A Thrift Shop Wall Art Canvas Gets A Herringbone Design

February 27, 2019
 From time to time I run across wall art canvases at rummage sales and at thrift shops.  

Since canvases are pretty expensive at craft shops, especially larger ones, I am glad to pick one up for $2.

The canvas was in excellent condition, like new.

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 My first step was to brush on two coats of Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Drop Cloth.  

Drop Cloth is a great white.

 I always check out the stencils department when I'm at a Michael's, Joann Fabrics or Hobby Lobby. 

 I found this package of Artminds 26 paper pattern stencils at a Michael's store.

They are out of stock online, but you can check for availability at stores.  They are very similar to the Folkart Value Paper Stencil packs.  You have to punch/press them out on the perforated areas.

This is the second herringbone stencil in the Artminds Pattern Stencil Pack.

I taped it on the center of the my 16" x 20" art canvas.  Then I moved the stencil up, down, right and left to finish off the canvas.

Paints I used for my herringbone design include Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Bunker Hill Blue, Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Yankee Blue, Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Hurricane Gray, and Rust-Oleum Metallic Accents Paint in Soft Gold , and I left some stencil pattern areas blank.

I wanted the pattern colors somewhat random.

I then sanded my canvas very lightly with 220 grit sandpaper, sealed it with Dixie Belle Best Dang Wax in Clear. 

I used an Intex Pfc Precision-fiber Paint & Cleaning Rag to apply a thin coat of wax and wipe the canvas down after the wax dried.

A Thrifted Wall Art Canvas Stenciled With A Herringbone Pattern #dixiebellepaint #stencil #herringbone #wallart #DIY
Other options for the edge of the canvas are leaving it the background color, paint just the edges in black or one of the accent colors in the canvas.  

I chose to paint the edges in Hurricane Gray, a neutral.

A Thrifted Wall Art Canvas Stenciled With A Herringbone Pattern #dixiebellepaint #stencil #herringbone #wallart #DIY
I added a sawtooth hanger to the top back.

A Thrifted Wall Art Canvas Stenciled With A Herringbone Pattern #dixiebellepaint #stencil #herringbone #wallart #DIY
This project is not in my usual comfort zone, but I wanted to try stenciling the herringbone pattern in colors, and not just neutrals.

A Thrifted Wall Art Canvas Stenciled With A Herringbone Pattern #dixiebellepaint #stencil #herringbone #wallart #DIY
This was an easy and inexpensive art project!  Especially if you can find thrifted canvases.  I sometimes repaint canvases already painted with art!

A Thrifted Wall Art Canvas Stenciled With A Herringbone Pattern #dixiebellepaint #stencil #herringbone #wallart #DIY
I'm finding that I like houndstooth and herringbone patterns in addition to buffalo checks!

Other recent stencil projects:
Wedding Ring Quilt Pattern Stenciled Chair

Herringbone Stenciled Wooden Stool
Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. Wouldn’t that make some nice wallpaper?...lol love it!


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