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ForRent.com - Creating with the Stars Design Contest: Week 2

ForRent.com - Creating with the Stars Design Contest: Week 2

If you have seen some of our own home design projects from East Coast Creative on the ForRent.com blog, then you know how much we love bright and colorful paint. Well, round two’s winners of Creating with the Stars, Mallory and Savannah’s DIY Pixelated Painterly Wall Art just blew us away, and to say that it fits our personalities and style is an understatement! It’s a no-brainer why they won the paint round! If you don’t follow their blog Classy Clutter yet, you need to run over there right now!

ForRent.com - Creating with the Stars Design Contest: Week 2

ForRent.com - Paint

Right when we found out we were contestants on Creating with the Stars, we were so excited for paint week! First, we had to make it through round one, and we were so excited to find out that we made it to week 2! Painting is one of our all-time favorite things to do. It can change the look of virtually anything and breathe new life into almost anything. On our blog, we do a lot of paint projects. It’s kind of our “thing.” We just love it.

Today, we’re excited to show you how we created this DIY Pixelated Painterly Wall Art. It is pretty easy to do, but I’ll give you fair warning, it is quite time consuming.

ForRent.com - Wall Art

First, we decided we wanted to design a floral image. I’m not a mural painter by any stretch, so we thought it would be super fun to modernize it a bit and create a pixelated image. We ran the Mosaic filter on our floral image in Photoshop. You can do this with pretty much any image. It’s really fun! It will also allow you to determine how large or small you want your squares during this step.

ForRent.com - Size Squares

Next, we divide the wall into the right amount of squares. This was probably the hardest part of the project, figuring out how many squares and what size they should be. I used a laser level and a pencil to mark off my squares.

ForRent.com - Pixelated

Next, bust out your patience! I hand painted each and every square that had any color on it. I printed a copy of the pixelated image and taped it on the wall so I could refer to it as I went. This is where you can get creative with mixing colors. You will become a pro color mixer after this project.

ForRent.com - Mix Colors

When the entire wall was done, I applied over 400 wooden blocks to all of the white space on the wall. I used mounting tape and those babies were not coming off! They are lightweight so they stuck very well! That’s it! It’s pretty cool because it makes a huge impact but it’s not that difficult. As long as you have loads of patience and you’re not in too much of a hurry to get it done…like we were! Doing this project in 3 days was basically madness, but we are in love with it!

Are your mouths still hanging open over the shock of this amazing DIY Pixelated Painterly Wall Art that Mallory and Savannah put together? We still can’t get over it ourselves and we’re so honored to have had such dedication and hard work put into the Creating with the Stars projects – our contestants worked their tails off!

ForRent.com - Creating with the Stars Design Contest: Week 2


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