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.

I LOVE this giant abstract piece of artwork as wall decor in the living room. What a stunning way to decorate above the sofa couch.

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.

Cut 2 x 4 board in half with a table saw

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.

Plans to create a large wall canvas, including plans for the sturdy wooden frame

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.

Build a sturdy wood frame to make a diy large wall canvas

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.

Make a large wall canvas from a white curtain panel. Includes plans on how to build the wood frame!

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!

Staple gun fabric to wood

I used my air compressor with the staple gun attachment to staple the fabric to the wood frame.

DIY large wall canvas

Be sure to staple one end and then its opposite so you pull the canvas very tight. Leave the corners for last.

How to make a large wall canvas for your living room

All stapled up, the corners were bulky, but I did my best!

Folding corners and stapling down

Then I stapled on the corner support to help the frame maintain stability.

When building your DIY wall canvas, be sure to attach corner supports to add 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.

Hanging a large canvas on the wall as decor

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).

Painting large diy wall canvas

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.

Soothing wall art for the living room or master bedroom design and decor

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.

Close up of wall decor artwork diy painting teal, turquoise, blue, silver, calming

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.

A large wall canvas you can diy for your living room with a curtain panel and scrap 2 x 4 wood!

Blue, teal, turquoise, silver, calming and soothing colors for living room wall decor. Beautiful abstract piece of art!

Another close up of my large canvas wall art…

Close up of wall artwork painting by Melissa at Welcome to the Woods blog

 Thanks for reading! What other clever ways have you seen large canvas wall art made on the cheap?

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How to make a HUGE wall canvas for decor in your living room! DIY this decor from a curtain panel and old 2 x 4 wood.

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25 thoughts on “Large Canvas Wall Art

  • May 17, 2016 at 7:20 AM
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    Very creative! I’m always looking for something to fill up giant blank walls in my house! But the prices on art work are so high! Plus I can never find just what I want. These are great ideas and the DIY canvas doesn’t look too difficult. Great job!! 🤗

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  • June 19, 2016 at 10:30 AM
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    My EXACT living room colors…wish you would sell this piece 🙁

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      • August 1, 2016 at 5:07 PM
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        Oh my gosh! I am in love with this! Would you be willing to make a canvas for our large wall? I love the colors you used and have been searching for something similar that won’t break the bank.

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  • June 19, 2016 at 1:54 PM
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    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your art, your gray sofa, the color scheme! If I can be so bold to make an addition suggestion…spray that bronze planter on the coffee table and that blue lamp either silver or gold metallic. Maybe a throw pillow with both Turquoise and whatever metallic works for you….yeppers–magazine cover!

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    • June 19, 2016 at 7:20 PM
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      Thank you! Great suggestions! You know, the lamps I just redid and chose that blue color. It’s interesting you suggested I remove even more color from my living room because when I recently redecorated, I removed all the red and just kept the teal. Also, that planter is a handmade clay pottery piece my sister who is a free lance artist made. I would never spray paint professional pottery! It is wonderful to hear others suggestions, though so thank you for your input! Usually I do think spray paint improves everything lol.

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  • June 21, 2016 at 8:43 AM
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    Fabulous idea & love the way you painted it! You stated the brand of curtain, but what Type of curtain did you use? I have Lots of curtains. Do you think the (thin) rubber backed curtains would work? Or do they need to be plain cotton?? Maybe canvas or linen would work better? I haven’t tried painting pics yet, but I’d love to try it this way. Go big or ho home 😉
    Thanks

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    • June 23, 2016 at 9:50 PM
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      Thanks for the compliment Fran! I believe this curtain is 100% cotton. I do not think rubber backed ones would work well, and yes painting on canvas or linen would work better. I’ve often seen people use canvas drop clothes as wall canvas and I think that looks great, too.

      Hope to hear from you again. Enjoy painting!
      Melissa

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  • July 10, 2016 at 5:04 PM
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    FYI – If you make another large canvas in the future, get the fabric a little wet before you stretch it. And by “wet,” I mean more than damp. It will make the canvas tighter for your next painting.

    Also, to help your corners, use squares of thin particle board over the back. It just helps all of the folds stay down.

    Excellent job! A canvas that size is pretty difficult!

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  • July 14, 2016 at 3:14 PM
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    What are the measurements of the whole canvas?

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  • August 4, 2016 at 1:36 PM
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    Hi,
    I absolutely love this creation! Could you describe how you painted this? Did you paint the first layer and wait for it to dry before continuing?

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    • August 4, 2016 at 9:21 PM
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      Thank you Heather! I did do it in three stages to give it a more layered look. I did thicker brush strokes to form the base, let that dry. Then I used medium sized strokes of the base colors plus a few more accents. Let that dry. Then I came back in with details and a smaller brush, all the accent colors, and the metallic drips using water soluble inks. I’ve been contemplating making a tutorial in the future because so many people have enjoyed this painting style!

      Melissa

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  • August 23, 2016 at 12:30 PM
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    I absolutely loved it. It’s awesome art. I been looking something big, not very pricey from last 3 years. Looked many sites, didn’t like anything. Will you able to make something like this for me. I will be very much appreciated.

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  • September 20, 2016 at 12:37 PM
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    I love your art work! What colors and brand of paints did you use and did you need to dilute them?
    I wish you had a YouTube video of exactly how you painted this, I’m contemplating doing something for a huge bare wall in my living/dining room!

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  • March 16, 2017 at 11:39 PM
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    I want to buy a picture like this . Please tell me how much it cost! Thanks

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  • May 8, 2017 at 10:04 PM
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    NICE ! Would it matter what kind of material to use for the canvas? I love what you have done and want mine to look just as great!

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    • May 8, 2017 at 10:17 PM
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      I think a cotton fabric is best! You could purchase an inexpensive drop cloth or curtain like I did. Another tip I learned from a different reader: spray the fabric with water until it is damp not dripping. Then stretch and staple it onto the frame. Then when it dries, the fabric will be especially tight on the frame.

      Good luck!
      Melissa

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      • August 15, 2017 at 10:06 AM
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        You can buy duck cloth , Which is heavy cotton fabric,at Joanne’s Fabrics.. It is not expensive.

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        • August 19, 2017 at 7:47 PM
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          I’ve never heard of that Carol, thanks for the idea! I will look into it.

          Melissa

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  • May 8, 2017 at 10:11 PM
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    I found the comments about the 100% cotton. I will wet it also. Love all the comments and how you answered them all completely! I just needed to read them!!

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  • October 3, 2017 at 7:04 AM
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    I stumbled on this old post of lg canvas mostly teal painting above the gray couch. It’s lovely for several reasons. I’ve read everything I can find except I didn’t see any instructions. Surely there are some how to tips. My email is djarmol@gmail.com thank you Dawn

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