diy canvas frame

Art has become pretty accessible in recent years, hasn’t it? And, yes, I’m probably using the term “art” loosely. By “art”, I mean pretty pictures that appeal to the lay person (me) that can now be found in tons of stores for pretty cheap. Usually they’re sold in wrapped canvas formation. And while that’s ok, sometimes I find myself wanting my “art” to look a little more substantial. Since it seems wrong to spend hundreds of dollars framing a piece of canvas art that cost $29.99, I wanted to come up with an cost efficient and effective DIY frame.

The subject canvas picture is found below. I picked it up at World Market a few months ago when it was 50% off (it’s still available for sale – similar here). I’ve got a pretty large blank wall in our master bathroom by the tub and I thought this picture seemed “bathroom-ish”. I know, I know, I should be a curator in a museum with my eye and ability to articulate the meaning of art.

So here’s how I did it. Our bathroom is definitely not rustic, so I invested in some better quality wood than I otherwise would, as I didn’t want overly knotted or rough wood. If you prefer a more rustic look, by all means get the lower grade lumber!

And, don’t forget, this week we are celebrating our 1 year blogiversary!! In celebration, we are running a contest on our Instagram account (@beckhamandbelle) to give away some wall art AND a Target gift card. Hop over to IG to follow us and check it out!!

DIY Frame for Wrapped Canvas Art
DIY Wrapped Canvas Frame

Supplies

(will vary depend on the size of the canvas you’re framing)
2 8 foot lengths of 1x4s (remember that 1x4s aren’t really 1x4s, more like 1x3s and a bit)
nails
screws
angle clamps (optional)
Measure the canvas. Mine was 30×40.
Most canvases of this size look like this on the back side.
I wanted a more polished look for the frame, so I mitered my edges at 45 degrees. I cut two lengths  with the interior measurement of 30″ (maybe a smidge over – like .125″) so that it wouldn’t be too tight to affix the frame. Then I did two lengths with interior measurements of 40.125.

My method was to cut one piece, and then to use that piece as a template to measure out my matching piece, as pictured below.

Then I began assembling. I laid out the frame on the ground, applied wood glue and the two angle clamps I have, and let it set. Once dry, I used finishing nails to secure the frame.

 

 

The last step was staining. I wanted the frame to be mostly black, but to show some of the nice wood grain.  I actually tried a new product (new to me, at least) on this project called Minwax Pro Series Wiping Stain in Antique Black (similar here). I put on two applications of the black stain (letting the coats dry in between). And then I finished it off with a bit of walnut stain, rubbed carefully into some of the more grainy parts of the wood. It added a little something extra, I think.

Finally, it was time for assembly. This part was actually pretty easy. Since the frame added some faux depth to the painting, I wanted the canvas to be inset ever so slightly. So, on the back of the frame I marked where the back of the canvas should attach. I then drilled holes into the top underside of the frame and the bottom underside of the frame and screwed into the frame of the canvas to secure.

 

The finished product! I have a feeling I’m going to be doing a lot more of these….

 

DIY Wrapped Canvas Frame