Since I have 3 beautiful children who are reluctantly photogenic and lots of wall space to fill, I decided to make some large barnwood look frames. How hard could it be? I have been seeing them all over lately, and they are quite pricey. Originally planning to use old pallets, I scratched that idea early on as my first and last attempt at deconstructing a pallet was much harder than it looked. I don’t recall exactly how it went down, but I would bet money that it involved me declining my husband’s offer of help and a few choice words thrown in just for good measure. I just hate it when one of my plans gets scrapped before it even gets started. So….. when my husband suggested using some old wood fence pieces that were at his parent’s house, I was a little skeptical. Not to seem ungrateful or anything, but sometimes he and I aren’t exactly on the same page. Sometimes we are not even in the same book. He assured me they would work. Now I just had to wait until the next time we were up that way. Patience is not my strong suit. But once I got a hold of them, not only did they work, but they were exactly what I was hoping for. They were already distressed and naturally aged to the perfect patina.
Turns out, the wood came from the white picket fence that surrounded my husband’s grandparents house from his childhood. The homeplace sits in shambles, but the pickets from the fence somehow survived and had been waiting patiently for a new life! Interestingly, the fence was originally sourced from Richmond Cedar Works, where my husband’s great grandfather worked for many years. So now I have frames that not only look great but have some personal meaning behind them too!
Now that I’m finally ready to get started, I measured my wall. I decided on 16 x 20 for my frames. This would give me space on my wall for 3 frames ( 3 kiddos) with a few inches between each frame. I also wanted to be sure that whatever size I chose, I could readily purchase glass to fit for minimal cost at my local craft store. We measured and remeasured, then mitered the corners at 45 degrees.
We then used a router to make the groove for the photo and glass to sit into. Using a nail gun, we used 18 gauge brad nails to hold the 4 pieces together.
I placed the purchased glass into the frame, added my photograph, and then cut foamboard to size to use as my backing. Using glazing points around all four sides to hold everything in place, I was now ready to attach the picture hangers onto the back of the frame. Add the wire and Voilà!! What do you think?
Of course you may or may not have old fence pickets that belonged to your grandparents laying around, so you may need to be creative. Check craigslist, your local recycling center, or you could give new wood a barnwood look. I will show you how I did that for a project in a coming post!