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Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
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Art!! Vintage oil painting look with digital prints. Week 5 One Room Challenge

The One Room Challenge bathroom reno is almost done! When I do these all-at-once room renos it's easy to leave art and styling until the last minute. Well, this time I planned ahead and ordered a beautiful print in a new way that makes for a vintage oil painting look in any size and print you want!

Thanks to Museum Quality Art and Mpix for providing one of the prints for this project!


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If you're new to this blog from the ORC site, welcome!! I'm Suzannah, a longtime DIYer and design lover currently making over our 1937 Tudor revival style home, our second fixer-upper. I have a 2-year-old and newborn, but my husband and I have done almost all of the work on our homes ourselves! I've blogged about all of it so you can check out my tutorials page and room reveals to see. You can also follow along with me and my projects on Instagram! I also co-host the Your Home Story podcast!

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This time, when I was putting together the initial design plans, the room was looking pretty flat and boring (a white background collage with white toilet and sink will do that). The purpose of my mood boarding is usually to identify big pieces like tile, metal colors, and big accent pieces, but this time around I added in some art ideas too! It really made it look more interesting and give me a sense of what this room will feel like. I also decided I wanted a black/gold textured, antique-looking (but not too heavy) frame to pick up on the black of the cabinet, and add some warmth/contrast with the chrome plumbing and lighting fixtures.

So I set out to find the perfect oil painting image, and get it printed and framed in a way that would look like an oil painting!

How to get a digital download to look like an old oil painting


I tried a couple different pieces in the mood board, and then chose Fall Woods from Museum Quality Art. The digital download comes with horizontal and vertical orientation options, and I thought the vertical in 11x17 would work well over the toilet.

Fall Woods from Museum Quality Art

I've tried a couple other routes for printing digital downloads, but nothing has really been perfect. I love custom framing because everything is done for you, but even anti-glare glass looks like glass. I also love the idea of just ordering a print at Costco or Walgreens, but doubt the shiny photo print would look right for an oil painting-type art.

Well, I saw an Instagram post with a digital print printed on a matboard (no glass) with a little texture, and asked about it--it was printed at Mpix. I looked into their options, and it's really great, you can choose one of their Giclee prints (high quality image printing) with the Fine Art Photographic paper (textured matte finish, like a matte oil painting!) and matboard rather than just a thin piece of paper, so you can put it in a photo frame without the glass! Here's my order--less than $20 for this sturdy, beautiful print!

They also have another cool option if you want a little sheen: if you choose the E-Surface paper instead of Giclee, you can choose the Fine Linen texture which actually gives it a linen/fabric texture underneath the print! It has a little sheen which I didn't want this time, but I'd like to experiment with that one sometime, too. It's also super affordable!

BONUS: You can get 30% off your Mpix order by using my discount code createenjoy30!!

I bought this frame from JoAnn (they are often on sale, or you can use a coupon), popped out the glass and mat, and put in my Fine Art Photographic Giclee from Mpix: just the look I wanted!!

I will probably hang it, and that black framed one behind it, in the bathroom any day now, but now I'm not sure if it'll go on the toilet wall or the opposite wall, above the black cabinet. The black frame will tie in the blacks nicely on the toilet wall so I might need to keep it there. That black cabinet these are posed on is currently in our dining room but will be great toilet paper storage in the new bathroom. (I plugged in something similar in my mood boards).

I'll share a current pic of the bathroom as it is now on my Instagram soon, and probably more on stories soon, too!

Thanks to Museum Quality Art and Mpix for providing one of the prints for this project! Don't forget to use my discount code createenjoy30 to get 30% off your Mpix order!


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