More Playroom Wall Art – Inspirational & Inexpensive

More Playroom Wall Art – Inspirational & Inexpensive

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. I have got my hands in a dozen projects right now. As the seasons change and rearranging occurs I always find myself adding many projects to my to-do list. My mind moves much quicker than I can ever possibly keep up physically. At least it keeps me busy.

Just wanted to share another wall art project with you all. This is another inexpensive project to fill up empty wall space. I made this for my son’s playroom and unfortunately did not take ‘during’ photos as I was so anxious to see if this would turn out; I get so caught up in the moment and excited sometimes to see if I can create these crazy ideas in my head.

I started with a large 36X24 blank canvas. Joanne Fabrics have these on sale all the time at 50% off – I know I paid less than $10 for this one. I gave it a quick base coat of Ralph Lauren Wall Paint {It was a muted yellow maize tone – unfortunately I don’t know the exact color because I purchased the whole gallon as an ‘oops’ color at Home Depot for $5, which was a steal considering it normally run $28} Once that was completely dry I gave it a couple coats of inexpensive black flat spray paint. I usually purchased the $1 cans for random craft projects – they work just as well especially if you are going to distress the finished in the end.

Once the paint was completely dry I used sand paper to heavily distress the edges and random spots among the entire canvas.

I rubbed the sandpaper in one direction on the surface to create a worn wooden grain feel.

Once I had a good enough distressed look, I was ready to apply my letters. I put together a combination of inspirational sayings for my precious little boy to live by. They are actually reminders to us as well as sometimes we need a little pick me up raising an autistic child. I measured and laid out the wording so that it would fit the canvas. Using foam stamp letters {which I ~love~} and white acrylic paint I began the fun part. I wanted a jumbled rustic look so there was nothing uniform to this process.
Once I applied the paint to the stamp I blotted on a paper towel so the letters would not be solid and have a ‘handwritten’ look to them.
I am very please with how it turned out and can’t beat the cost for a custom piece at this size. Enjoy!


  1. it is beautiful and so inspiring too!

  2. I love this! The light letters against the black look awesome! And I really like the distressed look you gave it! I’m in the process of decorating my children’s rooms, too and I can’t keep up with all the projects that keep running through my head, either!! I can’t wait to get some accomplished, though, so I can post the finished product–it just feels good to get something done. My kids are all sick right now so I might have to postpone some of my more labor intensive “projects”. How do you find the time to do everything you do? : )

  3. I bet it looks great on a wall. I like being creative with art and making unique pieces.

  4. This is so cool…I love it! I’ve been thinking about doing a chalk board project in our mudroom! Thanks for the inspiration…and for linkin’ up to FF!

  5. LOVE it! The stamp idea is a winner!!! Much easier than stencils.

    Thanks for linking it up to SNS!

    FJ Donna

  6. that is awesome! I love it! Thanks for sharing the process!

  7. Just found you through “Girl Creative” and have spent an enjoyable hour or so browsing – you are so creative – love your ideas!

    Esp. love the hearts in the jars – what a great V-Day decoration. I see those in my very near future!

  8. Oh wow – love it! I bet it looks great in your playroom. I’m going to add this to my to do list.

  9. What a great project!
    The saying is just perfect for a playroom.


  10. Looks wonderful! Good project even better text.

  11. This is a terrific idea!! Very inspiring messages for a playroom.

  12. That is awesome! I love it!!!

  13. Cute, I love doing personal art for my home. This is so special for your family. Thank you for inspiring me.
    Cha Cha

  14. what a gorgeous project! the saying is perfect & your stamped letters are awesome 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  15. this looks great, I’d love to try this project!

  16. So cute!! I love those foam letter stamps too!!

  17. you got a 36 x 24 for under $10? I’m so jealous. Our Joanne’s doesn’t even carry canvas.
    I’ve never tried sanding canvas. I love the effect.

  18. What a great idea! This, together with the PB inspired wall art gives me an idea for a new project. Thanks!
    (So many ideas, so little time…)

  19. I am in love with your playroom art. Such wise words for all of us to remember each day. Thanks for stopping by ThreeDogsAtHome. I am pretty happy with my key art too.

  20. FABULOUS! I love the sentiments on the canvas, and you were brave to do it yourself! I’m a big fan of the etsy shop Red Letter Words, and she does things like this. Great job!

  21. SO smart! You did a great job too! I totally want one!!

  22. Hi,
    I just found you at BNOTP and I really like your blog. I am your newest follower.

  23. I love this idea, I want one in my dining room, and above my mantle, and…are you available?
    thanks for sharing this great project

  24. I really love this. Thanks for sharing!

  25. i luv this, perfect reminders for every parent and child. thanks for sharing.

  26. Love this project!

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  27. Where did you find the foam stamp letters? How big are the letters? I love this project and would love to try it for myself! Thanks.

  28. Foam stamp letters–I must check these out. I think this project turned out great!

  29. i love this saying,, I would like to try something like this myself.

  30. Great project! I love working with those canvasses when they’re on sale. I’ve been a follower for awhile, but I’m signing up for emails so I don’t miss anything. Love your blog!

  31. ooh, love this one too! My “projects to try” folder is going to be full of ideas from you!

  32. i cannot find the foam letter ANYWHERE. i went to hobby lobby and they didnt have them. i searched google and i found some in other font types. where did you get them?? ps. did you know if you go to hobby lobby and show them a coupon on their website from your phone, they let you use it? i got my canvas for $8!!! anyway, can you post the answer here? thanks a ton! -becka

  33. Hi Becky – Upon several requests for purchasing the foam stamps online I had added the links to the end of the post. Thanks! Let me know if you have any other questions. ~ Stephanie Lynn

  34. i ended up finding the exact same ones at joannes. 12.99 on sale for 9.09! wahoo! im going to start this tonight. id “link up” but i dont know what that means or how to do it. and i havent started my blog yet. =)

  35. This is the very best message I have ever read! Besides the important message you are sharing, I think the way you managed to create such a pretty craft is simply breath-taking!

  36. So darling – just like everything that you do! I love it! And thanks so much for posting about my party. You are the best!


  37. I LOVE this.. I was just thinking that this would be perfect for our home as we have a son with autism & then i see that you also have a son with autism. Can’t wait to make it 🙂

  38. I love this and appreciate the tip on how to get cheap canvas. Where do you get $1 cans of spray paint????? Thanks!

  39. This is about the 37th project of yours that I’ve tagged as a favorite “to do” project. Your house is gorgeous – and you’re so creative! Can you please move to Atlanta so you can come over and do crafts with us?

  40. I just made my own! Thanks for the inspiration.


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