DIY Frame

DIY Frame 2.1

Necessity (and lack of money) is the mother of invention. It’s a long story but I’ll give you the short version. We’re renting, there is an ugly mirror hanging in the living room, we can’t take it down, the bookcases didn’t hide it all the way, I decided to prop things on top of the bookcases to hide the rest of the mirror, I needed to make a large frame for the map. It measures 19″ x 30″.

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You can make a simple frame using a miter box and a 1″ x 4″ board. I wanted to show you that making a frame was possible without a chop saw. We had just moved into our new house in Nevada and some of our things were still in our house in Utah. Of course, the saw was one of those things. So miter box and saw to the rescue.

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I started by cutting a 45 degree angle and used the map as a guide to decide where to make the second cut. I made a mark for the second cut and cut another 45 degree angle in the opposite direction.

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Then I did the same with the other 3 sides making sure the cuts fit well.

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I flipped the boards over then used wood glue to hold them together. I also screwed these brackets into place to hold the frame together and make it more secure. Then I let it dry for a few hours.

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After the seams were dry I used a sample of Minwax Stainable Wood Filler to fill in the frame seams.

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Once it was dry I lightly sanded the area. I was trying to decide between staining and painting but ultimately decided on painting.

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I chose LaFonda Mirage by Valspar. The color goes perfectly with the map. Here are how the corners turned out once they were painted.

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I used tape to secure the map to the back of the frame. I was originally going to staple the map using a staple gun but the tape worked so well that I decided to keep it. I’m going to be leaning the map but you could easily hang it by adding hardware to the back of the frame.

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I’m so happy with it and that it hides the ugly mirror I can’t do anything about. I’ll be showing you the rest of the bookcase decorated for Fall/Thanksgiving later this week. Now when someone comes over they have no idea what is lurking behind the bookcases and the map.

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{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Steph @ Crafting in the Rain November 5, 2013, 10:17 pm

    Love it Leanne! I have one of those yellow miter boxes too, but I’ve only used it once! Time to bust it out again 🙂

  • Jackie November 6, 2013, 3:20 am

    Thank you – the pictures are really good. I’d never even heard of a mitre box – brilliant!
    Jackie recently posted..Save Money on Christmas Gifts – Free Printables

  • Sami January 7, 2014, 7:09 am

    I’m a single mom, renting, with no home improvement tools except a drill but this project is awesome. I will definitely get a mitre box and handsaw (once budget allows) and make a frame, I can see lots of ways to use this beyond pictures. Thank you so much for the inspiration and very clear directions (if I can’t see the whole process in my head I am lost LOL!) God bless you and your family!

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