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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

How to Build a Custom Frame

I built this frame as part of the room I decorated for the soon-to-be-released book, Room Recipes.

This project makes me a little giddy... I loved how it turned out.  And I'm excited to show you how to build a custom frame!  I hope you all enjoy my DIY and Home Decorating posts as much as I do.  You and I both know that frames are expensive but I built this one for about 20 bucks.  I love how it adds a pop of color to my room.  Oh, and if you like the stenciled wall, here's how to stencil a wall quick and easy.

Get ready, here goes.




Awesome Tutorial: How to Build a Frame

First thing I did was make the cuts.  Now, this photo is a little crazy.  I would never put my arm in front of the blade while cutting!  This was for the photo op only.  Safety first!


I put it together on the floor around my photo (which was already posted on art board) to make sure the fit was good.

Awesome Tutorial: How to Build a Frame

I then applied some Liquid Nails

Awesome Tutorial: How to Build a Frame

I was dreaming when I thought that might work.  Ha.  I ended up adding these brackets.  The screws that came with the brackets were too long and would have gone all the way through my moulding.  I bought shorter screws.  Just FYI :)

Awesome Tutorial: How to Build a Frame

Then I used spackle to fill in the gaps. Why not caulk?  You could use caulk but I like spackle because I can sand it.  Personal preference.  I won't be upset if you use caulk... much.

Awesome Tutorial: How to Build a Frame

I just use my fingers real casual-like.

Awesome Tutorial: How to Build a Frame

Then, I sanded.  I like sanding sponges so I can get all up in the corners.  Oh yeah.

Awesome Tutorial: How to Build a Frame

Now for the paint.  I mixed my own chalk paint by simply adding some Plaster of Paris (mixed with a little water) to my paint.  It was all very scientific.

Awesome Tutorial: How to Build a Frame

I've said it before and I will say it again  "The best part about painting with chalk paint is that you don't have to do a good job!"  Also see my Side Table Redo post.



To mount it on the wall, I mounted the frame (sans photo) with some 3M Command Strips first.  I then simply did the same thing with the photo.  I used 4 pairs of Command Strips in all.  As a side note,  my husband feels that I have an unhealthy obsession with said Command Strips.  (They are just so easy.)

Awesome Tutorial: How to Build a Frame

You might notice my new lamp.  

Awesome Tutorial: How to Build a Frame

Target special.  Loving.

Awesome Tutorial: How to Build a Frame


So what do you think?  Leave a comment and let me know or show some love by pinning it.  
I love a good pin!

I hope you try this fun project!

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23 comments:

  1. Ally - I love this1 What kind of wood did you cut this from - is it from moulding? I so want to make this - thanks for the tutorial!

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    1. Yep, just regular ol' moulding. Do it! I want to see the finished product :)

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  2. Aly I love this I've been wanting some large frames and this might just motivate me to make my own. Darling family pic too!

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    1. Thanks Amber, i hope you do try it. It's really easy! :)

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  3. LOVE this! What did you use as far as printing out that gorgeous photo? Was it a canvas, or did you get a poster print at the printers?

    <3 Hannah via welivedhappilyeverafter.blogspot.com

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    1. I had it printed at Costco and used spray adhesive to mount it on foam board from IKEA :)

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  4. Can't wait to try this! Thanks for sharing!
    I'm officially following you in every possible way and I pinned the project.
    Check my blog out! Love to get to know you better!
    Kaylynn
    AmongTheYoung.com

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    1. It was so great to meet you the other day! Thanks for the love! XOXO

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  5. What a gorgeous color for a frame! Love its grand scale! (thanks so much for linking up to Project Inspire{d}!)

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  6. Thanks so much for sharing at Project Inspired @ Setting for Four. I pinned your lovely custom frame to our group linky pinboard!
    I hope you are having a fantastic Easter, and can join me Monday evening 8 pm EST for Project Inspired #8! :D

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  7. I featured you today! http://www.settingforfour.com/2013/04/10-fabulous-diy-projects-creative.html Thanks for linking up to Project INspired! Hope to see you at the party tomorrow night!!

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  8. So pretty and such a great impact with the punch of color! Love it!

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  9. That's awesome! Thanks for the tutorial. I'm planning on framing out our bathroom mirror, so how you blended the corners together was especially helpful!
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    1. Fun project, good luck. I recently framed out a bathroom mirror and it was so easy. I just used those decorative blocks an did straight cuts. You can see the mirror here: http://www.entirelyeventfulday.com/2013/02/bathroom-makeover-and-reveal.html One day I will post the tutorial :)

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  10. So this has no glass on it to protect the picture?

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    1. Good question! Nope, but the photo was pre-mounted on art board so it's super stiff. :)

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  11. Just found your post on pinterest. What a beautiful color you used! I am just finishing two large chalkboard painted frames with mirrors for a bathroom for little boys. I used the Kreg jig to make pocket holes for my very first time and, have to say I am very impressed how solid they turned out and how easy it was. But, I like your idea using the brackets also. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  12. I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles,I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! Keep up the good work.

    Upholstery

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  13. This idea is fantastic to make a wonderful custom picture frame. You did a very nice work and your custom picture frame design looks fabulous. I will use idea for my Custom Frames Houston Texas.

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  14. Turned out great...But the first thing you did was purchase materials...maybe a list of what you used would be nice...but, the rest was very helpful.
    Also, if you don't have the fancy saw at home I believe when you purchase items at Lowe's they will make cuts for you.

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  15. Featured your article on Examiner.com today! Thanks so much for the inspiration. Can't wait to make my own now. http://www.examiner.com/article/create-a-masterpiece-for-your-masterpiece-diy-custom-frames

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  16. Gorgeous! The fame and the photo are just perfect. Thanks for sharing with us, I have an entire basement with bare walls, can't wait to fix that!

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