Another Pinterest-ing Project

Would you like to guess where I got the idea for this next project?  If you guessed Pinterest, you guessed right!  This pin to be exact.

We did this project awhile ago and I just have not gotten around to sharing it.  So when I heard that Katie over at Bower Power and Sherry over at Young House Love were doing another round of their Pinterest Challenge, I knew I wanted to participate this time.

All you need for this project is:
~ a canvas (Fortunately we had recently grown to dislike the enormous 4'x4' canvas that was hanging in our living room so we decided to give it a little facelift.)
~ letters (We used two different kinds: the smaller letters are chipboard letters.  We found ours in the scrapbook section at Joann's.  The larger letters were from Hobby Lobby, 50% off!)
~ white spray paint
~ acrylic paint, any color.  The bolder the better. (This was how we put our own little spin on the project.)

If you're using a canvas you already have, make sure you wipe it clean of dust.

Pick your phrase!  For ours, we chose a phrase from our wedding verse, Song of Solomon 8:7.  
 Then using your letters, decide where you want it and then spell it out.  The chipboard letters have sticky squares on the back of them so they were easy to stick down.  For the larger letters we used a hot glue gun.

(I've included a picture of the chipboard letters. I had the hardest 
time finding them because I didn't know what they looked like!)

Then start spraying your white spray paint.  
Because our canvas was so large it took several coats (it could actually probably use another coat.)  
Just keep spraying until you're satisfied that it's evenly coated.

Now here's where that acrylic paint comes into play.
Using the paint and a brush, paint the side edges of the canvas.  
This part was the most tedious and took the longest, and we had 3 people working on it.
Boy, oh boy, do I love that pop of color!

Now I have to admit, when we got home and hung it back up, I didn't love it.  It was hard to go from seeing something dark on the wall to seeing something so stark white.  But it has grown on me.  We're slowly repainting our house (changing the color scheme) so I think the new color will look great behind it!

P.S. - If you want to see a couple other things I have done (inspired by Pinterest) peek over at the right side of the page and click on "Pinterest" under the words screaming "LOOKING FOR SOMETHING???"  
I highly recommend the homemade Febreze!


house no. 2 said...

found you via yhl. this is AMAZING!!

DecorandtheDog said...

I've seen this pin. Yours turned out so well!!

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful and I think I could actually do this one! Thanks for sharing
LA also via yhl

Angela said...

The added pop of color makes the project! Well done.

Marci said...

Beautiful. I love how the art is monotone but has such character because of the depth of the letters.

Renewed Upon a Dream said...

This turned out really nice. I like the white that you used, and I like the idea of using any color really, but leaving it all a single color so that the words stand out, but are subtle. Very nice transformation. I have an old painting laying around that I'm thinking of covering soon as well!

Elise said...

Wow, I really like this. Might try it myself sometime. Thanks for sharing! - via YHL

Lauren said...

Ohhhh I LOVE this!! Wonderful job!

Myers Maison

Emily said...

I love this!! What a way to re-purpose an old canvas :) I have pinned the homemade Febreze- glad to know it works well!! That's on my list of things to make!! So many pins, so little time!