Lia makes a painting — a home improvement story
While I love our little apartment very much, our bedroom could use some TLC. So, when I saw this big, blue, rothko-esque painting from Orlando Soria’s bedroom I thought it would be easy enough to re-create and add a little color to our room.
First, I bought a 5x3 framed painting on craigslist for $50. Yes, I felt bad for painting over someone else’s work but considering any framing, especially for a large piece, costs $$$ I just bit the bullet and forged ahead.
Then, since I am not a real artist and needed this to be budget, I went to Home Depot to get paint and supplies. I bought a quart of primer and a quart each of Glidden’s Aqua Chintz and Totally Teal (cool paint names guys). In retrospect I probably could have gotten away with getting just a few samples of each but hey, lessons learned.
Then, I set up shop in my delightfully creepy back alley concrete area. I wish I had gotten an easel or some kind of table that was bigger than my semi-wobbly bedside table to put the canvas on, but I made it work. I primed everything and then taped and painted - first the bottom with a flat coat of the light blue, and then the top which is a more textured coat of the dark blue, similar to the example photo.
After everything was dry it went back in the frame and up on our wall! I took a lot of tips from this post from Emily Henderson but this is definitely something you could do on your own if you want to put some simple, colorful art on the walls.