How I made the easiest ever piece of art for my newly painted spare room

Today, I finally have a chance to write about a piece of art I made to complement the newly painted gray walls in my spare room.

Incorporating touches of black and white after getting rid of the too-bright turqouise walls seemed meant to be. I was already using a white lamp with a black-and-white lampshade.

Plus, last year when I was rearranging the items on the shelves in that room, I ended up using several black items. The shelves themselves are white.

I also have a signed print that's black and white that I actually bought at a News-Gazette garage sale several years back. I wanted to hang it in the spare room, but it seemed lonely.

Blog PhotoTo solve this, I found a photo frame that has space for three 8-by-10 photos. It contained photos of flowers and formerly hung elsewhere in our house (I believe in the hallway) but had been removed for redecorating.

Next, I found some fabric I bought years ago at The I.D.E.A. Store but had never used. It has almost the consistency of pleather, which I'm pretty sure is one reason it's been sitting on my fabric shelf so long.

It has a leafy pattern that shifts gradually from having gray leaves on a white background to white leaves on a gray background.

I just used the 8-by-10 photos as templates to cut rectangles of fabric from different points in the gradually changing pattern.

I then taped them in place inside the photo frame's mat. Then, when the paint dried, I convinced Rob to hang it above the News-Gazette garage sale art.

I actually love how it looks, and it didn't take more than five minutes to make. And, when I decide I'd rather have framed photos than fabric, it will be a cinch to undo and totally guilt free. I love easy solutions.

The next step: putting up black and white curtains. I have big plans for DIYing some. I can't wait until I actually make some progress on this, so I can share it here.

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