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Mounting a Vintage Poster on a Frame

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Mount a Poster on a Wood Frame – Easy, Peasy!

I am going to paint my bedroom very soon. I’m ready for something different… I’ve already created Bi-Fold Doors for the Windows and I’m ready for new artwork, as well.

I am really in love with old photographs from the late 1800s and early 1900s. I decided I wanted to create artwork from a couple of these old photographs I have. I kept the frames from my old cabinet doors and used these as the base. I had the photos printed in a poster size, painted the edge of the frames, mounted the posters, and voila!! New artwork for my room!

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Here is what I used:

  • A DIY wood frame (click here for plans to build your own!)
  • A poster or phot blown up to poster size
  • Paint for the edges of the frame
  • Mod Podge
  • A sponge roller and frame
  • Craft knife or razor blade

The frames I used were frames I built as doors for the kitchen before the remodel. I never got around to installing them and nailed a piece of 1/4″ plywood on the back side of the frame to cover the pocket holes. (If you are following the plans above to build a frame, skip the step to rout a rabbet for the glass, and nail a piece of 1/4″ plywood on the back side of the frame.)

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I painted the edge of the frame and plywood. I started with grey but wasn’t feeling it so I repainted the edges with silver metallic paint.

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Once the edges were dry, I poured Mod Podge on the face of the plywood, then coated the entire surface with the sponge roller. Pay special attention to the edges of the surface! A roller works well for this application because I could spread a lot of it on the surface very quickly since Mod Podge dries so fast!

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I positioned the poster on the plywood surface, then smoothed out the air bubbles. An old credit card or gift card help smooth out the bubbles!

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Once it was dry, I cut the excess poster away with a razor knife. I put a soda can tab hanger on the back and now my art piece is ready for hanging!

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See? Easy, right? I decided to mount another poster on a wood frame for a second piece of artwork. I love these photos! Have questions or a request? Contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!


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  • vinma

    Sounds so easy to do.. and I hope it is when I actually do it. Great post Cher :)

    • CherTexter

      It really is easy, Vinma! I promise!

  • Tammy Soong

    Dang! I wish I’d known about this 20 years ago!

    • CherTexter

      LOL, Tammy!

  • Rae Buchanan

    Hey Cher, is it correct in saying that you applied your picture on the back of the frame? The very top pic shows a wooden border but the finished product is flat? This looks so cool! I have never done modge podge, but that’s gonna change!

    • CherTexter

      Hi, Rae! I added a piece of 1/4″ plywood to the frame, then applied the poster to that surface. I just bought a gallon of Mod Podge – you will love it!!

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