moving out the armoire that housed an old unit) we are not missing having one here. One may be added at some point, but in the meantime the wall is calling out for a placeholder.


I decided a DIY art project was the solution! By painting a canvas I would have the opportunity to bring in a touch of the deep blue wall color and muted gold finishes from the adjacent master bathroom into the bedroom, helping bridge the two design concepts.

To start, I picked up a canvas at Michael's that features a wide edge. The reason for the wide edge?


These big pieces of nail head trim. Instead of placing a frame around the canvas I thought it would be effective to run large nail head trim along the canvas edges instead. This not only references the gold finishes from the bathroom, but as you'll see below, the finished canvas has a masculine feel to it, balancing the feminine settee it is hung above. In a bedroom shared by both genders I think it can be very effective to mix both feminine and masculine design elements in the room.


To paint the canvas I mixed a color similar to the base color used on the bathroom walls and painted the entire canvas.


Then a darker paint was mixed and watered down, with several washes applied to the canvas, letting the paint dry between layers.


I even pulled out the "linen" brush used to create the striae effect on the bathroom walls.


When the stripes were too pronounced I did a final wash with a large painters brush, muting the lines. A lot of experimenting resulted in a finish I'm pretty happy with: texture, sheen, and subtle pattern, in a color that mirrors the bathroom walls. (My artist friends are rolling their eyes: You just made some "sofa art"! If you are unfamiliar with that term, I cover this topic in a Houzz Ideabook that will be posted this coming Saturday.)


After the paint dried the nail head trim was nailed into the canvas sides.



After deciding how far apart to place the nails, a little measuring and marking helped make the process of nailing the trim into the frame easy.



Before finishing I took the canvas into the bedroom and propped it up on the back of the settee, to see how everything looked. I was delighted to observe the color on the canvas brought out the gray blues seen on the settee frame, as I had hoped it would!


I also love how the light streaming in the from the window highlights the layers of color and texture on the canvas, with the nail head trim casting interesting shadows onto the wall.


I have to say I am pretty pleased with how well the canvas and treatment on the bathroom walls work together.



I really appreciate spaces that have their own distinct personality but are related to adjoining rooms through some element, and the addition of this canvas seems to do the job.

41 comments :

  1. Now that is art even I can do! Thanks for the tutorial! "Sofa art"---I can't wait to see you idea book this weekend!

    Did you get the blissdom email?

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  2. Where do you find your nail head trim? I have seen it in several of your projects - not sure where to find it? Love the use of subtle pattern, texture and color! Good work, as always!

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  3. it looks great! i love the larger-scale nailheads...very cool. don't you wish there was a way to get them in faster than nailing? everytime i use nailheads, i wish i had a stapler for them or something. :)

    anyway, nothin' wrong with a little 'sofa art', i say!!

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  4. Hi designingdomestically,
    I have been getting my nail head trim from this resource:

    http://www.beaconfabric.com/vindex.html?cat148.htm

    Janell

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  5. You come up with the best solutions and make it look so easy. I agree with that repeating colors in subtle ways really ties the rooms together.

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  6. It is perfect for that spot! I love the dark color there on the wall, and you're right, the nailhead trim adds the perfect finishing (masculine) touch. Plus, that settee is amazing.

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  7. Love that, there's so much you can do with nailhead.. thanks for the inspiration!

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  8. Another idea I need to steal.
    OOOPS....I meant you've inspired me to try this.

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  9. I don't mind sofa art. If you can create something yourself and not want to throw it away, job well done. Another idea I'll have to borrow. Thanks!

    www.imperfectnest.com

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  10. You nailed it! (How could I resist?)
    I am loving nail heads.
    pve

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  11. That is a great treatment - As others have said, it provides a very masculine and defining look to the room. There is a great bridge of color between the two rooms as well. I really like the calming effect of the blue.

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  12. It turned out great!
    Love your new place holder :)

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  13. The nailhead idea is genius! Beautiful for the space.

