How to Turn Your Favorite Art Into Secret Hidden Wall Storage

Mitch Couch
by Mitch Couch

A precious piece of art from my beloved grandmother deserves a special place in my home.

I decided to frame this gift and turn it into secret hidden wall storage that not only showcases the art in a beautiful way but also keeps my other cherished family heirlooms safe.

Join me as I take you through the process of creating a secret diy hidden storage frame to preserve your family's special mementos.

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How to make a keepsake frame for a painting

1. Planning and Measuring

To build the frame around the artwork, we'll start by measuring the four sides.

You'll need two pieces for the top and two for the sides.

Cut wood at an angle

2. Cut at 45-Degree Angle

To create frames for your artwork, you'll need to cut each of your four wood pieces with 45-degree angles on both ends.

Start by cutting one end of your wood piece at a 45-degree angle.

Mark the length to cut

Then measure the length it needs to be.

Keepsake craft ideas

Now, cut this end at a 45-degree angle.

Remember, you need two pieces for each side, so make sure you get them just right.

Step-by-step guide to creating diy hidden storage frame

3. Assemble with Nails and Glue

Secure the frame by using a nail gun and wood glue to ensure your frame is strong and sturdy.

Woodworking project for keepsakes

Attach all four corners.

Measure wood pieces to create shelves

4. Add Shelves

To create the hidden storage compartment, we are going to add shelves inside the frame. Measure a piece of wood for the center support.

Keepsake crafts - Hidden storage

Attach this support piece with glue and nails.

Crafting a keepsake frame for generational gifts

Now measure and cut two more pieces that will be your shelves.

Attach these smaller pieces to the center plank.

Give the shelf a thorough sand

5. Sand and Stain

Sand the entire frame to prepare it for staining. Sanding not only smooths the surface but also allows the stain to penetrate the wood effectively.

Stain the frame

Choose a wood stain that closely matches the frame's color and apply it with a brush or a towel for a seamless finish. Wipe off any excess stain to ensure a clean look.

Install hinges

6. Install Decorative Hinges

Attach decorative hinges to the frame to create the hidden storage door.

Drill holes into the side of the frame

Mark and drill holes for the hinges to ensure they are securely in place.

Drill into the side of the shelf

Pre-drilling ensures that you won't split the wood.

DIY wall art frame with decorative hinges

Use a screwdriver to install the hinges, avoiding the need for a drill.

Handmade frame for a sentimental painting

7. Hang the Storage Frame

Attach a hook to the back of the shelf.

With the hook in place, hang the hidden storage frame on the wall.

Hang your storage frame on the wall

Secure it with nails and ensure it's firmly attached.

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Read this DIY Floating Box Shelves tutorial for another brilliant secret storage idea.

Family heirlooms in secret shelf

Secret Hidden Wall Storage Tutorial

And there you have it! Your DIY keepsake box is complete.

The beauty of this project lies in its versatility. While I've used it to store cherished family heirlooms, you can customize it to suit your needs.

DIY hidden storage

Make it your own by framing a piece of artwork you adore and transforming it into a discreet storage solution for your own unique treasures.

Let us know how you plan to adapt this concept in the comments below.

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