The playroom has sort of stayed under cover over the last couple of weeks. Would you agree?! I haven’t posted much on social media and I only shared a couple shots of the 90% assembled wall unit last week with a teeny tiny sneak peek of the new rug, light and couch. I know. You want more, right?!! I promise you’ll get to see it ALL next week when I reveal the space! For week 3, the rest of the New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge participants and I decided to share a DIY decor tutorial of some sort. I’m going to share how I saved some big bucks by creating a DIY Wood Frame for an old canvas piece that we’ve had hanging in the playroom.
Remember this elephant canvas from the playroom before pics?
I know it’s hard to focus on the canvas with all the mess and mayhem going on around it! But you remember, right?!
Well, I really wanted to get a new piece of art, but it wasn’t because I didn’t like the elephant anymore. It’s because I wanted a framed piece of art on the wall….a bold black frame that would add a dramatic pop against the light gray walls and help break up all of the white shelving. Buuut I didn’t want to splurge on that framed something new. The expenses associated with a room makeover and even a refresh add up very quickly, even with the generous help from sponsors. So, I decided to put T to work again, and we came up with a DIY frame solution that actually cost us $0. And that NEVER happens!
Although I’m not sharing any genius build-plans with you and probably never will since our DIY skills are not at that level ha, but I will share with you what we did and call it a super simple tutorial!
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WHAT WE DID
The canvas measures 24″ x 36″, so we cut 4 pieces of wood. Using a circular saw, 2 pieces were cut at 24″ in length and the other 2 were cut at 38″. We came up with the 38″ by adding 2″ to the measurement of the top and bottom of the canvas in order to account for the added inch that the side pieces of the frame would add to the total width of the piece.
After the pieces were cut, we lightly sanded the cut edges and then laid them out to be painted.
I gave them 3 coats of black semi-gloss spray paint and waited about an hour in between each coat.
After they were dry, we brought them inside to attach to the canvas. We simply laid the canvas face-down, placed one of the freshly painted wooden side pieces next to the canvas, clamped them together and then drilled 3 screws into the wood from the inside of the canvas out.
We repeated this step on the opposite side as well.
Lastly, we attached the top and bottom pieces just like we did the side ones.
Boom. New frame!
Right now we have it leaning on the wall in the playroom, but by next week it will be hung up on the wall with a couple of art pieces placed above it. At least I think I’m going to add more to that wall. I really like how it looks in the design board, so we’ll see.
Over the last few days, I’ve been rounding up accessories from throughout the house to work on styling the shelves. The top of the unit will be all open shelving while the bottom is going to be enclosed behind doors. The IKEA trip to pick up the door hinges still hasn’t happened yet, but I’m hoping to get there tomorrow while the boys are at school.
Isn’t the glimmer of gold so great?!
For now, I’ll leave with you a sneak peek of some of the shelves I’ve been working on…A “shelfie“, if you will!
So with that, I’m off to go check out what everyone else was working on this week! Be sure to stop by and see for yourself! Thanks again to Stephanie of Casa Watkins for being such a lovely host!
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Thank you to the wonderfully generous sponsors who provided product to us to use in our room refreshes!
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I’ll be back again again this week with some more DIY delight for you!