504 Main by Holly Lefevre: How to Build a Simple Frame
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Thursday, September 2, 2010

How to Build a Simple Frame

A couple of weeks ago I received a
beautiful canvas of my cutie from Canvas People.
{You can read all about that HERE.}
Well, to really show it off and have it fit in with the rest of the decor,
I wanted to create a frame for it. I say create because
I could not find one that was a decent price that I liked!
So armed with a 1" x 2" x 8" and some
Americana Weathered Wood Medium,
I created this beautiful frame that looks all beat up
and full of old loveliness {but it is new!}

Here is how I created my aged loveliness to showcase my Canvas People canvas

Supplies (to fit an 11” x 14” canvas)
1. BEAUTIFUL CANVAS! Of course the model is adorable too!
2. 1 or 2 -1” x 2” x 8' boards cut with MITERED CORNERS as follows:
      2 cut at 11”
      2 cut at 14”
5. Dremel Mulit-Max (Sander option) of Norton Sanding Bug from Rockler
7. DecoArt acrylic paint in Burnt Umber and Bleached Sand Paint
8. DecoArt Primer/Sealer
9. Rockler sponge brushes.
10. Rockler Painters Pyramids (AWESOME!)
11. Wood Filler (optional)
12. Deft Clear Wood Finish (semi-gloss) from Rockler

1. Cut Boards (as above). Be sure to miter the corners
2. Give a light sanding to the cut edges
3. Run Gorilla Wood Glue along the mitered edges of the frame. Piece frame together while it is laid out on a protected surface.
4. Secure with Gorilla Tape until dry.

5. My cuts were not perfect, so I filled in the gaps with wood filler. Let dry. (optional)
6. Sand again.
7. Position your frame on the Paint Pyramids and paint prime with DecoArt Primer/Sealer. Let Dry.

8. Apply a coat of DecoArt acrylic paint in Burnt Umber. 
9. Apply a light coat of DecoArt Weathered Wood and let dry.

10. Paint with second color, Bleached Sand and let dry.
11. You will have an awesome weathered finish to your frame – I am in L-O-V-E with Weathered Wood from DecoArt.
12. Spray with Deft Clear Wood Finish and let dry.
13. Add decoration – decorative nails, tacks, etc. - if desired. I hit a few areas with a dry brushing of Burnt Umber.

DISCLOSURE: As part of the DIY Club, I have been supplied with vendor sponsored products to complete my projects. The opinions are projects are my own. See, my disclosure policy for more information.


  1. Seriously, if I had just an ounce of your craftiness I would be tickled pink!

    Your talents never cease to amaze me!

  2. Anonymous6:38 AM

    She is a living doll. So darling -- certainly deserving of her own canvas and frame. I do love the frame you put together. You are so clever, Holly!

  3. I have never thought of making my own picture frame and of course you make it look so easy!
    Great idea, once again!

  4. She really is too cute! I love the way that frame came out...it's fun working with those mediums, and getting cool results like that (always makes me feel like a mad scientist!).

  5. That is great Holly.. you are super crafty. I just love Gorilla glue ( when I don't get it all over the place)

    I just posted a few finished halloween projects, I think that I scared some of my readers with one. lol ooops.

    Have a great day.

  6. THat is adorable Holly....I really like the idea.

  7. You are a genius! That turned out absolutely amazing - the perfect compliment to such a beautiful canvas of your beautiful girl! And it's perfect for an oil painting I picked up in the Caribbean a few years ago that has been sitting rolled up since...thanks for the inspiration! :)

  8. Oh, Holly what a Beuatiful Girl! The picture is just adorable!
    The frame you made goes with it so well!
    Hope you have a wonderful day :)
    gi gi

  9. You make it look so easy! What a cutie!!

  10. Aaaawwwwww. So sweet....your little "Dorothy" (love the shoes!).

  11. What an adorable frame! I decorate with alot of barn wood and have had to make my own frames because everywhere I have found some made, they seem to want the price for an entire barn! Love it! Such a great way to bring all your decor together :) You're amazing!

  12. What a great frame!! Love that. It's perfect for the canvas. :)

  13. Wow Holly, that came out so beautifully! I'm blown away by that DecoArt crackle paint. I can't wait to try some for myself!

  14. I love the frame with the canvas, but mostly I just love that little face. She is so sweet!

  15. What a nice idea...hmmm...thanks for sharing...

  16. I am totally loving that weather wood look. I have lots of things made out of old barn wood and this looks like it would match really well.

  17. That came out fantastic. You always make me want to craft! I don't. But you do inspire. Maybe one day I will!


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