If I could afford it, I would cover my walls with art from up-and-coming artists I know and support young artists whose work I love. While I’m adamant that I will do exactly that one day, until I get to that point financially, my makeshift DIY abstract wall art will have to do.

This is probably as easy as it gets and just about anyone could do this.

easy gold wall artYou guys know I hate throwing things away AND that one of my goals for 2016 is to get wall art up on the very blank walls in my apartment.

This old budget print was hanging around in storage and I wanted to give it a new lease of life because I wasn’t feeling the whole black, white and red thing and buying a big blank canvas can get pretty pricey over here.

what to do with all pop artDIY white and gold abstract wall art

  • 1 old canvas print or 1 blank white canvas – this one is 1m x 1m
  • white wall paint
  • enough modelling paste to cover the canvas – I used 2 of these tubs
  • 1 can metallic gold spray paint


  • 1 paint brush
  • 1 clean metal paint scraper
  • masking tape
  • a pencil
  • a ruler

old IKEA wall art DIYThe first thing to do is cover the print with white wall paint using a paintbrush or a roller. If your print is dark, you’ll need 2-3 coats of paint until it is completely covered.

Leave to dry.

easy wall art paintingThen, use the metal paint scraper to cover the canvas in the modelling paste. It’s a bit like icing a cake really, except the more imperfections the better in my opinion. Make sure to cover the sides of the canvas too so you get the texture all over.

Once you’re happy with the texture and coverage, leave to dry overnight.

In the morning, cover with another coat of white wall paint so it is perfectly white.

white moulding paste on paintingOnce dry, use a pencil and a ruler to mark a faint line across the painting to guide your line of tape. My line is 33cm up from the bottom of the canvas. Place your masking tape in a straight line just above the line so the spray will cover the pencil marks. Make sure to push the masking tape down into all the dips so you get a very straight line and so that none of the paint seeps under the tape.

Use old newspaper and masking tape to cover the whole part that you want to keep white.

Protect the floor/tiles/grass that you are going to spay the canvas on and spray on the gold paint!

painting on the balconyShake the gold paint well and spray evenly.

Once dry, peel off the masking tape.

Who else loves these moments? Soooo exhilarating!

gold wall art DIYAnd that’s it!

It’s not the most original piece of “art”, if I can even call it that… but it’s effective and I love all the texture on the canvas – which you can see a lot more clearly in real life.

easy wall artWhat do you think? If you’ve got ideas on how to use an old commercial print that you’re no longer loving, I’d love to know!

Have a great week! xS