Gorgeous boho canvas art and DIY frame

Sometimes wall art decisions come easy and other times it can be more challenging. I love vintage art and photography, but it’s difficult to find paintings that I love and can afford. And while I’m not an artist by any stretch of the imagination, I have found abstract lines to be forgiving and doable. To solve my wall art issues, I have created a gorgeous boho canvas art and DIY frame to grace the walls of my daughter’s bedroom.

The abstract canvas painting is completely inspired by Andrea of Harlow and Thistle. She is a talented designer with an amazing blog full of inspiration. Andrea primed over a faded store-bought canvas and used leftover wall paint from her home. I love it when DIY projects are inexpensive and re-purposes items you already have around the house.


Gorgeous boho canvas art and DIY frame

Painting your own canvas can be quite relaxing and even fun. Before you begin painting, be sure to attach hanging hardware to the backside of your canvas if it needs it, and prime the canvas before adding your design. After painting each color block on my canvas, I allowed each color to dry. With each section dry, it makes it easier to continue without disturbing other blocks of color. Andrea used painters’ tape to create the abstract lines, but you can also paint them free-hand like I did. I wasn’t attempting perfection and my foam brush did pretty darn well keeping a smooth line.

You can find beautiful color combinations on Pinterest to create your own gorgeous boho canvas art and DIY frame. Out of the acrylic craft paints on the shelf, I couldn’t find a blush color that I liked so I added some of the beige sand color to the light pink I found and mixed up the exact shade I was looking for. Don’t be afraid to mix up your own colors to work with your style and preferences.

Pinterest pins for  boho color pallettes

Boho canvas art supplies:

Acrylic craft paint
Canvas
Foam brushes

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Now that your canvas art is complete and ready to be hung on the wall and enjoyed, there is one final step that will make a huge difference for displaying your art. You can use scrap wood, leftover trim pieces, or make a quick trip down to Home Depot to get some wood slats for your DIY frame. I love the natural color of this wood, but you can stain it or paint it to coordinate with your style. This DIY frame will give your canvas art some dimension and style. The type of wood you choose will help determine the look you want for the artwork. Narrow and natural wood will give it a sleek and modern look, while thicker wood can create a casual farmhouse style.

Gorgeous boho canvas art and DIY frame

I created a short one-minute video to show you just how easy it is to create your own frame with common tools. Here are the steps:

  1. Select your wood piece, make sure you have enough to cover the perimeter of your canvas art. I painted a 16” x 20” canvas, so I needed to have 72 inches of wood to make my frame.
  2. Set the left-side of the canvas on the piece of wood and mark the board for the first cut.
  3. Use a hand saw with a miter box to guide your cut.
  4. Once cut, sand the rough edges using a fine grit sanding sponge.
  5. Line up the wood onto the left-side of the canvas, and use a brad nail gun or staple gun to attach the wood to the canvas. I used 5/8 inch brad nails because my wood is thin.
  6. Mark and cut the right-side wood slat, and attach it to the right-side of your canvas.
  7. Once the left and right sides are covered with wood, mark, cut, and attach the top and bottom wood slats.

DIY framing supplies:

Hand saw and mitre box
220 grit sander
Ryobi brad nailer

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This gorgeous boho canvas art and DIY frame was so much fun, and couldn’t have been easier to create. After taking on the challenge to create a piece of artwork that coordinates with my daughter’s room style, I’m now thinking about creating another piece of art on a larger scale for the bonus/guest room upstairs. If I do, you’ll be the first to know! You can follow me on Instagram or just subscribe for my blog updates, news, and freebies.

Gorgeous boho canvas art and DIY frame

Thanks so much for checking out this easy DIY! I love how affordable this DIY is and how any skill level can accomplish this design. Would this minimal frame style work with your decor? Let me know in the comments below.

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DIY Stenciled Dressers

The final touch for the bohemian master bedroom redesign was a makeover for the dressers. These mission style dressers are in perfect condition and meet the client’s needs. However, the darker stain wasn’t ideal for the light and airy vibe in their new boho room.

There are some ways to makeover wood furniture; you can paint, cover with wallpaper, and stencil, to name a few. After weighing out the options, we went with stenciling a tribal batik pattern only on the drawers of each dresser.

The pattern is perfect for this boho room, and the creamy white colored design brightens the dark wood just enough. We could have also painted the top piece the creamy white or even the entire frame, but we were conservative and subtle with our makeover approach.

Stenciling takes time and patience. It’s not a great project if you’re looking for immediate satisfaction, but the results can be stunning. Here are some times from my experience stenciling these dressers:

  • Number the drawers. I used a piece of painter’s tape inside the drawer to write the number, then I drew a sketch of the dresser and indicated each drawer’s number on the sketch. This will help you to easily put the drawers back in order – especially with the continual pattern we used.
  • Keep the hardware in order. After removing each drawer handle, I lined them up in the same order so that they could be placed back onto the same drawer.
  • Use painters tape to attach your stencil. The painters tape holds well and removes easily.
  • Paint a few drawers at a time. I used some books underneath the drawers to make them lay flat and sturdy. I lined up as many drawers that fit inside the stencil. This saves time and keeps the pattern continual.
  • Use as little as paint as possible. If the paint is too thick, it will run behind the stencil and could ruin your design. I used a towel to lift extra paint, but even then I sometimes experienced extra paint.
  • Use a sponge roller for large stencils. The roller will help keep the paint evenly distributed and covers a larger portion than a small dabbing sponge.
  • Make sure to let the paint dry before removing the stencil – or be very careful.
  • Use a craft acrylic paint. There are so many colors these days to choose from, it dries quickly, and it’s inexpensive.
  • When you seal the stenciled design, either spray or apply with one swipe of a brush. The seal will smear or even remove your design. If you don’t seal the design, it can get scratched off or worn off. Save all your hard work and just seal it with a water-based polyurethane. If you don’t have a light touch for painting, get a spray can of it instead.
  • Be sure to follow the instructions on the can of polyurethane – you want the coats to fully dry and cure before using and installing the hardware.

This awesome stencil is offered by Royal Stencils on Etsy.com. This shop includes helpful instructions and delivers a high-quality stencils. They have dozens of designs to chose from.

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Bohemian style on Amazon

Bohemian inspired décor is everywhere! It’s reminiscent of styles from the 1970’s, but with a new color palette and an organic spin on the look. The style is definitely on trend and making a wave.

Anthropologie

If you’re looking for inspiration, I have found beautiful pins on Pinterest showcasing amazing bedrooms, living rooms, and even kitchens. Amazon is also a wonderful place to shop for bohemian styled items and Prime members get 2-day free shipping, and returns are so easy. As with any online shopping, just double check dimensions.

So far, the boho style has inspired my macrame wall hanging, a pallet headboard, a long plant shelf, and a fun DIY jewelry display. Here are some beautiful items from Amazon to inspire your boho room design:

Tasseled Duvet Cover
Woven Pillow Covers
Ceramic Lamp
Jute Storage Basket
Macrame Plant Hangers
Carved Accent Table
Macrame Wall Hanging
Stripe Medallion Curtains
Jute Rope Floating Shelves
Moroccan Area Rug
Curved Framed Mirror

There are so many amazing pieces out there to create your own bohemian style. I would love to hear what y’all think about this style. Thanks so much for reading the blog and stopping by!


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