How to make a large gingham painting is as easy as coloring in the lines. If you're looking to make a large statement piece, backdrop or wall panel this gingham pattern might just be the answer. Pick the color best for your space and I'll show you how down below.
In case you missed it last week I shared my Spring home tour along with 24 other bloggers and I included our Master Bedroom mantel in the tour. Rarely do I dress up this mantel but this Spring seemed the perfect occassion and I'm so happy with the results.
I had envisioned this large gingham painting for awhile and finally made it come to life. It's a very easy process that results in a visually eye catching piece.
Scroll down below for the step by step instructions to make your own large gingham painting.
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- 1/2" plywood board approx. 18" x 36"
- clear quilting ruler
- Deco Art satin enamel white acrylic paint
- 2 or 3 shades of green latex paint (dark, medium, light)
- angled paint brush
- 1x2 pine board
- wood glue
- nailer and finish nails
Regarding the green paint (or whatever color you choose) - you need 3 distinct shades - dark, medium and light. You can see I have 2 pictured above (dark and medium) then to make the lightest shade I mixed a bit of those 2 greens with some of the white background color.
Step 1: Paint the background white. Once dry draw out the grid using a clear quilting ruler and pencil. I used 2 1/2" squares here.
Step 2: Paint the center square in the darkest shade. Then paint the square directly above and below in the medium shade.
Step 3: Finally paint the squares on either side of the darkest square using the lightest shade.
Step 4: Make a frame for your painting. Cut 1x2 boards to fit then stain. Attach to plywood using wood glue and 1 1/4" finish nails.
Add a wire hanger to back.
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And if you haven't seen our Master Bathroom renovation do check it out, it's where I first applied the gingham painting technique:
I hope you enjoyed this project as much as me! So much fun personalizing your home and making something to fit exactly your needs.