Wednesday, July 11, 2012
DIY Frames for Canvas
I told you the other day about the wood that I scored from the side of the road that used to be slats from a kid’s Ikea bed. Well, I had really been wanting to make picture frames, and these slats were perfect for the job. So after I finished with the laundry counter, I used what was leftover for the frames.
Remember when I told you about this sweet little pseudo-diptych? Well, it used to be in the nursery at the old house, and it didn’t really need frames, but I wanted to try to use it in our formal living room here at the new place, so it would definitely need a bit more weight to it because it’s a bigger wall.
First I measured it all out and cut my 45 degree cuts with my circular saw to fit them into two frames. One side was too short, so I had to make do and attach a little piece at the end to make it stretch.
I then stapled and wood glued the seams, but I quickly realized that it wasn’t enough. It was still very wobbly.
So I brought out the big guns, Mr. Clamp and Mr. Gorilla Glue. Worked like a charm!
It’s ugly at heck, but it is so strong! This seam in the pic below was my worst one – very wide gap not matching up properly. So I just glued the crap out of it, and once it dried I sanded it down. Perfect!
After I sanded it down I put wood filler in the tiny bubbles and cracks.
After that dried, I sanded it down again. Lovely.
Then I stained them with the same Rust-oleum Kona Stain that I used on the laundry counter. I wiped it off almost as soon as I brushed it on.
One of the frames (the one with the gap in the seam) ended up with a gap below the canvas, but I didn’t worry about it. I seriously don’t even notice it anymore, and I doubt anyone that doesn’t read this blog will notice it, either.
Then I just hung them from the canvas instead of putting in hangers. Worked just fine. I’m pretty pleased with the way they turned out.
This room, for now, is kind of my leftover room – I’m using all of my old, leftover furniture from the old house. But it works fine for now. Sure it’s old as hell, but there are more important things for save for right now. Besides, where would the boys jump? (They know better than to jump on the new couch.)
I’m trying to do little thrifty things here and there. Like instead of getting rid of or reupholstering this chair, I just put a scarf over it that I got on my trip to Prague. I also made that little pillow out of scrap fabric that I had on hand.
Here’s another one of my JoAnn’s sample pillows.
There’s still some work to do in here, but I sure wish I would have taken a “before” pic! It was pretty much just boxes and a couch a week ago.
Besides updated furniture, I need a coffee table, curtains, and hopefully a piano. I’ll keep you posted! This will probably end up being a “before” pic at some point.