If you are like me, you love custom art in your spaces. Personally, I love creating my own spaces to match my personal tastes. This sign was inspired to keep the color palette in the bathroom, but decorate with some custom pieces. Hence the DIY Reverse Canvas Bath Sign was born.
DIY Home Decor
I’m always on a mission to make my own art pieces and decorations for my home. There’s something just wonderful about having people ask where I got something and I get to answer, “I made that.” There is a sense of pride and accomplishment to it.
When I was doing the bathroom update, I knew art needed to be incorporated into a few blank spaces. Nothing I saw at Hobby Lobby jumped out at me, so I decided to figure out what to make on my own.
I decided that because our house is old, and a lot of the walls are brick, I wanted to make something light so that it could be hung with command hooks. (I hate drilling into the brick if I can avoid it.)
Back at Hobby Lobby, I bought a pack of 11×14″ canvases. Since I was already in the middle of painting the bathroom, I just used the same grey paint that I was using to stencil the walls. (We used the Birch Forest All-Over Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils.)
First, you have to remove the canvas from the frame. I used a small, flat head screwdriver to just under the staples, and then pulled them out the rest of the way with a pair of needle-nosed pliers.
Setting aside the canvas for now, I went ahead and stained the frame with a weathered grey stain.
Make DIY Reverse Canvas
I actually created the letter stencils myself to fit as I wanted them to. I printed them out on cardstock, trimmed them out, and then drew around each letter onto the canvas using a pencil. I’m going to add the stencils to the Resource Library if you would like to use them to make your own. (Sign-up form is at the end of this post.)
(You may want to measure and mark the center of your canvas before you trace your letters to ensure their placement. Or you can just paint your letters on and then center before reassembling your canvas.)
After that, I just sat down with my grey paint and some paintbrushes and did my thing. Painting is almost therapeutic to me, so this was pretty relaxing.
Once the stain was dry, I used my staple gun to reattach the canvas to the frame. It needed trimmed to fit back in, but that was pretty simple. (Just be careful not to cut too much off.) Starting in the corners, pull the canvas as tight as you can without ripping it. You want it back as taught as possible.
DIY Reverse Canvas Sign
After everything was fully dry, I had my hubby hang them above our bathroom mirror. There is a weird soffit up there that needed these to make it look finished. He used Picture Hanging Command Strips to space them and get them hung without damaging the wall.