Framing Your Favorite Things

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We all have favorite things around our home that we love to see every day. They remind us of a special person or a favorite place.
What better way to honor those things then to make a unique space for them to be displayed.
This project started with this old frame found in the basement of a relative. You can find frames at thrift stores, antique malls or yard sales.
Give the frame a good cleaning with mild soap and water. Remove any hangers and wire.
To display your items, you will be building a box on the back of the frame.
I used 1"x2" wood so the frame wouldn't stand too far away from the wall.
Measure around the opening of the frame.

Using a miter saw, cut your pieces of wood.
To attach the pieces of wood, use wood glue on the ends of each piece.
Use trim screws to attach the pieces together.
(For similar wood projects, check out our DIY woodworking section).
Apply wood glue around the opening of the frame (on the back side).
Place the box around the opening and attach the box to the frame using trim screws.
Lay another piece of 1"x2" across the box to determine the length of your shelves.
Cut the shelves to the desired length.
Fit the shelves into the box, taping gently with a hammer if necessary.
Level the shelves.
Attach the shelves using trim screws.
Unsure how to attach the shelves? Watch the video below for all the answers.
For the back of the shelves, place a thin piece of plywood over the box and mark the size.
Cut the plywood to shape and paint.
With the frame still upside down, paint the shelves.
Flip the frame over and paint the front.
Flip the frame over and paint the front.
If you have intricate molding, use a stencil brush to ensure that the paint goes into every nook and cranny.
Apply two coats of paint.
After the paint has dried, apply wax to seal the wood. If you are using a tinted wax, use a dry brush technique which means load your brush with wax, and then brush the excess onto a paper plate until your brush is almost dry. This ensure that you won't be adding too much wax to the frame. If more is needed, continue to dry brush until you have the effect you desire.
To see how to dry brush, watch the video below.
If you are using a clear wax, brush it on as needed.
After the wax has dried, apply a bead of glue around the box edge and affix the back/plywood onto the box. Screw the back/plywood fast using trim screws.
Add hangers onto the back/plywood.
The is the final product!
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  • Michelle Cade
    on May 23, 2019

    love it! Where is video for nailing shelf in? And dry brush technique?

  • Jackie Arthur
    on May 23, 2019

    How did you get the items in the shelf?

  • Patty
    on May 24, 2019

    WoW...Super great idea! Love the simplicity of the results. Gives a new meaning to less is more. I want to make this, too. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Roxy Lee
    on May 27, 2019

    This is such a great idea. You did a beautiful job! Thanks so much for sharing! Have a nice memorial day!

  • User
    on Jun 1, 2019

    J'aime beaucoup ! Bravo !

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