Dated Thrift Shop Canvas/Wood Sign Up-cycle

February 07, 2019

 It's been pretty slim pickins' at the thrift shops this month.  Between extreme cold and snowstorms, I'm sure people are not bringing stuff in for donation or consignment.

I did pick up this canvas sign last week for $1.99.  It was dusty and a bit yellowed, so I gave it a makeover.

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I wiped the canvas and wood slats down with hot soapy Dawn dish soap water.

Thank goodness it didn't have a cigarette odor.

 I put a plastic spoonful of Dixie Belle Paint in Hurricane Gray on a paper plate and added water until my paint was pretty thin.  I stirred it with my chip brush.

When you are painting fabric it's best to have the fabric damp, and the paint thinned.

I painted both the wood and the thick canvas cloth (fringes and all) with the gray paint.

You can iron cloth painted surfaces or stencils if you use a piece of parchment paper over your fabric, and iron on the paper.

I decided I didn't like the all gray look, so I watered down Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in CAVIAR, and I left the wood slats painted in Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Hurricane Gray.

I found a few stencil packages online at Joann Fabrics recently.

I squirted a dollop of Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in Light Ivory, and pounced on my stencil.

Since the stencil was horizontal and my canvas was vertical, I had to space the words vertically.  This can be a little tricky.

If you get the stencils crooked, you can always repaint and re-stencil.

Cheap stencils have some drawbacks. 

 Sometimes they are paper.  These were paper, but didn't need to be punched/pressed out like the Folkart stencil value packs.  

They don't last as long, and they have stencil bridges in weird or too obvious spaces.  

You can use a fine liner brush and connect the letters, but I don't do it that way.  I tape around the stencil bridges with blue painter's tape and stencil the bridge with a fine stencil brush.  

I think this method looks the best.

My canvas has been painted, and re-painted, and stenciled.  All stencil bridges were fixed.

I then used 100 grit sandpaper to add a bit of aging to the my fresh paint job and stenciling.

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After sanding, I waxed the whole piece with Dixie Belle Best Dang Wax in Clear.  I used a wax brush, and applied a very light coat.

When the water based wax was dry, I wiped it down with a paper towel.  I didn't want lint or fibers on my canvas.

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This "saying" is so much more current.

The colors are so much more current.

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And the sign is much more romantic at this time of year!

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Would you have given this canvas sign a second look at the thrift shop?
Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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