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DIY: Painted “Plaster” Art

I never met a good DIY project that I didn’t love! And there’s nothing like creating something new out of basically nothing.

I had this painting from my old house. It was cool on that gallery wall at the time, but my style has since changed, so it sat idle for a bit. I still loved the frame — it was three-dimensional and unique, but that bird painting just wasn’t cutting it.

Art has many purposes. Sometimes a statement painting steals the show and nothing else can compete. But once in a while, a good “plaster” painting used to fill in among other art pieces adds that “just right” vibe that can elevate the grouping.

To do this DIY, I gathered paintable spackle, a putty knife (but in my case – a small Pampered Chef spatula), and some black spray paint….all items I had on hand.


1. Remove the art from the frame. For this particular piece, I just had to pull out the nails.

2. Go to town with the spackle. There was no rhyme or reason to the application. I just went with what looked neat. I didn’t want it to look too perfect either.

3. Let dry for 24 hours, or at least overnight.

4. Apply a coat or two of spray paint.

5. Insert back into the frame.

That’s it! So, so simple. I love how it turned out! The final projects adds a neat vibe to this little corner of our office, all for no cost at all.

For another DIY art project, check out my black and white abstract!

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