Who doesn’t love unique artwork hanging in their home, or giving it ad a gift? My friend Kristen and her family recently moved into a new house after much waiting and anticipation. I’ve been to the new place a few times since they moved in and she is doing an awesome job of decorating it and making it their own. One of her ideas for their kitchen, which I love, was to build a coffee bar. (I don’t have space for this in my own home, but maybe some day. )
She already has found some great pieces of furniture and shelving to put the space together. Next she was looking for an antique coffee grinder and maybe a coffee sign of some sort. I love googling, Pinterest, Etsy, etc. so I was compelled to help her fill her space. I was able to find a coffee grinder on Craigslist within the area and Kristen loved it and the price was right too. Score!
I had looked for an antique coffee sign but either wasn’t able to find what I was looking for, or if I did the price was not right. I decided to make something for Kristen instead, and hoped that the style would be what she was envisioning.
Here’s the finished piece –
To do this project you’ll need:
- A 7×11 canvas, or the size of your liking
- Mod Podge
- A stiffer bristled paint brush, and one you don’t mind getting glue on
- Matte photo paper, or a cardstock
First I searched Google Images for old coffee labels. I found several great ones with different colors, and sizes. You can search for whatever item/theme you are going for. Save your images. Next I printed the images to a wallet size (9 to a page) and unchecked the “fit to frame” box. This allowed the images to be different sizes even within the wallet size. Depending on the size of your canvas and how many overall images you were able to find you could choose a different size to print your images in. You could also do a mix of maybe 3×5 and wallet for variety. Once all your images are printed cut them out, cut along the edges of the images, and not the standard wallet size. You could also rip some of the edges for more of distressed look.
After cutting all your images out arrange them on your canvas so you have an idea of where everything will fit. Then slowly shift the images off your canvas onto a table trying not to mess up the layout you just created.
Start in one corner of your canvas and using your paint brush to apply a small amount of Mod Podge to the canvas about the size of the first image. While that’s still wet apply Mod Podge to the back of your first image, then place it on your canvas, using your paint brush to smooth out any bubbles. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the top.
Continue this pattern until you have all your images applied to your canvas. You can apply more Mod Podge to any areas that look like they need it, specifically corners that might peel up and along the edges of the canvas. Let your canvas dry, don’t freak out about the Mod Podge it will dry clear. Once dried you may want to do something with the sides of your canvas. Mine were white and I thought they stuck out too much so I used some brown acrylic paint and a dry paint brush to lightly brush paint on the sides and is more of a streak pattern letting some white still show through. Walla you have ART! Easy, cheap, and fun… my kind of art. So if you are looking to spruce up your walls give this a try as an easy and affordable option. I’d love to see what you come up with.
Shine bright and stay sweet!