Barnwood Frames - $1 and 10 minutes
For those of you not needing toys and kids stuff, don’t give up on me! Here is a cheap and easy, but sure to be cherished gift idea for adults.
Shopping for some fabric, I noticed an empty frame retailing for $99 for a 24”x36”. Labeled as the “Barnwood” Frame, I was shocked at the markup. It seems the more simple something is, the more we are willing to pay for it.
Now I know what a couple of rustic 1x2s cost – $1.50 to be exact. I’m not certain what 16 nails cost, or the tiny bit of weathered wood stain, but it doesn’t total up to $99. So the next morning, in my bathrobe with my daughter still sleeping, in 10 minutes, I used exactly one 1×2 (75 cents) to build this frame – a 12”x12” size:
4 – 1x2s @ 12, 1 1/2″ flat side mitered so the shortest length is 9″
4 – 1x2s @ 13 1/2″, edge side mitered so the shortest length is 12″
Start by mitering the 12″ pieces, as shown above, at a 45 degree angle.
Then do your 13 1/2″ pieces.
Mark your 13 1/2″ pieces as shown above.
Back to the 12″ pieces. Nail through the corners into the perpendicular board, as shown above. Do this on all corners to make the inside frame.
First do a dry fit and make sure the outer frame fits flush with the inner frame. Then attach the outer frame as shown above, lining up the line marked on the outer frame with the inner frame, as shown above.
Nail the corners like we did in step 4. Also, make sure you nail the outer frame to the inner frame.
Here are some measurements to guide you.