Nearly two years ago, I wrote a blog post about making recycled canvases out of miscellaneous parts found at Habitat for Humanity Restores. In February 2009, I bought a door for a couple of dollars at the Restore, unhinged it, sanded it, gessoed it, and basically turned it into a canvas. I covered it with multiple layers of paint and textiles like netting from oranges, avocados and onions. Since that time I’ve had the occasional reader ask me what the final product turned out to be, and I never followed up with the readers who left comments hoping to see the finished product.
So finally, I have the “after” picture to share.
First, the before: (I love seeing Butternut’s ears in the bottom of the shot; she’s always with me, no matter what I’m doing!)
And the after:
It’s being used as a headboard by the owners, just as I had intended!
Currently I’m working on a new piece. I’ve purchased a cabinet door from the Restore, have prepped it, and am layering it with paint, tissue paper and graph paper. I’ll try to be more prompt to share some before/after shots of this piece.
I love the spirit of DIY, I love searching for junk and I love using my imagination to turn something ugly or painfully ordinary into something fresh, new, and interesting.