I updated the art in my kitchen eating area, something I typically do seasonally, but this time I went with something big and bold that will stay up year round. For under $10 I created this black and white custom framed canvas that fits perfectly in our eating area.
Previously I had hung a column of smaller pieces of art on this angled wall in our eating area. These framed kitchen towels were there for a long time and I loved their graphic look. This time around I went with one bigger piece that really stands out and can be seen from just about anywhere on our first floor.
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- 12″x24″ canvas (I bought a 2 pack at Michael’s on sale for $6)
- Letter stencils (read on to see how I created my own)
- Black acrylic paint and fine brush
- 1×2 pine board
- Gray stain
- L brackets
- Mounting plates
I started this project by laying everything out in my Silhouette design software. If you do not have a Silhouette you can use pre cut letter stencils for this project. I chose I font I liked and a saying that fits our homebody family perfectly. Then I cut the words out in 2 pieces using my Silhouette on 12×12 cardstock. I used these as a stencil and traced the words onto the canvas.
Vinyl and other stencil materials do not stick well to bare canvas so I chose to go this route and just trace the letters. There is a way to use vinyl on canvas, you can get details in this nursery canvas art post. Once everything was traced I turned on Friends on Netflix (my current night time binge) and painted the letters black. It was a seriously relaxing evening.
Once the canvas was done I knew I wanted a wood frame to surround it, I turned to this post from Unoriginal Mom on how to frame a canvas. I made one tweak, I do not have a brad nailer so I used flat corner braces like these to secure the boards together. I stained the frame a light gray to compliment the cool tone and graphic look of this framed canvas.
Now that I have replaced the smaller pieces of art with this larger black and white framed canvas I can’t imagine going back to a gallery look. It gives the kitchen eating area a more sophisticated vibe and really stands out.
You can use this technique to make your own custom framed canvas, what would yours say?
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