Upcycling an Old Painted Canvas is a satisfying Trash to Treasure Project.
Turn an unused/unwanted canvas into an easy DIY.
Several years ago, I got the opportunity to try Splatter Painting at a Trade Show.
As fun and exhilarating (and messy) as it was, abstract art is not my style.
While I would never typically do this with a painting,
this just-for-fun painting left me with no guilt. (splatter painting post here)
I have been using Lang Wall Calendars for years.
And every year, at the end of the year, I have a hard time throwing them away.
I combined the frame under the canvas with the calendar page
for some inexpensive framed art.
Reusing items around the house in new ways is fun for me.
I don’t have to get rid of things I love, and It’s a new way to enjoy them.
And if I change my mind, which I often do, I can always upcycle it again.
It’s super easy to do.
Here’s what I used: (*affiliate links)
- Apple Barrel Black Multi Surface Acrylic Paint*
- Folk Art Home Decor Clear Wax*
- Rapid Fuse Adhesive*
- Fine Sanding Block*
- Paint Brush
- Soft Clean Rag*
- Small Flat Head Screwdriver*
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- Use a small flat head screwdriver* to remove the staples from the back of the canvas.
- FYI…Some frames will come with staples in the corner to hold them together instead of glue.
In that case, you have a decision to make. But because I wasn’t attached to the painting, I had nothing to lose.
- Give the frame a light sanding with a sanding block*.
- Paint or stain the wood to match your decor.
- Rub the finished frame with a clear wax using a soft, clean rag.
- Cut the calendar page a little larger than the inside of the frame.
- To give the picture more stability and a finished look, I adhered it to a piece of chipboard before gluing it onto the back of the frame.
- Glue the picture inside the frame using a strong adhesive. I like using Rapid Fuse Adhesive*. It is a quick-setting glue and very strong. It works well with paper.
I put my “New” framed print on my mantel with a couple of old pots for a fun, fresh Spring look.
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Love this. I save old calendars too. Hate to throw away the pretty pictures. Great idea!! Thanks Sue!