Several weeks ago we had professional family pictures taken. I’m embarrassed to admit that we’ve never done that! It was well past time and worth the investment to have a few of them “mounted”. I’m not sure that’s the right term, but they are on this thick, sturdy -type, surface that doesn’t smudge. Hopefully, one of you camera guru’s can tell me what this is called, ha!
Because we spent a little more money getting this done, I really didn’t want to spend a fortune on custom frames. I began to research pinterest, blogs, etc. for ways that I could do a DIY picture frame that actually looked good. Along came my trusty Bower Power blog! Katie from Bower Power had made these wood-mounted photographs and I figured I could use her post as inspiration to create my own.
MDF, picture framing hardware, and a couple of tools are all you need for these frames. I made sure my measurements included a 2 1/2″ border around my pictures. Then I went to Lowe’s and had them cut three pieces of mdf. They do that for free! Hooray for free!
Because my pictures were already “mounted”, I skipped Katie’s first step which was to glue your photo down on a 1/4″ piece of mdf. MY first step was to paint my boards. I painted them the same color that I did the faux shiplap, which is Alabaster from Sherwin Williams.
I used three coats of paint just to make sure it was fully covered. Then, I sanded the sides between coats because they tend to get fuzzy. I used fine grit sanding block and then wiped the board with a microfiber cloth before the next coat.
Attach the hardware to hang the frame. This made me a little nervous because I had to drill on the backside of the mdf, but not all the way through, or that would ruin it. So, I had to be very careful!
What I learned though, is that mdf is somewhat soft and you can actually just use a screwdriver and screw your hardware in if you’re nervous about the drilling part.
Once I screwed the hardware into the mdf, I just ran picture-hanging wire through the holes.
Attach your photos! I used removable Command Strips. I’m not sure if this is kind of like jerryrigging it, but it works, so whatever, lol!
Now, hang your photos, and you’re all set!!
Now, originally I was going to place all three photos together. I cut some brown paper to the size of each photo and placed in on the wall and it was TOO MUCH!
I didn’t like the geometric shapes on both sides of the tv, so I went ahead and just hung the large picture on the right instead of all three.
After I hung the large picture, I wasn’t sure what to do with the other two…yikes! It took me a couple of days to really decide, but I finally did figure it out. I had three 8×10’s of the kids and a couple of Ohio wall hangings that I used to create a gallery wall in the front room. I’m so glad that I had those leftover pictures because I love how this wall turned out!
Here are a couple more shots of these two mounted photos.
Anybody notice that dang thermostat in the middle of my gallery wall??? The gallery wall does camouflage it a little, but I’m thinking about something more like this….
This project was super easy. The hardest part was actually figuring out where to hang my pictures! Please check out the Bower Power blog post on this topic. You can easily print photos or have them printed somewhere like Walgreens or CVS and use this wood-mounted technique. You’ll be glad you did!