NATIONAL PAINTING WEEK

April 18th, 2013

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Hey now. Look at that updated living room.

As mentioned earlier I’ve been working on a painting project with Sherwin-Williams for National Painting Week. Most of the time my taste and the house leans towards a pretty predictably neutral (aka browntown), so when it came time to add a bit of orange to the mix I wanted it to be BOLDLY orange and therefore decided on Sherwin Williams ‘Raucous Orange‘.

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DIY ART  |   MINIMALIST PAINTED FRAME

Art ain’t easy, but hey, at least this project is.

Materials

- Basic White Frame  >  these are from Target, but Ikea and many others have similar options.

- Paint  >  as mentioned this is Sherwin Williams ‘Raucous Orange

- Art  >  I used a couple black & white minimalism inspired pieces I printed out at home.

- Sponge Brush / Fine Paint Brush

- Painters Tape

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On the mantel is a larger framed piece painted symmetrically about 3/4 of the way around while the smaller framed piece leaned on the fauxdenza is painted asymmetrically for an unexpected hit of color.

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How To

- Decide where the painted detail begins and ends on the frame.

- Wrap a piece of painters tape straightly and evenly around the front and side of the frame.

- Use a sponge brush / fine paint brush to apply paint evenly on the front and side of the frame.

- Do a few coats for even coverage.

- Remove the tape and call it a day.

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brick house

Hey now. A bit of graphic color makes a difference.

I’ve been messing around with a bunch of DIY art type projects and it’s been difficult to get something going that doesn’t look too ‘DIY’ or actually adds to a space in a positive way. The addition of some unexpected color and an unusual composition painted onto the frame turned out to be a nice twist to an old idea and keeps things modern amongst all the vintage. Minimal and bold, easy and budget friendly art for anyone who – like me – is also stuck in browntown. Color it up!

Check out some more orange themed paint action over at Design Crush and look out for some red/pink projects tomorrow on  Vintage Revivals & Style By Emily Henderson. Paint it up!

*This post sponsored by Sherwin-Williams. All photos and words are my own, yo.

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    37 Comments

    1. Rick on 04/18/2013:

      I like that touch of orange. I have some silver metal frames from the 80′s that I need to paint. Moreover, I need to paint my fireplace white but I just can’t make myself.
      Your home has really evolved. thanks for sharing.

    2. Kate on 04/18/2013:

      Oh man, sponsored posts are such a bummer. That disclaimer that everyone has about being paid for the review, but the words are “my own” kind of seems even worse. They’re paying you, probably not very much, AND they don’t even have to write any copy. It still reads just like an advertisement. Honestly, I’d rather just see banner ads than have what I thought was an authentic voice being puppetiered.

    3. Romy / Hippy at Heart on 04/18/2013:

      Really amazing! Aside from your project I think spring is the ideal time to bring a pop of colour in our homes.

    4. Rachel on 04/18/2013:

      I like the idea! I think just painting the inside of the frame would be interesting too.

    5. Mrs Blandings on 04/18/2013:

      Nice idea to update a simple frame!

    6. Laura on 04/18/2013:

      @Kate – really?

      This is one of the best sponsored posts I’ve read. Didn’t read like an advertisement at all.

      Love that orange.

    7. Moriah on 04/18/2013:

      I was excited and surprised when you said you were adding bold orange…cause I didn’t notice it in the picture right off and I know your style…and then I busted up laughing that this was your bold color addition, a half painted picture frame. You are so FUNNY! That made my day. It looks great – I need more posts, like every other day or something!

    8. Brittany LeSueur on 04/18/2013:

      LOVE this and stealing it. Do you mind me asking what color white you have on your walls? I want to paint my living room back white, but I wasn’t sure if it matters on the shade

    9. jamie on 04/18/2013:

      i totally know what you mean about DIY…. it’s a fine line. i find some blogs even make a living off of stuff that certainly doesn’t add to a space at all.
      you’ve nailed it on the head though. LOVE this. i’ll be doing it for sure.

      jamie
      inconsistency rang the horse

    10. Ashly on 04/18/2013:

      I would like to high-five you for sneaking a naked lady into a sponsored post for a wholesome company such as Sherwin Williams.

      The orange was a great call, too!

    11. Megan on 04/18/2013:

      That is 100% perfect.

