Monday, April 7, 2014

DIY Picture Frame Book Ends

Hello my friends! This has been a crazy couple of weeks. With work schedules and living, and cleaning I haven't had a heck of a lot of time for crafting. However this last weekend I was finally able to complete my very first craft project in our new home! I've got so many ideas for things I want to do to this place that I'm having trouble keeping track of them all. (Let alone all the $$ I would need to accomplish them!)

So we've lived here a month, and I haven't yet unpacked a few rooms. My craft room for one, and the bedroom for another. The bedroom has been stressing me out because I can't relax in there without unpacking. But to unpack my bedroom I had to start with my books. I have some really cool built in shelves in our bedroom that I planned to put my books on. The issue is that they're kind of floating in the middle of the wall with no way to support the books on each end.

I tried looking for some bookends at a few places, Walmart, etc but couldn't find anything that hit the spot. I wanted something a little to Pinterest I went. I stumbled across this blog. I loved the idea of pictures as my bookends. So off I went. The blog says to use some shadow boxes, but I couldn't find any, so it was regular old picture frames for me. I found these at Walmart for about $2.50 a piece. SCORE!

Of course when I got them home I was too excited to get started to wait and take a picture, but you'll get the idea. I started off by painting my frames. I chose black and purple to match my re-done antique dresser.
(See the can of Diet Coke? I was a happy girl, crafting and caffeine!)

In her post the blogger attached a peice of MDF to the back of her shadow box frames for stability. Now I couldn't find what I needed that fit that description so I went with some wooden letters that added some great stability. The letter "E" seemed to do quite nicely, so this is me painting the support to make sure it can help hold up the books. 

The next order of business was to add some weight to the picture frame. The regular frame itself was not heavy enough to help support the weight of the books. I whipped out my hot glue gun and some of these floral beads. I glued beads to the supporter and to the cardboard backing of the picture frame. When it was all done, it was nice and heavy. 

I did this on all four picture frames. I then sealed the paint and the beads with a nice coat of spray on Mod Podge. (Let me tell you how great the room smelled after two hours alone with the door closed with hot glue and Mod Podge!)

The result of this adventure were four decked out picture frames ready for family pictures. I chose a few different ones to represent the people in my life I love the most. You would never know that these were reinfored in the back and ready to hold up the written word! 

The result is a few picture frames that I can change the pictures out in every so often, but still have a really great bookend! 

Our wedding picture likely won't change however...

(Do you notice my jewelry hanger fits nicely on the wall next to the bookcase? I am loving that I'm able to pull most of my craftiness together into one space!) 

I am so happy with how these turned out! It's made my bedroom more relaxed and peaceful. (At least for me!) Now I can relax in bed with a good book and know that the shelves are ready for my next reading adventure. 


Annette Belnap- Tips from a Typical Mom said...

Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama said...

Very cool idea!! Love that you can still change out the pictures!