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Make It Your Own - Wall Art Do Over

February 23, 2017
I had some pictures on my kitchen wall that I didn't care for anymore, and frankly, they'd been there way too long.

Make It Your Own Wall Art Revamp by Tamdoll Before Pic

I took matters into my own hands and painted, collaged, and layered them until I got something new.

Make It Your Own Wall Art Revamp by Tamdoll After Pic

I'm much happier now, and my kitchen is a lot more colorful. Maybe they'll stay this way, maybe they won't. My kids have already mentioned that the peaches look like butts, so I may have to re-work those.

Why not take something purchased and make it your own? I wasn't really concerned that these would be ruined, they weren't precious to me, and I knew if I failed at this remix, I'd find something new or put up a shelf for plants. I was so sick of them that the fear of failing didn't stop me.

Would you call this a do-over, recycling, or upcycling?

Many of the steps in this mixed-media work were things I learned in online classes with Tamara Laporte. So, not only did I make the wall art "my own", but I took things I learned and extrapolated to create something new.

Next project finished this week - a pair of slippers, reworked from a frogged pair of socks. Much improved and more useful. Here, too I didn't exactly follow the rules.

make it your own 2017 february crochet slippers drops prima ballerina design

I tweaked the front of the foot to make it longer, stretchier, and skipped the last row of ruffles since my yarn was thicker than required. Original pattern by DROPS.

What will you make your own?


  1. Hi Tammy, you did a good job on the art. To be honest, I like the Before version as well as I think they have a vintage vibe. I especially like the silhouette you did on the pears. The peaches do look like butts but that's cute! I'm not into reworking something purchased. I feel like I'm spoiling it. Maybe it's the Singapore culture?

  2. Thanks Jane! I guess more than anything, I was just tired of the "before" pictures ... they'd been on my wall for maybe 20 years and had faded a lot. If I buy something new, I certainly wouldn't be painting over it!


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