Repair a broken wooden frame
Repair that treasured frame and pass it down for ages!
Keep your eyes on the artwork with this step-by-step guide on how to fix a picture frame. Separate joints are surprisingly simple to repair with a few effortless steps and one amazing product! Your picture frames will be left looking brand new while appreciating memories for years to come!
WHAT YOU NEED
- A superglue (e.g. Loctite Super Glue Power Flex)
- Spray paint
- Metal ruler
Get the materials
You will need a superglue (e.g. Loctite Super Glue Power Flex), sandpaper, cloth, spray paint and metal ruler.
Prepare the broken frame I
Take the frame off the wall and lay it face down on a table. If the glass is cracked, handle the frame gently and wear safety gloves. Unscrew the hanger and clamps on the back of the frame with a screwdriver and remove them.
Prepare the broken frame II
Remove the backing board and artwork and lay them flat in a safe place. If the glass is in one piece, lift it and set it aside with the artwork. If the glass is cracked or broken, wear gloves while removing it and place the pieces in a paper bag for disposal.
Disassemble the frame
Pull apart any loose joints. If you see nails or brads, pull them out. Disassemble entirely!
Clean the bonding area
Sand off the finish with sandpaper if the frame is scratched, continue sanding to smooth out the scratches once you've removed the finish. Ensure the two parts to be bonded fit together tightly with no gaps. Clean the area with a cloth to remove excess material after sanding.
Paste the framework
Glue the separate joints back together, applying a small amount of superglue (e.g. Loctite Super Glue Power Flex) to one of the pieces in each joint and hold for a few seconds. Repeat this step on the other corners if necessary. Putting the extra time in now will result in a longer lasting life for the frame!
Restore the colour of the wood
Using the sandpaper, sand until the paint has been completely removed. Finish sanding with sandpaper with a smaller grain and remove dust with a damp cloth before painting. In a ventilated area, spray the paint, applying 3 thin layers to the frame. Allow to dry. Have you decided what piece will be lucky enough to be placed in this frame?
Assemble the frame
Replace the glass. If you have to buy new glass, measure the inside dimensions of the frame with a tape measure. Position the artwork and backing board in the frame and replace the clamps and hanger.
Hang the picture frame on the wall and enjoy having your artwork up! A beautiful display showcasing the artwork and the frame itself! Double whammy! Need more ideas for your artworks? After learning how to fix a picture frame, discover this button wall picture!