July 24, 2020

How To Make A Brass Canvas Frame Out of Decorative Wood Trim + Video Included


 Gotta spice up a canvas or two? Click on the video below to see exactly how to do just that! We have a sign language poster that we purchased awhile back and I knew from the get go that I wanted to incorporate it into our One Room Challenge. However, I didn’t want it on the wall so I painted a little buddy to pair with it, so that I can lean them on the floor (I don’t like cluttered walls!). Because the two pieces were similar in color and on canvases, I felt like I needed to add something and went foraging through the garage (the hubby tends to have a random collection of wood here and there). I trim that I actually used kinda felt like meh – too outdated (reminded me of the trim pieces on outdated kitchens), so I actually looked it over. But then I thought, you know what? It’s actually gonna look good because I want a big, chunky frame. And imagine it in a brass color?! OOOOOOOO. Now that, I like! You can find something similar at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot, but don’t be scared to do things a little different than the basic 1×2’s (although, if you want a simple, modern frame, I have a tutorial for that too)! I love this one and this one from Home Depot – this totally beats the price of custom framing!



  • wood trim
  • miter saw
  • pencil
  • tape measure
  • canvas
  • collins miter springs – clamps (optional)
  • wood glue
  • pin nail gun, pin nails
  • rub n’ buff/spray paint


1. Find A Trim You Like

  • you can find wood trim to choose from at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot
  • make sure you get enough for the size canvas you need to frame
  • also make sure that the thickness of your canvas isn’t taller than the trim you want – unless, you will be placing it on top of the canvas, like shown below

2. Measure

  • there are two ways to make decorative wood trim work for your canvas – you can place it snugly around the canvas if the trim is similar to height, or you can place it on top if the trim is shorter than the canvas; shown above (you’ll just have to make an additional frame that goes around your canvas first in order to support your canvas AND decorative trim)
  • using a tape measure, measure one side of your canvas to measure where you need to cut your trim or you can just take your trim piece and place it against the canvas in order to make a mark to cut; shown above

3. Cut to Size

  • place your miter saw at a 45 degree angle
  • make sure your trim piece is right side up so that your angles can be cut correctly
  • cut the trim where the blade catches the pencil mark
  • cut the mitered angle on one side then turn the blade and cut it on other side
  • take the rest of the trim and measure it against the canvas in order to mark where you need to cut next
  • don’t forget about which way you need the place the trim on the saw in order to cut a perfect 45 degree miter cut that will create the perfect shape for the canvas; shown below

4. Glue & Clamp

  • now that you have your four pieces as the frame, use wood glue to attach each corner
  • if you have the miter springs, use them to keep the frame in place as the glue dries
  • once the glue is dry, use a pin nail gun to pin each corner; shown above

5. Buff Or Paint

  • you can use spray paint to paint your frame as it is a lot faster and easier but I opted for rub n’ buff since I already had that on hand (and in my opinion, makes the frame look like it has some patina)
  • just dab a little of the rub n’ buff onto the frame and rub onto the surface – a little goes a long way (use gloves because your hands will get covered)
  • it’s hard to get into every crook and cranny with this stuff so if you have a very detailed frame, spray painting will be easier unless you’re also going for the “I just bought this frame from an antique store” kinda look
  • rub n’ buff doesn’t take long too dry, so you might get flakes of it fall as you work – I wouldn’t do this over your rug

6. Secure It, If Needed

  • place canvas into frame
  • if your canvas fits snugly into the frame then you really don’t need to pin nail the canvas to the frame unless you want to (if you like to change things up often, you can change out the canvas this way;)
  • but if you want the extra security, all you have to do is turn the frame flip side down and use the pin nail gun to pin the wooden frame from the canvas into your decorative frame

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