DIY Marble and Gold Canvas Wall Art

January 12, 2016

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I may have said this once (or maybe many) times before but I’m very partial to white decor and I especially have a thing for gold and white together. Whether it’s in furniture, home accessories (like my DIY gold splatter coasters) or fixtures, I think it’s such a beautiful combination that gives a sense of lightness and cleanness, while also giving off a subtle hint of luxury. So when I realized I hadn’t done a canvas art project in a while, which is one of my all time favorite types of projects to do, I knew exactly what color scheme I should go for! And instead of just plain white, I wanted to add a textural element too, which is where the marble comes in. I really love the look of white marble and, in fact, once I have the chance to renovate a home, it’s definitely going to be one of my go-to design elements.

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My fondness for marble goes pretty deep, you guys, and I’ll tell you why. When I was about 5 years old, my parents were finally able to upgrade from the small apartment they shared with several other families and bought the house that my siblings and I grew up in. Before we even moved into the house though, there was a kitchen fire that burned nearly the whole first floor of the house, which took out the kitchen, dining room and the half bath that was right off the kitchen. Luckily the house had sufficient fire insurance coverage, so we were able to rebuild everything without much expense of our own. But when my parents rebuilt everything, the tiny and simple half bath turned into a full bathroom that was 3/4 covered with shiny marble tile, and the rest decked out with huge mirrors and gold / brass fixtures. As a kid, I thought it was so fancy! While the marble they chose isn’t the white marble that I love today, I remember thinking, man, you can’t get any cooler (literally!) than marble tiles. I think from then on I always had a thing for marble. 🙂

Anyways, probably the best thing about this DIY is that it’s WAY easier than you could imagine, thanks to an ingenious invention – marble contact paper! And in fact, when I showed my husband this finished project, he thought it was real marble and was seriously puzzled – that’s how amazing this marble contact paper is. Read on to learn how to make your own marble and gold canvas wall art:

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Materials:
16″ x 20″ stretched canvas / marble contact paper / gold paint / ruler or T-square / painter’s tape / scissors or exacto knife / pencil

Directions:

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1. Tape off a portion of your canvas where you’d like the gold portion to be. I measured mine to be about 1/3 to 1/4 of the canvas.

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2. Using whatever medium of gold paint that you have, paint the taped off portion of your canvas. I had gold spray paint, so I laid a large protective layer of inexpensive newspaper paper underneath before I started and did my painting next to several open windows for ventilation.

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3. Let it dry completely and then remove the tape.

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4. Take your marble contact paper and lay it over your canvas where you’d like for it to be. Leave about 2 inches extra at the top and cut off from the roll. The great part about using this particular size stretched canvas is that it is the perfect width to use with this contact paper. Also, if you notice any bumps on your contact paper like I have here, don’t worry! You’ll be able to smooth these out when you attach your contact paper to the canvas later on.

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5. Flip your canvas face down onto the contact paper and adjust to where it should be laying. Using your ruler and pencil, mark off and cut a small rectangle from each of the top corners.

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The reason you want to do this is so that when you adhere the contact paper to your canvas, it’ll be easier to do and you won’t have excess paper at the corners to cause bumps or anything.

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Here is what it looks like after you snip off the two rectangles.

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6. Next, you’ll attach your contact paper to your canvas, which is a bit tricky if you’re not careful! First, peel back just the top few inches of the contact paper’s adhesive backing and attach the sticky top flap onto your canvas as shown above.

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7. Next, flip your canvas over and slowly pull the adhesive backing from underneath as shown here, while smoothing the sticky contact paper onto the canvas as you go along. And finally, finish by pressing the contact paper onto the sides of the canvas (use some tape to make sure it’s extra secure, if you’d like!).

And now you’re done!
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I love love love how this turned out and it happens to also be one of the easiest canvas art projects I’ve done to date! I think it would compliment many different home decor settings and in different corners of the house, which is always a lovely bonus 🙂

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What do you think of marble and gold together? Can you think of other ways to use this amazing marble contact paper?

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