Friday, February 18, 2011
Room for Improvement: Artwork
If you want to update the look of a room but you don't want to spend lots of money, then doing it yourself is a great way to save. Tonight, our makeover maestro, Martin Amado, is here to show us a simple project that will work great in just about any room, and it will look like you bought it for big bucks.
WSVN -- Martin Amado: "Empty walls like this can make a room feel incomplete, and depending on the height and the area you want to cover, buying artwork can also be quite expensive. So on today's 'Room for Improvement,' I'm going to show you a simple, do-it-yourself project that will save you big bucks. You'll never guess what I'm using."
Martin Amado: "And here's our inspiration. We are turning an end table into artwork. I love the wood grain surface, so what if we only use this part, place it on the wall and create a three-dimensional panel effect. And that's exactly what we're going to do. So first, let's remove the legs."
Martin Amado: "Now, I bought these tables for less than $10 at Ikea. They do come already disassembled. It makes it much easier. And remember, we are only using the square top anyway."
Martin Amado: "The next step is to install the hardware on the back so that we can hang them, and for that, I'm using these rings."
Martin Amado: "What I love about this project is that the sides are perfectly finished, so once it's hung, no one would ever know that it started off being a table."
Martin Amado: "OK, guys. We are done. It looks good right? Right? Just kidding. It does look good, especially if you like that minimalist style, but we are taking it one step further. I'm going to install these white frames in the very center to make them really pop."
Martin Amado: "And this is were you can use your creativity to personalize the artwork even more. I bought one single poster print, and I'm cutting it up to save money in order to fill up my three different frames."
Martin Amado: "Another idea is to use these wall decals and place them across the three panels."
Martin Amado: "To make sure that all my frames are hung in the very center, I'm using this tape to give me some sort of a reference to make sure they are perfectly straight."
Martin Amado: "The frames are lightweight, so to hang them, I'm using double-sided tape."
Martin Amado: "I'm using one small frame in a 5-by-7 size in the very center, but you can easily use an 8-by-10, an 11-by-14 or even multiple frames within the same panel."
Martin Amado: "Perfect. We started off with a table this morning, and now we have beautiful artwork for the walls. Keep in mind, if you were to go to the stores and buy a frame of this style, this scale, it would easily cost you around $50. In this case, for the price of one, we actually have three by doing it ourselves. Also, keep in mind that we have all these legs that we didn't use that you can turn into candle holders or possibly ledgers for the walls. Why not? Use your imagination. That's what it's all about. I'm Martin Amado, and I'll see you next time on 'Room for Improvement.'"