Friday, December 10, 2010

Cabinet Door Picture Frame Tutorial

Last night I attended a baby shower for one of my dear friends.  Years ago, I prayed for her to find an amazing husband. God not only answered my prayers, but I've been blessed to attend two baby showers for her.  God just keeps pouring out the blessings!

Because this was her second baby girl, I knew she wouldn't need much in the way of traditional baby shower gifts, so I decided to think outside the box, and created her a personalized picture frame...of sorts.

Here's what it looked like:
Here's how I made it.  I started with an old cabinet door I purchased at a construction salvage store.
I roughed it up with sandpaper, and then sprayed three coats of ivory colored spray paint on it.

Next, I took my sander and sanded the edges and corners to bring out the brown undercoating.

Then, I applied a layer of Ralph Lauren Smoke Glaze around the edges, and wiped most of it off with a clean rag.  It ages it even more!

Then I brought it in the house and cut a piece of floral card stock to fit the inside of the frame. (Her middle name is Rose, so I had to use my little rosebud patterned paper!)  I attached it with spray adhesive.

Next, I cut out a mat for a 4X6 photo in coordinating paper, making the rectangle slightly larger so that it would frame the photo when centered. I inked the edges with a brown ink pad to age it slightly.  Then I used my Cricut Cutter to cut out the lettering, and various sizes of flowers.

I used the "Alphalicious" cartridge for lettering, and the "Plantin SchoolBook" cartridge for the flowers. 
Then I arranged them on the door.

It's tough to see in the picture above, but I have two layers of lettering, with the layer on the top being slightly thinner than the bottom layer, and I used the green paper for the bottom layer.  I affixed the letters with wood glue.  Then I used spray adhesive to affix the photo mat to the board.

For the flowers, I layered several sizes together and  inked each petal with a brown stamp pad  to age the flowers. Then I used a decorative brad for the center.  I hot glued the flowers in place, and curled up the petals with a pencil to give them added dimension.
I used a staple gun to attach coordinating ribbon for a hanger on the back.  Then I used complimentary ribbon colors to make little knotted bows on the sides of the ribbon hanger.
A baby shower gift made with love, and ready for a precious photo to be added.

I had so much fun making this!

1 comment:

  1. That is SO beautiful! Wow, seriously, that gift is beautiful and perfect for mommy to be and new baby! Great job!