Last Tuesday evening, I was able to sneak away for a couple of hours with Baby B to visit the new Value Village in St. Albert. It was HUGE and awesome! I haven’t had the chance to go thrift shopping lately (thrifting with three girls in tow is… interesting), so this was a real treat. There were SO many treasures that I had to hold myself back and only buy the ones I loved the most. For under $100, I left with a cute parka for me (new with tags!), a dress for me, some fabric, some coloured hairspray for the girls, a couple of adorable knick-knacks for our house, and a giant piece of canvas art that I had big plans for.

$13 DIY Silver & Black Modern Canvas Art from a Thrifted Painting

When I saw this big, green painted & framed canvas for only $12.99, I grabbed it immediately. I’ve been looking for some large scale art for over the tub in our master bathroom that we’re currently trying to finish.  I love canvas art, and the silver frame was just a bonus. This artwork measures 34 inches square, which is a great size! The texture on this canvas was also wonderful… it was just the wrong colour and not the look that I was going for. So what’s a DIYer on a budget to do? Paint over it!

$13 DIY Silver & Black Modern Canvas Art from a Thrifted Painting

This framed canvas artwork cost me $12.99 from Value Village, and I used paints I had on hand at home to paint it. That’s what I call a fantastic price for such large scale art! I’m trying to create a modern, glamourous feeling in our master bath, so I wanted the artwork above our tub to have a little sparkle and a bold feel to it. I’m usually drawn to more vintage and whimsical artwork, so creating this art was a fun step outside of my comfort zone.

Materials:

  • thrifted painting on canvas (the more textured, the better!)
  • tools to remove the frame if needed
  • acrylic and/or latex paints and a paintbrush

$13 DIY Silver & Black Modern Canvas Art from a Thrifted Painting

First, I unscrewed the frame from the canvas artwork. Look at how nice an heavy this frame and canvas are. Score!

$13 DIY Silver & Black Modern Canvas Art from a Thrifted Painting

Next, I used some leftover black latex semigloss paint and a craft brush to paint over the canvas (and all its sides). I used long, quick strokes and I only did one coat. I thought that if a little of the green and white showed through it would add depth and character.

$13 DIY Silver & Black Modern Canvas Art from a Thrifted Painting

After the black layer dried, I brushed metallic silver acrylic paint on the bottom third of the canvas, leaving a jagged stroked edge between the black and silver layers. The more random, the better! When the painting dried, I screwed the frame back on and hung my $13 modern art over our tub. I totally love it!

$13 DIY Silver & Black Modern Canvas Art from a Thrifted Painting

It gleams in the day, and sparkles at night when we have our tub chandelier on. It’s so simple, but it’s very striking. I really like how the texture of the previous painting shows through this new painting and gives it so much dimension.

$13 DIY Silver & Black Modern Canvas Art from a Thrifted Painting

Thanks, Value Village, for providing me with a gift certificate to shop at your new St. Albert store and find this perfect piece to upcycle for our new master bath!