Thursday, January 7, 2016

How to Transform a Boring Burlap Canvas

I don't know about you, but I'm still trying to find my way back to where I left off before Christmas. I had no idea where I was going to begin, but this plain burlap canvas I picked up on sale the day after Christmas seemed like a good starting point.  

How to Transform a Boring Burlap Canvas
I was thinking that it just might be a perfect size for the Old Sign Stencil I just received from Donna at Funky Junk Interiors to try out.

Custom sign stenciled with Old Sign Stencils
How's this for a perfect fit?
I love this Antiques and Collectibles stencil that comes with an extra set of numbers so you can customize the date.

Custom stenciled burlap canvas sign from
Quick and easy! It only took me about 45 minutes from start to finish.

How to stencil a custom sign
This one is for keeping, so I decided to go with Est. 1990, the year we moved into our home.
I taped off part of the date that I didn't need.

Old Sign Stencils custom sign
Then replaced the numbers with 9 and 0.

How to Transform a Boring Burlap Canvas with #OldSignStencils
It needed a little something extra, so I glued some jute braiding around the outer edge, and four decorative brass pieces to the corners.

how to hang a custom sign
I screwed in a couple of rusty eye hooks and attached part of a vintage chain for hanging.

Antiques and Collectibles stencil on burlap tutorial
 It's so easy to customize just about anything with the interchangeable numbers. I know exactly what a few people are getting for Christmas next year. 

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  1. I love how this looks. I didn't know you could buy burlap canvas like that. Good idea!

  2. This looks so great, Betsy...and I really love how you embellished it!

  3. I like the ease and simplicity of this project!

  4. That is so awesome! The little details make it crazy beautiful! Have never seen chain like that, what a strange and cool thing.

  5. A beautiful way to fancy up burlap, Betsy! Love the corner hardware and beautiful vintage chain!

  6. Love how you have transformed the canvas into something so beautiful!! The corners that you have used just add to it's charm!!

  7. I love it and I agree...the details make the difference! The chain and those corners are the perfect touch. It will be perfect to keep in your home. Hugs, Diane

  8. Hi Betsy..
    I always have a hard time getting back on track after Christmas. Your burlap canvas was a great find and you turned it into something so fun and charming. Burlap is one of my favorite things! The metal corners add so much and the chain is so interesting. Thank you for sharing your project! :)

  9. I love the stencil.

    You have given me some ideas on using up some of the metal pieces I have in my metal drawer.

    Thanks for Sharing Your Cup!

  10. I do like your creative mind, dear Betsy. And the way you choose the perfect finishing touches - the braiding and decorative brass are just right.

  11. I love it! It is neutral so it can hang anywhere!

  12. I didn't know you could buy burlap canvas! I always learn something new from you. The sign/stencil is great and I agree that the brass details make it very special. Thanks and Happy New Year!

  13. What a great way to create a personalized sign! I've seen these burlap canvases at the craft stores but I've been trying not to buy too much stuff there. Might just have to rethink that! Love all the embellishments as well. xoKathleen

  14. It is a genius Idea, but your finishing corner touches and chain that makes it...I love it


  15. LOVE this, including the chain it is hanging from!

  16. The sign turned out beautiful, Betsy! The brass corner pieces were the perfect choice. It's great that the date can be customized for this stencil.

  17. And it's a very good starting point! Love that you can customize the date, but those finishing touches is what really brings it home!!! Best ~ Mickie

  18. Your burlap is nice, but I have some older burlap. Do you think I can wash it?

  19. I love it.!! Love the brass corners and the pretty chain you hung it with.

  20. Love your sign Betsy! The corner pieces and the chain finish it off beautifully.

  21. Thanks for joining us over at Vintage Charm, Betsy! Hope to see you again at this week's party! xoKathleen

  22. love your burlap sign and the little details are perfect.

    Carole @ Garden Up Green

  23. Great job....I'm like others....the details so make it....I'm so curious about that chain...can you tell me more about it?

    1. Thanks, Laurie. I pick up chain remnants all the time while I'm out junking, but I can't remember exactly where I found this one.


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