Upcycled Goodwill Art
Editor’s Note: I made this beautiful DIY Button Heart canvas for our bedroom from an up-cycled Goodwill Canvas for only a couple of dollars! This post originally ran early in 2012 but the art still hangs on our bedroom wall and is one my favorite pieces in our room. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Several months ago when I started our bedroom makeover, I went to our local Goodwill looking for decor items to repurpose and upcycle. I didn’t find much because most things were WAY over-priced, but I did find three canvases for $2 each. Two of them I used for our His and Her over the bed art (see below), and the 3rd I kept for use over Ethan’s dresser which sits between our bathroom and closet doors. Well, I finally got around to it this past week but it ended up morphing from my original plan.
Last October when Ethan and I went to Chicago for the unveiling of the Urban Oasis and I fell in LOVE with a large piece of art that was white letters on a white canvas. This was a little unique because it used lots of different size letters and varying fonts. Also, if you look closely you can see that the artist allowed the paint to run below the letters. I’ve seen lots of similar things on Pinterest, too. All that to say, it was my inspiration for our bedroom canvas.
Then, I came across this saying on Pinterest from Girl Meets Life, “With my whole heart, for my whole life.” Yeah, I know its super cheesy, but so am I…and Ethan is a good sport.
I painted the watercolor Good Will canvas when I painted the other two, so unfortunately I don’t have a good “before” picture, but it was pretty ugly. I used plain old semi-gloss white wall paint and it worked great! Tip: Make sure to paint the sides, not just the front!
Then, I started looking around for wooden letters and found that they were more expensive than I really wanted to spend given how many letters and the size I wanted. So, I changed my vision to paint the saying myself in green. I thought green letters on a plain white canvas was too plain, so I painted stripes on the canvas using painter’s tape and wall paint the same as our walls except semi-gloss instead of eggshell.
Tip: remove tape when paint is still wet so the paint does not tear.
After all that, I made a trip to Joann’s (at the excellent suggestion of our friends on Facebook – Emily@MerryPad, Shelly, and Monica. Thanks, girls!) and found a multi-pack of wooden letters for a crazy cheap price! I decided to paint the letters first before applying them to the canvas so that I could see what it would look like before fully committing.
It’s a little ridiculous looking, but I taped painter’s tape faced up in strips and stuck the letters to the paint so that I could roll the paint on without the letters moving. It worked super well!
After the letters dried, I placed them on the canvas to see how they looked and it did NOT look good at all with the stripes!!! AHHHHH! I consulted with Ethan and Kim, who both agreed that the letters on the stripes were difficult to read, and I came up with a new plan. Don’t worry though, I will definitely be using these somewhere else in the room. Post to follow. Forgive the hideous picture, I took this on my iPhone to text Kim to get her opinion! lol!
Awhile ago I saw on Pinterest the most adorable canvas with black and white stripes and a red button heart. The pin unfortunately did not lead to the original post, but I believe it came from Corner House blog. THANK YOU Laura@CornerHouse for saving the day and pinspiring me!
I bought about a million buttons in varying green shades, with a some teal and turquoise thrown in for contrast and depth. Seriously, I bought 5 packs of buttons and it was not nearly enough and ended up digging through my button collection for more packs of green buttons. Granted, I was using a very large canvas so the button heart had to be proportionately large.
Again, since I couldn’t find the original post, I had no clue how would be the best way to form and affix this many buttons to the canvas. There may be an easier way than what I did , so readers please chime in. It looked like Laura@CornerHouse attached her buttons to fabric, but I didn’t have green fabric on hand that I loved, so I decided to use card stock in a patterned green. I folded another piece of paper in half, cut a heart, and used that as a stencil on green card stock.
Then I dumped a pile of buttons on the card stock heart on the canvas and didn’t like the look of the green under the buttons. I flipped over the heart so it was now white and really liked it. It looked sorta like the canvas was showing through the gaps in the buttons.
Here’s where this start getting a little home-grown. Try not to laugh out loud at me. I wasn’t sure how to best attach the buttons to the cardstock. I thought about using hot glue, but I thought it might look lumpy and show, plus that’s A LOT of hot glue. Then, I thought maybe Elmer’s glue, but I was worried it would show and be lumpy like the hot glue. That leaves us with the always faithful Mod Podge. I recently made my own, so I have a lot on hand. lol!
I applied a generous layer of Mod Podge and then dumped the buttons on and spread the out. At first, I laid them one by one, but oh my, it was taking forever! I paid special attention to the edges, making sure the buttons went just over the edge of the card stock.
The buttons didn’t spread perfect and left some gaps, but after the first layer dried I went back and affixed the rest of the buttons in the gaps using hot glue. All in all, it looked really good and the buttons didn’t even fall off when I picked it up. haha
After it everything was dry, I centered the heart on the canvas and attached it using hot glue.
And that’s it! It really was a very simple and quick project once I decided what I was actually going to do.
What do you think? How would you attach the buttons?
As Always, thanks for reading!
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