Monday, September 9, 2013

Weekend Project

Between watching football on Saturday, we rearranged our living room.  I was really happy with the new furniture setup, but I was left with a blank wall above our loveseat.

So where do I turn for decorating ideas?

That’s right, Pinterest.

I had pictures taken of Trenton and Charlotte two years ago when we were back in Texas, and I had always meant to have canvases made out of a couple of the images.

But I never got around to it.

Insert Pinterest, and I found a perfect tutorial for DIY canvases.

I was out the door to buy supplies as soon as the clock hit zero in the Aggies v. SHSU game (anyone else looking forward to A&M v. Alabama this week?).

I picked up canvases at Michael’s (40% off last week; this week they are buy one get one free), along with some burnt umber canvas paint.  I already had Mod Podge and foam brushes at home.  Then I went to Wal-Mart to pick up my pictures.

I got home and got right to work after telling the kids goodnight.

DIY Photo Canvas
(Two 8x10 canvases and one 11x14.  The next time I do a canvas project I will use kitchen towels rather than bath towels.  I had some trouble keeping towel fibers off the canvases.)

After spreading a layer of mod podge on the canvases and sticking the photos on top of them, I went and grabbed a shower.  By the time I was done, the mod podge had set, and I was ready to put a coat of mod podge on top of the prints.

I left them overnight, and yesterday painted the sides of the canvases with the burnt umber canvas paint.  By last night, my new canvases were ready to be hung on the wall.

DIY Photo Canvas

I’m really happy with how they turned out.  Especially since the entire project cost me less than $30!


Jenn said...

Those look so great! I have always had a fear of the modge podge, but everyone is doing it these days... I might need to suck it up and try it out.

Miranda Pridgeon said...

Wow. Those look so good. Professional good. Here I was ordering $30-$60 canvases from Snapfish and the whole time I could be doing them myself? I can't believe how easy this is. Thanks for sharing!
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Mrs.B said...

They look so good!!

Traci@TheHallway said...

They look great!! I have always wanted to try my own DIY canvases, but couldn't decide on which tutorial I wanted to follow, so just never have... Maybe I will try this one? (Do the pictures wrap around the canvas or just go to the edges?)

Jen said...

These look amazing! I love it.

Munchkins and the Military said...

Wow! Those turned out amazingly!! My best friend tried the same project, with not much luck..

Ashley said...

These came out GREAT! Im always worried I won't have the same kind of luck with projects like this!

Julie Lynn said...

Oh my Lord…I didn't even know you could do this! The look amazing!!!!! Your kids are too cute. What an idea!

Jamie Sefcik || Hello Little Scout said...

Congrats on having a baby girl, she will be SO cute!! And those canvas pictures turned out amazing! I'll have to see about doing one :)

Gracielle Tamanio said...

Those turned out so great! Those suckers are $60+ if you order them online. What a great DIY project :)