How to Make DIY Minimalist Wall Art in a Weekend

Make a punchy graphic statement with wall art you can create yourself in a weekend—no prior art experience required!

three panel mop artwork hung above fireplace
Photo: Werner Straube
Project Overview
  • Working Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 days
  • Skill Level: Kid-friendly

Dress up a contemporary room or add something unexpected to a more traditional setting with this DIY artwork. Using a mop as a paintbrush and doors as oversize canvas panels, this large-scale monochrome artwork steals the show in any space. Bold, high-contrast lines swoop across the panels and capture attention. This wall art is super easy to do yourself, and it’ll look like you bought it from an expensive art showroom.

Editor’s Tip: Doors come in standard sizes of 80-inches tall with varying widths. We used the smallest standard size—24-inch by 80-inch—but if you want it to be smaller, try narrow closet door panels or use canvases in the size of your choice. Look for an unfinished slab door, which will be unpainted and won’t have any hardware on it. This is also usually the cheapest option.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • 1 Paint pan
  • 1 Paint roller
  • 1 Mop
  • 1 Mop heads x2
  • 1 Drill
  • 1 Measuring tape

Materials

  • 3 24-inch x 80-inch slab door
  • 1 Primer
  • 1 White paint
  • 1 Painters tape
  • 1 Gray paint
  • 1 Black paint
  • 1 Picture hangers
  • 1 Hanging wire

Instructions

  1. Paint Doors

    use roller to apply paint to surface

    Prime and paint all three doors white. Since you're covering a large area, it's easiest to use a roller for this. Be sure to paint the edges, as they will show when mounted on the wall. Let dry completely.

    Related: How to Paint Wood Furniture Like a Pro

  2. Prep Doors for Design

    add painters tape to door edge

    Use wide painters tape to mask off the edges of the doors so the black and gray paint won't seep over the sides. Lay down a drop cloth to protect your work surface and be sure to work in a well-ventilated area. Push the three doors together on the floor next to each other so they form one large rectangle with no gaps.

    Related: All About Painters Tape

  3. Paint Design

    To make our abstract design, use a mop to create a path of light gray paint across all three door panels. Repeat at the top and bottom of the faux canvas. We created a Y-like shape and a rounded half circle design, but you could choose any abstract shape. Let the paint dry, then repeat the design with black paint. This method of layering gives the design dimension. Use a separate mop head for each color. Don't worry about making the lines perfect—the streaks and imprecision give it character. Add splatters as desired. Let your second color and splatters dry.

  4. Install Hanging Hardware

    Use a drill and the provided screws to attach two picture hangers—one on each side—to the back of each door. Run thick wire through them to form a hanging loop. Tie multiple knots until secure.

    Now you're ready to mount your door triptych! How far apart you space the three door panels is up to you, but measure their placement first to check that they're even. The doors are heavy, so you may need to hang them on studs for support.

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