One of my favorite ways to integrate pops of color into our home is through large artwork that makes a bold statement.
I was in a creative mood the other day and finally settled on a project that would not only help me channel my creativity, but also did not break the bank. I scrolled through Pinterest in search for inspiration (because admit it, we all do that) and came across this beautiful herringbone canvas. I rummaged through our apartment looking for supplies and determined I had everything I needed to make such a piece, only I would make mine on a wood pallet canvas instead.
I already had a large pallet (Unfortunately, I did not take pictures to post a tutorial on how to create a wood pallet canvas, but I have found this one to be helpful.), paint in my chosen color scheme, paint brushes, and painter’s tape. So this project cost me absolutely nothing! Hooray!
However, should you choose to re-create this project and do not have all of the supplies on hand, I will break down what you will need as well as its cost.
Wood- I highly recommend searching for free wood pallets to make your canvas. You can talk to lumber yards, retailers, new home construction sites, etc and ask them if you can have their used wood pallets. Most of them will gladly let you take them off their hands and this will save you a lot of money.
Paint- I used six paint colors to create my herringbone canvas, but you can use less if you’d like.
Martha Stewart Multi Surface Satin Acrylic Craft paint Wedding Cake- $2.50 at Michael’s
Martha Stewart Multi Surface Satin Acrylic Craft paint Scottish Highlands- $2.50 at Michael’s
Martha Stewart Multi Surface Satin Acrylic Craft paint-Deep Sea- $2.50 at Michael’s
Martha Stewart Multi Surface Metallic Acrylic Craft paint- Rose Gold- $2.50 at Michael’s
Americana Acrylic paint Sea Breeze- $1.79 at Michael’s
Americana Acrylic paint Coral Blush- $1.79 at Michael’s
Total cost- $13.58 + tax (You can probably find these cheaper at other locations, I just happened to get mine at Michael’s when I was purchasing other items for various projects.)
Paint Brushes in assorted sizes- I have had my paint brushes for years and I cannot remember exactly where I purchased them; probably from Michael’s or some other craft store. You can pick up a package of assorted paint brushes at any craft store or even places like Walmart and Target for less than $10. Keep in mind the cheaper brush sets will not last as long, but for a project like this it won’t hurt to use them.
Total cost- $10 + tax (this is a rough estimate)
Painter’s Tape- I always use the Frog Tape brand when I am painting. For me, it gives me cleaner lines and is easily removed from the surface. Again, I already had this product on hand, but you can get it at Walmart for around $7.
Estimated cost for the entire project- $31 (I rounded up and this does not include tax).
Assemble wood pallet canvas and paint the base color.
I chose the Martha Stewart multi surface acrylic paint in wedding cake for my base color. Apply two coats of paint.
And no, this is not a sponsored post. I just really like the color selection in the Martha Stewart line. Martha Stewart has no idea who I am or that I even exist.
Using painter’s tape, divide your canvas into four sections.
As you can probably gather from the picture, I eye-balled this and did not measure. My grandfather, who was a skilled carpenter, and taught me to always “measure twice, cut one” is probably rolling over in his grave right now.
I did this intentionally.
I used imperfect and un-level pieces of wood and did not meticulously measure each section because I like to be reminded that you can take imperfect things and create something beautiful out of it.
If I were going to sell this piece, I would have taken the time to ensure everything was perfectly in order; but seeing that this piece of art was going in my own living room, I deliberately chose not to do so.
After you create four sections with painter’s tape, create diagonal lines, starting at the top corner of the far right column, working your way down. Then do the same on the other side, only make your diagonal go in the opposite direction, connecting each in the middle to make a “v.” This creates what looks like several arrow heads pointing downward.
Follow the same procedure in the next section, starting at the top, working your way downward, then toward the left and final column. Again, I eye-balled this. If you want them to be equally spaced apart, I would use a ruler and a level to measure the width between each section, as well as making sure the angles line up nicely.
I’m sorry, y’all… These directions are probably as clear as mud. But the great thing about Frog Tape is that you can remove it and change the angle at anytime without fear of removing paint in the process. If you get confused, feel free to leave a comment below and I will try to answer it as best I can.
Select a paint color that you want to anchor your piece. I really liked the idea of adding metallics to our decor, so I chose the Martha Stewart multi surface metallic acrylic paint in rose gold.
This is the color you will see most often throughout your herringbone pattern, so make sure it is one you are fond of.
I started in the far right corner and initially wanted to make every third section metallic. I changed my mind after painting the second section and opted for every fourth one instead because I wanted the colors to appear somewhat random.
(Side Note: The only intentional pattern I used was a very subtle chevron (which is similar to herringbone) in coral, which you can see in the picture below. You can chose to do this, or opt for something entirely different. It’s really whatever your personal preference may be)
Next, you will want to map out the rest of your color pallet.
As I just mentioned, I wanted to sneak in a subtle chevron into the herringbone pattern, so I painted sections 3, 10, 15, and 22 coral. The rest of the sections were completely random.
You will need two coats of paint for each color, except for the metallic, which will require three. Allow one hour between each coat of paint.
After finishing your last coat of paint, per color, it is time to remove the painter’s tape. (Tip: If you wait for it to dry completely, it may be more difficult to remove the painter’s tape and the paint will peel.)
You may need to do some small touch-ups with your base color at this point if your paint bled slightly, or if it peeled while you were removing the painter’s tape.
If you prefer nice, crisp, clean lines, this will be your last step, other than sealing it with finishing wax, which I will go over in just a minute.
However, if you are like me, and want to add a little vintage feel to your canvas, you will have one additional step. It won’t take long. I promise
Optional Step Six
To distress your new piece of art, take a bit of sandpaper or steel-wool, and rub it vigorously across the canvas. This will slowly strip the paint from the wood, giving it a distressed look. Once you are finished distressing your wood canvas, you will need to seal it. Apply Minwax Paste Finishing Wax (or something similar) per manufacturer’s instructions, with a rag, and allow it to dry. It dries in about 15 minutes and is practically invisible.
Now it’s time to find the perfect spot for your new masterpiece!
I’m still waiting on Greg to help me hang this above our couch in the living room, so stay tuned for more pictures
Do you like to create your own home decor? What is your favorite DIY project so far?