Google+ House Revivals: Temporary Art

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Temporary Art

This temporary piece of "number art" was put together for a house that our local Habitat for Humanity placed on a Tour of Affordable Homes in our community. Myself and a colleague from the design studio where I worked had the privilege of staging the Habitat house. Some of our design parameters included: no nail holes, and no painting, and all of the furnishings needed to come from the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore, with accessories coming from the Habitat store or other local thrift stores. Soooo, we just had to work with the white walls. No problem. And we used tension rods and thumbtacks for the window treatments. But sometimes you just need to add some height to a space with art. So, we created this piece that could be propped against the wall in the study.

We didn't come across any art pieces that would have had the right proportions in the days leading up to the tour, so that's why we improvised with this piece. It turned out to be a tour favorite!

We started out with an old bulletin board, some leftover black paint, some fabric, and a little trim. The frame was painted and distressed, then fabric was adhered to the cork board. To cover the raw edges of the fabric, we added some trim and "nail head" tacks.

A trip to the Habitat ReStore found us in a little room full of miscellaneous hardware where we hit pay dirt! Several packages of house numbers in assorted styles! The house numbers we simply tacked to the bulletin board, so that they could be returned to the store after the Tour of Homes was over.

There's a lot more about this show house on this post!

This project is linked to The DIY Show Off surprise party, come see other fun projects here.


  1. Oh my gosh, I love the numbered art work! So many times I have passed up numbers at yard sales, etc. because I didn't know what to do with them. I do now! Thanks for a great hint.

    Thank you to for stopping by junkblossoms! I hope you'll visit again soon. Pat.

  2. I love the number art! I may have to make something like it. Thanks for posting.

  3. Well how fun is that! Great colour just bounces up to meet you! Very fun project.



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