3 Easy Steps for Repurposing Old Canvas Art
Backgrounds can be changed with each season.
Step 1: PAINTING THE FRAME --> Since I was salvaging the original art, I taped it off carefully...and drybrushed the frame to a color that blended with my decor yet still complemented the art. For $14.99, this oversized frame was a steal.
Step 2: COVER THE CANVAS with a BACKGROUND IMAGE (Temporarily or permanently). Using a tape measure and exacto knife. I cut this barnwood paper to-size to cover the canvas. I did not want a permanent solution because as a family, we all decided that we liked the original art (which has almost no value) but the seascape was something that we wanted to display again. If you want to permanently cover the art, then you can Mod Podge. (where to buy the paper is in the blog post). Because I wanted only to temporarily cover my canvas, I sprayed the back of this paper with repositionable adhesive spray. This way I can easily remove the barnwood look, change it...or even display the original seascape again.
Step 3: Come visit the blog to see the final result!
Full home tour and all of my sources are in the link below.
P on Oct 27, 2022
2 generations ago when my grandparents had a huge over the fireplace seascape 'painting' my grandmother thought was too dark, granddaddy got out the white shoe polish and whitened up the 'breakers' of the waves on the beach till it was light enough for her! He also used pecan halves to rub out scratches in the wooden frame - he said iodine worked on mahogany scratches! And I bet white & other shades of acrylic paint would work to 'highlight' darker 'art' these days!