Make An Old Canvas Look New


Painting Canvas Ideas -  Big Boy Room

Hey hey hey, my favorite peeps. I’m back today sharing a tutorial on how I took an old canvas I wasn’t using and made it perfectly match my son’s big boy room.

If you get overwhelmed by all those Pinterest DIY projects that look so dang complicated? Get excited because THIS project…even my five year old could pull off.

Painting Canvas Ideas - Make an Old Canvas New

You may remember my canvas makeover tutorial that I shared and welp…this is just another example of what can be done with an old canvas and a stencil. You can see I started with the canvas above on the left.

A decent looking canvas one would argue. But I have had it for over 8 years and frankly, I was tired of it. It sat in my youngest child’s closet for at least 2 years and I almost sent it to Goodwill. Until I realized that this is a perfect canvas to re-do! DUH!

I started by spray painting the entire canvas orange {to match my 5 year olds room}. I had to give it a few coats to cover up the square boxes.

Painting Canvas Ideas Spray Paint

I let that dry for about half a day and then I began to stencil little transportation vehicles on to it with a cream colored craft paint and a foam roller.

There really wasn’t a lot of planning involved when I started this canvas makeover and when I got to the right side and bottom of the canvas I realized that I didn’t have room to do another row of trucks. Dilemma!

Painting Canvas Ideas Stencil

I busted out some painters tape and decided I would just add cream stripes to the side and bottom. I didn’t measure…I just eye-balled it.

I figured, hey…worst case is it looks bad and I spray paint the whole thing orange again and start over, right?

Painting Canvas Ideas Stencil and Paint

Luckily it didn’t look bad! Woot woot!

 Painting Canvas Ideas - Boys Room

Again, you can use any stencil and any paint to do this project. The options are endless!

I chose the transportation stencil because it matched my son’s big boy room perfectly {as you can see below}.

Big Boy Room - Painting Canvas Ideas

Canvas Print Painting Canvas Ideas

Big Boy Room Ideas - Painting Canvas Ideas

Painting Canvas Ideas - Make an Old Canvas Print Look New

Do you have any old canvas prints that are sitting in a closet? Maybe it’s time you busted them out and gave them an overhaul, hey?

To see full details on the big boy room just click here.

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  1. says

    This is such a great idea! And yours turned out SO cute! I’m constantly on the look out for “big boy” room ideas because we will be converting my little guy’s room soon! They grow up too fast!!! Hope you had a wonderful weekend, Mandy!

    ~Abby =)
    Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog´s last blog post ..Happy Birthday, B!

  2. Erin says

    So cute! I love this. Where did you buy your stencil, I can’t seem to find one like it and I’ve love to copy this idea.

  3. says

    wow, that was actually something I could manage to do! Great idea! Definitely have to try that, and perhaps rather soon also, because we desperately need something to brighten up a big white wall in our livingroom.
    The Norwegian Girl´s last blog post ..I`m a Saveaholic

  4. says

    I love his room! If it were mine; I’d never want to leave! You did a fantastic job with the makeover! I especially love that orange canvas with the trucks and stripes! How creative!

  5. Jessica says

    Hi, I was wondering what the name was to the Valspar orange spray paint? Also, as I was looking through your Home Tour in your living room I was wondering where you got your side table by your sectional and is it a Forest side table?

  6. Audrey Rétho says

    Hi Mandy!

    I would love to do a transportation theme canvas for my son.
    Could you tell me where you bought your stencil?
    I love the design!
    Thanks a lot.

    I hope that my son’s room turns out as pretty as the one you made ??for your son.



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