Living room makeover – painting update

At long last, our canvas is at peace. After my previous attempt, I knew exactly how I wanted to paint it, and finally finished it late last night.

I’ve really enjoyed uncomplicated artwork as of late, so I thought why not magic some up for myself. I wanted it to pop, for it to remain monochromatic, and something artsy fartsy yet simple going on in the middle. I also chose to hang it up compared to it previously sitting on our shelf, which I think has made a huge difference. 

At the moment I’m conscious of it looking a bit pretentious. But I’m really, really happy with it this time around, so that’s trumping my hesitations. 

And below, the ‘work’ I had done on it previously. I felt a whole mess of guilt painting over it at first thanks to your incredibly sweet and thoughtful comments, but for me, it’s previous state made me want to barf a little I felt wasn’t to its full potential. 

I finished painting late last night, and when husband saw it this morning all I heard was “Woah. That looks a lot better” from down the hallway. Happy face.

I hope you guys had a relaxing and / or refreshing weekend! It’ll be Mothers Day on Sunday here in Ireland so I’m determined for no last minute malarky this year. I have a couple tricks up my sleeve … 

xx A

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  1. March 5, 2013 / 00:49

    I am eating my words.
    This is even better!

  2. March 5, 2013 / 18:00

    Wow, that looks amazing!!! I have tried the black & white abstract myself and sadly failed many times – I seem to make it worse each time I try and fix it! Looks great!


    • March 6, 2013 / 14:09

      Ah Sarah, if you only knew how many times I've painted over that sucker! Easily … 7 times. Thank god I'm finally happy with it.

  3. March 6, 2013 / 06:08

    okay that makes a statement!! I do like it hung and it seems to command the space well. I do like it. I had a wee giggle about the pretentious comment. Pfft who cares? I will say the gold thing I still can;t get my head around, in your post below. I would think it is because I suffer from silver bias lol

    Hey can I friend you on facebook? lol you can say no and I wont be offended lol

    • March 7, 2013 / 09:29

      Hahaha, thanks for feeding my ego. The more I get used to it at home, the less pretentious it seems. Husband keeps commenting on how much he likes it, and he's not an arty person. Winning.

      Don't worry – I was all about silver up until recently. I still only wear it!

  4. March 6, 2013 / 13:28

    Also… a question.
    Your photography of the mantle over last time is improved.
    What is your secret?
    I can always use a good photography tip.

    • March 7, 2013 / 10:01

      Thanks Pat! It's a process of elimination these days. I've found our apartment tricky to photograph, to say the least.

      – I took the pic with no natural light (early morning, lights on, it helps to be in a rush to work)
      – Set my camera to tungsten setting
      – I then corrected the colour using Microsoft Office Picture Manager at work (I wish I had Photoshop in work!) by selecting the canvas, indicating it should be white

      I don't like having to mess with pictures like that, but until I get a studio light or learn how to take interior photos much better, it'll have to do.

    • March 8, 2013 / 01:19

      Thanks! I find I take the same photo several times over, with different lighting conditions – natural light, nl with house lights, only house lights, natural with only a lamp… etc.