Whitney’s Burlap Wall Art

Have you ever “revamped” a “revamp”?? Have you ever had a project in your head that was so cute and then once it ends up in your house you wished you would have left it in your head?? This has been my problem for the last couple of months. I could not find the right piece of art for above my couch a few months back so… Ashley and I decided to get together and decoupage some canvases. They didn’t turn out bad… I actually get compliments on mine quite a bit. But, I hate it. I was done. A few weeks ago we started discussing some upcoming burlap projects we have planned. Ashley had a light bulb moment… She suggested we cover our shanty canvases with burlap and stencil them. Good thinking Lash! Here’s what I did…

I took my old 36×48 canvas (won’t even show you the befores 🙂 and laid it on top of a piece of ironed burlap. I used my staple gun to first pull down the top and bottom and then I pulled the sides. The burlap gives quite a bit so make sure you pull it tight. I cut my excess and moved on to the ties. I decided to hang mine from two hooks I found at Hobby Lobby just to add a little extra something. I cut 6 pieces of twin the same length and tied a bow with one piece on to two others… did that make sense at all? I used my staple gun to attach them to the back of the canvas.

Now for the stenciling… I found this shmancy scroll stencil at Joann’s for $6.99. I measured off center for the first scroll and taped it down. I used Americana ebony and burnt umber mixed together to create a really deep brown. Using a stenciling brush I pounced the paint on… don’t go sideways or the paint will go under the stencil. After finishing the first scroll I cleaned my stencil off and measured it off for the second one and did the same thing.

I thought I would be done at that point but realized how large this canvas was compared to my stencil. I had some leftover trim out in the garage that I bought a Lowe’s. Using my trusty $12 hand saw I cut and mitered (not perfectly at all) 4 pieces of the trim to make a frame around my scrolls. I spray painted each of them with Rustoleum American Accents Heirloom White paint before I attached them to my burlap. I used my hot glue gun to attach each piece and also added a few dabs of Gorilla Glue just in case. My final step was to run a thin coat of Ralph Lauren Smoke glaze to bring out the detail on the trim. You will have to excuse my dark after pics… My camera did it’s best. Now you girls get ready for Ashley’s new canvases… they are in the works and her wonderful idea paid off big time. I will be sharing these shantys turned chic over with Kimba for DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land… I will also be sharing this at Hooked on Houses!


  1. miss Yelpington on January 3, 2010 at 12:22 am

    very impressed. so sophisticated but inexpensive. im so inspired 🙂

  2. Jessica on September 19, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    That's really cute! The trim adds that little something that makes it stand out all the more. I like the idea of hanging it from two hooks.

  3. Best Life on September 19, 2009 at 12:40 am

    What a great trash to treasure! I am so going to do something like that to fill a large wall that I haven't wanted to spend any money on. I think you could even do it to an old, ugly framed picture. Lisa~

  4. stefanie on September 18, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    ta da….looks soooo good!!!

  5. Porch Days on September 18, 2009 at 4:09 am

    The trim work inside really set it off! Helped fill up the extra space.

  6. Embellished Bayou on September 18, 2009 at 4:01 am

    You are! Love this! I have a couple old canvases that might be getting a makeover soon, thanks for the idea!

  7. Jenny Kerr on September 18, 2009 at 3:01 am

    That's really neat!

  8. queenbee on September 18, 2009 at 2:39 am

    What a creative idea. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Wendy on September 18, 2009 at 1:40 am

    WOW! That looks great!

    Oh, and I'm having a Free Paint Party, feel free to check it out!

  10. Shelly and Todd on September 17, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Very cool. I am a lover of burlap and just covered some cushions with it, now I want to make something to hang above them as a backrest and never thought of using a stencil to decorate them .
    Very inspirational. 🙂

  11. Kimm at Reinvented on September 17, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Holy cow. I. love. that. I have been trying to come up with an idea for a tall wall in my foyer, this may be it! Yay!!!!

