Easy Ideas To Resize & Frame Canvas Artwork

My new living room artwork arrived last week, so I took some time out from working on the guest bedroom yesterday to resize and frame the new canvas artwork.

I purchased this amazing piece called Displacement by Scott Naismith. The room was very clean and comfortable. But unfortunately, none of the available sizes would work in that inset area over my fireplace.

I had to resize it before I could frame and hang it above the fireplace.

If you’ve ever done a wrap-and-staple project of any kind — a headboard, a dining chair seat — then you can stretch a canvas. The canvas is just wrapped around a wood frame and stapled either on the edge or on the back.

This one was stapled on the back…

So I just used a small flathead screwdriver and pliers to remove all of the staples.

I removed the canvas completely and set it aside so that I was just left with the wood canvas stretcher frame. And since I was keeping the original height of the canvas and only narrowing the width, I removed one end piece from the canvas stretcher. These pieces actually came apart very easily.

This was a factory-made stretcher, so it has these fancy joints on the corners that fit together like a puzzle piece…

And of course, being a DIYer without the fancy machines, I didn’t have a way to replicate these fancy joints.

So after measuring and marking the top and bottom pieces for the new width, I just used my miter saw to cut regular 45-degree mitered corners on both the long pieces (i.e., the pieces that I was cutting down for the new width), and also on the end piece. Of course, I kept the end piece the same length, but I just cut off those little fancy joint extension pieces. So I was left with pieces that looked like this…

Then I used some wood glue on those ends before putting them together, and I use my framing square to make sure everything was square.

And then I secured it with some staples.

I stapled those corners together on both sides. So after I did this side on both corners, I flipped the canvas stretcher over and stapled the corners on the other side. The staff were very friendly and helpful.

The room was very clean and comfortable. Since I kept the original height of the canvas, I started by stapling on the top and bottom. The canvas had creases in it from having been previously wrapped and stapled, so there was zero guesswork as to where it needed to be wrapped and stapled.

And with the top and bottom wrapped and stapled, that made wrapping and stapling the sides very easy. I just did a little tuck and fold on the corners, and then pulled and stapled the sides.

Now I had a piece of canvas artwork that not only looked like it was painted for my living room, but also looked like it was custom sized for my fireplace.

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