Day 151: Reusing Unwanted Canvas Pictures

Turning an unwanted picture into a blank canvas

I woke up later than usual this morning and felt more energised. I knew that it was going to be a productive day even thought I didn’t have anything particular planned. I felt that I could tackle anything which is a completely different feeling from the last three weekends. I must be doing something right.

I planned on spending the day pottering around the kitchen and garden tidying up and creating space. I was kind of hoping that I wouldn’t get any interruptions. In the middle of emptying the dishwasher, my husband asked me if he could paint over the old canvas pictures that we’d taken down from the lounge and were going to give to charity. He also asked if o knew where his acrylic paints etc were.

I knew that everything he needed was in the garage, as I’d come across them when sorting things out recently. I got his paints, brushes and easel and helped him set it all up in the garden. He painted over one of the canvases with white paint and left it to dry.

My husband hasn’t felt motivated to paint for a few years so he’s obviously feeling creative. We have a few of his works of art around the house – he’s very talented.

Back into the garage

I can’t go into the garage without wanting to tidy something, so mid-afternoon I popped back into my cluttered hideaway for an hour to find things that I could throw away permanently or recycle. I also assumed that my husband wouldn’t want to put the painting stuff back in the garage so I used that space for the many filled charity bags. My daughter came in at the end and said that it was looking tidier in there. The words ‘garage’ and ‘tidy’ have never been used in the same sentence before, so well done me! Here are a few empty boxes and other items that I forced myself to recycle today…


So, you never know how a day is going to turn out but this one felt productive. The kitchen and dining room are looking a bit tidier too, although you’ll never guess where the easel and paints have ended up this evening… in the dining room that I had just tidied. Oh well, at least they are being used and my husband is getting some time to be creative again. I just need to help him find some photos or pictures to get inspiration from, so that he has an image of what to paint.

Until tomorrow…


About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer
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2 Responses to Day 151: Reusing Unwanted Canvas Pictures

  1. Kalvin Cinco says:

    I’m excited to see that blank canvas come to life!

  2. Always interested in seeing what others create! Maybe with all your organizing and all the help and input you have gotten from your family you could all come up with a place for your husband’s painting supplies. He will not want it all put away every time he uses it, but if he can have a corner where it can neatly reside and even have the easel set up, maybe it would help him to get into the painting groove again.

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