Every time I’m in a store with home decor I walk through the aisles with my jaw on the floor (in my mind, not literally) when I see their prices. All I can think is, “I could make that for ____ dollars,” which is usually a VERY small fraction of whatever they’re charging. It always makes me feel very incredulous.
“I like to use ‘I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter’ on my toast in the morning, because sometimes when I eat breakfast, I like to be incredulous. How was breakfast? Unbelievable.” — Demetri Martin. Can’t think of the word incredulous without thinking about that line from my favorite comedian.
Wood (I used 1×3 for this one)
Kreg Jig OR Metal Plates
STEP 1: PRINT OUT PRINTABLE AND CUT
The links to the printable are below. Cut off some of the top and bottom, but leave a little extra on every side to go behind the frame you’re building.
STEP 2: CUT TOP AND BOTTOM TO SIZE
I used 1″x3″ wood because that’s what I had lying around. Cut the top and bottom the same size. To figure out the length of these pieces, add the length of the paper + 2 times the width of wood (minus a few centimeters)
STEP 3: CUT THE SIDES
While you have the top and bottom set on the paper, measure the distance between them to figure out the length of the sides. Place everything on the paper to make sure it fits and make any more necessary cuts if your measurements were off.
STEP 4: SAND
Sand down each piece, but be careful to to round any corners where it’s going to attach to another piece (i.e., the short ends of the little pieces). For the rest of the areas, I round the corners and edges a bit when I sand.
I have had my Rigid orbital sander for over a decade and it’s still going strong. It has got me through refinishing 2 full kitchens, 6 bathrooms and countless furniture products. If you’re doing any type of bigger project it’s DEFINITELY worth it.
STEP 5: DRILL HOLES OR ATTACH
If you don’t have a Kreg Jig, you can use metal plates to attach the pieces.
I used the Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System to build this frame. Some other projects I’ve used it on: 8-foot farmhouse table, coffee table, bathroom shelves, console, and faux metal coffee table.
If you do have any kind of Kreg Jig, make 2 pocket holes on each end of the short sides. Use holes A & C so you don’t have to reposition the wood in between drilling.
Your short pieces will look like this:
So in case you’re unfamiliar, that’s what a Kreg Jig does…it makes pocket holes which makes attaching pieces of wood incredibly simple, especially if you’re building something where pieces are going to be perpendicular to each other. It’s also perfect for making repairs on broken furniture. My Kreg Jig has paid for itself MANY times over.
To attach, clamp and drill in the screws.
Attach both small pieces, clamping each time.
Attach the top piece.
STEP 6: SAND AGAIN
Flip it over and sand again to smooth out everything, especially the joints and outside perimeter.
STEP 7: WIPE WITH WOOD CONDITIONER
Use a wood conditioner first. A can of this will last you a long time. After about 3 years I’m down to about an inch left of it. You just wipe it one, wait 5-15 minutes, wipe of and then you’re ready to stain. If you’re painting, you don’t need this…it’s just to keep the stain from looking splotchy. No, you can NOT skip this step if you’re staining.
STEP 8: 1-3 COATS OF STAIN
I used Minwax Classic Gray stain If you’re only doing a couple projects you’ll only need a half-pint can.
To attach the picture, I just used tape so I can switch the printable out with each season.
Set up your spring vignette!
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Click on the “JPG File” or “PDF File” below to print. All printables were created by Find It, Fix It or Build It; however, the wreaths and flowers were used from another site, and credit to the author is given below.
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If you print any of these out to use for your home decor, I’d love to see pictures!