Framing a Flat Canvas (in which another deer gallops its way into our apartment)

After seeing and leaving this deer painting at the thrift store, I couldn’t get it out of my head.

I had to go back and rescue it from that place.

(It’s a nice place, as thrift stores go, but I knew this buck would be happier in our home.)

how to frame a flat canvas...tutorial

A nice artist named Vicky painted this in ’78 (or perhaps she painted 78 of them?), presumably to sell. There are a couple different prices at the bottom, but that stickered price at top was my price from the thrift store. Sold.

back of flat canvas

But then.

I got it home and realized I had no idea what to do with it.

It’s a flat canvas, which means that it wouldn’t have a lot of dimension to it if I hung it up on it’s own.

So this painting languished around the apt. for a few weeks before I had an “aha!” moment.

Before I hung the seascape over our sink, this umbrella art hung there. But when the seascape took over, this framed artwork didn’t have a home.

umbrella art over sink in kitchen

Great news: the dimensions of the frame were perfect for this 11″ x 14″ flat canvas.

I cut out a piece of foam board to replace the umbrella artwork (since I still like it and don’t want to paint over it just yet) and I painted a gray faux mat upon which to mount the deer art.

paint a mat for a flat canvas

Then I used 3M command poster strips in each corner of the deer canvas and stuck it to the foam board mat.

use 3M tabs to affix flat canvas to mat

I hung it up in our small hallway. Previously hung here was a chunky chalkboard frame that is now homeless…much to my chagrin, we only have so much wall space…so now I’m redecorating places I’ve already decorated.

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Here’s a better shot showing you the layout of our apartment. I was basically standing in our doorway when I took this picture. We have a lovely door speaker thing which meant I had to hang the deer a bit high, but I didn’t have a lot of options.

framed flat canvas deer painting

Before I realized how well the frame matched the painting, I was sold on repainting the frame purple. But since the aqua/turquoise frame color matches the painting quite well, I decided to leave it for a bit before I rush into anything.

This deer joins the three other ones that are currently living in our apartment…I think that’s quite enough, don’t you? Unless I want to transition into a “hunting lodge” theme…

On second thought, Ken might enjoy that, so don’t mention it to him, please.

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