Sunday, September 1, 2013

A "While the Paint Dries" Project: An Easy Wall Hanging Tutorial

So... Today I needed something to do while waiting for paint to dry. 

I am working on a custom dresser for a client in Pure White. It is going to need several coats so I have a bit of time on my hands.

I chose to start a fun project with prints that I got at the flea market this morning.

These lovely mushroom prints are to compliment a recent purchase at Carter's Cottage.
I normally don't go to big box stores to buy frames. That makes displaying my art a bit tricky when I can't find antique frames in the sizes I need. 

So I decided to make my own out of the sides of old drawers.

First, I sanded down the dovetailed edges because they were a bit sharp. 

I wanted them slightly darker so I grabbed my trusty can of Dark Wax.

The dark wax makes it dark like stain but is ready to use quickly. I didn't want to have to wait for stain to dry too.

Once all were waxed, I laid my prints on them to see how they would look.

Love! I also burnt the edges a bit to age them and make their lines a bit less perfect. Once they were centered where I wanted them, I used upholstery tacks to secure them in place.

Here is the finished product:


I am working on a wall collage with these prints. I will share the full reveal in my next post.

Stay tuned!


  1. Wow they look terrific. Looking forward to your next post.

  2. Looking good! The lady that sells the prints always has such a great selection. I have several of her dog prints.

  3. Unbelievably creative and beautiful - I love them!

  4. Oh!! How darn cute. I can't wait to see them on your wall, I just love it!

    Denyse @ Glitter, Glue & Paint

  5. I've been looking for handcrafted wall hangings for sale. I'd love to come across something like this.

  6. Oh my! Those wall hangings really look great. And they seem easy to make too. I will definitely going to give this DIY project a try.