Monday, December 12

This weekend: DIY Subway Art

I love canvas subway art...the modern look of it, the fact that it's black and white and works with almost any color scheme.  I am not sure when it became such a must have item but if you google canvas subway art, you will turn up with a lot of links.  So, I am sure you have seen canvas art somewhere recently.

Z Gallerie has this one on sale right now for $199, normally $249 and Etsy has them for sale too, for around the same price, this one is $189.  Restoration Hardware has this one for $850!

A couple weekends ago as I was looking around online for a deal on one better than those 3 above  found a link to make my own DIY subway art.  The steps were fairly easy and since I already had canvas, it would cost me under $12!  Here is what I did:

We had these outdated canvas picture hangings in the basement storage area so there was no reason for my to buy new canvas.  But if you dont have ugly canvas sitting around to re-purpose, you can pick some up at Michael's arts and crafts(or any art store) for under $15 (depending on the size).

Since I wanted a wider sign, I decided to attach the two using a staple gun.  Together they  measure 24 x 36. 

Then using  Adobe PDF I designed my sign.  I decided to make my sign about Atlanta (my new hometown).  You can do anything really though...a quote, places you like to visit, vacation spots, sports, wine, music etc.

  1. Open a new document page and type out your words.  Play around with fonts and spacing until you get a design you like.  I ended up using the font Symphony Black in font sizes 48 & 28.  And I changed my background color to black (important to do otherwise, will charge you for a color copy as oppossed to B&W)
2.   Upload your document to

Make sure you indicate the size you want your sign printed and that it is a poster print and that you want it in black and white. No mounting. No lamination. Just a plain poster print.  It will cost you $4.50.

3.   Once you pick up your poster, apply the Mod Podge (get the matte Mod Podge) to the front of the entire canvas. I picked my Mod Podge up from Michael's for $6.85 and two foam paint brushes for 49 cents a piece.

It should look like this.

5.  Very carefully lay your poster over the canvas and smooth it out as much as you can.  I used a wooden school ruler to help smooth my poster out. 

6.  After drying for about 30 minutes, apply another layer of Mod Podge on top of the poster.

There will be some wrinkling in the paper but once it dries it will get a little better.

That's just my blog photo watermark - its not part of the actual subway art

After drying for another 30 or so minutes your done!  

We hung ours in the basement family room above the pub table.

Overall, I am very happy with it, I think it looks just as good as the versions you can find in your local home decor stores.  Plus, it costs way less to DIY and it took me less than 2 hours to put it all together.   On a scale of 1-10, 1 being easy and 10 being hard, this would be a 3.  The trickiest part was getting the poster exact when laying it on the canvas.  You may want to ask Fedex to print it an inch or so more than your measurements so that you have room to play around with it.  Then just trim the excess once applied.

What do you think?

Tuesday, December 6

Updated Basement pics!

The basement is probably the most comfortable/most used space in the has multiple uses....sitting room, gym, office, playroom, movie room and storage...

At the bottom of the stairs there is an office space to your right and this little hallway area.  The bookcase is the EXPEDIT unit from IKEA and the subway art was a DIY project that I did.  I also did a larger one in the movie room area that you see in the background.

So walking through the hall area is this large space that we filled with a large VERY comfortable sectional and massive ottoman.

The art above the pub table was a DIY project that I am really happy with (details here).  I made a smaller one that we hung in the hallway area at the bottom of the basement steps.  I have been thinking about adding floating shelves above the wine fridge as well, we will see.

Through the double doors of this room is our home gym

On the opposite side of the basement or behind the wall where the hallway area is located is another room.  Its a long narrow space that we divided into 2 areas - play space and a smaller sitting area/den.  I painted the 12.5" wide stripes on the wall in about 4 hours.  I really like how it transformed a rather boring room into something a little more fun!

Behind this area is the play space - this is a really bad picture!

and that's it.  I still want to add some wall art to the den and a few pillows to the couches for a little color - when I do I will add new pics!

Friday, December 2

Console table

I had been looking for a console table for our entry (original post here) and couldnt really find anything that was narrow enough and in the style & color I wanted.  But on cyber Monday I found the perfect little console table from's antique black and has angled legs, almost ladderish looking....

Set with holiday decor

Before: storage cubes have been changed as well as the pictures on the wall

This is the current look.  Storage cubes from Pier 1 and accessories from a little bit of everywhere.
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