The frame was already made....that was John's step two..mine is stretching the canvas on it. It is a real help to have such an able and willing assistant! Not all of the directions I found called for this step. We are experimenting with leaving it out as it is a real pain to have a frame for every size you want to make and so far it's not looking like it makes much of a difference. Again note the sunshine!! Makes the new cabinets really glow...the workers as well. Because each side needs to be primed this requires stretching the canvas twice...fun. We have two frames so we set up an assembly line in the kitchen.