Way back in November 2013 I made a big picture to put over my mantel. It was nice to have something up there and I still love the picture, but I wasn’t loving how it looked up there anymore.
After several changes my mantel has looked like this for the last couple of months:
I decided to attach the picture to a piece of plywood and then build a frame around it. All with stuff I already had. And I didn’t have any plywood.
I had a piece of bead board left over from my bathroom project that was slightly bigger than I needed it. I still don’t own a table saw so I used a combination of an exacto knife and a hand saw. Luckily it’s not really wood so it cut pretty easily (although not cleanly.)
Originally I was going to stain the trim around the edges but I had to use a combination of pine and redwood (improvisation #2) so I had to abandon that plan. I had also planned on setting the picture down into the frame a little bit but since the back board wasn’t real wood I couldn’t nail into the edge so I just set the board on top of the frame and nailed it together (improvisation #3.)
Once everything was fastened it looked like this:
First I sprayed it wit an aqua spray paint (obviously this was after I had already started to position the picture.) Once the spray paint was dry I rubbed on a coat of Jacobean stain and let that dry.
Then I put it over the mantel!
I really wish I had done this sooner! It was so easy and looks so much better!