How To Mount And Frame A HUGE Print (My 52″ x 78″ Landscape Design Print), Part 2

I really thought that I could get this project done in to posts, but I didn’t quite get it finished last night. I’ll need one more day to finish up, but I’ll show you the progress and what I have left to do to finish up mounting and framing my HUGE print of our landscape design.

At the end of the last post, I had finished building the big cradled wood panel on the wall. And because it’s so big, and required two pieces of plywood to cover it, I used drywall tape and mud to cover over the joint where the two pieces of plywood meet.

I ended up having to do three coats of drywall mud in all, sanding each coat smooth after it dried.

Then I rolled on two coats of white paint, sanding with 150-grit sandpaper between coats and after the second coat.

With the plywood panel prepped, I was ready to start on the frame. I used 1″ x 4″ lumber ripped down to 2.5 inches wide on my table saw. I cut these pieces 1/4 inch longer than the dimensions of the plywood panel just to give some wiggle room, and I mitered the corners on my miter saw. And then I assembled the frame pieces by gluing and then nailing the corners together with 1.5-inch 16-guage nails in my nail gun. I started with the top piece and the piece on the right side.

I didn’t nail these pieces to the plywood panel at this point. The frame pieces were just glued nailed to each other at the mitered corners.

Next I added the frame piece on the left side. Again, at this point, it was just nailed to the top frame piece at the mitered corners.

And finally, I added the bottom piece. Again, at this point, I only glued and nailed it to the side frame pieces at the mitered corners.

Once the frame was assembled, I went back and nailed it to the edges of the cradled wood panel, but I took my time with this. If you scroll back up and look at the picture of the frame before I attached the bottom piece, you’ll notice that the right side frame piece bows out. That’s just the nature of some pieces of lumber. So as I nailed the frame pieces to the panel, I took my time, used my bubble level, and also used a tiny 6-inch prybar as a temporary spacer between the panel and the frame before shooting each nail into the frame. I wanted to make sure I’d end up with a straight frame instead of a bowed frame. I took my time and used that process on both sides. And just as I had planned, I had about 1/8-inch space on each side between the panel and the frame.

With the basic frame on, I was ready to attach the actual landscape design print. I started by getting it into just the right position using these huge thumbtacks that I just happened to have on hand.

It took some patience to get such a huge print squared up just right inside the frame, but I finally got it where I wanted it.

I weighed several different options for adhering the print to the panel, but in the end, I decided that wallpaper paste would the the quickest, easiest, and less messy option. This is my favorite wallpaper paste. I purchase it at Sherwin Williams.

I started at the top and worked my way down. I removed the tacks along the top and uncovered the panel about 1/3 of the way down, just letting the print gently roll forward and making sure it didn’t crease on the way down.

Then using a 6-inch roller, I rolled wallpaper paste onto the panel, and then pressed the print onto the pasted panel. I started by pressing directly up right through the middle of the print.

And then I pressed the sides out towards the edges/top starting from the same place as shown below.

Once the top 1/3rd was done, I placed the big tacks back into the top so that the print wouldn’t shift as I worked on the bottom 2/3 of the print. Next, I did the middle 1/3 of the print by removing the rest of the tacks, rolling the print up from the bottom, rolling paste onto the middle 1/3 of the panel, and smoothing the print down in the same way I did the top 1/3, except that I was smoothing the print down in the opposite direction.

And then finally, I did the bottom 1/3 by lifting up the print (there wasn’t enough to roll without creasing it this time), rolling the paste onto the bottom 1/3 of the panel, and then smoothing the rest of the print down onto the paste.

As I smoothed out each 1/3 of the print with my hands, and before moving on to the next section, I used a plastic drywall knife to smooth the print to make sure I wasn’t leaving any bubbles. But because I was working with a print on glossy paper, and not wallpaper with a viny coating, I wrapped the edge of the drywall knife with a very soft cloth before pushing it across the print so that I wouldn’t scratch it.

Any time I use wallpaper paste, I inevitably have at least one bubble that I just can’t push to the edge. So in order to get rid of that bubble (or bubbles), I use a straight pin (the kind that you use when sewing) like this one…

And I push the pin into the middle of the bubble, making sure it goes all the way through the wallpaper (or print, in this situation)…

And then I push all of the air in the bubble out through the pinhole. It works every time, and no one will ever see that pinhole.

So that is where the project stands as of this morning. Now I need to finish the frame by adding the decorative trim that will make it pretty and cover up those gaps, wood filling, caulking, priming, and painting.

This thing is huge, and I love how it look on the wall! And just for reference, I’m five feet tall, and I come up to this point on the print. 😀

I’m going to do my very best to get this finished today. I’ll be adding to different decorative trims to complete the frame. It won’t be difficult, but I very often overestimate how much I can get done in a day. 😀 But hopefully, I’ll be back with the finished project tomorrow.



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  1. Wow looking great and you answered my question already- I was worried about those thumbtack holes but it seems you’ll be covering them up with decorative trim/frame pieces.

  2. WOW!! It’s meaningful and oversized artwork makes such an impact! You make things look so easy.. I know if I tried something like this, I most likely would have creased or torn it before I started, had tears from the pushing, had wallpaper paste in my hair, on the front of it or on a pet, torn it from the knife or my hands, creased it again…

    You do such beautiful work!!

    1. Ha, ha, ha! Your comment made me laugh envisioning you doing those things. I would have been a nervous wreck trying to mount the print to the board.

  3. I’m excited to see the finished, finished project. Your Studio is going to be so lovely, you won’t want to get it dirty. You soon won’t recognize your house. Beautiful.

  4. I love this, it’s such a cool focal point in your home that is very meaningful! You did such a fantastic job in displaying this!!

  5. This project is wonderful. Viewing the landscape vertically is genius.
    Does Mat have an interest in watching you work seeing the outcome. I know he must be amazed how much talent you have. We all are

    1. He enjoys seeing my projects at various stages and then seeing the final product, but he doesn’t ever sit and watch me work. He is always very proud of the work I do, though.

  6. Looking good so far. I was worried about the tack holes until you mentioned the inner moulding.
    Have you considered using a brayer for projects like this instead of a putty knife?