I have another awesome blogger to introduce you to who so kindly offered to help during my surgery recovery. Give a warm welcome to Debi who blogs over at Add Value To Your Home. Debi is going to share her Easy and Affordable DIY Wall Art with you today. Whether you are staging a house for resale, redecorating a room on a budget, or making inexpensive gifts - this is a great idea!
Without further ado, take it away Debi...
I'm Debi from Add Value To Your Home and I'm writing this Guest Post today for Marie who's recovering from surgery. Although I haven't met Marie in real life yet, we have lots in common. We're both DIYers, have both staged houses, and we're both Canadians. That's a lot eh?
I quite often get restless of my home décor and want to change things up a bit. (I'm not the only one that does this right?) I find one of the quickest and most affordable way to do this is through pictures. Pictures can really set the tone for a room, be it dramatic, mellow and relaxing, adventurous or seasonal.
Choosing the Fabric
The next step is choosing the right fabric. You can use almost any texture and thickness of fabric, but there are a couple of things to keep in mind. If the fabric is too light, you may need to put white fabric underneath if you're using an old canvas so that the old print doesn't show through. When you're folding, you'll be folding two fabrics together. A little tricky at first but easy to get the hang of it. If the fabric is too thick, you might find it hard to make the corners flat.
When choosing your fabric at the store, roll the bolt open to the size of the canvas that you're working with. This way, you can picture (pardon the pun) what the final product will look like. For my fabric, I wanted a Fall type fabric that would suit our cooler temperatures but wouldn't "scream" Fall. I choose a contemporary Ikat pattern in fall colors. It will give my room the facelift I desperately need and get us into the mood for the Fall season.
Cutting the FabricPut your canvas on top of the table. Lay the fabric on top of it. Does your fabric have a pattern? Is there a picture that you want to show? Or is it abstract and it doesn't matter where you place it?
If your fabric has a pattern or picture, give some thought as to how you want it to show on the canvas. For my picture, I centred the dark brown shape as the centre. I then gently folded the fabric underneath so I could see what it would look like. Then I pinned the lines where the outside of the frame as my guide.
Before you start stapling your fabric to your frame, make sure you iron any creases or wrinkles out first. If your canvas has a bright picture and your fabric is on the thin side, you may need to have white fabric or an old white sheet underneath so that the pattern doesn't show through.
Cut your fabric giving yourself a 3" margin around the entire frame. This will give you enough fabric to fold and staple into your canvas. Start stapling using a staple gun on one side of the longest length of the frame. Put in a few staples starting with the centre, but avoid the corners for now. I used staples that were 5/16" or 8 mm in length. If staples are too long, they may not completely go into the frame and could potentially scratch your walls. (How do I know this??)
Then very slightly stretch or smooth your fabric and staple the other side of the longest part of your frame starting in the middle and alternating staples on each side. Avoid the corners for now. If you need to remove any staples, a staple remover that you use for paper will do the trick! Your canvas should look like this:
Below is another contemporary Fall DIY Canvas that I had done previously. The fabric is originally from Ikea.
You can have a lot of fun with this. Here's a picture that I did for staging condos. It was a hit among 20 something women and teenage girls. Again, fabric from Ikea.
I urge you to pop over and give Debi a warm hello on her awesome blog at Add Value To Your Home.
Debi is a Designer who renovates “fixer-uppers” to flip or to rent. She staged houses for 10 years. She has seen houses at their best and their worst. Debi passes on her knowledge to help people Add Value to their Home while making their home a stunning retreat at the same time.
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