Thursday, October 17, 2013

DIY Black & White Abstract Art in Gold Frame

If you're a perfectionist like me, DIY can be intimidating. What if it doens't turn out right? What if I get in the middle and realize I don't know what I'm doing? What if I don't like how it looks? The analyzer in me wants to plan out every step, and worries about what to do if things don't go as planned. The optimists and the non-perfectionists out there do the opposite, jumping in and expecting great things will happen. If things aren't just right, they are happy with "close enough." They are typically happier people because they're not so critical of themselves. Lucky them. ;)

I have been wanting to add more art to my black/white/blue living room, and decided to try my hand at some abstract art. A simple black and white can't be too hard, right? My first three attempts were not so great. Maybe someone else would be happy with them, but not me. Luckily on my fourth try, I stopped trying to mimic other art that I liked, and instead went with my own design. I'm thrilled with how it turned out.

What else was so different about my fourth piece of art than the first three? I started with a gold frame. After being unhappy with the first few, I went back to my Pinterest boards and looked at the black and white abstract art that I had pinned. The majority of them were framed in gold. A-ha! I had previously been using a thick canvas, which I just wasn't feeling.

Lucily I remembered I had purchased an ugly print in a gold frame from Goodwill at least a year ago. If you ever find professional frames at a thrift shop, buy them, even if the art inside is hideous like this.

After wiping off the layers of dust, I unscrewed and took apart the frame and painted a white background right on top of the glass. Rather than trying to copy another abstract I liked, I got the notion to do three "stripes" to represent the three members of my family. I was terrified that I wouldn't like it, but I had to just go for it. I even surprised myself that I loved how it turned out.

The next hurdle was getting everything put back together without scratching the metal frame on the white paint. Luckily it went off without a hitch. The cherry on top of this sundae is that The Mr. studied the art when he got home, and without me asking, said he liked it. Success!

Getting the grumpy teenager's approval is a whole other thing I'm not worried about. After all, he's convinced he can easily throw together an abstract like the big blue one that hangs over my sofa.

Hey, if he's that artistically talented, I say go for it. What about you? Have you tried your own hand at artwork? Are you generally pleased with your own DIY projects or are you incredibly critical of yourself? I can't be the only neurotic one out there!


  1. Ohhh!!! I LOVE IT!! It looks beautiful and yes, the gold frame completes the whole thing. Really does look like something people would pay very good money for. I love the photograph in general, the touches of black work so well (I know you aren't mad on your sofas but they look the biz here) and love the plant!! Whoop! ;) xxx

    1. Happy to have the thumbs-up from you, as I know you're a DIY abstract painter too! And I'm proud of myself for styling the shot. The plant doesn't normally sit there, but it helped fill out the frame and give it some life! And the black sofa ... I'm working with what I've got, hence bringing in more and more black and white. Still not what I would choose if I had it to do over, but there's nothing wrong with it, and it's super-comfy.

  2. Classy....I like your pillows too!

    1. Thanks, Judy. I actually had removed the coral/orange/blue pillows to try to keep the focus on black/white/blue, but they do bring a nice pop of color to the room and bring out the coral from the big abstract that hangs above the sofa.

  3. oh sooooo critical of myself... that's the nature of the beast.
    LOVE your new abstract art. it looks professional to me! you should have signed it!
    great job Hollie
    gail ( from her phone at the hospital.. Hoping to go home today!)

  4. Loving everything about this! Thanks for sharing and so excited to find this blog! Found you via Blissfully Every After! Yay! New follower and hope you'll follow along over at my place! Have an amazing weekend! -Kennesha from Restoration House Interiors

  5. Hey Hollie! Thank you for your comment on my pink dining room - I had to come check out your blog and man! I am in love - you have just given me a great idea for my dining room - I need "something" on either side of my gold mirror over the piano...maybe try my own art? in gold frames no doubt! Thanks for the inspiration and I look forward to perusing your blog ;)

  6. Love your Abstract art! So easy and chic too. Thanks for sharing..


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