  12. Kaki on September 17, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Absolutely adorable! Such a great idea!

  13. Morning T on September 17, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    I love it you guys! Keep the inspiration coming, you're great. 🙂

  14. Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking on September 17, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    So simple & classic – it would look great in almost any room… I think I've got a wall that this would look great on… thanks!

  15. Britt on September 17, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Very cute! What a great idea for inexpensive easy wall art that looks so pretty!

  16. Nancy on September 17, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    That is wonderful! Such a great idea!!!


  17. Aja on September 17, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Nice!! Where, oh where, did you get your $12 saw? And what kind is it? I think I must need one. Also, do you guys get the RL Smoke Glaze at Home Depot? I went in search of it yesterday with no luck…


  18. [email protected] Give Mom a Minute on September 17, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Oooooh, me likey. I will have to try this! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  19. Amanda @ Serenity Now on September 17, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    It's beautiful! I love the stencil you chose. That's something I'd want to have on my walls! Stopping by from Kimba's party. 🙂

  20. Gail on September 17, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Wow…love the stencil. I tried stenciling on burlap but I didn't have much luck with it. I'll need to give it another try.

    Love your blog. You two are so creative.

  21. Kelli on September 17, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    It's splendid!!! Love it!

  22. [email protected] on September 17, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Love! You could get as fancy as you want with the stenciling or use burlap in another color. I saw a red burlap on clearance the other day. It would look great with a cream-colored stencil on it.

    Thanks for the idea.

  23. Sheri on September 17, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Wow, I just love the way it's hanging also!

  24. [email protected] and Cheese on September 17, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Wow!! I love what you did here! I want to try this! Thanks for the great idea.

  25. [email protected] little creative outlet on September 17, 2009 at 6:30 am

    oh my gosh! wow!

  26. Nori on September 17, 2009 at 5:00 am

    Looks awesome!
    Thanks for sharing!

  27. arkie on September 17, 2009 at 4:22 am

    That is a very nice project! Looks lovely!

  28. Rita @ Goodwill Haunting on September 17, 2009 at 4:05 am

    Wow, what a great idea! So simple and yet what an impact. Thanks for sharing!

  29. Mandi @ Finding Home on September 17, 2009 at 3:52 am

    Get outa town! That's gorgeous! Can I just tell you that I love the name of your blog? So cute.

  30. [email protected] on September 17, 2009 at 3:43 am

    Sophisticated burlap! I like it!

  31. sarah on September 17, 2009 at 3:32 am

    Very cute!!

  32. Infarrantly Creative on September 17, 2009 at 3:31 am

    I am not a big burlap fan but that is pretty. Great focal point and totally classy.

  33. Let it Shine on September 17, 2009 at 3:09 am

    Great job! Big impact, little cost!


  34. Marsha's Mpressions on September 17, 2009 at 3:06 am

    Hey REALLY Cute idea!!! You did a wonderful job! hmmm…sure would look good with my pillows!! 🙂

  35. [email protected] Stories of A to Z on September 17, 2009 at 2:34 am

    It's beautiful! What a creative and simple project. Love it.

  36. [email protected] on September 17, 2009 at 2:33 am

    wow, I really like that !

  37. Mandy on September 17, 2009 at 2:30 am

    Very nice!
    Great idea and even better execution – I'm afraid mine wouldn't look anywhere near that nice!
    Very impressed 🙂

  38. KirkKrew on September 17, 2009 at 2:29 am

    I did LOVE the other piece, but I'm pleasantly surprised by this! 🙂 The trim was a great idea!!!

  39. Phillips Phamily Mama on September 17, 2009 at 2:13 am

    What a great way to take up that huge space above the couch!

  40. Miss Mustard Seed on September 17, 2009 at 2:12 am

    Very pretty. I love inexpensive art work that looks sophisticated. Thanks for sharing!

  41. Enchantresses Three on September 17, 2009 at 2:07 am

    Absolutely love this! What an amazing idea!

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