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Chalkboard Look Christmas Canvas

I got this old canvas artwork with a really ugly picture on it. It was orange and black with red least, I think that's what they were. And it was big. Sorry, I never thought to take a before picture.

But hey, it was free. I knew I could repurpose the canvas into something better. I saw this on Pinterest. Love the sayings!

But I wanted it to look like a chalkboard so I painted the whole thing black (after priming it to cover up the old artwork). 

Then I printed out my various sayings in different sizes and fonts

Laid it out, then one at a time, I rubbed chalk on the back and then traced out the words. Voila! Easy transfer! 

I used a chalk pen to outline the words on the first line then filled them in but decided it was too streaky

so I painted over it with white paint, then traced the next one, outlined with the chalk pen, painted, and so on until I was all done. You want to start at the top and work down so you're not smearing the words below.

I added a star and jingle bell accent:

I love how the chalk dust from tracing the letters make the canvas look like a real chalkboard.

I'm pleased with the way it turned out and  I now have a large piece of subway art to hang on the fireplace.

I'm getting the house ready for our Thanksgiving feast. Spent the day Friday cleaning the carpet. It was past due is all I'm going to say. ha. Now to finish up my shopping and start the cooking. I'm looking forward to having the kids and their boyfriend & girlfriend and friends over. Wonder if I can get them to watch "Miracle on 34th Street"? It's a tradition my children groan about. Maybe with the extra people over it will happen. LOL.

Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!


  1. Your chalkboard project turned out beautifully. I love the sayings.

    Sounds like a full house for Thanksgiving. I wish you a very Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Mission accomplished! Outstanding board project. Love your jingle bell with the star.

  3. Perfect and romantic! Our family tradition was to watch Holiday Inn followed by White Christmas. Have a blessed weekend and come to Homestead Heritage Fair Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Check it out at Homestead Heritage. A great 3 day fair. You will love the free seminars on homesteading and the crafts are out of this world!

  4. I love this, Cecilia! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Hugs, Cecilia

  5. Cecilia- I LOVE that "chalkboard". It is absolutely perfect..and says just the right thing(s). Love it. Headed towards Thanksgiving countdown here, too. xo Diana

  6. That turned out awesome! I love it and now I want to make one. I just might do that too since I have tons of scrap lumber from all the remodeling. What a neat way to get the font transferred too...I never would have thought of that! I wanted to let you know I heard from my doctor today and my biopsy was benign! I am so relieved! Thanks for your prayers. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving and I hope you get to watch Miracle on 34th Street! Hugs and Blessings, Vicky

  7. Looks great Cecilia! Happy thanksgiving to you and yours - I am so thankful for your blog and enjoy all of your lovely posts. Jane

  8. What a fabulous project Cecilia! Great idea to paint the letters instead of using chalk. Like you, I find chalk can be too streaky sometimes, but this looks great.

    Enjoy your holiday my friend. xxx

  9. Such a lovely sentiment, Cecilia; it came out so beautifully. Looks like a labor of love :) Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. Wow! Love it!....great job! are such a great artist!....

    1. Thanks, Shirley! It was really easy to do - you just need a printer, a canvas, paint, and a steady hand. :o)

  11. This is so sweet and romantic. I hope you'll show us again when you hang it on the fireplace for the holidays. Happy Thanksgiving, Cecilia!

  12. I just LOVE this Cecilia - what a fabulous DIY - I want to see it hung up !
    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving ( and that you're not still cleaning up after it LOL )

  13. Hi Cecilia,
    What a great tutorial, I always wondered how to do this chalkboard look.
    I love how yours turned out, so pretty! And I love how the chalk dust added to the look too!
    I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

    1. Thanks, Kimberely! It is really easy to do. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving ... Hope you did too!


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