Monday, February 21, 2011

Beach Inspired Picture Frame

While we were in Kauai last week, Chris and I stumbled upon this boutique that had the coolest picture frames. We were really close to buying one...but then just couldn't justify spending $100 on a picture frame. SO...what did we do? We came home and made ourselves one. It turned out better than I imagined...and also took a little bit of effort. I decided if I were to make and sell these, I would have to charge at least $50. Otherwise it wouldn't be worth the time. But hey, thats half the price of what they were ripping you off charging in Hawaii. So you are getting a steal! :) Or you can just make your very own because I sure did document the process!

Our total cost for this project was about $13. I bought the frame (12 x 12 w/4" opening) at Craft Warehouse for $3.15 (Originally $6.99 but was 55% off). And then we bought the other wood at Lowe's (we bought them in long strips...the exact measurements were 11/16 x 1/2, 8') And it took us 2 wood strips to complete the frame ($5.04/ea.) I am sure you could find some cheaper wood somewhere, but we didn't want to shop around.

We started by measuring our frame and the wood to make sure we had enough to cover the whole thing. (I was sure we would only need one strip...good thing we bought two!)

Then I put Chris to work sawing away:
He is really considering quitting his day job and becoming a frame maker. haha kidding!

(oh and a little side note...you should probably cover your table or whatever you choose to paint on, unless you want it to look like ours....or maybe we are just bringing a whole new meaning to the words "shabby chic" ha!)

Next step...spray painting! I sprayed all the pieces white first. (I wanted the white to show through after I sanded them down a little bit)
Then we chose the colors we wanted the frame to be and separated the wood into piles. I didn't want it to be too matchy-matchy so I painted 2 here, 3 there...maybe 1 over there, etc.

While the paint was still drying I took a paper towel and dabbed random spots to distress it.
After the spray paint dryed I sanded the edges and then used some of my ever-so-handy distressing ink on the edges. (That product says its just for paper, so I didn't know how it would turn out...but it worked just fine!) Then we glued the pieces straight to the frame and here is the end product:


Matches our bathroom perfectly. Now go try your hand at one!  



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15 comments:

  1. Really nice! It's funny because that frame is SO similar to one I see at TJMaxx & Homegoods all the time. I love that you were able to make it!

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  2. hey that turned out great! you should try making your own super sized frame and make a bigger one. ???

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  3. I want this! I'm trying to do a beach theme in my upstairs bathroom. Even though you layed out how to do it, I will never be able to do that because I'm not crafty WHATSOEVER.

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  4. that is REALLy CUTE!!I'm trying to think of how I could incorporate something like that in my house. you are so crafty! I love it!

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  5. Man I wish I lived in Boise so you could give me craft lessons. Who am I kidding I'd probably just pay you to do them for me. :)

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  6. I love it! The colors are gorgeous. Love your blog and I am following! Saw you on Sassy Sites. Stop by when you get the chance:
    www.karismaheartsavannah.blogspot.com

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  7. Very cute! Love the colors you picked!

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  8. I love this .. found you through sassy sites!!! cute ideas!!!

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  9. Love this!! Don't ya love when you find something outrageously expensive yet you can make it for waaay cheaper?

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  10. My old roomie had some of these (but pretty sure they weren't $100). I miss them now she's gone. If I find the time, I'll make one or two of these!

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  11. So adorable with the colors you chose!

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  12. Good Lord, Christine! You've been busy! I've seen frames like this one at HomeGoods and I always find them sooo cute. Yours looks just as adorable!

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  13. It's beautiful! I love that you used different colors. Well done.

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  14. This looks great! I love the colors.
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  15. This is so cute! I am going to feature your frame on Salvage Savvy tomorrow... I'm "showing-off" my amazing followers :) Also, I'm your newest follower!!
    Connie

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