    12. Karolina on 04/18/2013:

      Nicely done. I love the asymmetrical frame.

      p.s. Any thoughts on staining your mantel a similar colour to your fauxdenza? Too much? Am I a jerk for suggesting this?

    13. audrey on 04/18/2013:

      This is the most palatable sponship posted DIY in the blogophere.
      Thanks Morgen!

    14. audrey on 04/18/2013:

      *sponsorship
      *blogosphere
      Ugh.

    15. Soul Pretty on 04/20/2013:

      That’s it…I’m cleaning up today…gosh!

    16. Lori Andersen on 04/21/2013:

      I like the painting of the nude. Who is the artist?

    17. peggy on 04/22/2013:

      So jealous I didn’t think of this. I had a shit load of those white frames too, which I recently sold at a garage sale. Damn. Your living room looks fabulous.

    18. Tove on 04/23/2013:

      Your space looks gorgeous! I’ve been secretly reading your blog for a while and thought it was about time I dropped you a line:-) Your DIY’s are very inspirational, I absolutely loved what you did (a while ago) to that slab of wood with iron legs dipped in neon paint!

    19. KMP Modern on 04/25/2013:

      You are totally on to something with your DIY art. I love how it doesn’t look crafty hippie. This new one with the orange on the white frame is really something. It adds an accent that is formal and unexpected! Keep those ideas flowing!

    20. kelsey on 04/26/2013:

      what color paint is on your white walls? love it!

    21. stasy on 05/10/2013:

      As mentioned earlier I’ve been working on a painting project with Sherwin-Williams for National Painting Week. Most of the time my taste and the house leans towards a pretty predictably neutral (aka browntown), so when it came time to add a bit of orange to the mix I wanted it to be BOLDLY orange and therefore decided on Sherwin Williams ‘Raucous Orange‘.

    22. eresly on 05/13/2013:

      I’ve been messing around with a bunch of DIY art type projects and it’s been difficult to get something going that doesn’t look too ‘DIY’ or actually adds to a space in a positive way. The addition of some unexpected color and an unusual composition painted onto the frame turned out to be a nice twist to an old idea and keeps things modern amongst all the vintage. Minimal and bold, easy and budget friendly art for anyone who – like me – is also stuck in browntown. Color it up!

    23. Tia on 05/13/2013:

      A sweet and modern update. A nice idea for that pile of frames I have tucked under the guest bed.

    24. Al on 05/16/2013:

      This is simple and fun. I think it’d be a good way to sample a color, too. I started out with orange “accents” now it’s my main color, so I might be biased.
      Emergency Water Damage Carrollton TX

    25. Rebecca on 05/16/2013:

      Oh Morgan, look at this:
      http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2013/fresh-shop-fibrations-studio/?ref=fp_blog_title
      Have you seen the show the Americans too? They have fiber art hangings all over.
      I blame my obsession of these things on you so I had to share here :)
      -rebecca

    26. courtney on 05/20/2013:

      I love that lighting fixture you have. I have been looking everywhere for something similar. Where did you find this gem?

    27. Kirsty on 05/27/2013:

      We miss you!

    28. Lori Keller on 05/28/2013:

      the coffee table, wow. can’t believe noone mentioned it. Unique. Where can I find a table like that?

    29. Newark Jenna on 05/29/2013:

      Hi, great post, one of the frames i’m not sure about, but i cant deny that its very creative and effective, @lori, you should check out hourzz, they have a range of tree trunk coffee tables, i agree its gorgeous

    30. JH on 05/30/2013:

      Nice! And the fireplace looks great. Last time I was here, I think it was still black with ye old trim mantle.

    31. Patricia on 05/30/2013:

      Just found your blog! I love it! Your fing hilarious!

    32. Christa on 06/04/2013:
    33. Rachel on 06/09/2013:

      I love the way this looks. Great fast easy project! It inspired me to update an old mirror that I have. I love how it turned out. Thanks for the idea!

    34. Very cool!

    35. Or on 06/22/2013:

      Very Nice :)
      I like the woman painting as well.

    36. Kylae J on 06/28/2013:

      The frame and the painting looks amazing! One of the nicest living rooms I’ve ever seen.

    37. Amanda on 07/03/2013:

      Love the contrast of the picture of the woman against the stark white wall. Looks amazing.

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