I made two of these paintings (one featured a peacock mother and baby) but the butterfly one is my favorite!
I see cabinetry with “free” signs on them all the time by the roadside. Garage sales may also be a good place to salvage cabinet doors. Of course, I love to repurpose any item that would otherwise end up in the trash heap!
To do this simple project, you really just need white paint, a colored paint, sandpaper, a picture hanger and some acrylic paints. You don’t have to use a design or image, stencil your favorite quote or saying if you prefer.
- Paint a white layer first, allow to dry completely (overnight), then add a colored layer. I used a light minty color.
- Sand down in a few spots all the way down to the wood grain.
- Sand other spots lighter to expose only the white paint layer. Scratches and mistakes are welcome here for the vintage look:
- Add a sturdy saw tooth picture hanger to the back.
- Paint or stencil a design. I used acrylic paints.
- Protect with a clear sealant spray, if desired.
A very easy and simple DIY project.
Lune as a noun means “moon” in French as an adjective “good.” Papillon means “butterfly.” So there is a little meaning there (I’m sure my translation is off… I think Lune de Papillon would have been more correct!? It had been 12 years since college French class!) and the fleur de lit is featured in a copper and black paint. A few images were meant to appear as a “French” postage stamps.
I was happy with the finished result. It’s been hung now for 3 years and at two different houses so it’s definitely a favorite piece.
I love how the cabinet door is from the first home my husband and I lived in together!