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West Elm Hack

Inspired Design Challenge

Today we are sharing our projects for Week 3 of the Inspired Design Challenge. West Elm was our inspiration for the week and I am excited to reveal our latest DIY!

West Elm Hack Art

As you know, we are collecting items for our very first gallery wall in our home. I really want this wall to speak to who we are as a family. I’ve been printing photos, collecting art, making things, and this August we will be revealing our gallery wall.

I have loved this West Elm Abstract Art Collection since the first time I saw it:

west elm inspiration I wanted one feature piece on our wall since a lot of the other items are smaller. When I saw these, I knew this was something that me and the boys could make together.

DIY canvas supplies

This project cost us less than $15 which I love because the West Elm version was a lot more than I was willing to pay.

To build the canvas:

• A canvas drop cloth (I got mine at Lowes) Super inexpensive!

• wood for frame from the Lumber Dept. 12 ft for a 3 x 2 1/2 foot frame

• wood screws and drill

• staple gun and staples

There are several ways to build a frame for your canvas, from trial and error we have learned to add corner pieces to ensure a sturdy and level frame.

My boys were excited to paint with me. We took it outdoors since the weather has been absolutley gorgeous!

Kids painting

We just used the art and craft paint we already had on hand. We didn’t use any fancy brushes, just basic craft brushes. I made the first brush stroke and we took turns painting line after line.

kids painting 2

Once we got our black brush strokes painted, we followed with white brush strokes, filling in and blending all the gaps.

DIY Brush Stroke art

I am still recovering from being sick all week, but this was a fun low-key activity that I could do with the kids. I love that we made this together and that it will be the key piece to our gallery wall.

DIY Black and white art

I think we did pretty darn good! I haven’t decided on how I want to frame it yet. My first instinct is gold, but I may change my mind.

Black and white abstract

I really love the contrast and texture. Layering the paint worked really well. I showed the boys the inspiration image and they felt like professional little artists. They were so proud. A nice little memory for us to share and I love that we all worked together to create it.

West Elm Hack

Are you ready to see the rest of the Week 3 projects?

west elm inspiration board

1. Jennifer from Brave New Home

2. Lindsay from Life of Splendor

3. Angie from Angie’s Roost

4. Sara from Embrace My Space

Next week is Anthropologie! Always a great source for inspiration!

Linking to: Give Me the Goods Monday, Tip & Tricks Tutorial Party

Best of October Round-up

As we roll into November, it is always fun to recap what has been going on the past month.

Here’s the October Round-up! (If there is something you missed, just click on the image to see the post.)

We got the house spooky with the bat tree. I had you join me for some coffee talk, coffee table talk, that is! I shared a budget-friendly way to add some style and storage with the DIY Storage Box. I also had my long-awaited date with Nate.


I tried my patience painting a striped accent wall on my textured entry way wall. PTL it turned out! I transitioned my Halloween decor to Thanksgiving decor with an easy way to have some festive artwork. My Sam and I enjoyed making some glittered pinecones that we can use all holiday long–November through Christmas.


Thanks to some Pinterest inspiration, I started prepping for the holidays with this glitter reindeer art. Last but not least, we can all start our holiday gift-giving with this photo on canvas deal!


It’s been a fun month, but I am ready to enjoy the holidays and start on all those Christmas projects!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Day 10

Happy October!

Since it is officially October, I feel it is now ok to allow my kids to start doing Halloween crafts and decorating. To be honest, I really hate all the gore that comes with this holiday. We keep it wholesome on the home-front and don’t get into the scary stuff.

Day 10

So, glitter bats and Casper ghosts are about as spooky as we get in these parts.


Branches or fake tree stripped of leaves and painted.

Orange light strand

6 sheets of black glitter foam sheets

Black ribbon

Hole punch


Bat template

This is a super easy craft you can do with your kids that can handle scissors. My oldest helped me cut the bat templates  after I traced them. I made my own bat template out of cardstock, but they have them at every craft store if you don’t want to make your own.

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