I took a little break from updating our house to update my new work office with some homemade Ikea Art, which involved big Ribba frames and Angsfly fabric.
I’ve had the same office at work for almost 10 years, so this new office is a great change. And it’s bigger. A lot bigger. After 10 years of looking at the same old office walls and same old art, I decided it was time for a change. I wanted to go for something a little more graphic, modern, and fun. Whimsical office art, if you will. And because I am paying for it myself, and have several walls to fill, I didn’t want the art to break the bank.
The first wall I wanted to tackle was the wall behind my desk, which is a large, open space. What to do with a large empty wall? Why RIBBA, of course. So I bought a couple of RIBBA frames from Ikea and a yard of Angsfly fabric at $4.99/yard.
For some reason this fabric with a bunch of desks/tables really amused me, and finding amusement at work is always a plus (I try to be my own laugh factory, but sometimes I even fail myself).
So I decided to frame the fabric, but add some color as well. I tested out several paint techniques – trying wall paint I had on hand, markers, oil pastels, and my cuties’ watercolor paints.
For the orangey color, I went with a very watered down version of Sherwin Williams Rejuvenate (leftover from our family bathroom).
For the yellow and blue, I used the cutes’ watercolor paints.
I didn’t want the color to be too saturated, so the watercolors worked great. After painting, I used a hairdryer to dry the paint, as some of my test paints showed the colors bleeding, due to the amount of water.
Once I did the final paint, I did a quick once-over with a hot iron to smooth out any wrinkles and then put those puppies in their frames.
Here they are in my office (try to ignore the sad office lighting).
What? You were distracted by that ugly table in the last shot? Well, I’ve got plans for that someday (teal? gold accents?). Overall, this project broke down to less than $30 per picture, with the frames $24.99 and half a yard of fabric $2.50. Cheap and big!
Anyone else frame Ikea fabric? Or get creative when putting art in your home or work office? How about stealing kid watercolors for an adult project? I am looking forward to figuring out what to do for the other office walls!