DIY Frame: Add Dimension to a Plain Wood Frame with Base Molding

As I mentioned last week, finding the final piece for my living room gallery wall was quite a challenge. To clarify: it was a decorating challenge, not a real challenge. It was also a problem of my own making, and the kind of creative challenge that I actually enjoy tackling.

I had been fussing with the frames on this wall for a while and had finally landed on an arrangement I liked. Only problem was that I was left with one spot that proved difficult to fill.

Living Room Gallery Wall - before

Turns out an 18.5″ x 15.5″ space is not all that common. Who knew? I was finding 11 x 14, 16 x 20, even 15 x15 frames and canvases all over the place.

I did circles and zig zags through a couple different craft stores trying to find something and make up my mind about how exactly to fill that space. Here a tip: Don’t go into Hobby Lobby if you are indecisive and don’t have a plan. You will only get more confused about what you want and be overwhelmed by all the possible options.

You may also confuse your children by walking past aisles of Christmas decorations in the middle of August.

Hobby Lobby trip

A couple shopping trips and a few aborted purchases later (see photo above), I finally found a plain wooden frame I liked in the unfinished frame section (and it was 50% off!). Only problem was it wasn’t big enough.

But I soon had a wonderful light bulb moment that led me to the scrap wood molding section of my local Menards (home improvement store). The plan? Use a couple pieces of unfinished base molding and two pieces of craft wood I already had on hand to bulk up my plain wood frame and make it fill that space on my gallery wall.

Wood frame_1

The slideshow below gives all the DIY details on how I, with the help of my Dad, added some depth and dimension to a plain wood frame.

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Because I used a mix of pine and oak boards, I had to use a couple different colors of stain to make the finish look consistent. I knew when I picked the boards that having a mix of woods would give it a rustic look, and I was fine with that.

Wood frame_finished

DIY wood frame in a gallery wall

So there you have it. The gallery wall is now complete thanks to this fun DIY project.

Now I’m tempted to start bulking up some of those boring wooden craft frames I have sitting in my closet. (P.S. “No Act of Kindness” printable can be found here.)

DIY Wood frame

Linking up to: Think and Make Thursday’s, The Inspiration Gallery, The Weekend Retreat, Remodelaholic, Tatertots and Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, The Party Bunch, The Creative Corner, Home Stories A to Z, Thrifty Decor Chick, Pretty Preppy Party.

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