My living room makeover was shared a while back and I know many of you were very curious to learn how I made the LARGE canvas wall art.
Yep, you can’t miss it.
A piece like this is certainly a statement! It makes my beige room look alive with color and more expensive. Not only does artwork cost a lot, but even just buying a canvas this size (it measures about 90″ long!) would cost an artist more than $300. Well, obviously I’m very frugal and could not see spending money on something I could potentially do myself. Fortunately I have some artistic skills and a table saw so I was able to make this large canvas wall art for only $14.
So the first thing I did was find the longest 2 x 4 I had in my scrap wood pile. I had found and purchased this 2 x 4 at a garage sale last summer for $1 and it measured 89″ long. I used my table saw to slice it in half the long way so that I had 2 x 2 boards of that length.
Then I did the same with two other 2 x 4 boards that were a shorter length, ripped off a pallet I found for free. These I measured at 44″ long.
Next I drilled two screws into each end to connect all the boards together. I used my square about a million times and was sure to work on a flat surface. I also cut 45 degree angles on a few flat boards from that free pallet to use later as corner supports.
Next I brought the wood frame inside to the basement playroom and fired up my air compressor.
The “canvas” is actually a white window curtain. Remember the new white curtains in my living room makeover? Well, those $20 LENDA curtains from IKEA came in packs of two panels, but I only needed three. This is what I did with the fourth panel.
Tip: Before laying down your fabric, make sure you iron it smooth!
I used my air compressor with the staple gun attachment to staple the fabric to the wood frame.
Be sure to staple one end and then its opposite so you pull the canvas very tight. Leave the corners for last.
All stapled up, the corners were bulky, but I did my best!
Then I stapled on the corner support to help the frame maintain stability.
I screwed little pieces of metal hardware to string a heavy duty wire through. I didn’t buy these, I hammered something flat I already had laying around my garage.
Sorry there’s not a picture, but at this point I went to Walmart and bought 10 ft of picture hanging wire for $2 and strung it through the black hardware across the back of the frame. This distributes the weight of the canvas (about 30 lbs!) across the wood and makes it easier to level when hanging on the wall (you just slide it along the wire).
This is snapshot from when I was in the process of painting. As you can see, the only place on the floor big enough and clear for me to work was in front of our patio door. In this photograph, you can see the frame through the canvas, but when it’s against the wall the fabric was not see through.
I used materials I already had to paint this piece: acrylic latex wall paint (the same I used to paint the coffee table and the beige from my living room walls), acrylic craft paint, some Plaster of Paris added to my teal paint to give texture, and silver water soluble ink to do the metallic drips you see below.
It took me about 9 hours to paint this piece, I had an idea envisioned for a long time. The horizontal and vertical lines are supposed to exemplify the way life shifts so often, taking you every which direction. I feel like my life has been like this since becoming a parent, that a young family can’t help but be pulled in different directions every day. Yet, the colors I chose for this painting are supposed to be very soothing. That is because building a family can feel like you’re lost and torn between this and that, but it also grounds you and settles you.
To me, this painting exemplifies life as a parent of young children, chaotic and cathartic at the same time.
Another close up of my large canvas wall art…
Thanks for reading! What other clever ways have you seen large canvas wall art made on the cheap?
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