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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Beadboard Frames Tutorial

I get these visions of what I want, but can't afford. 
 This time I had a vison of 6 square frames
 (one for each of my children)
hanging from a wrought iron bar wrapped in red garland. 
 So I started searching. 
 But the cheapest I could find square frames was for $7.  
That's $42 for 6.
 Plus those you had to pay extra for the glass and paint them yourself. 
 I really liked the idea of them being made out of beadboard.  
Well, we had scraps of beadboard panneling left over from our kitchen island project and the mud room
 I started thinking I could just make them myself. 
 My Hubby said, 
"No, we will never be able to get the center cut out straight." 
 But I keep thinking,
 I can do this
 So I measured my iron bar to determine how big I could make my frames to fit under the bar.
  I got this bar free from my great neighbor Shelly
They could be 12" squares, but to be able to make 6 from my scraps they ended up being 11 3/4". 
  I started by cutting out six squares from the panneling on the table saw.  
Then I cut out my opening, which was about 7".  
I had to drill holes in the corners and used a jig saw to cut from hole to hole.  
Yes, my husband was right, it looked terrible. 
 But I kept plugging on.

To get them to look chunky, I cut strips of left over 3/4" MDF. 
 Which I glued around all the edges. 
 I need some sort of trim to cover my ugly openings. 
 I ended up cutting more of the beadboard into small strips.

Then I mittered the corners and glued them over the ugliness. 
Framed the opening wonderfully.

Next I spray painted them.  
First I started to paint them black, but changed my mind. 
 I tried cream, yes! 
 This was the first thing I had to purchase. 
 Two cans about $6.  
(I could have used one if I didn't have to cover three frames I had already painted black.)

Then I used a dark chocolate glaze and wiped most of it off.

This is the finished frame, I love it!

 I needed glass.  
Again my neighbor Shelly had a large piece of broken glass which she gave me. 
I took it to Lowes to have them cut it.  
They will not cut your glass, only glass purchased at Lowes.  
Although the manager showed me how to use a glass cutter so I bought that for just over $3. 

It was pretty easy. 
 Just measure and score. 
 Only score it once. 
 Don't run the cuter back and forth.

Then line the scored line up with the edge of the counter and snap it off.  
It worked. 

I took pictures of my kids and printed them out at home and mounted them in to frames. 
Then time to mount everything on the wall.
  The hardware that came with the rod stuck to far out from the wall, so I found alterative brackets. 
 I think they were from the plumbing department at Lowes.  
Only problem was they were silver. 
 I painted them with brown and black craft paint. 
 It was a close match to the bar.

Here is the finished product on the wall. 
 I love it.  
I love the texture, color, and style. 
 But most of all I love that I actually made them. 
 Total cost $12.74 
 ($6 paint, $3 glass cutter, $1.24 mounting brackets, $2.50 ribbon.)

I had bought this red garland awhile ago at DI for $1. 
 So make that total $13.74. 
 So what do ya think leave a commet! 


House of Smiths said...

you should put this on one of the sites for projects... SHARE THE TALENT, GIRL!
I can't wait to see it in person!

Chris said...

Absolutely brilliant!!! All that hard work definitely paid off! I love it!

Hollis said...

These are absolutely Beautiful! So beautiful! I love the beadboard and the colors and that there are six of them! I just love Them!!!! Thank you so much! I definately want something like this in my own home! Thank you for sharing with us!

Amanda Batchelor said...

Once again, you amaze me! Wish I had my own home to decorate! Great idea, Ronda.

Jessica Draper said...

What a clever way to hang all six. I am AMAZED!!! Well done! Love it!

Carla said...

I love this I need to do this!!! I also have 6 kids and this is perfect, good work.

Anonymous said...

You go girl!! I love you! Mom

Unknown said...

Gorgeous! I adore those frames!!!! They look like they cost a fortune and came from pottery barn! Wonderful job!

Chantelle - ThousandSquareFeet said...

Gorgeous! Totally see this in my next house. Currently, I have my own trapeze-style frame using a rod and picture frames. Check it out, if you want - http://thousandsquarefeet.blogspot.com/2009/08/i-finished-sentence-or-diy-trapeze.html

The How-To Gal said...

This is gorgeous! Awesome job :)

Crafty Sisters said...

I love the beadboard fronts! I made some kinda like these, but yours are WAY cuter! Good job!

Danielle @ Transforming Home said...

Found you on DIY show off - I absolutely love this project! Looks great.


Tricia said...

Hi Ronda.
I just found you via The DIY Showoff and wanted to tell you how much I LOVE this project! Your instructions were especially fantastic, btw.
I am doing an inspiration post today and I would love to add a link to this.
This idea should definitely be shared!


michelle@somedaycrafts said...

These are amazing! I'm in love! I featured this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com Grab my "featured" button.

shana said...

I was thinking of how to NOT have to cut out the middle . . . could you just mount the picture right to the beadboard and then frame it in with the smaller pieces? Just another lazy mom with lots of kids trying to think of a (cheap) shortcut! Thanks for the really great post!
Shana (mother of 5)

Audra said...

Love Love Love It!!! It looks amazing! Well done!!!

Anonymous said...

Love it, love it, love it! I just found your blog and you have wonderful ideas!!!

kanishk said...

They look like they cost a fortune and came from pottery barn! Wonderful job!
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Lorie said...

I love it! I am posting a link from my blog tomorrow!

Julie said...

This is so going in my hallway. I hope I can do it as well as you did!!!

Kris said...

So cute! Great Job!

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Jenny Whiting said...

This is a great idea! I love beadboard and would love to make some frames like this. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

Hot Foil Designs said...

I love how your family is "tied" together!

The Mac's House said...

Amazing, love it!

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Sawdust Girl said...

This is such a cool project. I happen to have a ton of scrap beadboard...I may just have to use this as inspiration for something...

The Vaughn Family said...

Oh my word you are talented! I just happened across your blog, I must ask you...which DI are you shopping the most? I've been to good ones and really, really not good ones for home decor. I love your stuff, great job!

Cindy Sage said...

So funny...I follow House of Smith and stopped by to see this link...Lo and behold it is you : ) Why do husbands try to down play our ideas? We know what we are doing : 0 or we fake it really well.

Ronda Batchelor said...

I shop at the West Valley DI mostly cause it's close. I also love the Salvation Army on 56th.

redwithcurls said...

This is so beautiful and you are one talented woman....how do you keep the glass in though? Sorry if this is a dumb question

Ronda Batchelor said...

I actually cut out cardboard to fit the opening behind the photo and taped it in place.