Recycled DIY Wall Art

Decor, DIY

When I was giving my balcony a makeover, I wanted to reuse what I had as much as possible. I loved the wood tile I had hung on the lattice panels when I originally decorated my balcony but with the new design, I felt it just wasn’t big enough. So to make is more substantial, I recycled materials I already had on hand to create the perfect wall hanging.


I have a lot of scrap wood left over from other projects, so I rummaged around to see if there was something I could use to create a backdrop for the wood tile, and I came across this square piece of plywood that was the perfect size. I wanted my wall art to look softer and blend in with the white lattice panels so  I decided to staple a piece of canvas drop cloth to the plywood.


To soften the look even more, I applied a white wash over it, which I made by mixing water with white solid weatherproofing stain from BEHR.


Since this will be outside, I wanted to be sure it would be sealed, so after the white wash treatment dried, I added a couple of coats of Mod Podge all over the canvas and I also used the weatherproofing stain to seal the back of the plywood.


I didn’t like how dark the wood tile was so I also white washed it so it would be the same tone and color as the drop cloth.


Then all that was left to do is hang the tile on the plywood covered with canvas (I just used a nail and hung the tile on it). I also added picture hanging hardware on the back and hung it on the lattice panels with wire. Easy!


I love it when I’m able to reuse and recycle things that I had on hand to create something new and beautiful: saves things from ending up in the landfills and it saves money too. Win, win!


  1. Always love your ideas Isabelle, Wish you had your own show in HGTV!

  2. Ever since l was displaced by the Camp Fire that sent us all scrambling for our lives, l have been checking out tiny homes, and even considering renting a studio. Your ideas are fantastic, and you handle the tools with such ease. I really really enjoy watching your videos. I just found you a couple of nights ago and I’m hooked!

    Thank you for inspiring me.

    • Hi Denise, Thank you so much for your message! I’m so glad to hear that my work is helpful to you – I can only imagine how hard it must be to go through something like that. If you want more info on tiny homes, check out – they are the best resource in Southern California on tiny homes (I’ve been part of this organization for 3 years now). All the best, Isabelle

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