DIY Statement Art on a Budget

Photo: Mae Chevrette

Nothing brings a room to life and sets the mood like big art. You might think you can’t afford such an extravagance, but with these on-a-shoestring-budget ideas you will be surprised and delighted how affordable it can be. Apartment Therapy’s Katie Holdefehr has found several DIY statement art on a budget ideas including a DIY option using tools from your tool box, hardware store supplies like wood, fixtures, wood filler and spray paint. Other affordable options include hanging lightweight art from a half frame, inexpensive acrylic sheets (source included), a brilliant idea for framing large pieces of wallpaper and dowel rod frames on the cheap. Go to Apartment Therapy for the how-to’s.

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3-D Book Page Art

3-D Book Page Art

In this day and age of digital media, print is quickly losing its relevance. Instead of sending your much loved print titles to the landfill, why not make 3-D book page art out of them? It’s as easy as recycling an old frame and learning a little origami. For the project shown, I found a book page flower tutorial online and followed the instructions. I then painted the flower with milk paint and added gold for effect. Next, I framed an unaltered book page, then glued the flower to the page and voila! There are so many possible interpretations of this project. Why not create an origami bird instead of the flower, or frame a beautifully illustrated vintage book page without the 3-D origami?

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Up-cycle Old Picture Frames with Milk Paint

Milk Paint Old Picture Frames

Milk paint is a non-toxic, water based paint with pigment added for color. You can make it yourself (online tutorials abound for this) or purchase one of the many brands available on the market today. It comes in powder form and has an almost forever shelf life as long as it is not mixed. To use you just mix it with water according to the manufacturers instructions. I love to breath new life into old picture frames with milk paint. You can get a multitude of interesting effects layering different colors or lightly sand each layer to create a distressed look. You can even create that ultra in vogue crackled paint look by using a specially formulated additive such as Old Fashioned Milk Paint’s Antique Crackle. For the ones pictured, I simply sanded some old frames, added a couple layers of milk paint, then finished with pure tung oil mixed with mineral spirits. For solid coverage and for paint to adhere to non porous surfaces, most companies sell a bond to mixed with the milk paint. I personally like to experiment and there are a multitude of online resources to research before you even lift the brush. Have fun with it!

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Make an Antique Window Frame into Art

Window Frame Art

Spruce up an old window frame and turn it into art. Discarded windows are great finds at flea markets, yard sales and thrift stores. Photographer Ruth Rosenfeld of Georgetown, Colorado took this curved Victorian window and used it to frame four of her own photographs of doorways and windows from around town. From one pane to multiple paned windows, the creative possibilities are endless. You will need an old window frame, photograph/s, paint (if you plan on painting your frame) and wood or cardboard. Choose a favorite photograph and have it printed to the size of your window pane. Slide the photograph into window, then apply glue to edges of your wood/cardboard cut-out and attach to frame behind photograph to hold into place.

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Transform an Old Trunk into an Outdoor Planter

Transform an old trunk into an outdoor planter

When my partner brought home two old rusted, smelly trunks and I refused to let him bring them in the house, he made lemons out of lemonade, and made me happy in the end. I would have never thought to transform an old trunk into an outdoor planter, but that is exactly what he did. In our case he mounted each chest to a wooden platform (which is optional). Otherwise, just fill the chest up with dirt and plant your favorite perennials, annuals or make a trunk herb garden, whatever you prefer.

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Make a Table Out of a Vintage Suitcase

make a table out of a vintage suitcase

This stylish table is not just a conversation piece, it also doubles as hidden storage. There are many different tutorials and techniques online for this project. Basically, to make a table out of a vintage suitcase you will need a suitcase, legs (I bought these from Home Depot), leg mounts, pre measured and cut wood insert, glue, drill and screws. Glue the wood insert to inside bottom of suitcase, attach leg mounts to bottom using drill, then screw in the legs. That is basically it. If you are feeling frisky you can also upholster the inside. I painted the legs with bright blue spray paint to make the piece pop. Have fun with it!

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