Thursday, July 28, 2016

How To Make A Small Painting Larger Without A Frame

Ok, that was a mouth full.  I love oil paintings on canvas and not all of them are framed.  Sometimes a canvas left by itself is the best.  I found this fabulous zebra painting at goodwill for $5.99 on 1/2 off day.  Love it for the master bathroom since I want to tie the same black and white in here that I have in the master bedroom.  Only one problem, the painting is too small.  Now I did have a frame that would fit it, but I didn't like how it looked.  It just seemed to make the painting look cheap, so I needed to figure out something different.

I thought maybe a black background of some kind, but what.  I found a two pack of artist canvases that were 18 x 24 at Michael's on sale for $8.  Since my painting was 16 x 20 this would give it a little bit of a background and make it the right size for my space.

I had some black paint left over so I took a brush and got to work painting around the outside of the canvas.  Now this didn't cover very good and left streaks, plus I had no idea that the paint would stick so much to the paper, so I had a huge mess peeling the paper off the back of the canvas.

I decided to take it outside and use spray paint.  This worked like a charm.

Now how to attach the two.  See that middle wood strip, I put a small nail in the middle of that strip at the top and bottom and nailed it into the wood frame of the painting.  Now these two were on piece.  I added a picture hanger to the top and done.

How great does this look!!!  I love it.  It gives the painting the oomph that it needed and makes it the right size.

See how much better it fits the space.

Love this.

Ok, I am thrilled with my little makeover and it was so easy.  I have a great art piece for a total of $4 for one canvas and $5.99 for the painting, plus the black paint was free since I already had it.

Ok, now on with the rest of the makeover.    Do you have any tips or ideas for making a painting larger without a frame?

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  1. Great idea Marty! It really pops now and is much more substantial!!

  2. Well aren't you the smart cookie!! Love it :-)

  3. Great solution Marty! That painting looks wonderful in your bathroom.


  4. Hi Marty,
    What a great idea.........and it looks wonderful........
    There are so many times that you wish a picture was just a lil bit larger,
    so this was the perfect fix..........
    and by the way, Thanks for hosting Inspire me Tuesday every week.
    Blessings, Nellie

  5. I love canvas art and what you did makes it so much better. Great idea Marty.

  6. great idea! i love that you are bringing in more black and white to this space. i am trying to deal with my beige walls in any way i can, that isn't painting them.

  7. How clever! I'm going to remember this trick.

  8. What a clever idea, Marty and it looks great! Pam @ Everyday Living

  9. Marty, brilliant solution! Love it!

  10. Fantastic idea...I'll be using this one for sure! ;)

  11. Looks great! Looks much better!!

  12. This black and white painting is totally redefining your bathroom area and looking fabulous.

  13. Marty, I've seen lots of tricks to make art look bigger but this is my favorite. I definitely want to remember this. :)

  14. What a brilliant idea! Thank you for sharing!

  15. Marty, this is fabulous! The black and white color scheme is fresh and crisp.

  16. Awesome idea Marty. Love this. Love the whimsy to your bathroom too.

  17. This is smart and cost effective! It make it look like a modern-type frame. I think you did the right thing by adding a little more size to the piece for the space. Nice!
    Best & Bisous,
    Michelle from Simply Santa Barbara

  18. What a smart and unique idea!!!!! Ill have to keep this in mind for all those small canvas art works I have. :)

  19. I swear, the more of your blog I read, the more I think you and I are twins separated at birth! I have come up with so many clever tricks of decorating, I keep my poor husband confused all the time! Your painting wins the prize!