{DIY} Dumpster Dive Modern Art

The title of the post alone has likely made Claude Monet, Jackson Pollock and Pablo Picasso roll over in their respective graves. But were taking the Julia Roberts The Mona Lisa Smile approach to defining art today, asking ourselves: What is art? Is it good? Is it bad? What criteria can be used to decide these questions?

Our DIY Modern Art started with a canvas Gwyneth found while Dumpster Diving, we used the last of a few cans of paint that were taking up precious storage space, the finished product filled a wall in our home office that was looking a little cluttered, and we enjoyed ourselves in the process. Were going to call it good.

DIY Modern Art

We think well name it Leftover Reflections No. 1.

DIY Modern Art

Considering she knows I cant draw a stick figure, Gwyneth was a little apprehensive when I started pulling out the drop cloth and paint cans. She figured wed cover our Dumpster Dive canvas with fabric or find another DIY project thats more suited to our skills. But we agreed to take on an art project because in our opinion, the initial work of art had more room for improvement than chance of getting ruined.

DIY Modern Art

First, we used a small roller to cover the canvas with two coats of Behrs Studio Taupe leftover from our Dumpster Dive Dresser. Then took our existing cans of paint and several paper cups and created about 10 new colors. We used Benjamin Moores Spring Green from our Dumpster Dive Nightstand, Sherwin Williams Minor Blue from our Dumpster Dive Side Table, Benjamin Moores Potpourri from our Pink Painted Interior Door and Sherwin Williams Alyssum from our San Francisco Bedroom.

Then we used a large brush to paint wide stripes across the canvas and let dry.

DIY Modern Art

Once dry, we started painting randomly with a smaller brush to cover up the taupe around the border and make the division of our initial stripes less obvious.  We dipped the brush in water but did not dry it off completely whenever we changed colors, so the colors would really blend.

Then Gwyneth reminded me that we had some leftover gold metallic spray paint from our DIY Office Storage Jars, so I went outside, put gloves on and sprayed enough of it in a plastic cup for it to puddle at the bottom. It was super watery, making it the perfect consistency for adding a few random metallic brushstrokes with our small brush.

DIY Modern Art

Its possible that were using the word, art too loosely here, but we think its a nice addition to our home office space!

DIY Modern Art


mk & Gwynnie


  1. Yes, it IS art! And it is awesome! Especially the metallic touches.

  2. Looks beautiful! I would certainly call it art. Love the colors and the touches of gold are perfect!


  3. I think its art too, thanks for the inspirationlove the gold touches.

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      Thank you, Rondell! Definitely encourage you to make one for yourself could not be any easier!

      mk G

  4. I think its beautiful! Love the colors

  5. Very pretty and soothing. I also love the gold touches.

    Can you tell me the source of the timer on your desk? Thank you.

  6. I think it looks great. You and Gwyneth did an awesome job. ;) creative furbaby. :)

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