DIY Canvas Frame Vintage Art from Old Farmhouse Signs

How to build a basic canvas frame around old farmhouse signs and turn them into classic vintage art.

The other day, I found these typography farmhouse signs at the thrift store and immediately knew they’d be perfect for recreating with vintage art and a DIY canvas frame.

And they were perfect for repurposing as inexpensive wall art in our girls’ bathroom.

DIY canvas frame vintage art in a bathroom

A few years ago, farmhouse signs were my style, but since we’ve been transitioning away from farmhouse style with more modern classic decorating, this seemed like the perfect way to play with an art refresh.

DIY Canvas Frame Vintage Art from Old Farmhouse Signs

Supplies

  • Vintage Art (I got this vintage floral art and this vintage bouquet art download to have printed from Shutterfly, but you could print from your home printer or an office supply store like Office Depot instead.)
  • Mod Podge
  • Farmhouse sign canvases (this could work on wooden farmhouse signs too)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil or pen
  • Tape measure
  • Lattice strips
  • Finish nails and hammer (or a nailer if you have one already)
  • Wood filler
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Wood stain (I used Minwax Special Walnut from my stash)
supplies to make DIY canvas frame vintage art using thrifted farmhouse signs

Steps

  1. If your canvas or farmhouse sign isn’t a standard size, you might need to trim the vintage art print to its size. I just placed the art print face down and traced the canvas on the back of it with a pen to trim the print to the size I needed with scissors.
tracing a frame onto a vintage art print to trim

2. Use a measuring tape to measure the top and bottom of the canvas and cut a lattice strip to that length.

lattice strips and thrifted farmhouse sign

3. Attach the lattice strips to the top and bottom of the canvas with finish nails.

nailing lattice strips to a canvas for a DIY frame

4. Measure the sides of the canvas with the top and bottom lattice strips now attached and cut two more lattice strips to that measurement so that they will be just slightly longer than the first two attached strips.

5. Attach them to the sides of the canvas with more finish nails and you end up with a simple canvas frame.

repurposed farmhouse signs

6. Fill any nail holes with wood filler and let dry.

DIY canvas frame using lattice strips

7. Once the wood filler is dry, sand it smooth with fine grit sandpaper.

8. Stain the new wooden canvas frame with wood stain and let dry.

diy canvas from on an old farmhouse sign

9. Brush a coat of Mod Podge onto the back of the art print and the front of the canvas. Press the art print smooth onto the canvas and place a few books on top to keep it flat against the canvas as it dries.

That’s it! Yay for newly repurposed art with a simple and inexpensive canvas frame to make that old farmhouse art look more high end.

DIY canvas frame on repurposed farmhouse sign to make vintage art

We just gave our girls’ bathroom a quick classic refresh better suited for guests, and this art worked perfectly to bridge the gap between little girl frilly with art that still works for grown-ups.

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13 Comments

    1. I had to order 11×14 to fit the canvases and cut them down to the size I needed since the canvases weren’t a standard size.

  1. Well I don’t know how you keep doing it but once again you solve a dilemma for me…cudos to you and thank you!

  2. Can you explain the whole process of getting your art printed? I’ve printed stuff at home or had art printed at Office Depot, but how do you do Shutterfly?

    1. I just created a Shutterfly account, then click “My Photos” in the top toolbar on their site, and click the “upload” button. You can order whatever sizes you need from there. They often have promo codes with discounts too. Just Google “Shutterfly promo code” and you can usually find some.

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