BFF and I have been doing studio art that is appealing to both of us. A few pieces are worthy of hanging in our homes, but framing is just so darn expensive! After reading somewhere about slat framing, we decided to give it a go. Each frame, at most, cost $12, though it did require a little crapsmanship to make it happen.
We bought cheap slats at Lowes (4′ long for under $3) and painted them with some matte black house paint we had on hand. Then we hand-sawed two slat pieces that were the length of the horizontal sides of our art. Using a small drill bit to make a pilot hole, we then nailed the slat pieces to the top and bottom of the canvas frame. (NOTE: This only works on canvases with a built-in wooden armature.)
Then we sawed two pieces for the verticals, making sure the vertical slats overlapped the already-installed horizontal slats. We again nailed each slat into place. (That’s BFF and Dan the Man working on my art piece.)
And here’s mine hanging in the master bedroom. The frames add a finished touch that classes them up, and it was certainly a cheap enough project. We’re thinking of getting a chop saw now to make it easier, since we plan to make many, many more slat frames!