Thursday, October 11, 2012

How to Beef Up a Picture Frame

I have this simple white 8x10 picture frame that holds a picture of my son on his blessing day. 

But I wanted something a little "thicker" looking.  So I picked up a thrift store 11x14 frame for $2.00.

I gave it a coat of white spray paint.

And then hung it up around the other frame.

The double frame adds some more "thickness" and takes up more wall space too.  Love how it turned out.

The little dresser I picked up from an estate sale for $25 years ago.  Works great for little clothes.  All my boys have used it.

So would you just find/buy a thicker frame or try the double frame method?

Monday, October 1, 2012

Updated Laminate Book Shelf

I have had this white laminate book case for years - I think I bought it while I was in my junior year of college.

It's been a great book case and a great height as well.  The shelves of course are adjustable and strudy enough to hold plenty of books.  I knew I wanted to change it up a bit though.  I went to Home Depot and bought a piece of bead board paneling.

I had it cut down at Home Depot to the size I needed for the back of the bookcase.  With the help of my 3 year old, we took out all the nails from the old backing.  That was quite the project too - some of those nails were stubborn, but we got them all out.  Then using the same nails, I nailed the bead board to the back of the bookshelf.

I also bought some trim at Home Depot that I cut myself with the handsaw that is provided at the store.  I cut 4 equal pieces.  I added each piece to the front of the shelves with some finishing nails.  Then I filled in the holes with putty, and painted the trim with some white semi-gloss paint.

I added a few accessories and it was done.  I added the trim to the shelf part only, so they are still adjustable.

Now it looks like a whole new bookshelf - good for another 10 plus years. 

I think the bead board really adds to the overall look of the bookshelf. I just love how it turned out.

The room is really coming together now.

Now on to the next project.

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