Saturday, June 4, 2011

Canvas Make-Over!

I am so excited to show you my "Happy" canvas make-over for my front entry!

I'm using 2 ideas from 2 different wonderful bloggers. Please read on for details!

Dana at House Tweaking did a wonderful drop cloth piece of art with a verse from one of my daughter's favorite songs. I loved it so much I just knew I had to re-create it for myself. I had found this canvas at a garage sale last summer and figured this would be the back drop for my new art. I would have loved to use drop cloth like Dana had but since I like to re-use what I have I'll have to try drop cloth for something else! This is how is was before I did my magic!

I then saw this super cool technique from Ashley over at Lil Blue Boo. She did a cool canvas using phone book sheets and decoupage. I thought how perfect for giving texture to my canvas. Head on over to Ashley's blog for her step by step tutorial.

I ripped the black and white pages from an old phone book and just brushed some decoupage on each piece as I overlapped then on to each other.

After all the pieces of phone book were finished I brushed more Mod Podge over to seal it.

Then I painted the canvas yellow and arranged my stencils.

I painted the letters gray. I'm loving the yellow gray combo lately. After I painted each letter, it felt like it was missing something. So my husband came up with the idea of having each letter seem like the sun was hitting if from above.

And here it is hung in the entry!

I gave it another coat of Mod Podge to seal all the letters.

My daughter loves it and even my son thought it was pretty cool!

I'd love to hear what you all think!

Have a Happy One!

I'm linking up over at Funky Junk Interiors


Cassie CH said...

I love that! Going to have to copy this idea!

Kimberly said...

I think it's awesome!!! Totally going to try that!!

Jeanne said...

Hi Megan
I think it is fantastic! Very clever and your kids
must love the fact that you made it :)
Great to hear from you :)
Jeanne xx

Mrs. Tuna said...

I got no artistic skills, none, nada, nothing.

Anonymous said...

So neat!! I too am going to have to give this a try. Great find!

Diana Mieczan said...

I love it too:) You have the best ideas! Happy Monday, my dear

Anonymous said...

Love ModgePodge.
I have a sign that says " I love you to the moon and back. "

missy said...

How fun is that?!!??! :)
Love the phone book pages idea!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

This turned out absolutely amazing, Megan. We used to sing that song to our little Claire to help her fall asleep when she was a baby. You did a great job and it was so fun to see the steps.
I hope your little headband made it there safe and sound. Since I didn't send it through my shop, I had no way of tracking it. Hope it got there and you two girls are enjoying it. : )
Mary Lou

The Bookness said...

Hun, my blog changed.

Follow me there instead. =)

Anonymous said...

Hi Megan it's Megan (Kiwi Scouser),
Blogger doesn't love me anymore and everytime I post comments it signs me out (hence the anonymous tag). Anyhoo....thought I'd drop in and say I love the canvas and you are super talented. Also have you seen Water For Elephants yet? I have (not with a bunch of SBC ladies surprise surprise surprise) and I've posted about it.
So what's next on the creation calendar huh?

Jamie said...

What a great idea. I would have never thought to use a phone book. I'm your newest follower. Hope to see you at

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Love your sign! Really makes for a happy place!

No Phone Call Is Worth It!