Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Creative Canvases

Matt and I love the building that we live in now. It is a 3 flat that was built in 1918 and it has tons of character and charm. I love the hardwood floors, the crown molding, and the old white shelves.

One of the things that usually comes along with living in an older apartment is plaster walls. This presents a challenge with hanging heavier items. Plus, we aren't allowed to put screws in the walls (in the rental agreement) so I've had to get creative with what I hang on the wall.

For a while, I've been wanting something to hang over the couch. The space requires something a little larger than just a picture frame, but it's hard to hang multiple frames due to the weight and the ability to hang each one evenly because of the lovely plaster.

I finally decided that canvases would fit the space perfectly. Plus, they are super lightweight. Originally, I was going to buy fabric to cover the canvases, but then I came across beautiful sheets of wrapping paper at a few local boutique stores in our area. It got me thinking...

I ended up purchasing 3 sheets of Paris inspired wrapping paper. I rubbed mod podge on the canvas then carefully laid one sheet of wrapping paper on top. Now, the sheet didn't go on as smoothly as I had hoped. I was definitely frustrated, but just decided to go with it and see what I could do. I mod podged on top of the entire sheet once it was on the canvas and then let it dry. I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome.

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There are a few waves here and there, but since I was kind of going for more of a vintage feel, I ended up not minding the few waves here and there. I finished up the other two canvases, hung them over the couch, and viola!

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  1. what a lovely blog! i'm so glad i stumbled across it!!! would you ever be interested in guest posting? it'd help you get some traffic and i'd love to have you! :) you can email me if you like,

  2. The collection looks very nice!! What a great find on the beautiful wrapping paper. :O)

  3. Love this idea! I haven't tried mod podge before and think I might give it a try. Found you through Skip to my Lou's link up party. We share the same blog design! First time I'd come across it on another blog.

  4. Beautiful! Mod podge is awesome, I love using it!!!!! Love what you did!