Filling in the Walls

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I have got so many blank walls in my house, and because I don’t feel like painting all of our off-white walls, frames and wall art are the next best option. However, if you have looked around you know that that stuff can get expensive, fast, especially if you want something big to take up a large space.

Well back when I was pregnant with Sarah I saw an idea of how to make wall art using toilet paper rolls. I had been saving them for a while but when it came down to it I didn’t get to use them for the nursery. I recently decided that I would still do the TP project, I definitely have a lot of rooms where I can hang it. I have blank walls everywhere, and this could be a fun and creative way to fill up some space.

One of the most expensive purchases for wall decor is buying a canvas. Those suckers are expensive. Well thankfully I had just the thing. Back when Stephen moved to Orlando, the store he managed opened in an old Kay Jewelers location. Well they left behind a lot of their wall advertisements. They looked like this:

Real attractive, right?!

I’ve been making fun of Stephen for over 4 years for keeping these things, threatening to throw them away when he isn’t looking. Well thankfully he stopped me, because when you turn these big boards around they are the perfect blank canvas.


On a recent Saturday I decided to take the time to finally cut the TP rolls into strips so that I could get this project started.


I finished my measuring and cutting while watching the show ‘Raising Hope’. If you haven’t seen this show you should, it is absolutely hilarious!

I don’t know why I took a picture of us watching tv… I can get a little over zealous with the camera during projects ;)


Next I glued the TP strips into a pattern. I choose a flower/star’ish design that isn’t too girly. After all, this thing is going to be hanging in our living room.


My friend Kim suggested that I paint the backdrop of the canvas. I hadn’t even thought about doing that, but I’m SO glad she suggested it because a white board on an off-white wall wouldn’t have stood out too well.

So, I got out all the paint samples I’ve collected over time (thanks to my mom keeping hers when they re-painted) and went to choosing a backdrop color. This step was a lot harder than I was expecting, so I recruited some help…


You can do like me and simply bribe your sister with a cute niece, then put her to work ;)


Then give your child a washcloth and hope it entertains her longer than 90 seconds…


Then, Voila, you are done!


After we hung the piece my mom and I decided to try switching some rugs around…


It was a great decision. The rug and canvas play off each other real well.

I will say that the canvas isn’t near as blue as the picture makes it look. It’s much softer and lighter in person. It has a more grey-pale blue look, rather than the baby-blue that I see above.

One last shot for your viewing enjoyment:


Overall I am pleased with this $0.00 project. I mean, it seriously didn’t cost me a dime, and I think it looks really good above the couch. It is such a big wall to decorate, and I think this is a good start. I’m trying to decide if I want to add anything to the sides of it. Some frames perhaps?! Or shelves?! I haven’t quite figured it out yet… I would definitely be open to some suggestions.

How about you? Has anyone else completed any DIY projects lately? If so, have you recycled things you usually throw away like TP rolls, or paper towels?! Maybe you found a good deal on some wall art that you’d like to share with me?!? My ears and eyes are wide open!


p.s. This is the site where I got my inspiration.

14 Thoughts on “Filling in the Walls

  1. Miriah on July 6, 2011 at 9:08 pm said:

    I definitely think swapping rugs really pulled the look off =) great choice!

  2. Tiffani on July 6, 2011 at 9:30 pm said:

    Oh my word, Cassie! I absolutely love how this turned out!

    • Cassie on July 11, 2011 at 1:22 pm said:

      I was really glad that it actually looked good enough to hang. I went into this one with high expectations, so thankfully it worked out :)

  3. Stephanie on July 7, 2011 at 5:33 am said:

    This is awesome!

  4. Nicole McKenzie on July 7, 2011 at 8:49 am said:

    Can I have one of those posters?! This looks awesome Cassie!

  5. Nicole on July 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm said:

    I love this idea!!! It looks great! :)

  6. Matt on July 7, 2011 at 8:46 pm said:

    wow… toilet paper rolls, recycled paint, and an old poster… VOILA, beautiful decor. i am mucho impressed…

  7. Becky on July 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm said:

    this is awesome, I just saw this as I was looking over your blog! I have a huge bag of TP rolls we have been saving all summer trying to come up with an idea for a craft with them! I Think I have my idea now thanks!!!

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