Thursday, April 24, 2014

~thrifty thursday~barn wood & burlap frame

This weeks thrifty Thursday project includes more scrap wood. 
You can use new wood, painted and distressed to look old, or you can use old pallets, barn wood, etc. 
Here is what I made:
{try to ignore the shadows!}

Besides the scrap wood you will also need white paint, black paint, spray adhesive, glass, 2 screws, mdf, and burlap.

The first thing I did
{and didn't get a picture of}
was to line all my scrap wood up and then cut them all to length. 
There was no rhyme or reason to how long or wide each piece was, I just eyeballed it.

Next you want to cut 3 pieces of mdf
{medium density fiberboard}

You will want to figure how big you want your glass to be before cutting the mdf pieces.
I used a piece of 8x10 glass, so I cut one piece that same size, 8x10.

Then I cut another one slightly bigger. Again, I eyeballed it.

Then I cut a third piece slightly bigger than that.

Lay everything out like in the photo below.

You are going to paint one piece of mdf white, one black, and you are going to cover one in burlap.
I wrote with pencil on each one so I wouldn't accidentally paint one the wrong color.

Biggest one black.
Middle one burlap.
Smallest one white.

I should back up here and say that I added strips of mdf to the back and used wood glue and screws to hold my scrap wood pieces together, running them horizontally.

Sorry, didn't get a picture of that ever.
Do I win a prize for worst tutorial?

OK, now gather your spray adhesive and all your materials.

Paint your black and white pieces and set aside to dry.

While those pieces are drying you can cut a piece of burlap slightly 
bigger than your middle piece of mdf.

 Outdoors, spray the burlap and the mdf with spray adhesive and fold over and wrap like a present.
Let dry.

Now you can put all your pieces together.
I used a air nailer with short nails.

Lay out your scrap pieces then place your black painted piece and nail into place.
{if you don't have an air nailer, you could use wood glue, or another strong glue and some finish nails}

Next, lay the burlap piece on top, then the white piece, attaching each one. 

Then you can add a photo.
I cut my 8 x10 photo down a bit so the white wood showed.
This is also just a photo copy.

Place your glass on top.
Here is a tip.
Instead of getting a piece of glass cut, consider picking up a ugly frame at a thrift store for around 99 cents and using the glass out of it.

Now, I used 2 screws on either side of the glass to hold in place. However, I think it looks ugly and am currently trying to find other ways to attach it that looks a little nicer.
Suggestions welcome!



irbuanosraL said...

I have made similar frames. I used plexiglass and drilled holes into it and then put screws in the holes. These are cute!

Lynn said...

Love this rustic frame!!! I agree the screws are iffy... maybe try mirror clips... They come in many different varieties...

The Gray Barn said...

Thanks for sharing this idea, wondering if you could frame the glass with decorative upholstery tacks to hold it in. Jeni

The Gray Barn said...

Thanks for sharing this idea, wondering if you could frame the glass with decorative upholstery tacks to hold it in. Jeni

Sebastian Chuter said...

Indeed, a great idea! I have made one of my new cabin and thanks to you that I’m inspired to finish it! I love the style of wood, even though it’s too simple to look at. The Step by step process is effective! Attractive!

Sebastian of
Gazebo and Bali Hut Super Store

tahamina begum said...

Thanks for sharing. I love most this kind of Blog. I, too, would love reclaimed wood shelves in our study and needed to know how to make them. There are more item of wood and wood institute. I love it very much. I need to know more about wood. So I am searching this kind of blog.
barn wood

Kelly said...

Love these frames. I use flat type speed nuts and screw them in with a tiny black screw. They'll have them at any home improvement store.

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