As most of you will be aware, Kmart has some awesome home decor items this year that are very on-trend and affordable. As I’ve been making over both of my boys’ bedrooms, I keep poking my head into my two local Kmart stores and online to see what they have. On one such recon mission, my eight-year-old, Harvey, was with me. He spotted and fell in love with Kmart’s black-white-and-yellow Chrysler Building canvas print (we’d just returned from a family holiday in New York so it jumped right out at him). At only $9.00 for the large print, I didn’t hesitate to throw it into my shopping trolley.
But as I continued on Harvey’s bedroom makeover, I realised the yellow was all wrong. It was going to clash badly with everything else I’d bought for the room thus far. There was no question the print had to be included and given pride of place, so a bit of Kmart hacking was called for.
First I primed the yellow part of the canvas using White Knight grip-lock primer. The reason I had to prime it first is because the print is actually a synthetic material with a glossy sheen.
Once primed, I had a nice matte surface to paint on using artists’ acrylic paints. I chose a palette more in keeping with what I’m doing in the rest of the bedroom.
Once the painting was complete, I finished the top half only with a Jo Sonja’s clear gloss varnish just so the painted section was as glossy as the printed black and white buildings, and also to protect the paintwork and make it easy to clean.
And here’s the finished product. It really does add some pop to the room!