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Painting Over a Canvas Print

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A little bit of paint can make all of the difference in the world. Painting over a canvas print.

Full disclosure – I almost didn’t write this post. I started second-guessing myself, thinking my project was possibly too simplistic or even considered a dumb idea. Then I gave myself a good talking-to. Realization dawned and shook me out of my negative self-talk. If I were having this issue with my artwork, surely someone else out there was having the same problem. This post is for you, painting over a canvas print.

Following my Own Advice

Jenn and I have always been firm believers in the adage, if you don’t like something – change it! This includes home decor. If you own it, you can change anything to your own design style and taste. 

As previously mentioned, I am doing a guest bedroom makeover. I am also working on the master bedroom. It has been important for me to take my time and find the right pieces to add to the room. I haven’t wanted to rush or make rash decisions. Awhile back I shared the painted white wash painted mantel headboard.

The wall opposite the headboard needed a large piece of artwork. Y’all know that I am not one to spend a fortune for canvas prints and paintings. My favorite store, HomeGoods had this beautiful framed piece for just $29.99!

While in the store, I thought that the colors were beautiful, vibrant and perfect!

Once I got it home something about this canvas print just bothered me. At the time I couldn’t put my finger on what my issue with it was.

Change is Good

The colors suited the room and my overall design. I’m going for a moody teal and relaxing bedroom. This canvas print was relegated to the closet as I worked on other aspects of the room.

As the room is almost finished, I pulled this painting out of the closet. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks! My issue was all of the bright purple color. While the painting is beautiful as-is, the purple was throwing me off. 

I immediately ran to the garage to my paint cabinet. Inside I found this brand new paint that I had never used. Rethunk Junk resin paint in Denim Blue.

Even though the bottle says “denim” it is definitely in the teal family of color. Next, I did an internet search for painting over a painting and found THIS article, It’s Okay to Paint Over Varnish. Having no clue as to what my painting was created with, I threw caution to the wind and went for it!

Bit by bit, using quick brushstrokes, I painted over all of the purple paint. This only took a few minutes to do the entire canvas print.

In the end, I was thrilled with the results.


The change is very subtle, but to me the change is huge.

Again, the painting was perfect as-is.

I just wanted to tweak it a little for my overall bedroom aesthetic.

Would you paint over a canvas print? I’d love to see it!

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  1. Brilliant!! A beautiful way to use current colors on outdated canvasses. Thank you for sharing this quick and easy trick!

  2. Mother of 3 says:

    Such a small change makes a huge impact. What a great idea.

  3. I definitely see the difference, and I bet the “layering” of the paint gives the picture a little extra depth! Don’t second guess yourself!! I appreciate you pioneering for us all!!

  4. You are too clever!! Why didn’t I think of that??!! You have a good eye, and changing the purple to teal did the trick. Bambi

  5. This is so pretty you guys! What a great way to make it your own too. I love the saturated colors so much better now. It looks so fresh! Hugs, CoCo

  6. Debra K Casebere says:

    Beautiful! I love it! You have a way of making everything seem so easy to do! Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Cheryl Atkinson says:

    Looks great!

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