How To Make Lame Art Cool

Dear DIY Diary,

I bought an awesome, yet stupid, painting at a thrift store recently and I was looking for a way to make it more challenging. I knew I wanted to add text but didn’t really want to invest the time in painting it so I decided to use vinyl lettering.

Here is what the painting looked like sans text:

Here are the letters I bought from Koonz Hardware in West Hollywood. If you live anywhere near Los Angeles and you love old timey hardware stores, you have to check out Koonz. It’s totally awesome.

And here’s the text I added, which changed the painting from cheesy coastal tourist town art to something more intriguing.

Anyway, feel free to steal this idea. Buy a dumb painting for $20, get some stickers, and write something wacky on it. It’s a great conversation starter (which is why I hung mine in the dining room).



10 thoughts on “How To Make Lame Art Cool

  1. Hmmm..yes, I can roll with this idea…..
    Any chance you’ll share your process for those two pieces you did on SFAS Untamed Modern Funk? I loved them and was sad we didn’t see you at work!

    1. Yeah, maybe I’ll post about them in the future but they were super easy. The yellow one I just painted an acid yellow color on a raw canvas. I made the color by adding a bit of blue and red to cadmium yellow and then just did a bunch of circles with a thick brush. I think the trick with a painting like that is not to think about it too much. The aqua painting I just mixed a pretty aqua (by mixing blue and yellow) and then watered it down a lot until it looked like watercolor (I always use acrylic paints). Have fun painting!

  2. Orb… have just discovered you from Apartment Therapy, and it is LOVE. Love. Babies in backpacks (yes; similarly disinclined except for the accessories); Emily (she’s my secret best friend, don’t tell her, I don’t want to scare her off), Yosemite (long tragic attachment from long tragic love affair, though never actually visited) and that chandalier. My god. You rule. Also, I want the yay thing in my house.

  3. I love that piece! I’d seen it in some of the shots of your apartment and laughed–at its brilliance, of course–at first I took it to be a frame from the end of an old Sandy Frank movie. Love it. It’s perfect.

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