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During my house tour I listed new art in the dining room as one of the things I was hoping to update. Then, a couple of weeks ago, I wrote about art as a style splurge and about how much I wanted to buy a piece for my dining room.

With everything going on in the household right now, I couldn’t justify the splurge, so I decided to DIY a piece of abstract art until I could buy something that really caught my eye. I used a cheapo print that I had purchased at Home Goods for around $30.  It was cheaper than buying an actual canvas, and it came with a gold frame that I really liked!

I wanted to incorporate bright, happy, and fun colors to lift the spirits in my dining room.

Don’t get me wrong, I still would love to buy one of these puppies, but it will just have to wait.  In the meantime, I’m quite enjoying my little creation.

Have a BRIGHT and CHEERY Wednesday!

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  • Erin, that is beautiful!!!

    • Thank you!

  • It looks ah-mazing! I hate to go there, but a lot of this style of artwork is totally doable on your own. Nice work!

    • Mandy- I thought the same exact thing before I started, but it ended up being pretty difficult! I definitely need more practice!

  • beautiful! love the idea of getting a canvas + frame in one!

  • Great job – this looks so fun, and what a wonderful burst of color for your dining room!

  • i love it!!!!!!!!!! what kind of paint did you use??

    • Hi Diana, I used acrylics that I found in the art aisle at Joann fabrics! I just bought the little starter set with around 12 or so colors and then mixed my own from there!

  • Erin, this is gorgeous! I absolutely love the colors you chose …. so cheery!

  • Are you kidding me!?! That’s great! Looks just like your inspiration art pieces!

  • What?! This is so so gorgeous…I love the colors and the entire look! Maybe someone should consider painting and selling art as a hobby?? :)

    • You’re too kind!

  • You did such a great job, I love it! I want to make one :)

  • Ok, at first I totally thought you were going to say this is the piece you wanted to splurge on but DIY’d instead. This is nothing sort of magnificent- really. It’d be my splurge.

  • Yeeeh, I’m ganna go ahead and say you need to start selling your own!
    This looks amazing and so, so happy!

  • Awesome! Very Happy looking.

  • The art piece looks great. I just saw it on Curbly!! YAY! Congratulations.

    • Thanks, Caryl!!

  • ok so u didn’t explain about anything u did to it? or did I miss it?

    • Hi CDR! This post is geared toward the idea of making your own art out of a piece/print you already own. After the whole background is painted white, it’s really just a free for all! I hope you try it and have fun!

  • I am obsessed and totally inspired! And I love the idea of using the frame/canvas all in one!

    • Thanks, Julie! It was actually cheaper to buy this from Homegoods and paint over it than to buy a canvas and frame separately.

  • Erin – I love this idea! I might need to do it with the kids to make an abstract piece for their playroom! XX

  • That is so pretty I just the colors. There is nothing like special artwork for the dinning room. I just found your blog through your article on ETSY. Your blog is so beautiful and it’s such a good blog. I can’t wait to come back to visit and comment it’s so inspiring.

  • LOVE this! I’ve always thought about trying this…maybe you need to make a few to sell!

  • Such a great idea to use a cheapo piece of art… frame and canvas all in one!! Did you see the project that Dabito shared? It was very similar. He used a piece of art that he thrifted and painted right over it too!

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