The other day I was in Target and I came across these huge silver utensils -- they're nearly 3' high (click here to see more oversized fork and spoon decor). I thought they'd be perfect so I picked up a fork and spoon for about $40 total. The way they are made, you can only hang them vertically, which I was kind of bummed about since I thought they'd look better on my wall horizontally.
When I put them on the wall, despite their size, they still
seemed lost. I told you my wall is huge! I kept them hanging there for a few days and was just about ready to return them when my husband urged me to keep them -- suggesting we could buy these $50 Pottery Barn letters EAT. Obviously he's not a real DIYer.
That got me thinking that I could make something similar and it would be the perfect kitchen art and
|The result when I taped cardboard letters to the canvas|
|Packing tape applied directly to canvas to form letters|
|'Before' touch up|
realized some areas around the edges had let a small amount of paint spill into the white area. I used
Q-Tips dipped in nail polish remover to clean up the edges. On areas that still weren't perfectly white after removing the red paint, I used some white out.
|'After' touch up|
When I put the three canvases on the wall I thought the spray painted area looked a little blotchy. I actually put a second round of packing tape over the original letter area. This time I made sure all the edges of the tape were really firm on the canvas to avoid any leaks. I then re-spray painted and when I was happy with the dried product, removed the tape. I liked that look better.
My final step was to outline each letter with a black sharpie. I did this to cover up any imperfections along the edge and I think it worked.
|After adding Black Sharpie to hide imperfections|
They're not perfect by any means, but that's what makes my kitchen art DIY! Plus, when my kids won't eat their dinner, I just tell them to turn around and read the sign - the kitchen made the rule, not me!