Hi again, Martin here. My Aunt Jo recently asked me to create an inexpensive photo gallery she could hang on the wall to show off her prized flowers from her garden. Since she grows a ton of varieties, she wanted to be able to quickly change the photos out. It didn’t take me long to come up with the perfect solution. This project is a true DIYer that takes no time at all. I just grabbed some Inteplast Building Products prefinished interior moulding and a few supplies and I had this hanging on Aunt Jo’s wall by the end of the day. Here’s all you need to get this project started.
Materials you’ll need:
All right, let’s get started. The first step is to determine the size of frame that you want. I made my frame with a 36-in. opening.
Next, put on those safety glasses and measure and cut 4 pieces of the casing with 45 degree cuts on each end to make the frame. Make sure you are measuring the inside of the frame to get the correct opening size based on what you want.
Here’s a suggestion. It was easiest for me to keep track of which way the cuts should go by cutting at the same angle, one with the finished side of the moulding facing up, the other facing down.
Before you begin installation decide if you’ll be using a hammer and finishing nails or 3M Command strips. I used the Command strips on the whole project. A tip on using them, make sure to put one close to each end and then in the middle to ensure that you don’t have any weird gaps.
Start installing the frame on the wall with one of the horizontal pieces. Be sure to level out the piece so you have a straight line to start with.
Add the first vertical piece, fitting the 45 degree angles together and using a level to ensure it is plumb before securing to the wall.
Now, add the next horizontal piece, then finish with the 2nd vertical piece making sure that your seams are as tight as possible as you go. If you have visible seams, go ahead and fill them with paintable caulk. If you need to touch it up with some paint after it dries you can.
Next, decide how many openings you want. I decided that I wanted to have two larger openings in the middle and four smaller ones on the sides so I set my inner pieces accordingly (it helps to work this out on paper prior to starting your project).
Then, measure the inner space and cut the Batten moulding in the appropriate lengths. I installed my vertical pieces first because it seemed easier (again, use a level to make sure the pieces are plumb).
I installed the Batten moulding using 3M command strips just in case I wanted to change the layout in a few months. I didn’t follow the tip above on how to use the command strips and ended up using double stick tape to affix the ends of one piece because I ran out of the command strips (here’s my “oops” image).
After you’ve installed the moulding, just add the photos you want to feature into the frames, and install them in the openings. Of course it wouldn’t be complete without a pic of Harley (although Aunt Jo might think otherwise).
That’s it, you’re done! To find Inteplast Building Products Moulding in your area, check out their retail locator tool. Thanks for reading.
Martin (and Harley)