Melinda Page and Elizabeth Wells
Frame Fabric for Quick, Inexpensive Art
You’ll need a staple gun, a stretched canvas (sold in art-supply stores), and some fabric, preferably heavy linen or cotton in a pattern without straight lines. Cut out a piece of the fabric that is four to six inches longer and wider than the frame.
Place the material pattern-side down on your work surface, and center the canvas facedown on top of it. Then staple the cloth to the back of the frame. Start by placing one staple in the center of the left side of the frame. Pull the fabric tight, then do the same on the right side. Continue stapling on opposite sides, keeping the fabric taut as you work out from the center toward the edges of the frame. Repeat on the top and bottom sides, and make neat hospital corners when you reach the edges.
Prepare Walls for Kids’ Art
Instant Hallway Makeover
- Map out the runner with blue tape, such as Scotch Safe Release one-inch-wide blue masking tape (about $6 at hardware stores), to create a strip with a seven- to nine-inch border on each side. If the floorboards run lengthwise, use the seams as your guide.
- If your floor has a polyurethane finish, sand the designated area and wipe away the residue with a damp microfiber cloth.
- Apply two coats of acrylic-latex paint, such as Ace Royal Touch Satin Latex Wall & Trim Paint from Ace Hardware (about $26 for a gallon, acehardware.com for store locations), within the tape border. Let dry 24 to 48 hours.
- Apply one to two coats of acrylic polyurethane, such as Varathane (about $35 a gallon at hardware stores), as a sealant. Let dry overnight.
Display Hand Towels in a Window Box
Give Your Sofa a New Look
Tips for a Tight Fit
- Use a wooden spoon or a spatula to work the fabric deep into the couch’s crevices.
- If the arms of a chair or sofa are too narrow, beef them up with foam quilting or comforter batting (available at most fabric stores).
- To keep a slipcover from sliding out of place on a leather couch, lay nonslip carpet padding on the seat cushions.