Tuesday, February 12, 2013

One Old Canvas- Lots of Possibilities

Have you ever wandered through your favorite local thrift store aisles and discovered stacks of old painted canvases? Sure, most of these "works of art" are often far from desirable but new stretched canvas isn't cheap and there are so many things you can do to make them into something useful and beautiful for your home. Here's a little project I did recently to revive this painting I have dubbed, "El Gaunt Spaniard"  from the Goodwill bins here in Portland. Everything you'll need is pictured above.

Step One: Spray the front of the canvas with spray adhesive.

Step Two: Cut burlap. leaving a few extra inches on each side of the canvas.

Step Three: Using a staple gun, staple the burlap to the back of the wooden part of the canvas. Be sure to pull it tight on all sides, as you staple.

Step Four: Trim excess burlap and fold the corners neatly before stapling.

Step Five: Add decorative ribbon or fabric to the front and you are ready to tack up your favorite photos, note cards or other decorative items.

This is just one example of a quick change for an old canvas, but there are so many possibilities! Check out some of my favorite ideas from these other blogs for more inspiration.

Better Homes & Gardens: 14 Easy Canvas Wall Art Projects

Vanilla Joy: Paper Flower on Canvas

and of course there are several inspirational Pinterest boards to look through too!

What do you think? If you try any of these ideas send me your photos and I'll share them on my Facebook page.


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