Pinterest Project: Canvas Makeover

I love Pinterest.  Super, HUGE, puffy, glittery heart love!  I probably use Pinterest almost every day, at least if I have a few spare minutes to take in some eye candy.  You can keep David Beckham, I will take a folder full of new DIY craft project ideas on Pinterest any day 🙂

I have dozens of boards I have created….for my imaginary home, imaginary closet, imaginary kids, imaginary travel budget.  But I do have a few that seem realistic, things I will actually do, say, cook, wear or maybe even buy.  Today I am showing off one of my recent Pinterest-inspired projects – a canvas makeover.

I loved this idea when I saw it, but making it proved a bit more difficult than I thought.  I went to the Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Walmart and Dollar General thinking I could find a cheap canvas painting for less than $10.  No such luck.  Then we went to a few yard sales back in February and on our first stop, I found a pair of matching canvas paintings.  $5 for BOTH!  The colors were vivid and they were big and on great shape.

First step:  check

Second step:  finding letter stickers.  Another challenge!  Michaels’s (craft store) has plenty of scrapbooking letter stickers, BUT if you look close at them, most letter stickers have borders that round them out and the outline no longer resembles the actual letter.  30 mins of staring at sticker packs, I found some that would work…..I hope.

Here is the project:

Picture 1:  working on the wording.  I did draw pencil lines to help me stay straight with the stickers!

Picture 2:  Stickers on and in place!  This is one of my favorite quotes from a classic book –

“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”  ―    Jane Austen, Pride And Prejudice

Picture 3:  Paint over the entire canvas.  Be VERY careful not to push paint under the stickers.  You can paint over in a full stroke, just don’t press too hard on the stickers.  And likewise, take the brush and push down on the letters to push out any paint at the edges of the stickers.  I put on about 3 coats of black acrylic paint with a foam brush.

Picture 4:  all finished.  Let paint dry overnight, then VERY carefully remove each sticker.  Use a toothpick to pop the edge up of the sticker if it is difficult.  Mine came up pretty easy – and I only had a few runs of paint under the stickers. 

You can do it too!  Share your pics with me on Pinterest!  /purdylilthing

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One response

  1. I also love pinterest! I was just thinkn i hope to post about it soon!

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