Repurposed Garden Inspired Sign

When traveling through a flea market, looking over tables at a garage sale or perusing selves at an antique store, we sometimes overlook an old sign because the color is wrong, the image is not right or it is not your style.  Sheila, one of our Canvas Corp Brands Crew Members, shows us today on the blog, that with a title paint, a fabric panel and some creativity you can take just about any sign that has some personality and make it your style.  Sheila choose the Spring Showers Fabric Panel for your focal point, but there are many different themes and color stories to choose from.  Sheila walks you through a few simple steps to show you how simple it is to repurpose sign.   canvas corp printed fabric panel

Tools Used: Glue Gun; Paint Brush
I repurposed an old metal sign I found at an antique/flea market, by dry brushing it with Décor & DIY paint, and then on the printed canvas panel, I misted with Tattered Angels and painted with High Impact Paint. I then added “matted” with the burlap and glued it to the metal sign. Then I added vintage lace and a bee earring.
Step 1:  Dry brush raised metal with Decor & DIY Ivory Paint the areas that are raised and have some nice details.  If the base sign color does not match you can color it with a different Decor & DIY Paint color or you can cover the entire section with the Dove (Ivory) color paint.
Tattered Angels Paints for Home Decor
Step 2: Choose a Canvas Corp Fabric Panel from the selection of different themes from wine and farmhouse kitchen to beach and garden (Fabric Panels) Mist with Tattered Angels Crocheted Doily and let dry.  Crocheted Doily has a slight peach tone and is terrific for antiquing wood, fabric, etc.  There are many Glimmer Mist and Simply Sheer Mist options for antiquing your fabric if you are looking for a more yellow or brown tone.  printed sunflower fabric canvas corp
Glimmer Mist has a touch of mica and Simply Sheer does not, so depending on the look you are going for you can decide with or without mica.  You can also color in the art if you want to add more color. Choose your color palette and paint on with a paint brush in a few places or all over.  Mist paints are terrific on canvas and look very rich in color when applied, the sheer mist will allow the art to show through.  You can also apply High Impact Paint which is opaque to certain areas, which is a great choice.  You can design your panel to suit your style.
tattered angels on canvas
Step 3:  To create the center of your sign measure the area you are planning to cover.  If the area is larger than 12″x12″ you can use the 30″x36″ burlap sheet and cut it to a size that will work.  The fabric panels are available in 13″x 17″ and can be cut to size depending on the space.
Hint:  To cut burlap straight – pull one burlap string to get the cutting line. Then cut the burlap to size.
wholesale burlap and canvas
Step 4:  The vintage charm is captured by leaving the edges frayed and unfinished.  If you prefer a more finished look you can run it through the sewing matching and add a stitch or two or you can fold over the edges and hem them.  To add additional interest and dimension paint highlights with the High Impact White Paint.
vintage earing crafts
Step 5:  Let dry and then assemble by gluing the canvas on top of the burlap, then on the metal sign. Next add your lace and vintage charm.  If the sign does not already have a hanger you can drill a few holes and add some vintage cord, lace or wire to hang the sign.
canvas corp printed fabric panel
This sign is perfect for your spring and summer garden decor, the front door or maybe a back porch.  High Impact and Decor and DIY paint are perfect for inside and outside and with the paints having no odor and they are all non-toxic, you can make your project inside or out.  We do not recommend leaving the fabric painted with Glimmer Mist exposed to the elements unless you spray with a topcoat.
So next time you see a great frame or sign that has nice details in the wood or the metal, grab it.  Pick one of the Canvas Corp Fabric Panels and a touch of burlap and then choose your paint colors and you have a quick repurpose projects.  These make great gifts too, handmade by you and you can make one for each person on your gift list.
To see more of Sheila’s work visit her blog Sheila Rumney and follow her on Instagram.


Canvas Corp Brands is the home of Tattered Angels, 7Gypsies and Canvas Corp (Canvas Home Basics). We are a manufacturer of surfaces, paint and vintage reproductions coming to you from Springdale, Arkansas.

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