This is why I love Before & After projects: The ingenious hacks, makeovers and modifications you all come up with will never cease to amaze me. Tanya of Dans le Townhouse is never short on great ideas, but this is one of my favorites, as it puts works of art to use in a wonderfully functional way. In order to break up the grid visually and add some interest, Tanya created hanging canvases to cover certain cubbies. I love her combination of sharp, graphic zigzags and softer, abstract pastels; I also love that they can easily be switched, swapped out or removed as needed. Great job, Tanya! — Kate
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Time: Creating the painted canvas “doors” can take as little as a few minutes, but I spent an evening painting them. I will probably spend a few more evenings tweaking and re-doing until I am completely satisfied. Wrapping a few stretchers in fun fabrics would make this project even simpler. But the install was straightforward and quick: it took only 20 minutes (and measuring took most of this time).
Cost: I paid about $5.00 for hardware (with lots to spare), and I purchased a pack of seven 12 x 12 canvases for less than $20.00 (with a coupon to an arts & crafts big box store) for a grand total of $25.00 — less than the price of just ONE Ikea Expedit door.
Basic Steps: First, I de-cluttered my Expedit bookcase and rearranged everything. I then taped up pieces of paper to get a rough idea of where the paintings should go. I lived with the arrangement for a week or so before committing to hooks, which was a good idea because I did change my mind on the placement. I created my paintings early in the process and let them dry while I pondered the arrangement. To hang the paintings, my handy hubby & I measured where the half-inch cup hooks should go (approx. 10 inches apart) and, using pliers, installed pairs of hooks under five of the shelves. We then measured each canvas, because they aren’t exactly uniform, and screwed in sets of complementary 4-mm screw eyes. Then we just hung each painting on a set of hooks and called it a day!
I recommend you measure hook-and-eye placement for each canvas individually. This project is really easy, and the canvases can be easily switched out or painted over for someone who has a hard time committing. I also figure that a dab of wood filler will hide the evidence should someone tire completely of the hanging “doors,” although I can’t imagine tiring of something that hides unsightly clutter so effortlessly. — Tanya