I’ve been wanting to make fabric covered canvases for years, ever since I saw them done on Trading Spaces, Design on a Dime, or one of those budget decorating shows. I used to be a complete and total junkie of all those shows before we got rid of cable. I will occasional find an episode online, but it’s not the same. I miss them. I wonder if they would have them on dvd at the library…
Anyway, I had some small (7×9?) canvases, and some fabric scraps that were just the right size, so I went for it, having no idea where they would go, or even if I’d ever be able to use them.
I decided to Mod Podge the fabric on to A) make it easier to work with rather than stretching and stapling, and B) to make it look more like a painted or printed canvas. See the pic below for what the fabric looks like before the Mod Podge vs after. You can see how the after has so much more of a bright and finished look. I didn’t have any fabric Mod Podge, so I used the plain, matte finish kind. I think it worked great.
It ended up working out that the canvases fit perfectly on these shelves I have framing the kitchen window. I love the way they look there. I’m not sure about the other decorations I have up, some of them will go when I figure out what really should go there, but the canvases look great. (For the record, I had to put something on the shelves so my husband would stop insisting that they were the perfect place to store small appliances like his coffee grinder.)
This was such a cheap, easy, fast project that really spruced up my kitchen. Like I said before, I don’t know if the other knick-knacks will stay on the shelves, but the canvases definitely will. I’ll add a pic of the whole window when it’s all decorated and put together.