Embellish store-bought frames with strips of wood. Hang them together gallery-style to link a trio of pictures. The simple black-and-white photographs pop against a bold paint color.
After cutting all wooden pieces, glue them to the frame following the order of the numbered diagram.
- 1/2-by-1/2-inch basswood, in various sizes, davinciartistsupply.com
- Miter box, acehardware.com
- Wooden frame, 8 by 10 inches or larger
- Sandpaper, fine grit
- Flat-bristle brushes
- Tacky glue, such as Aleene's
- Primer and paint, in Blue Suede, by Martha Stewart Living Paint, from Home Depot and in Mulholland Yellow, benjaminmoore.com
- Mini Moldings, 1/4 by 9/16 inches, by Artistic Woodworking, from acmoore.com
Cut basswood to the following lengths with miter box:4 pieces 2 inches longer than exterior length of frame (1, 2, 5, 6)2 pieces to fit the width between 1 and 2 (7, 8)2 pieces 5 inches longer than exterior width of frame (3, 4) \8 pieces 1 inch long (see shading)
Using a flat brush, glue pieces to the frame and one another according to the numbered diagram, sanding ends of wood as necessary for a good fit. Attach 1-inch pieces last.
After glue has dried, use another brush to apply 1 coat of primer, let dry, and then apply 2 coats of paint