Quick Tip: Fake a Frame for Your Canvas

Just popping in real quick on this lovely holiday weekend to share a quick tip.  How to Fake a Frame on a Canvas by Brave New HomeCreating your own artwork on canvases can often feel unfinished when all is said and done.  I typically paint the sides of my canvases for a more intentional look but I’ve come up with an even better alternative.

But first, let me introduce you to my new coat rack that I’ve been stocking at Ikea:coat rack close upTricks!  My new coat rack is the quick tip.  Let’s pan out and have another look, shall we:coat rack zoomed outHaha, yes, that’s my attempt at a little DIY/home decor humor.  So what’s the quick tip?  Why, that would be faux wood contact paper!

I knew exactly the shade of wood I wanted but was having trouble finding it in-person so I ordered some online.  With S&H it came out to $17 which is quite the splurge for contact paper but I have so many uses planned for it I know it’s worth the expense.

The process is pretty simple.  canvas and contact paperTake your canvas and wrap some faux wood contact paper around the sides.  It’s that easy!  And it looks just like a real wooden frame.faux wood contact paper to create a fake frameYou may remember this specific piece from the time I painted one of our bathrooms black in our previous condo.fake wood contact paper to create a frame on canvasI’m planning on using this beautiful contact paper to update a bunch of frames I already have in my collection to avoid buying new ones now that I’m ditching dark woods in favor of lighter ones.wood contact paper to finish canvasIt’s so beautiful and it even has a nice grainy texture.  I’m so glad that I lucked out and got it right on my first purchase!  Buying wood tones online can be super tricky.faux wood contact paper to fake a frameThis post may be linked to any one of these link parties.

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16 Comments

  1. Amy Krist September 1, 2014

    Love it! Your photography skills are also amazing!

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    • Jennifer September 1, 2014

      Thanks, Amy! I’m working on it ; ] Have a great holiday weekend!

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  2. Christine@DecorumDIYer September 1, 2014

    So clever and simple! It looks great.

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  3. Lauren @ The Thinking Closet September 1, 2014

    I’ve only recently been introduced to wood grain contact paper, but it is blowing my mind with its decor possibilities. So clever to use it to “frame” your canvas. Did you pick yours up on Amazon?

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    • Jennifer September 5, 2014

      Yup, I sure did pick it up on Amazon! Message me if you want the exact product. I think you’d be able to come up with some really awesome projects for wood grain contact paper. I’m thinking some cutouts would be awesome ; ]

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  4. Love the update! The contact paper looks a ton like wood veneer strips. Have you seen that at Home Depot?

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    • Jennifer September 5, 2014

      Whhhaaaa??? Veneer strips?! Okay, I definitely need to check those out the next time I go to HD. Thanks for the tip, Ashley!

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  5. Miss Charming September 1, 2014

    Great idea, Jennifer! It gives the art piece a totally different look.

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  6. Aimee @ItsOverflowing September 3, 2014

    Fabulous idea!!! Featuring you tomorrow! XO, Aimee

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    • Jennifer September 5, 2014

      Thanks for the feature, Aimee! That’s awesome news : ]

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  7. Alexis @ Persia Lou September 3, 2014

    Great tip! So smart.

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    • Jennifer September 5, 2014

      Thanks, Alexis!

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  8. Corey @ Tinysidekick September 4, 2014

    So smart Jennifer! I love contact paper and now it looks like I’m gonna have to get a faux wood roll! Thanks for linking up at The Makers! Have a great week.

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  9. Very clever! I love this idea! I agree, there is plenty of my artwork that feels unfinished…now I have to get back to work and do this! :D

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  10. […] the clock I refreshed and those wood frames are actually black ones I covered with wood grain contact paper for a whole new look.  The little girl is my lovely niece and the black and white piece I […]

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  11. […] Saturday (my clothes always seem to be the last to get put away…) and used up the rest of my wood grain contact paper refinishing some frames in anticipation of a gallery wall in the […]

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