Big Ass Art Using an Ikea Print – 2!

Hey y’all! I’m back with our second adventure in giant cheap re-purposed canvases and lots (lots!) of paint. If you missed the first giant Ikea print we painted over, you can check it out here.

IMG_7490 Evan hit the ground running on that painting and had it done in about an hour. Which in my mind is pretty amazing. Not to brag on my hubby, but he’s got mad confidence with a paint brush.

Me, not so much. I work more in the digital art side of things, meaning if I can’t ctrl-Z away a mistake, I get a little nervous/sweaty. So thinking about painting a giant 55” x 39” canvas had me doubting my skills. But determined to turn this old print into something we really loved, I grabbed some tape, some paint, and a big brush and I got to work on that canvas. Very. Slowly.

I started by taping off the edges to protect the frame, then I roughly painted a coat of white over the old print. I didn’t worry about getting the white perfect- it just needed to be a light base for the other colors to go over, like a primer.

Turning an IKEA printed canvas into art! Turning an IKEA printed canvas into art! What followed is a clear evidence of me not knowing what the heck I was doing. I’m a planner y’all, and when I don’t plan, bad stuff happens. I really struggled at the beginning, but then I realized the ctrl-Z of acrylic paint is just add more paint. So that’s what I did. In 15-20 minute increments over the course of a few weeks, my painting evolved:

Turning an IKEA printed canvas into art! I just squeezed paint directly onto the canvas and mixed it with any other colors that were still wet. First I tried a combination of long and short brush strokes, then I settled on short and it started looking a lot more like an actual painting. Finally I looked at it and said hey! I think I’m done!

Turning an IKEA printed canvas into art!  Just to be sure we hung it up on the wall before taking the tape off the edges. After a couple days of still liking it, the tape came off and we called this baby officially complete! (sorry the gif is so dark- did it at night, was too excited to wait for good lighting!)


Turning an IKEA printed canvas into art! And this concludes our big ass Ikea print double feature! After the success of these two, we are seriously considering buying more prints just to paint over them next time we want a really big canvas! It really does feel good to turn something you’re “meh” about into something you’re “wow!” about.

Turning an IKEA printed canvas into art!


8 Responses to Big Ass Art Using an Ikea Print – 2!

  1. Renee Gibson June 25, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

    This really is beautiful! Also you make it look soo easy! I’m scared mine would look worse after I did it! I will keep this pinned for a try when I find the right spot;-)

    • Katelyn Sheline June 26, 2016 at 9:42 am #

      Thank you! Haha well mine was looking worse in the beginning if you look at some of those progress shots… but luckily paint is cheap so I just kept adding more and more! I think it helps to have a photo or another painting in front of you so you can pull color inspiration from.

  2. Laine Selander September 18, 2016 at 8:42 am #

    This is the best idea! So glad you linked me to it because I had the exact same thought process, I used to love the print now I’m kind of bored with it. I’m super impressed with how they turned out though – I’m nervous I don’t have that art skill!

    • Katelyn Sheline September 18, 2016 at 9:08 am #

      Well the good thing about acrylic paint is it’s super cheap and you can just keep painting over it and painting over it til it turns into something you like! I’ve seen some cool tutorials about using painters tape to do cool patterns and such so something like that is always an option too if you’re a little nervous about picking up a brush!

  3. islamicschoollibrarian December 23, 2016 at 1:43 pm #

    Like acrylic craft paint?

    • Katelyn Sheline December 23, 2016 at 1:57 pm #

      I think the stuff we used can be for art or crafts. We like Liquitex Basics:

      • islamicschoollibrarian December 23, 2016 at 2:48 pm #

        Wonderful thank you I have a huge ny city cityscape that will never be hung since we don’t live and have never lived there and have only visited there briefly, so I’ve been pondering painting it for years and just didn’t know how when I saw your blog so thank you thank you.

        • Katelyn Sheline December 28, 2016 at 10:00 am #

          We felt the same way about our big cityscapes! Good luck with your painting :)

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