Rustic Picture Frames
This was a quick little project that I did over the weekend. It will hold 4x6 or 5x7 pictures. The final dimensions are 8 1/2 inches in length by 6 1/2 inches in width. I used 1x4 (actual dimensions: 3/4 x 3.5) pallet boards for the frames. I stained them using General Finishes Antique Walnut gel stain and sprayed 2 coats of a satin spray finish to seal the stain in.
I cut some 1x4 pallet boards to 8 1/2 inches in length.
I glue two pieces up to get the desired width of 6 1/2 inches. This will actually result in a board that is 7 inches wide because each piece is 3 and a half inches wide. I cut off the extra 1/2 inch at the table saw when the glue dries.
I sand the front, back and round over the edges with 80 grit sandpaper. I didn't go any higher on the grit because I wanted to keep the rustic look and feel.
I put 1 coat of General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain on the frames. Wipe it on liberally, wait a minute or two for it to soak in and then I wipe off the excess with a rag.
I didn't like the chrome look of the clips so I sprayed some flat black spray paint on them to give them the look I was going for.
For a simple finish, I sprayed 2 coats of a satin clear wood finish on the frames.
To keep the clips in, I used hot glue.
I used small sawtooth picture hangers for hanging the frames. I put one hanger on two sides of the frame so I can hang a picture in landscape and portrait.