Weekend Project: Filling a Blank Wall

The chevron canvas — a quick and simple DIY art project
The chevron canvas — a quick and simple DIY art project

I’ve mentioned before how bland rental apartments can be — and you could sum up our apartment in three words: beige and white.

While I actually don’t mind a sparse, bright, and clean aesthetic — particularly since we live right near the beach — Mr Midday Musings needs some colour in his world. With this in mind, we slowly have been filling every blank wall in our home. Even though our apartment is “cosy” (ahem, tiny), there are a surprisingly large number of vast, empty spaces, most of which are at strange angles and give our main living space its odd, pentagon shape.

There’s only so many photo walls that I can handle before I start feeling crowded in a small space. The alternative was clearly artwork but we weren’t willing to fork out the big bucks when we’re still not exactly sure how long we’re staying in Canada, let alone in this apartment. For the second time this year, a blog came to the rescue. This time, it was in the form of a simple DIY project — chevron canvas art.

You can find a step-by-step tutorial at She’s Crafty — a great blog with plenty of DIY tips that’s been featured on Western Living Magazine’s blog.

You’ll need:

  • Wood cut to your specifications
  • Paint
  • Duct tape
  • An outdoor area
  • Old newspaper/magazine (to lay on the ground/work area)
  • Paint brush and/or spray
  • Sandpaper (optional)

Method

Start with a white base coat
Start with a white base coat

Lay down your tape. You could measure it out, but I think it's almost more fun to have it a little crooked and offbeat.
Lay down your tape. You could measure it out, but I think it’s almost more fun to have it a little crooked and offbeat.

Get painting! It’s ok to be messy, since the tape will be coming off once it’s dried.

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Wait for the paint to dry following the manufacturer’s instructions. Then, it’s time to start peeling back the tape.

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Small imperfections are almost unavoidable for this project — embrace them as part of the charm!
We may be not have measured out the lines but we made sure that we didn’t hang the canvas crooked.

The finished product!

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