Updated on January 10, 2016
DIY Wall Art Roundup, Linkup and Birch Trees Tutorial
Hi all and welcome back!!
This is a huge post for me! Chalked full of fun stuff :).
A few weeks ago I posted about the very first things we’ve put on our walls (even though we’ve been here six months)! I did this gallery wall, with the promise of a tutorial on how I did the paintings. All the details of the gallery wall, including how I built the little half console table, can be found HERE.
Speaking of wall art, I collaborated with some other awesome bloggers and got a bunch of Wall Art inspiration. Check out the hosts below to see everybody’s projects and find some inspiration for your walls!
10. Casa Watkins
11. Domicile 37
Here is my contribution. I posted my gallery wall a few weeks back and had a lot of requests on how to do the birch tree paintings.
So, the trees were sooo easy. I’m not kidding. In the above post, my inspiration wall had birch tree drawing, but I wanted them to have a little more impact. So, I started looking around and found THIS project from Persia Lou.
I loved this idea! Instead of using a canvas though, I just painted directly on the wall. But first, I built two large frames out of scrap 1x4s I had in the garage. I just cut the corners at 45 degrees and put them together with a staple gun. I wasn’t too worried about them staying together, because I was going to nail each individual piece into the wall.
My helper, in a bathing suit, doing a little sanding. Since my goal in the gallery wall post was to do the whole wall with just stuff I already had and spend no additional money, I painted these with leftover trim paint.
Then I had my husband hold them in place while I traced out the inside.
I’m not usually a fan of blue painters tape, but I had some lying around so I used it. This is easy, because you don’t have to be so precise. No leveling or measuring, just sort of put it up in a way that looks natural.
Make sure the tape lines extend past where you marked out for your frame. Then paint! I used the leftover paint from the doors. My walls are a light grey, which worked for the tree bark, but if you have a different color wall you’ll want to paint white or grey before adding the tape.
The reason I don’t much like painters tape is because it always seems to “bleed” a little bit. But here, I wanted it to bleed, so it worked perfect. I peeled the tape off and used a credit card like in Persia Lou’s tutorial to scrap the paint across. I wasn’t sure it would work on my textured wall, but it actually turned out even better than I expected. I did have to add a little more paint down the side of the branches to have some to scrape over, but I just added where I needed.
If you don’t have textured walls, it works too! It’ll just look a little more like the inspiration photo. You can always add texture, too! But that’s a whole different game :).
Then I just added the frames. The frames were so large that they weren’t very sturdy, so I just made sure and nailed each piece into the wall.
Then I added the other stuff and done! Again, you can find all the other details on the wall HERE.
Make sure to check out my wonderful cohosts in the list above and their awesome projects!
Thanks for stopping by!!