Deconstructed Art Canvas Frame

Deconstructed... means to take something apart to reveal its parts. You may have seen deconstructed furniture and if you really want a laugh, just google deconstructed clothing and see what you get! Today I'm deconstructing a stretched artist canvas...

A painting on a stretched canvas

Actually, it was a painting done by my daughter (don't judge me) but you can do this to any old painting or brand new stretched canvas.

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When you deconstruct a stretched canvas you end up with a great wooden frame that is perfect for many projects like the small Dollar Store frames I used to make Valentine's Day decorations

I thought you might like a complete tutorial on how I make these so here goes...

My daughter tossed out 3 paintings she had painted so I'm actually rescuing all of them from the landfill and giving them a new life. 

The best way to remove the canvas is with a sharp box cutter of some kind

back of artist canvas

I flipped over my canvas and scored all the way down each side on the outside of the staples. 

cutting off the canvas

Next, I removed the painted canvas and all remaining scrap pieces and tossed it. (Sorry honey!)

removing the canvas from back of frame

Now comes the fun part... removing the staples. 

removing the staples with a screwdriver

The easiest way to do this is with a thin flat head screwdriver

I pushed the screwdriver against the side of the staple and pried it up just a little to loosen it. 

loosen staples with a screwdriver

Next, I used a wire cutter to grab the staple and pull it out. 

remove the staples with wire snips

This needs to be done to each staple and don't worry about any dents because this will be the back of the frame. 

I did this to all 3 of the canvas paintings. 

Now if you flip over the frame after removing all the staples you will see what a great textured, rustic frame you end up with. 

good side of wooden frame

You can stain or paint the frames depending on how you want to use them. 

2 wooden deconstructed frames

I decided to stain 2 of the frames I made. 

I used my favorite stain, Rustoleum Transformations Decorative Glaze

I love this stuff!!

rustoleum transformations decorative gel

I used a damp rag and wiped the stain all around the wooden frame front and back. 

wiping on transformations glaze

Then I let them dry. 

stained wooden frame

Oh and that scroll saw they are leaning on is my new baby... it cuts out small shapes of all kinds with ease! 

drying stained frames in workshop

The third deconstructed frame I painted with an off white chalky paint. 

I love this set of chalky paint with several gorgeous colors! 

chalk painting a wooden frame

I gave it 2 coats, distressed it with sand paper, and then gave it a coat of dark wax

white chalky painted frame

The dark wax gave the frame a beautiful aged look. 

dark stained chalk painted frame

Now I have 3 beautiful frames from 3 cast off artist canvases and they are ready for a new project. 

3 DIY wooden frames

Maybe a wreath? Frame a piece of art? Add a piece of glass? A mirror? 

What would you do with these frames? Leave a comment below. 

Just recently I deconstructed a canvas that had a frame that looked like a window

art canvas with a center brace

That was one of my favorite repurposed projects! 

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art canvas and overlay

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .