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!

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  1. 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.

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

  3. 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. 🙂

  4. 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!!!!

  5. 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!

  6. 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…


  7. 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. 🙂

  8. 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.