Frame Out A Canvas Print…Photo Gallery Coming Soon!


A couple of weeks ago, I shared this tutorial with Capturing Joy With Kristen Duke ‘s readers as a part of her Decorating With Pictures series.

I was thrilled when she asked me to be a part of this series!  I love photos, but not portraits and have really felt stuck.

I had no idea how to incorporate some of my favorite photos into our home, so this was a nice challenge, and now my eyes are opening to the possibilities.

I want to show you how to turn an old picture or painting into a display piece for a canvas photo.


I started with an old painting that my neighbor was throwing out.  The glass was missing, and it was in pretty bad shape.

I looked at the frame, and new I wanted to do something with it.


I started by popping the print out of the frame and I painted it grey.

Next, I pulled the matting off of the print and painted it grey as well.

Then I painted over the back of the print. I used one coat of primer, then painted one coat of white on.

I used a stencil and some yellow paint to add a chevron pattern.

Once all of the paint was dry, I placed the mat over the chevron print and popped them back into the frame.

I decided on a spot for my frame, then centered the canvas on the frame and put a nail right through the print as it was hanging on the wall.

I know this seems odd, but I wanted the canvas to kind of pop out of the frame.


See the way it pops out…I love it!


 Finally framing out this canvas has inspired me to get busy on my gallery wall.  I made a trip to Hobby Lobby this weekend and found some fun frames and other items to add, and I cannot wait to get started!  Finally, I am incorporating some of our family photos into our home decor!


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I’m Jessica, a mom on a mission to show other women that you can live well without breaking the bank. I like to share the thrifty, creative ways that I make changes in my home in the hopes that it will spark the creativity in someone else! I love to share DIY projects, crafts, simple recipes and cleaning tips too!


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    Ahhh I love this, that is so creative and wow does it pop!

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    What a cute idea!! If the whole gallery looks as smashing as this one piece, you’re going to have a fabulous wall on your hands girl!!

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    Oh my goodness! I saw this on Pinterest earlier today and thought it was so cute but didn’t realize it was you! Love me some yellow chevron! We need more yellow in the world right now. :)
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    Love this! I have navy and white chevron fabric just sitting there waiting for a project just like this! XOXO! Rebecca

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    Such an awesome way to repurpose, Jessica! I love that you chose a chevron pattern, too … your beautiful black and white print pops beautifully against it!

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      Heidi Lee says

      Don’t let your neighbor back in your house! She’s gonna want that frame back and will rethink things she is getting rid of! :) It is an absolutely beautiful piece!!



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