Have fun play­ing the frame game

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES - DEB­BIE TRAVIS

IAM of­ten frus­trated when shop­ping for the per­fect pic­ture frame. There’s plenty to choose from but the ones I find are ei­ther all alike, too or­di­nary or too ex­pen­sive. I’m no car­pen­ter, but years ago I learned how to han­dle a few sim­ple tools that al­lowed me to make my own frames. This new skill has opened a whole world of imag­i­na­tive projects and de­signs. Once you can cut and as­sem­ble a frame, you have the abil­ity to per­son­al­ize the size, shape and fin­ish. It’s very sat­is­fy­ing and great fun.

De­sign­ers Jamin and Ash­ley Mills had the same eureka mo­ment when search­ing for ways to per­son­al­ize their fam­ily home. Their new book, Hand­made Walls: 22 in­spir­ing ideas to bring your walls to life, show­cases the whim­si­cal beauty and sim­plic­ity with which they have lay­ered their home. It is a step-by-step guide to mak­ing frames and one-of-a-kind pieces of art that grace the walls of any and ev­ery room. All that’s re­quired is wood or fi­bre­board, a skil­saw (cir­cu­lar saw), a jig­saw, a drill, some stain and paint. Di­rec­tions are clear and in­clude tips on us­ing the tools as well as how to hang small and large frames.

To be­gin with the sim­plest frame de­sign in the book, choose a piece of wood or medium-den­sity fi­bre­board. De­cide on the size of your frame by adding the bor­der mea­sure­ment you would like show­ing around your pic­ture. Mark the outer mea­sure­ments with a ruler or chalk line. Use the skil­saw to cut out the square or rect­an­gle. Dec­o­rate the block with stain or paint. Cut a piece of Plex­i­glas to cover the photo. Place the photo in the cen­tre of the block, cover with the Plex­i­glas and at­tach the Plex­i­glas with screws at the four cor­ners. The pic­ture can be changed eas­ily by un­screw­ing the cor­ner screws.

Once you have com­pleted one frame you will be hooked on the free­dom and en­chant­ment now open to you. The Mills show many dif­fer­ent frame styles with tips on stain­ing and paint­ing tech­niques and favourite colours. Shown here are two fea­tured projects that hang in their din­ing room. The Imo­gen mir­ror is a com­pi­la­tion of frames re­viewed in the book and painted a her­itage blue. In­stead of a solid mir­ror, they used 4”x4” mir­ror tiles, which make an in­trigu­ing, glit­tery ef­fect. On the right is a gar­gan­tuan frame de­signed to dis­play 18 photographs. A 4’ x 8’ piece of MDF was used, but this project can be cus­tom made to any size. Squares were cut out, edges sanded and the back­ground painted. Cork tiles were cut to cover the pic­ture holes and ad­hered to the back with hot glue and wood glue. Pho­tos are af­fixed to the front with dou­ble-sided tape and can be eas­ily in­ter­changed.

Uti­lize the same frame-mak­ing skills to cre­ate dis­play cases and other func­tional pieces of art. In­di­vid­ual let­ters and mono­grams are very pop­u­lar to­day, and can be po­si­tioned on the wood us­ing an over­head pro­jec­tor or copy­ing and trac­ing. The Claire dis­play seen here has been hung with two pic­ture hang­ing kits, but if you de­cide to hang heav­ier items from the hooks, bolt the dis­play board to the wall at a stud and use an an­chor.

Deb­bie Travis’ House to Home col­umn is pro­duced by Deb­bie Travis and Bar­bara Din­gle. Please email your ques­tions to house­2home@deb­bi­etravis.com. You can fol­low Deb­bie on Twit­ter at www.twit­ter.com/deb­bie_­travis, and visit Deb­bie’s new web­site, www. deb­bi­etravis.com.

Make unique and ver­sa­tile frames that mir­ror your per­son­al­ity.

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