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  14. Looks great! I love the colors, esp. with the light coming in.

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  15. Beautiful!!
    ...I have to tell you....and I hope this isn't creepy! ahaha I printed a picture of your master bathroom and have it on my vision board. We have almost an identical layout and what you have done has inspired me to make some changes in ours....changes I wanted to make a few years ago and then just decided not to for some reason because I could live with what we had. :D

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  16. Suzie! Ha...NO, that is the point of this blog!! I am so happy when what I do inspires someone. :) Janell

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  17. Whoa, so easy and it looks great too. I have been trying to come up with something for above our bed, I might have to steal this idea!

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  18. I love this Janell, so soothing and calm. I'm a huge fan of 'abstract' art with just washes of color. Beautiful!
    xo
    Kate

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  19. Could you please tell me where did you get the gorgeous mirror ?
    please !!!

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  20. Hi Marcela, I got the mirror on clearance at Lamps Plus for about $35 dollars, due to a tiny bit of damage that was super easy to fix. It is manufactured by Uttermost, here is a link to their current offerings. I did not see this mirror on their site, but there are some other nice styles. Check it out!

    http://www.uttermost.com/product_line.aspx?category=-20181&parent=-20061#_top

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  21. Very cool...I love how simple and elegant this is!

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  22. Janell, I love that nailhead design. You are so dang creative. That's for being such a big inspiration!!

    I've borrowed so many of your ideas, from paint colors to lamp makeovers...You're WonderWoman of the design world!

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  23. I'm on break and I think I'l try the linen finish on one wall
    you are an inspiration !!

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  24. Genius!!! Great tutorial... I've got to try this. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. love it!! i've been meaning to send you this link -- when i saw this room I immediately thought of you!

    (scoll to the master bedroom pictures)

    http://desire2decorate.blogspot.com/search/label/Princess%20Margaret%202010

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  26. Absolutely love it. And my dad is an artist. But I still love it. Hey could you also go so far as to mount like a frame behind it, painted to match and hinges, then open and close with a tv behind it? Hey, I love a tv in the bedroom. Can't help it. Oh, and I found some nailhead trim at Lowes of all places. Keep up the great ideas.

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  27. Hardly a "place-holder" in my opinion! Looks great, and accomplishes exactly what you wanted it to. The nailheads are very distinctive and that's an idea that I'll definitely use! Bravo!

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  28. One of the nicest "placeholders" I've ever seen! I like the way it links the two rooms together,too, and the nailhead trim is a great finishing touch.

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  29. I've been reading through your site and am amazed at all your wonderful ideas. I particularly like that you used the color from the bathroom on this personal artwork. The room looks absolutely beautiful.
    April @ HomeHinges.com

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  30. Looks fantastic Janell!!! xxoo

    simplygrove.com

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  31. I love this. I have plenty of canvas and nailheads.

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  32. I keep finding myself in the canvas section at my local craft store wanting to buy one. Since I never really knew what I would do with it, I just kept moving on. Now I HAVE to go and get one. This might be my favorite project yet. Well, till tomorrow when you post another amazing idea :)

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  33. It looks great, Janell!! Good job. Love those canvases...they are good for so many diy projects.
    Shannon
    www.akadesign.ca

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  34. Beautiful Janell! Beautiful. Elegant and did I say beautiful?

    A warm hug, Mon

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  35. oh my gosh- how did I miss this?! I love it- how funky and cool!

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  36. Janell,
    I would love to do this brush technique that you did with the canvas paining and in your master bathroom, on my living room wall. Can you tell me more about how I would do this and what I would use to get the same look? Looks beautiful!!! Thanks so much!

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  37. Thank you for this, I love it and can't wait to try it. Have you ever tried using nailhead trim on a wall? I have a wall niche that is wallpapered in a textured bamboo and I want to outline it in nailtrim, but I cannot find anything on how to do this. Any tips you have would be greatly appreciated!! Love your work!

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