DIY Décor: Distressed Numbers Canvas

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Who doesn’t love Pottery Barn? Their catalogue is filled with inspiring images of perfectly put together rooms and gorgeous spaces. But what’s a girl to do when a piece you love is no longer sold?

Why DIY it, of course!

DIY Décor: Distressed Numbers Canvas

This Pottery Barn art used to be sold for about $75 or so. But I had a funny feeling that I could recreate it for much less! I also wanted anyone to be able to do it – no silhouette for cutting out numbers and no need to purchase a huge canvas. Really easy steps but with huge impact!

Supplies Needed:

  • 6 – 9”x12” canvases from the dollar store (could use more if you wanted bigger)
  • Paint – I used DecoArt Americana paints in Snow (Titanium) White, Buttermilk, Burnt Sienna, Lamp (Ebony) Black **I have noticed in Canada we can even get DecoArt paints at Dollarama!
  • Brushes – Large and quite small
  • Sanding Block
  • Behr Glazing Medium
  • Paper printouts of numbers in various fonts and sizes
  • Staple Gun & Staples (optional)

DIY Décor: Distressed Numbers Canvas

DIY Décor: Distressed Numbers Canvas

Step 1: Paint the surface of the canvases black with a large brush. Let dry.

DIY Décor: Distressed Numbers Canvas

DIY Décor: Distressed Numbers Canvas

Step 2: Cut out numbers. Arrange them on canvases – with some sideways and some off the edges. Trace with pencil.

DIY Décor: Distressed Numbers Canvas

Step 3: Put some buttermilk paint in a plastic cup. Add a couple of drops of white. Mix it up. With the small brush paint inside the pencilled numbers. Try to be tidy, but don’t stress about being perfect. Let dry.

DIY Décor: Distressed Numbers Canvas

Step 4: Using the sanding block, lightly sand the surface of each canvas. If you happened to get outside the pencil lines while painting the numbers, now is the time to sand it away!

DIY Décor: Distressed Numbers Canvas

DIY Décor: Distressed Numbers Canvas

Step 5: Pour some glaze into another plastic cup. Add a few drops of burnt sienna paint and stir. Brush entire surface with glazing medium. Let dry. (Don’t panic, it may look a little blue when wet. It doesn’t dry this way.)

DIY Décor: Distressed Numbers Canvas

DIY Décor: Distressed Numbers Canvas

Step 6 {optional}: Using a staple gun, staple the canvases together on the back side. Use as many staples as necessary to create a sturdy piece.

Guess what? You’re done! Hang ‘em up – Either individually or as one large stapled-together piece.

DIY Décor: Distressed Numbers Canvas

The cost of this DIY décor project for me was only $12. I already had the staple gun and staples, the brushes, paint and glaze. All I had to buy were the canvases. Even if you had nothing on hand, this project would only cost about $30. NOT BAD for a custom piece of art! And definitely much cheaper than the original (no longer available) Pottery Barn piece!

DIY Décor: Distressed Numbers Canvas

I bet you could do this in the span of a nap time! What do you think?

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3 thoughts on “DIY Décor: Distressed Numbers Canvas”

  1. I am ready to glaze now, but I have bought the Americana Glazing Medium. Do I follow the directions and add water? I didn’t want to mess it up after all my work- it is a great project, thank you!

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  2. Where can I get the numbers? I don’t have any die cut machines so it needs to be something I can buy from a store

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