But where would I find something soft yet graphic like that? I wasn't sold on the modge podge of maps and while I liked the architectural details, I'm way to uptight for randomly placed bits of framing. So I thought maybe a toile or somethig floral would work (I was wrong).
I went to Mary Jo's armed with my $50 gift card (thank you Santa!!). Racks, upon racks, upon rolls, upon bolts, I stumbled across this: a decor fabric that presents itself as Monticello blueprints. I had an immediate reaction. I base most of my ridiculous decisions off of my "immediate reactions" (of which there have been many). But the selling point is that I know Chad loves presidents...Thomas Jefferson being one of his favs (and my favorite). And I do love anything "Virginian" becuase, well, Virginia is awesome. Don't you just love it??
You'll need spray adhesive, a staple gun and a pencil. Place your fabric right side up on the floor and the canvas face down to get an idea of where your pattern will be placed. Once you get a happy spot and it's nice and straight, cut out the shape giving yourself room to wrap around (about 2 inches on either side). Take the cut piece and turn it over, place your canvas face down this time and mark the corners with the pencil.
Good work! The tricky part is over. You're going to use the spray adhesive now but use it LIGHTLY. You only want a little bit on the canvas so when you lay it down on the fabric and turn it over, the fabric will stick. The fabric will be kept on the canvas by the staples, not the adhesive...it just helps keep it all together while you find the best position for the staple work. Okay, so the fabric is stuck to the front of the canvas...so turn it over and smooth on the front side. If you used too much spray adhesive, this will be a ridculous annoyance. If you used it lightly, you will be able to smooth out those wrinklies without any issues. If you're really stuck, just pull up the fabric and lay it back down. Turn the whole thing over, wrap the canvas and get to staplin'! I will say, it's more important for the fabric to be straight than it is to be tight....so don't pull too hard or you'll distort your image.
Now that wasn't so tough, was it? And check out the effect of all of them together. I'm really rather in love. Take THAT giant wall!