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.
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
- 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)
- 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)
- 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.
2. Use a measuring tape to measure the top and bottom of the canvas and cut a lattice strip to that length.
3. Attach the lattice strips to the top and bottom of the canvas with finish nails.
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.
6. Fill any nail holes with wood filler and let dry.
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.
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.
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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