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DIY Wall Art {Photo Frame}

I finished up my first project pretty for the office this weekend. I knew I had been wanting to put a large picture frame or piece of art on this shelve in the office and after looking at all different kinds of pinspiration this is what I came up with. It cost right around $20 with the piece of wood, stain & paint, and picture frame. You could definitely build it cheaper, especially if you already have a frame on hand. I picked up the black frame at Hobby Lobby. It was 50% off and cost $10.


This project didn't require any power tools. I just picked up an already cut 2x2 piece of finished plywood and stained it with ebony minwax stain. I wanted it to be black but I still wanted to see the wood grain.

I taped it off for the chevron pattern and painted several coats of white paint. After it dried I used a sanding block and gave it a distressed look. I'm thinking I want to go back with the power sander and distress it a little more but I can always do that later.

My original plan was to have my hubby cut out where I wanted to attach the frame and turn the whole piece into a permanent frame. However, after thinking about it I figured it would be easier to just hang the picture frame on the wood with a nail. This way I can change out the picture easier because the 8x10 that is in there is temporary until I get the other one made. Also, you could change out the frame if you wanted to for other colors or shapes.

I love how it turned out and I was just thinking if you put different nails or even knobs on a piece like this you could easily turn it into a jewelry holder. How fun would that be?

Jessica H

Thursday 14th of March 2013

Love this! I tried to paint chevron on a pumpkin once- didn't turn out the greatest. I think I would have better luck with something flat like this. Super cute!


Miranda @ Someday Crafts

Thursday 14th of March 2013

What a cute project. I'm loving the double frame look. Just wanted to let you know that this will be featured on Someday Crafts tomorrow, so be sure to come by and check it out!!

Crystal Ike

Wednesday 13th of March 2013

Love this DIY!

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Lauren Elliott

Wednesday 13th of March 2013

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Thursday 14th of March 2013

Oh no... I thought I had fixed that a while ago. I wonder if switching over to G+ profile effected it. I will look into fixing it now. Thanks so much for letting me know.



Wednesday 13th of March 2013

I love your frame! I've seen those whimsical frames at Hobby Lobby, but they've only had the "crazy" colors when I've been. I like them, but they just don't match my living room. I'm going to have to keep checking back for black.

I'd be thrilled if you'd link up at this week's Off the Hook!

Melissa Coleman

Wednesday 13th of March 2013

This one is a wall frame. I didn't see any sitting frames in black either. However, there is nothing a good can of spray paint can't fix. ;)