Custom canvas prints with wall decals. Don’t throw away those old prints!

Apr 23 2018
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Don’t throw away those prints that you hate, you can make your own custom canvas prints! With the divorce well behind me I still have a pile of shiiii…. stuff in my closet I have every intention of burning in my fire pit this summer. HOWEVER, I happen to be in a family of several artists and know full well what a pain in the butt building and stretching your own canvas is and how expensive it is to buy it…. DANGIT… *throws up hands in defeat* so I couldn’t just burn them!

And NO ONE is going to buy these things from me so I had no choice but to pick up a paint brush because sometimes I just HATE how frugal I am! Turns out though making your own custom canvas prints really isn’t that hard…

Make your own DIY custom canvas prints, don't throw those old canvas prints away that you don't want you can paint them over and make your own custom canvas prints and pictures! Making two great prints using wall decals from Amazon for my master bathroom after my divorce!
Make your own DIY custom canvas prints, don't throw those old canvas prints away that you don't want you can paint them over and make your own custom canvas prints and pictures! Making two great prints using wall decals from Amazon for my master bathroom after my divorce!

I painted them with four coats of white outdoor paint (because it was what I had on hand) two coats in one direction, two coats in the other direction, unless you’re spraying canvas the texture will leave behind brush strokes but I’m kinda like: TEXTURE IS A GOOD THING!

Then I headed over to the wall decals on Amazon because: I am obsessed with these things (though I have yet to use them on a wall lol) being someone with absolutely no free hand painting ability whatsoever they are miraculous! This is my fourth and fifth wall decal purchase! (The other three were used on my guest bedroom desk, guest bedroom bed and on the sign for the front of my house.)

I bought two different decals “Relax its your Time” and “Get Naked” They’re going to be in my master bathroom! Last week I showed how I hung up a shelf for storage above my tub with some galvanized pipe hardware and how I used these prints and some new plants to dress it up!

This project got me thinking about the literal hundreds of unwanted prints I’ve seen at garage sales. Honestly we are only limited by our imaginations. Like with any canvas, they can be painted over again and again depending on what you want and, with these inexpensive wall decals, it is SO easy to make something really custom!



Make your own DIY custom canvas prints, don't throw those old canvas prints away that you don't want you can paint them over and make your own custom canvas prints and pictures! Making two great prints using wall decals from Amazon for my master bathroom after my divorce!Make your own DIY custom canvas prints, don't throw those old canvas prints away that you don't want you can paint them over and make your own custom canvas prints and pictures! Making two great prints using wall decals from Amazon for my master bathroom after my divorce!Make your own DIY custom canvas prints, don't throw those old canvas prints away that you don't want you can paint them over and make your own custom canvas prints and pictures! Making two great prints using wall decals from Amazon for my master bathroom after my divorce!Make your own DIY custom canvas prints, don't throw those old canvas prints away that you don't want you can paint them over and make your own custom canvas prints and pictures! Making two great prints using wall decals from Amazon for my master bathroom after my divorce!Make your own DIY custom canvas prints, don't throw those old canvas prints away that you don't want you can paint them over and make your own custom canvas prints and pictures! Making two great prints using wall decals from Amazon for my master bathroom after my divorce!Make your own DIY custom canvas prints, don't throw those old canvas prints away that you don't want you can paint them over and make your own custom canvas prints and pictures! Making two great prints using wall decals from Amazon for my master bathroom after my divorce!

I saw some stickers at Walmart for only $1.50 and brought them home and laid them down on each print and then I dusted them with some Krylon chrome spray paint before removing the stickers. I wanted it to be fluid, organic, artistic, to really speak to our colorful souls on a level…. not look like crap really was what I was going for!… I am not crafty.

Once they were dry I applied my wall decals. What’s so nice about these is that you can literally put each individual letter wherever you want so they’re really flexible. The stickers also came with some little sparkly “dots” that I went ahead and used too.

It was incredibly satisfying to paint over those prints and make them into something that I love! Coming up: The Home Tour of my refreshed Master Bathroom!

Make your own DIY custom canvas prints, don't throw those old canvas prints away that you don't want you can paint them over and make your own custom canvas prints and pictures! Making two great prints using wall decals from Amazon for my master bathroom after my divorce!Make your own DIY custom canvas prints, don't throw those old canvas prints away that you don't want you can paint them over and make your own custom canvas prints and pictures! Making two great prints using wall decals from Amazon for my master bathroom after my divorce!

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32 Comments on "Custom canvas prints with wall decals. Don’t throw away those old prints!"

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Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled
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Great reuse of canvas prints! My young boys would love the “get naked” sign, LOL. Boys!! Visiting from Hearth and Soul party.

Marissa | Squirrels of a Feather
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Came here for the “Get Naked” sign 🙂 That is just too cute! I could see this in a bathroom!

Roseann Hampton
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You are too funny Tarah! These are great!

Mary
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You did good Tarah. I had bought one with an awful print and painted over it myself. We never throw out old canvas when it can be upcycled so beautifully!

Lisa D
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OMG I love this “Get Naked” canvas. I must give something like this a try.
Lisa

Sandra Black
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I have a couple of canvases that this would be worth trying on too.

Clarissa
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Such a good idea! They turned out super cute 🙂

Teresa
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Such a good idea! I have two of those canvas prints in one of the closets – they were a gift for my kids to hang in their bedrooms but I just hate them, as they don’t match any of the decor in our house. I was planning to toss them, but now I may just paint them over.
Thank you for sharing the inspiration at The Really Crafty Link Party. Punned.

Pam
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Great idea. Love the “Get Naked” sign. Too cute.

Mary Vitullo
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Great up-cycling idea, hmm have a few of those ugly canvas prints lying around. Thanks for the inspiration.

Twila
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Thank you for this idea. I really would not have even thought of it. Love it! Twila

JaneEllen
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What kind of stickers were those you got and what dept. did you get them in at Walmart? Recently? Going to try painting over couple prints have had for while, smart girl.
Your wall sayings turned out so great, love them, especially the “get naked” over your tub. We could use some humor in our master bath even for two oldies like us, lol.
Keep up the awesome projects Tarah.

Nancy
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I have a ton (well maybe 12) canvases I picked up at yard sales. Now I know what to do with them since I never took that art class I signed up for! Thanks!

Evelyn Dortch
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Love this idea and what satisfaction it would bring painting over the ex.
Thanks for sharing this at #WoW Words on Wednesday Linkup

Ann @ Live The Old Way
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Those turned out really great! I would never have thought of painting over them but it makes so much sense! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Homestead Blog Hop!

Carrie Ditton
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Thank you so much for sharing on the Whisk It Wednesday Link Party! Tomorrow when the new party starts you will be one of the featured posts! Hope to see you there gain. ~ Carrie @ Carrie’s Home Cooking

Iris Nacole

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