Last year for Christmas, Desiree (my lovely wife) gave me a fish poster to hang in my office. I LOVE to fly fish… she knows me well. Her boss even made her a really cool barn wood frame for it. (If only everyone’s boss could be like Doug). I decided to give my office a fly fishing theme based around my new poster and frame.
We painted the beige walls in my office an earthy grayish-green color (“dry pastures” Behr), spray painted our gray metal office desk black, and decided the only thing left to do was hang something cool on the last bare wall. I found 3 fly fishing prints I liked online and bought a picture matte to set them in.
I pulled some wood off an old pallet I had in the garage. I really liked the rough wood grain and nail holes it already had and thought it would make a great picture frame. I measured and cut pieces for the 4 sides and then routered a notch in the rear inside edge I would later use for inserting the matte. I took a piece of the pallet wood to the paint store to have them mix up a stain color to match the barn wood frame I already had. I ended up going with a semi-transparent stain (which worked great for giving it the color I wanted but still allowed the grain, texture, and color variations of the wood to show through).
Once the wood was stained, I got some metal plates and screws and spray painted them black. Then I put it all together in this order:
- Fastened the 4 frame pieces together with the straps and screws at the joints
- Cut and placed a piece of plexiglass in the routered notch
- Put the matte with the prints in
- Attached a piece of panel board on the back to hold the matte and plexiglass in place and to strengthen the frame joints
- Installed some picture hanging hardware on the back to mount it to the wall
Here’s how the new frame turned out…
Here’s a photo of what my office looked like before (with my camera-happy dog, and WHOSE stinky feet are those?)…
And here’s the after…
DIY Rustic Picture Frame Cost Breakdown
- wood (if you don’t have an extra pallet sitting in your garage, you could buy something similar at a home center) $8
- semi-transparent stain $10
- metal straps and screws $9
- black spray paint (to paint straps and screws) $2
- panel board backing $6
- plexiglass $8
- picture matting $50
- prints $30
- picture hanging hardware $3