Picture Frame Feature Wall

Picture Frame Feature Wall

This project creates a decorative pattern on an 8’ high wall using painted picture frames and lumber.


5 col

You’ll Need: Jigsaw

Difficulty: Difficult

Materials
(3) 8” x 8” Wood frames
(1) 1” x 2” x 8’ Lumber
1” x 2” x 14” Lumber
Spray paint and primer in one – Interior, semi-gloss – color of your choice
Construction adhesive with dispenser
Nail gun with 23 gauge 1½” pin nails
(2) 12” Bar clamps
4’ Level
Pencil
RulerSpeed square
Woodputty
Putty
knife
Small artists paintbrush
Tape measure

Instructions

Note : The materials listed and the steps below are for creating one column using three picture frames. Any amount of frames and columns can be added to your wall using the steps below as a guide. Four columns were added for our finished project, but get creative, have fun and make what works for you!

PREPARING AND PLACING THE FIRST THREE FRAMES:

1. Carefully remove the backboard and glass from each frame and discard. In a well ventilated area, spray paint the frames the color of your choice and allow paint to dry for 1 – 2 hours

2. Measure the length of your wall along the baseboard where you want to add the decorative pattern and mark the center point with a pencil. Draw a pencil line straight up the wall from the center point mark using a 4’ level to ensure it’s straight. This line is where the column with three frames will be attached

3. Measure 18” up the pencil line from the baseboard and mark with a pencil

4. Take a frame and add a small bead of construction adhesive to the back of each corner. Press the frame to the wall along the pencil line with the bottom point of the frame at the 18” mark from Step 3. From the top of the frame that is attached to the wall, measure12” and attach a second frame with its bottom point at the new 12” mark. Repeat to attach a third frame above it, also at 12” (See image and diagram below)

5. Put on safety glasses. Secure each frame in place using a nail gun with 23 gauge 1½” pin nails around the frame spaced every 2” – 3”

PREPARING THE LUMBER AND GROOVE TEMPLATE:

6. In a well ventilated area, spray paint the (3) 1” x 2” x 8’ lumber the color of your choice and allow paint to dry for 1 – 2 hours

7. Each piece of lumber will need to be cut with a “V” shape groove in one or both ends so each piece will fit snuggly with the corners of the frames on the wall. A groove template can be made so you only have to measure the groove once. Take the 1” x 2” x 14” lumber and place a speed square flush to one side at one end. Use a pencil to mark the wood with a 45° line

8. Flip over the speed square and place it flush to the opposite side of the wood. Use a pencil to mark the wood with a second 45° line to make a triangle (See images below)

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9. Put on safety glasses. Use two 12” bar clamps to secure the wood to your work surface with the marked triangle hanging over the edge. Use a jigsaw to cut along the pencil marks to make a triangle groove in the wood. This will now be your groove template for cutting the rest of your lumber (See image below)

SIZING AND ATTACHING THE LUMBER TO THE COLUMN:

10. Take one piece of 1” x 2” x 8’ lumber and line up the groove template from Step 9 with one end. Mark inside the groove onto the lumber with a pencil (See image below)

11. Set the template to one side. Use two 12” bar clamps to secure the wood to your work surface with the marked triangle hanging over the edge. Use a jigsaw to cut along the pencil marks to make a triangle groove in the wood (See image below)

12. Measure 18” from the newly cut inner groove point along the lumber and mark with a pencil. Use a speed square and pencil to make a straight line across the wood at the 18” mark

13. Secure the lumber to the work surface and use a jigsaw to cut across the straight line. This is piece 1 and will be placed at the bottom of the center column (Refer to diagrams above Step 10)

14. Apply a line of construction adhesive to the back of piece 1 and place it against the wall below the lowest frame in the center column. Secure in place using a nail gun with 23 gauge 1½” pin nails spaced every 2” 3 “

15. Lumber piece 2 needs grooves at both ends. Repeat Step 11. Repeat Step 12 but measure 12” instead of 18” to make the first groove. Place your groove template from Step 9 along the lumber with the inner groove point at the 12” mark. The longer sides of the template should be protruding beyond the 12” mark. Use a pencil to trace the V of the template onto your lumber. Mark an additional cut line beyond the V to make the wood easier to cut in the next step

16. Use two 12” bar clamps to secure the wood to your work surface with the marked triangle hanging over the edge. Use a jigsaw to first cut along the additional cut line from Step 15, then to cut along the pencil marks to make a triangle groove in the wood

17. Now that piece 2 has grooves at both ends, apply a line of construction glue along the back and press it to the wall between the bottom and middle frames along the center column. Secure in place using a nail gun with 23 gauge 1½” pin nails around the frame spaced every 2” – 3” (Refer to diagrams above Step 10)

18. Repeat Steps 10 to 17 for making and attaching piece 3

19. Repeat Steps 10 to 14 for making and attaching piece 4

FINISHING TOUCHES:

20. Use a putty knife to fill any gaps in the wood between the frames and the lumber with wood putty. Allow the wood putty to dry for 4 to 6 hours before moving on to the next step (See image below)

21. Touch up the wood putty to match the rest of the painted wood using a small artists paintbrush and paint

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