DIY Decor Laundry Room Painting

PAINT SHIRT ART

paint shirt art before

One thing we don’t have much of around the house (yet) is wall art. Actually, come to think of it, there are only TWO pieces of art hanging on the walls in the entire house (the Rare Prints sign in the living room and the Richmond Destination print in the hall bathroom). That’s it. I think it’s because our “vision” is just starting to come together. In my head, art is kind of like the “icing on the cake” to a room. So, it will all come together in due time.

A while back, we mentioned that we moved the antique green dresser from the foyer to the laundry room. Right now, it’s pretty much empty and the drawers don’t slide out very well (we’ve got a solution to that though). But once it’s organized and functional, it’s going to be our “central hub” for outgoing mail, keys, Bentley’s leash, etc. We’re planning on using the lower drawers for things like extra batteries, light bulbs, small tools, etc. Organization = awesome, so I’m pretty excited about it.

Over the “hub”, we want to do a small gallery wall made up of things that are special to us and tell the story of our little family. Things like our marriage certificate, a few wedding and honeymoon photos, Bentley (of course!) and maybe a baby photo or two. After reading this, my cousin texted me asking if she needed to start planning a baby shower. Um, noooo! To clarify, I meant baby photos of me and Greg, haha! Whoa. Okay, moving on…Β I used Photoshop to show Greg was I was envisioning, and this is what I came up with…

We’ve mentioned it a few times, but the very first thing we did once the house was ours (besides gutting the hall and master bathrooms) was paint every single nook and cranny. The other day, I came across my and Greg’s paint shirts. Now that the house is completely painted, they’ve just been sitting in the closet. Even if we were to do some major painting again soon, these shirts are worn out and and ready to retire.

Over our many weekends of painting, we had a lot of fun, and the shirts kind of tell the story…. Like when we painted the front door, for some reason the song, “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic was going through my head and I couldn’t stop singing it. So Greg drew a heart on my shirt with the red door paint. And when we spilled oil-based primer all over the floor in the foyer, I was trying to clean it up and had it all over my hands. So naturally, I planted a handprint right in the middle of Greg’s stomach. The back of my shirt has my little brother’s initials as well as handprint on it – and a huge roller mark that he thought was hilarious. The stories go on and on… like Rose’s heart… on the Titanic.

I actually got a little teary because I felt like they were a big piece of “us” and our first steps into the world of home-ownership. Is that weird? I wasn’t about to get rid of them, but I didn’t want to have them stashed in the closet forever either. So, I decided to get a little crafty.

I cut out a section of each shirt and taped the pieces taught into a 2-opening Pottery Barn fame (that we originally had on our photo ledge in the bedroom of our first place). A few minutes later, we had the first piece for our gallery wall…

Cute, right? I really like the way it turned out, and it makes me happy every time I walk by it. It looks almost like abstract art!

Oh, yeah… the little owl. I’m constantly fishing change out of the washing machine because Greg leaves it (and guitar picks) in his pockets. So I got this little owl bank (here from ZGallerie) to have a place for Greg to put his loose change when he comes in the door. The next things on the list are a dish for keys, a hook for Bentley’s leash, and, of course, more frames and fun things to put in them.

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13 Comments

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    Melanie @ Mailbox Journey
    March 19, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Very cute & sentimental.
    & I have that owl too! πŸ™‚

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    Stephanie
    March 19, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Such a good idea, and so cute!!!

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    annabelvita
    March 19, 2012 at 10:20 am

    What a totally original and fun way to start the gallery wall! I love framing fabric things – my favourite was a canvas tote- http://annabelvita.com/how-to-turn-a-shopping-bag-into-a-nifty-piece

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    Emily
    March 19, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I LOVE this idea!! I’m going to do this when we finish painting. Hopefully it will be soon Lol

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    Caroline
    March 19, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    This is such a fabulous idea! Love this!

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    Lori H
    March 19, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Your new art looks great! And I have now pinned the owl to my Wish List board.

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    Lori
    March 19, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    So cute! Original “art” is always so much cooler.

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    Holly
    March 19, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Awesome idea, I love it!

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    Lilly A
    March 20, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Girl, you always have the best ideas! LOVE. My grandmother made a quilt for me using some of my baby clothes which I will cherish forever. Knowing I don’t have her gift for sewing I especially like this idea. This is something even I can do:)

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    Tracy
    March 20, 2012 at 9:03 am

    I saw that on pinterest yesterday! LOVE IT!

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    MandyP
    March 20, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    What a FUN way to remember your first house!!! I love it. I’m so sentimental too…what a cool idea. πŸ™‚

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    Christin
    March 22, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Love the paint-shirt-art! Very cute and sentimental and right up my ally. I may have to try it at some point. πŸ™‚

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    Fiona
    March 25, 2012 at 5:43 am

    That is such a cute idea! I love it.

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