Up-Cycle A Garage Sale Art Canvas As Christmas Decor

I am a fan of picking up art canvases at garage sales.  I paid $1 for this amateur, abstract art canvas last summer.

Art canvases are quite expensive brand new, especially for large ones.  You can re-paint used canvases to create new decor pieces for your home.


First I painted the canvas with two coats of Rustoleum Chalked Paint in Linen White.

This year I found myself inspired by Sew A Fine Seam's Houndstooth Christmas backgrounds. 


I was very careful to center the stencil on the canvas, tape it down with blue painter's tape, and then move it left to right to fill out the canvas.  

You don't want the stencil edges to look unmatched, so this is important.

I used DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint in Rouge to stencil the houndstooth pattern.

I really like this shade of red for Christmas decor.

I found a paper stencil company on Amazon that I have ordered from twice.  Paper stencils are much cheaper than plastic (especially in large sizes) but much more fragile.

I have ordered Minnesota state silhouette stencils in three sizes in the past.

I needed a large deer stencil for this canvas, and I ended up ordering from Woodburn Stencil Shop, a  Pack of 3 Deer Head Style Stencils, 16x20, 11x14 and 8x10 Made from 4 Ply Matboard.  I needed the 16 x 20 for my canvas.

I used Dixie Belle Paint Company in Caviar to stencil my deer head.

I sealed my canvas stencils with DecoArt Creme Wax in Clear.  

Brush it on with a chip brush.

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It's deer hunting season in Minnesota right now!  (But my buck will be safely hanging in the house for Christmas!)

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I think I still like buffalo check better, but houndstooth is sure fun!

What do you think?
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Up-cycle a garage sale canvas!

*Old Sign Stencils provided me with complimentary samples. All opinions about these fabulous products are my own.



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