Farmhouse Picture Frame – Easy Wood Working DIY Using Barnwood

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3 Hours
Unique, easy to build, Farmhouse picture frame. I’ve been thinking about a different way of creating a picture frame ever since I built a “typical” frame for my aunt for her birthday. ( See that project here.) I wanted something easier to build that didn’t require mitered corners etc. I got to looking online and saw several gallery ideas using big pieces of wood, some out of pallets, some using barn wood and some using purchased wood that they built big backs out of.
First thing was I knew I wanted it to look like there was a solid piece of wood covering the whole back of the print and that was also large enough to create a “frame” around the outside. I also wanted it to be more farmhouse looking so, right away, I knew I wanted to hang it with twine.
So, I headed to my barn and I grabbed one 1×4 and one 1×2 that were each long enough to create the entire picture frame. First I sanded them down and cleaned them up with vinegar to get the grain to really stand out. The 1×4 I cut in two pieces to the height of the picture frame plus the width of the 1×2 times two. Then I cut the 1×2 in two pieces to the width of the picture plus the 1×2’s width times two. Then I screwed them together, the 1x2s across the top and bottom of the 1x4s. (I pre-drilled before screwing them together because boards this small are notorious for splitting.) I then put a coat of satin poly acrylic over the whole thing.
The print fits perfectly over the 1x4s and up against the bottom and top of the 1x2s. I found these little clip attachments at my local hardware store that looks so old school farmhouse that it was clear I just HAD to use them. I opted out of using plexi glass or glass for now simply because of cost. Instead I did a coat of satin poly acrylic over the face of the print. I cannot vouch for this AT ALL – it seemed to work fine for my two prints but it may not work for yours!
I screwed two eye hooks into the top of the frame on either side and then used a piece of twine to hang the print. All in I am totally happy with how this picture frame turned out. What I’m really excited about was how EASY this was to make, without having to miter the corners means almost anyone could build it!
As another option too: a board could be added to the back to create a standing frame for desks or on shelves.
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  • Tra22821796 Tra22821796 on May 08, 2018

    Where did you find the pictures used in these frames?

  • Aro25981274 Aro25981274 on May 08, 2018

    Where did you buy the butterfly clips?

  • Reenaroc Reenaroc on May 08, 2018

    Great Job! Have a question... What did you use on the back of the print to keep it from getting warped? I just saw in the reading about a solid back, but there are not pics of that? TY

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  • Theresa Theresa on Jun 01, 2019

    I would not make these frames because I can miter and I like the miter look but yours are so cute. What I think you should change is the hanging twine. It will break sooner than you think. If you take your twine and wrap it around a length of picture hanging wire you get the look but it will last much, much longer. Nice job! Theresa

  • Diane Brinker Diane Brinker on Jul 24, 2019

    Thank you for sharing.... I love chicken wire for all kinds of uses. Yours is a great idea.