Art has become pretty accessible in recent years, hasn’t it? And, yes, I’m probably using the term “art” loosely. By “art”, I mean pretty pictures that appeal to the lay person (me) that can now be found in tons of stores for pretty cheap. Usually they’re sold in wrapped canvas formation. And while that’s ok, sometimes I find myself wanting my “art” to look a little more substantial. Since it seems wrong to spend hundreds of dollars framing a piece of canvas art that cost $29.99, I wanted to come up with an cost efficient and effective DIY frame.
The subject canvas picture is found below. I picked it up at World Market a few months ago when it was 50% off (
it’s still available for sale – similar here). I’ve got a pretty large blank wall in our master bathroom by the tub and I thought this picture seemed “bathroom-ish”. I know, I know, I should be a curator in a museum with my eye and ability to articulate the meaning of art.
So here’s how I did it. Our bathroom is definitely not rustic, so I invested in some better quality wood than I otherwise would, as I didn’t want overly knotted or rough wood. If you prefer a more rustic look, by all means get the lower grade lumber!
And, don’t forget, this week we are celebrating our 1 year blogiversary!! In celebration, we are running a contest on our Instagram account (@beckhamandbelle) to give away some wall art AND a Target gift card. Hop over to IG to follow us and check it out!!
The last step was staining. I wanted the frame to be mostly black, but to show some of the nice wood grain. I actually tried a new product (new to me, at least) on this project called Minwax Pro Series Wiping Stain in Antique Black (similar here). I put on two applications of the black stain (letting the coats dry in between). And then I finished it off with a bit of walnut stain, rubbed carefully into some of the more grainy parts of the wood. It added a little something extra, I think.
Finally, it was time for assembly. This part was actually pretty easy. Since the frame added some faux depth to the painting, I wanted the canvas to be inset ever so slightly. So, on the back of the frame I marked where the back of the canvas should attach. I then drilled holes into the top underside of the frame and the bottom underside of the frame and screwed into the frame of the canvas to secure.
8, 1″x4″x8″ pine boards, cut to below
8, 1″x3″x8″ pine boards, cut to below
*My measurements are for a build that finishes 36″ (with casters) x 49.25″ x 15″. Always measure and cut as you go. These measurements are meant for guidance only.*
I started by building the bases for each of the three shelves. You will use the 1″ x 3″ boards for the bases. The middle and bottom shelf will be the same build.
Build two rectangles using two 1″x3″x10.5″ boards & two 1″x48″ boards. Glue every where you will nail for extra strength. You’ll want to sandwich the 10.5″ boards so the rectangle measures approx. 48″x12.25″.
To attach the legs, start with the top shelf base. Ensure the base is flush with the ground and wedge each corner into the angle of the leg, gluing and nailing twice at each corner.
Next, insert the bottom shelf, again using a level to ensure it’s straight and flush with the bottom edges of the legs.
I then added two supports for the middle shelf. Sorry, I failed to take detailed pictures here amid my attempts in getting these cuts right, which admittedly took me a couple tries, but ultimately measured 1″x3″x23″ with 45″ miters on back diagonals. Again, important to measure & cut as you go as this length will be determined by the distance in between shelves.
Final step before the finishing steps (sanding, staining, and styling!).
About a month and a half ago, Steph and I got together here in Charlotte to execute our plans for The Home Depot Style Challenge, which we’d been invited to participate in over the summer.
Here’s how it worked: The Home Depot shipped us a bunch of cool holiday-themed stuff and gave us the assignment of DIY-ing a holiday wreath, and styling the surrounding space. Head over to Beckham + Belle’s post on The Home Depot Blog for more on the DIY!
|Master Light Stringer|
We actually set up our holiday ‘scene’ on my back patio. Since Christmas in the Carolinas is often pretty mild (I’m originally from Canada, so it’s all relative…), it’s not unusual to end up sitting outside on Christmas day. So Steph and I thought it would be fun to style an outdoor living room, complete with a comfy blankets, DIY plaid pillows, lights and a hot cocoa & snack bar. Super cozy.
It took us a while to figure out all the steps, and we messed up once or twice but I’m confident that if we had to make another one, we could really knock it out quickly!
|Fail. I blame the old guy in the background.|
|This one wanted in on the action, feeling strongly that flowers should be incorporated into the garland.|
So head over to the Home Depot Blog and let us know what you think! While you’re there, check out all the other great Home Depot Style Challenge projects!
I have a thing for great storage crates and baskets. In the past few months I’ve bought several with the intent to store books and blankets in our great room. The kids’ toys however seem to procreate and always take over all of our living spaces. As a result, all of those crates and baskets I bought with good intention have ended up quick solves for clean-up time. Useful still I suppose but still leave me lacking a storage solution for the things I actually want to keep in the great room. I recently got my first “big girl” power tool, a Royebi miter saw, and thought I’d test it by making a crate… Pretty simple DIY for those new to power tools and/or woodworking. I gave it an industrial touch by adding casters and finished it with rope handles. I quickly loaded it up with some of my favorite blankets before the boys could pack it with action figures. I love how it turned out and just might need to make a few duplicates to scatter throughout the house.