When I spotted this unfinished panel and frame in my local craft store, I had an idea for combining them into a clock. I started by drilling a small hole in the center of the panel for the clock shaft, then gave the wood a light sanding.
For me, two separate pieces means two different colors. I stained the square panel with Minwax® Wood Finish™ in “Classic Gray,” wiping off the excess stain to allow the grain to show with just a light gray tint.
After the stain dried, I protected the wood with a few coats of Minwax® Polycrylic™ Protective Finish. Once completely dried, I then attached the “Navy Blue” frame to the “Classic Gray” panel with glue and finish nails.
Rather than use traditional numbers, I pressed on self-adhesive baseball decals, then slipped the clock hands over the shaft.
Not only did I have fun being creative with my clock design, I also now have a unique gift to give to a young athlete I know.
Be sure to check out Minwax’s new “Made With Love. Finished With Minwax.” campaign currently going on. The theme is ‘Find. Finish. Love.,’ celebrating the thrill of finding real wood pieces – sometimes in the least expected places – and the joy of making them into something we love.
This week’s guest blog is from Jen of City Farmhouse. Create your own picture frame by following her tutorial.
Family photos can bring life and meaning into a home, they can tell a story & make an ordinary space feel loved and appreciated. A few summers ago I had an amazing photographer friend of mine, Michele Kats, take photos of my family & I at the beach. It was a place I spent a lot of time as a child, as did my father and then my own boys when we moved back from Colorado. I felt so blessed leaving the session, before even knowing what they would look like. These memories continue to be a gift for us as we cherish looking at them each and every time. I have printed a few here & there but to be honest I have always wanted to do something bigger with them.
I am excited to be partnering with Minwax® on this post as part of their Made With Love campaign. Today I am going to show you how your family photos can become art & a beautiful focal point in any space, along with a really easy way to create a DIY frame. The fun thing about this project, I brought a beautiful memory that spans 3 generations into my home and did it all for under $50.
Let’s get started. You will need…
4 wood pieces cut to size – I bought 2- 5/8″ x 36″ poplar square rods and a 6 ft piece of pine screen door molding which I cut to size. For a 30″ x 30″ print I then had 4 lengths of wood that were all 31″ long, 2 poplar and 2 pine.
photo/print– Mine was 30″ x 30″ (from Nations Photo Lab)
nails – 3/4 x 18
I cut 2 poplar pieces and 2 pine screen door molding pieces all to 31″. I wanted the frame to hang 1/2″ on either side of my print which was 30″. I used a box saw and some sand paper to smooth the edges.
2. Time to stain. Be sure to use plastic gloves and have proper ventilation. I used Minwax® Wood Finish™ in the Driftwood color first, then after it was dry I used a cloth to layer on, very unevenly, the Early American color. This gave a weathered look.
Lay your print on a flat surface face down. I did the bottom frame first. The square poplar piece is what will be visual from the front, so lay that under the bottom edge. I measured so both sides were even.
Once it was even I taped the print so it would stay in place. I then added the pine piece on top, this piece will not be visible from the front.
I used thin nails to secure the back piece – the pine to the poplar piece. I used a total of 5 for the bottom and 5 for the top.
This is what it will look like from the front.
You will do the same for the top and add jute for hanging. I measured 3″ from either side and tied a knot at the end.
Simple right?! Here is how it looks when you walk in my backdoor mudroom.
You can go HERE for more information and watch this BEAUTIFUL video.
Jen shares DIY projects and thrifty decorating solutions. Her design philosophy is that bringing style to your home doesn’t have to break the bank. Learn more about Jen and visit City Farmhouse. You Can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
The downside to doing television shows is that I sometimes arrive back in my workshop with partially stained props, such as this oak picture frame. As you know, once a stain has dried it can only be removed by sanding it off, which is what I did with my palm sander and some #120-grit sandpaper.
After removing the sanding dust, I peeled back the front of a package of Minwax® Wood Finishing Cloths — 8 pre-moistioned cloths containing both a water based stain and finish – and began rubbing the “Dark Mahogany” stain and finish into the wood. As soon as I did, I wiped off the excess stain with a clean cloth, going in the direction of the grain of the wood. (PS – They include a pair of gloves!)
A few minutes later I was done, and the water-based stain and finish dried in less than 30 minutes, so I was able to sand, stain, finish, and complete my framing project long before lunch.
For several years I organized a DIY stain and finish class in which the students worked on frames I made in my workshop. Over time I accumulated several leftover frames that I finally decided to “DIY-it myself” — and finish them for my collection of Arts and Crafts posters.
Since water-based products dry so quickly, I was able to condition, stain, and finish several frames over one weekend. I hung them downstairs in our house on Sunday evening, making me feel good about both utilizing the frames and getting my posters displayed!
Until next time,
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