I recently got my West Elm catalog in the mail. While browsing it, I came across a cool pillow and fell in LOVE! I knew immediately I wanted to make something with this design. I went to the site to check it out. As I was browsing the site I came across the actual framed picture.
It was $140! So I’m thinking I could make this myself and A LOT cheaper, like, only $5.00. I was on a mission!!
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I got lucky and already had some canvases on hand (8×10). Then I started going through my paint colors for the perfect colors.
For this project, you’re going to need the following supplies:
I just LOVE a project where you have everything you need already!! I was going back and forth about what I wanted to do with the anchor. Stencil one on, vinyl… I finally decided I wanted to use a wooden one I had. It would be super simple to paint and add on the canvas.
…so let’s get crafting!!
Step 1 – Paint Your Anchor
I painted on one coat of blue paint to the wooden anchor and let dry 10 minutes.
At the last minute I decided to distress it with some sand paper to add a little more character. Looks cool right?
Step 2 – Add Your Anchor
Then I added some craft glue to the back of the anchor. I firmly pressed it onto the canvas.
Step 3 – Add Your Stripes
Now the fun part!
I decided on a darker orange (Harvest Orange) for my first stripe. Next I added my lighter stripes using (Tropic Orange) which I feel is a more coral color. I didn’t want my stripes to be perfect so I free handed them on the canvas making it lighter and thicker in places.
The best part about these paints is that they’re so inexpensive. So far this project is hardly costing a thing!
The stripes look beautiful!
It only took a couple minutes to dry, than I could display it in the living room. I’m probably going to hang it on the wall somewhere and add a couple more in different colors. I think that would be a really cool collage.
As you can see this was a pretty easy project and looks pretty similar to the original. I could have went out and got an, 18″sq canvas and it still would have been way cheaper to make than the original. Don’t get me wrong – the original is beautiful, but I’m not spending $140 for a painting, I’m a decorator on a budget!
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