Reusing canvas

Don’t throw out your old canvas paintings because you can paint over them. Especially that busy paint job you outgrew.

Sometimes simplicity is all you need and that’s what I did for my daughter.

I painted a solid gray over the painting. I then used a paint pen to do the feathers. I didn’t have to worry about smoothing it because it wasn’t textured. If you have that issue then sand it down first. You may also have to prime over old paint work in case it is oil based.


Canvas Picture Frame Hanging: DIY

This canvas picture frame idea is an easy project. All you need is Mod Podge, sponge brush, a 5 pack of 6×6 square canvas frames and chain from Michael’s, hot glue gun, and 5×5 photos.

First thing you need to do is put Mod Podge on the photo, then place the photo on the center of the canvas, lay it down on a news  paper and press photo onto canvas. Do that with all 5 frames. Next, let it set for about an hour or so.

Now, take the chain and lay it over one side so that it strings over all the squares and leave enough chain for hanging then run down the other side. Take a butter knife and use that to space each one evenly when gluing the chain onto the canvas. You only need to glue the top and bottom of each square. It does get a bit tricky and messy. It is the one thing I don’t like about working with a glue gun beside getting burnt.


Once done, it’s ready to hang. Enjoy!


DIY Stands at Low Cost

 A two-legged stand for a low-cost accent table makes a DIY-project worth your time. There are so many ideas that you can do that can make your home look elegant and expensive at a low cost.This longer table is made with (3) 1×4 and (2) 2×4 lengths. A sample paint can which will paint both with a small can of stain. You don’t need a large can of paint or stain for this unless you are planning to do other projects.

DIY: TV Stand


What I used

1. wood glue

2. hinge and two knobs

3. compressor, nail and nail gun

4. 5 =8′ lengths of 1 x 4″ board (top and bottom frame)

5. pine shop shelving (4′ for bottom)

6. hand jigsaw, mitre and table saw

7. three 8′ 1 x 2 (doors) I used 1 x 4 cut in half

8. 1/4″ plywood for doors and back to close behind the doors and drawer space

This was the first time I did this project without help except when I put the doors on. I used a drawer and attachments I had saved from a previous project so that was easy. I made the centre work with the drawer.

Wall Hanging with Shelving



1: three 8′ length 1′ x 4′ board cut in half

2: brackets or angle cut board for brace. If you don’t have a saw buy the brace

3: one 8′ length 1′ x 4′ cut in half and take one of the halves and cut that in half for a back brace to hold the seven 4′ lengths together

4: 5′ x 8′ wide board cut in half for shelving

5: wood glue

6: chalk paint or wood stain

7: long clamps, pencil, screws and screwdriver


This wall shelving unit is nice and roomy for bigger items. It is easy to put together. All you have to do is get three 8′ boards cut in half, one extra 8′ length cut in half. From that half take one 4′, get it cut in half. You should have seven 4′ lengths and two 2′ lengths. Also have the pine shelving board cut in half at the store. Some places charge a small fee but it’s worth it. Now all you have to do is stain the boards to stain of choice. I used chalk paint and mixed some in a small container with water so it would apply like a stain. With three different colours, I mixed a couple to give a different tone and rustic look. Once that is done, let dry.


Now that the boards are dry, begin by laying out your pattern. If you like the layout, start gluing each, then clamp and let dry fully, screw in the 2′ boards to the back, lengthwise. Now lay out the bracket and mark your spots. Screw them in place and attach the shelving boards.


That is it!

Painting With Chalk Paint

One of the things I learned about chalk paint is that a little can go a long way. It is safer to use. However, it does scratch easy and a top coat should be applied if it is used on furniture. It covers over varnished furniture well without having to sand it down first. Two coats will coat well and there are many colours available. That is why I decided to paint this furniture with chalk paint. If you notice the before and after, it seemed to brighten up the room.


Chalk as a Stain


I bought chalk paint and the staff advised me on how to use it differently for different projects. This idea of thinning chalk paint is good when doing wall projects. The chalk paint will also go farther. It can be made thinner. The choice is up to you. Hope this idea helps you when considering working with chalk paint.

Tip: When applying chalk paint to furniture it is better using it undiluted unless it is new wood. It coats well on any furniture but has to be top coated after because it scratches easily.