DIY Art for Less Than $10!

It's been a long time since my last post. A lot has happened/changed... I got pregnant last summer and now my sweet baby girl is here. She surprised us 5 weeks early but we have loved all the extra time with her!

In the last nine months we have completed a bunch of projects, especially in getting the nursery ready so I am getting back on track and will be posting more regularly. Excited to get blogging back into my regular routine!

First up I wanted to share an easy way to add art to your home without spending a whole paycheck or even half! It's actually less than dinner for two at a fast food stop so I know you'll like it. :)

Awhile ago I picked up this set of three paintings.

The paintings are on canvas stretched on a wood frame and then finished with a gold frame. As you may guess by the photo, it's not quite our style but I liked the gold frame and you can't buy three canvases, of this size, that are framed, for this cheap anywhere! I bought all three for $10! Yup... Ten bucks. Luckily the gold fit right in with my sweet baby girl's nursery otherwise I could have done something different with the frame OR just stuck with the canvas and tossed the gold frame. Either way it was a steal though I'm sure the lady I bought them from was just glad she got $10 and thought I was weird for my excitement over this set.

The nursery is a bird theme with pinks, teals, and gold. I actually found a cute piece of art that would go perfectly in the nursery in us the price... $250! Eek. I saw it in Lily's nursery on Modern Family and loved it! (Sorry for the photo quality.... It was hard to find a decent clip to show you. The right side is from Amazon).

Nothing in our nursery cost that much so I knew it was never going to happen. Luckily for me I have a wonderfully talented artistic sister who I managed to convince to paint something similar. She was hesitant because though she is an art major this type of work isn't really her thing... I'm thinking she should reconsider! It turned out amazing... I absolutely love it and it's the perfect addition to the nursery and so cool that we can tell our baby girl that her aunt painted it just for her!

Here's both paintings.... Can you really even tell? There are some uniqueness that my sister did which just makes it even better. (Ours is on the left and the other is on the right)

I painted one of the smaller pieces with a bible verse and a bird silhouette to go with the room. I think it turned out alright considering I am NOT an artist.

I love that I was able to use supplies I had on hand so in the end each painting cost about $3. I didn't count my sister's supplies or time (which I know was a lot) because she gave this art as a gift to our baby girl. It was the perfect gift since we all know how poor college students are... A gift of talent and love is always the best anyway! The two framed mirrors were Goodwill finds. They were $1 each and I just painted them the same pinks I used for the other artwork.

I haven't painted the third canvas yet... Still thinking about what I should do if anything at all. We'll see if I come up with something. Until then we will enjoy these two pieces and smile in knowing that we didn't spend all our money on them. The two art displays in the nursery cost us $7 for the framed canvases, $2 for the mirrors for a total of $9! I think that is $9 well spent!

What a transformation! :)

What do you think? Have you transformed art before? Have you customized/personalized art in your home? I would love to hear about it!



  1. I love that you repurposed the frames and artwork! Did you just remove the frames and paint a white base coat before beginning? Your sister is crazy talented!!! I have one of those too! She just finished two paintings for my home as well. :)

    1. Hi Heidi,

      Yes, we removed the frames... on the back there was hardware and it wasn't too difficult. This left just the canvas so that we could paint freely all the way to the edge and not worry about paint on the frames. My sister had some gesso primer that helps smooth the painting (because it was textured) and give us a fresh start. I painted white over the quote art that I did just to give it an extra coat of paint.

      It really is a pretty cheap and easy DIY!

      This is a good reminder that I need my sister to do some more art for my house ;)

      Thanks for stopping by... I hope you found it useful!


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