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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

{faux frames}

I love keeping individual pictures of my kids in our family room, and for a long time they hung on a darling iron rod that was perfect...until I had my boys.  It only fit three portrait frames, and now with five kids, it just wasn't enough.

  Frames can be quite expensive, especially large ones, and when you're buying five of them, the cost really adds up.  So...I decided to make my own! I loved the look of the iron rod, so I continued the look using a  curtain rod instead--which was plenty long enough for all of my frames. The bulldog clips also mean that I can easily switch out the pictures without taking the frames and ribbon down. I'm sure you're shocked that I added their names in vinyl at the bottom, lol, but I love the finished touch it gives.

Want to make your own?  Here's how I did it!

  • 3/4 inch MDF
  • 3/4 inch screen molding
  • wood glue
  • brad nails
  • spray paint
  • magnetic bulldog clips
  • hot glue

For many projects I prefer using solid wood, but sometimes the job calls for MDF, and this one did.

What is it? It stands for medium-density fibreboard, and is an engineered wood that is formed by binding together wood strands and fibers with adhesive to create composite materials.  When using real wood, you are limited to the size of board you can buy--usually around 10 inches in width at a typical hardware store.  MDF is also more consistent in strength than wood, and is less expensive.  You can buy it in large sheets, and then cut it down to the size you need.

1. Cut your MDF to the desired size.  Home Depot will also cut MDF, so if you go in knowing what size you want, you can have them to do it right there.

2.  I could have just used the MDF as is, but the edges are also a little rough-looking, and harder to sand. Not impossible, just not the look I was going for in this room. I added a trim of screen molding around the edges of the frame, which nicely finished the edges. The molding was cut to fit the outside of the MDF frame (mitered edges) than attached using wood glue, followed by brad nails to secure it in place. Putty the nail holes, then sand for a smooth edge.

3.  Spray the frame and bulldog clips with spray paint, then let dry completely.

4. Once the paint is dry, sand and distress the edges as desired.  I used my power sander to take off paint from the edges and front of the frame.  I decided against any other form of antiquing (glaze, stain, etc.), but you certainly could if you wished to.

5. Hot glue the bulldog clips into place.

6. I used an air stapler to attach ribbon to the back of the frame, but used regular sawtooth hangers to actually hang the picture and carry the weight of the frame.

Total cost?  $20 for all the wood and paint, $5 for clips, and $5 for ribbon--only $40 for all five frames!

Love, love, love!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

this looks great, what a wonderful idea!

November 15, 2011 at 11:29 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

I love your faux frames for such a great price! Thanks for writing a tutorial. :)

November 15, 2011 at 12:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very neat.

November 15, 2011 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger marla grace said...

looks great!

November 16, 2011 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger Mimi said...

This is such a good idea! I love it. Might be copying this in the future... :)

November 17, 2011 at 8:54 PM  

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