A few days ago, I shared a wonderful vintage can label printable with a cow on it, and today I’m going to show you how I turned it into farmhouse kitchen wall art. As with most of my projects, this one was super easy and took about 30 minutes to complete, but that included painting time, which you may not choose to do.
Here are the supplies I used:
copy of can label
thrift store frame
paintbrush – at least 1″ wide
*optional – corrugated metal
*optional – paint
1) Make a copy of the can label.
It’s important to use a copy with toner ink, as inkjet ink will smear. Generally, if you get a copy made at a copy center, the ink will be toner ink, but ask to make sure. Since I do a lot of decoupage and image transfer projects – both of which require an ink that won’t smear, I’m so glad I bought my laser printer. It was very inexpensive and is saving me a lot of time and money because I don’t need to run to a copy center every time I need a toner copy made.
2. Cut backing piece to correct size for frame. Make sure the backing won’t show around outer edges of frame.
I used corrugated metal as the backing for my sign. You don’t need to use corrugated metal. I just had some scrap pieces to use and like the added dimension it gives the sign. You can also just use some thin scrap wood, or even cardboard for the back of the sign. If using corrugated metal – wear gloves, as the metal has sharp edges.
3) Mix a a few tablespoons of school glue with just a bit of water, then use a paintbrush to apply the glue on the back of the can label copy.
4) Position and adhere the copy onto the backing piece, smoothing out any bubbles and set it aside to dry.
5) Paint frame and allow to dry.
Painting the frame is optional, but I wanted my frame white, so I painted it with 2 coats of paint. It was a sunny day, so the frame dried quickly outside, but you can use a blow dryer to speed up drying time also.
6) Attach corrugated metal or other backing to the back side of the frame.
I drilled pilot holes through the metal and frame, then used screws to attach them together.
Ta Da!! Super cheap farmhouse kitchen wall art!
This project didn’t cost me anything, because I already had the supplies on hand. The corrugated metal I used was leftover from installing it on the walls in our guest room. If you want to buy some, it costs less than $20 per 2′ x 12′ sheet at most home improvements stores.
This sign is available in my Etsy shop HERE.
I had another frame that was also missing the glass, so I made another sign as well. For this one, I used the Handy Wagon advertisement. I distressed the frame with sandpaper after the painted dried.
It’s available HERE.