Last week, I was fortunate to be invited to an art tour of El Segundo’s Hacienda Hotel, a quirky-cool stay just south of LAX and a stone’s throw east of one of LA’s best beaches. The GM himself, Joe Harding, was our escort and guide who shared details of the “before and after” transformations artist Selwyn Puryear created with a brush, some paint, and self-taught artistry. My goal from this excursion was to discover how an average DIY Joe (or Josephine) might take a page from these wall decor art pieces and translate it into something doable for their own haciendas. Let’s have a look-see, shall we?

Painted graphic wall in progress.

Graphic wall in progress.

Painted graphic wall closeup

Graphic wall closeup.

Graphic wall: Hacienda’s onsite restaurant, Carrasco’s is currently being updated from floor to ceiling. GM and DIYer himself, Joe Harding was inspired by a design pattern he found online. He then printed it out and created a stencil to then be repeatedly painted by Selwyn on a feature wall that will undoubtedly delight and impress his dining guests.

DIY takeaway: to create a graphic wall of your own, find a pattern or design you like, print it, then trace onto card stock paper or acetate. Cut out your pattern with an exato knife then trace the pattern onto your wall with a pencil. To finish, free hand edges with a fine brush, then fill in with a larger one.

Painted stained glass

Painted stained glass.

Painted stained glass: this beauty was actually hand painted…no inlaid glass here! Originally a window of clear glass, this was the result after Selwyn put paint to pane.

DIY takeaway: you too can turn a clear piece of glass into a prism of color. Choose a simple or complicated pattern of your choosing (depending on your level of artistry), then tape the pattern to the other side of the glass. Paint the colors first, then outline with black (to cover up any mistakes or imperfections, wink!).

Painted graphic tree

Graphic tree.

DIY takeaway: after finding a pattern or graphic of your choosing, project the image using an image projector to enlarge it and trace it onto your wall space. Using a fine brush, you can paint the outline, then fill in with a larger one.

Repurposed mirror framed artwork

Repurposed mirror framed artwork.

Repurposed mirror framed artwork: when it comes to staying on budget, even hotels are up to repurposing. Here, a broken mirror offers an opportunity for its frame to find a second life. The frame was simply mounted to a wall, then Selwyn painted a picture inside.

DIY takeaway: you can find or use the frame from an old or broken mirror the same. Often times you can find really interesting ones on DiggersList, at the Goodwill, or any garage sale. You can either mount it on your wall and paint a design, or, you can use an existing painting by cutting it to the frame.

Photographed by Skaie Knox, HomeJelly

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