Artwork always seems to be a bit of a question mark in our home. We have changed through many pictures, canvases and even hanging art just to try to find the right fit in every room. One real trouble spot for artwork is in our bedroom, specifically above our bed.
We started with nothing behind the bed, making it look empty and unwelcoming. To solve that problem we bought a few different canvases and rotated through them, while this worked it wasn’t a permanent situation. The most important thing for us is decor obviously but we also needed to take safety in to account as well. You want to find light art to hang above any high traffic areas such as above the couch or bed. Why? Well, from a safety point if there is an earthquake or an instance where the art falls down you want to make sure your not going to end up knocked out from the heavy masterpiece hanging above your bed.
So, that brought us to a very familiar solution, can we do it ourselves? It turns out the canvases we already had on hand matched in size and we had a large one that made a perfect set of 3. So we decided to create our own art by covering our pre-existing art canvases with the fabric of our choice. So off to the fabric store we went, purchasing enough to fit our canvases and then some. If the fabric looks familiar you may have seen it here when we recovered my super cute stool!
- Canvases of your choice. Any size will work and you can work with ones that have art already attached.
- Material to completely cover your canvas (Always go for a little more than you think).
- Staple Gun
Start by cutting your material of choice, cutting a piece a bit larger than your canvas to allow for stapling. We decided on a durable fabric that still had a bit of stretch and a modern pattern. Because we were working with wording, we chose our favorite sections and cut around the area. If you are working with a pattern or wording, plan and measure a few times before cutting to size.
Once you have measured your material, lay it under your canvas and center your design. We worked over the existing art which worked great, however if you want to remove it you can. We had to keep checking our front look to make sure our wording didn’t look to stretched and that it matched up roughly with the other pieces. Start by doing your sides first, leaving the corners until very last. Make sure to pull tight before every staple to avoid bubbles and air. Once you have finished, move on to your corners and fold in a gift wrap formation. Staple the corners down tightly and check the canvas for any air bubbles or loose pieces.
Here are the canvases before being hung on the wall. I loved how the writing all turned out different, but when put together they make a beautiful statement! They fit perfect over our bed and are nice and light if they ever decide to jump off the wall. If you aren’t too stoked on putting holes in the walls to hang these, command strips make a great alternative.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to picking and hanging wall art?