What to do with a Blank Wall? {Drop Cloth Canvas Art Tutorial}

Finally! A picture of the kitchen! (Part of it at least.)

Para Paint MOLTEN Kitchen Wall Newberry Sykes

We’re still struggling with kitchen reno paralysis. Ugh. Everywhere we look there’s another job to do and we’re at a loss finding the time together to get it all done.

Awhile ago, we painted the back kitchen wall an incredible dark grey MOLTEN by Para (P5205-85D). It’s my favourite, most bold wall I’ve ever done. Tell me it’s not awesome! But I was at a loss for what to do with the nearly finished wall. I absolutely LOVED the colour and the mouldings, and I didn’t want anything to interfere with my favourite wall in the house. The only thing that was proving problematic for me was the fridge door. Whenever it opened, I cringed with the thought of the door handle leaving a hole on the wall. (I wish we had another place to put the fridge, but this was the best spot in the room.)

So in order to save my wall and add a bit of contrast to it, I headed back to my favourite colour, and some supplies I had on-hand; paint brush, paint, painters tape, a drop cloth, a chalk marker, an iron and two small dowels.

Para Ultra Molten

And here’s what I came up with.

Map of Ontario on Drop Cloth

What do you think? I wanted something that was simple but still graphic. And nothing too cutsey. The best part? The wooden dowels that hold the map in place ensure there aren’t any big holes in the wall from the fridge handle into the wall. Winning!

This is a really simple tutorial and it won’t take you long if you want to create your own artwork using drop cloth.

Step 1: Cut your Drop Cloth to the size you need. I went about 24″x24″.

Step 2: On the “wrong” side of the drop cloth, make a slim hem using an iron. The back side of the drop cloth is tacky so that if you are using it as an actual painter’s drop cloth you don’t slip while walking on it. It also provides an incredible instant-hem because the heat of the iron fuses the sides together perfectly. Be careful not to run the iron onto the tacky side of the fabric though or you’ll gum up your iron. Apparently this adhesive isn’t great for ironing dress shirts. Or so I’ve heard! ;-)

Iron the Drop Cloth; only on the front side

Step 3: Paint your canvas any colour you wish. I used a regular paint brush and applied two coats of the MOLTEN paint. I also used painter’s tape to create a border around the outside of the cloth.

paint splat

Step 4: Trace or freehand your drawing onto the canvas using a Paint marker. I really like some of the knife and fork silhouettes I’ve seen on Etsy lately but I used a photocopy of a map of Ontario. Unfortunately the size of my map wasn’t quite large enough so I had to freehand the outline instead. I apologize to those people living in border towns of Ontario. I believe I may have drawn your off the map.

Photocopy the map to size, or freehand

Step 5: Stand back and admire your work. I used velcro to affix the small dowels to the back of the map along the top and bottom hems. I cut them slightly shorter than the width of the map and looped a small string around the top dowel to hold it onto the wall.

Ontario map with paint marker on drop cloth

Ontario map with paint marker on drop cloth

Step 6: Try and hang the darned thing while fighting off your fear of putting holes in the wall. (I was taking a photo with a long exposure when I took this picture accidentally.) I thought I’d try tape to see where it should hang. That didn’t work. So instead I used a small sewing pin to get it placed correctly. I’ll work on a proper hook soon.

falling map

And you’re done! Here it is again.

Map of Ontario on Drop Cloth

Truthfully this *might* move again, perhaps into my son’s room. I liked this project so much that I might do something a little more kitchen-y. But then again, maybe we should just work on finishing up the little things, like trim!

And to give you another glimpse at the kitchen, here’s a partial photo of our sink and cabinet wall. I needed to show you that I wasn’t slipping into a goth phase of decor. There is colour…albeit not a lot…in the room.

White kitchen with red and teal accessories.

White kitchen with red and teal accessories.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen this picture yesterday. I’m not sure if I or my son put the dog’s pillow in the middle of the kitchen, but either way Jack thought he should have a nap. Immediately.

It's a dog's life.

It’s a dog’s life.


I hope you enjoy the weekend!


8 Comments on What to do with a Blank Wall? {Drop Cloth Canvas Art Tutorial}

  1. Cheryl @ Artzzle
    June 20, 2014 at 3:30 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m researching grays lately. This one is beautiful, but a bit too dark for me. Great for your space though, very dramatic . . . and of course, I especially love the pup!

    • Meredith Newberry
      June 20, 2014 at 10:51 pm (3 years ago)

      Awww thanks Cheryl! It’s definitely dramatic (so is Jack sometimes ;-)) and I almost didn’t do it…but so glad I did. I really love the light grey I went with in my bathroom, Gray Whale by Para. But as you already know, it’s a tough choice to make. Good luck with your grey :-)

  2. Lisa Goulet
    June 20, 2014 at 3:44 pm (3 years ago)

    Love,love the dark grey wall and what a great idea to protect it. I like the graphicness of the map and how it pops against the dark wall. Your kitchen looks fab by the way. Certainly looks very done to me!

    • Meredith Newberry
      June 20, 2014 at 10:54 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much Lisa. Parts of the kitchen are done…and then there are the other parts ;-) xo

  3. Sara
    June 21, 2014 at 10:29 pm (3 years ago)

    Wow, wow, wow. It’s looking so gorgeous! The map is perfect. Love it.

  4. Sabrina @ Pink Little Notebook
    June 23, 2014 at 8:43 am (3 years ago)

    The snippets of your kitchen look amazing so far!!! What a clever DIY project, I love the Molten on Molten look!

    • Meredith Newberry
      July 6, 2014 at 1:04 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Sabrina! I couldn’t keep away from that paint can ;)

  5. Cathy
    July 2, 2014 at 9:20 am (3 years ago)

    That’s a very dramatic wall! Love the contrasts in the room and really love your back splash. We painted an accent wall in deep turquoise or teal in our kitchen but your wall is a showstopper.


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