May 20, 2014

2 Creative DIY Photo Displays Out of Scrap Wood

Never did I imagine that a piece of scrap wood would bring so much excitement out of me.


Diamonds, definitely. Makeup, of course. A shopping spree- YES! (The hubby better be reading this...)

But scrap wood???

I blame Pinterest.

Anytime I see scrap wood laying around our garage, I immediately think of a free or almost free DIY.

If you really think about it, they're not completely free since the wood was obviously purchased at some point, so it's more like getting more projects out of the same material, I guess.

Either way, it makes me one happy gal!

These 2 DIY PHOTO DISPLAYS I MADE OUT OF SCRAP WOOD are the perfect example of what can be created out of the wood scraps normal people just throw away (oh, you simpletons).

My hallway was desperately lacking some life and I really love displaying pictures of friends and family but I wanted to display them in a more creative way than just hanging up picture frames and calling it a day.

When I found two pieces of wood in our garage I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the pictures! And so I created two different but very creative ways to display all my pictures!

Isn't that image so Pin-worthy? Go ahead, Pin. You know you want to!

This was the first photo display I made by simply staining some wood and painting it with a bit of gray paint while the stain was still wet so it would blend together. This was also my very first attempt at making wood look didn't come out exactly the way I wanted to but I still love it!

I love how hanging the frames directly on the wood as oppose to on the wall creates more interest and makes it one piece, thus creating a less cluttered look.

For this one, I painted the edges blue to add a nice pop of color for Spring and Summer! I HAVE to have my color!

The second one I made, which also happens to be my favorite is this one:

I think I did a much better job at distressing this time around! I also opted for a gray wash which I've been wanting to try that for such a loooong time!

The only thing purchased for this one were the small binder clips I found in the "Spare Parts" isle at Hobby Lobby.

I really had so much fun making this one! AND it's easy, too!

1. Sand your piece of wood.

2. Stain your wood (I stained mine with Minwax Dark Walnut- one coat)

3. After the stain is completely dry, mix 1 to 1 parts of your paint (white or gray) and water and apply with a cloth. Wipe off the excess paint before it dries! Sand off some areas to reveal the stain and voila!

4. Glue your small binder clips and allow to dry before adding your photos.

 Easy peasy, my friends. Easy peasy.

You know I would never give you a hard, long, 55 steps kind of project.

Because quite frankly, aint nobody got time fo dat!

I love the exposed look of the wood in certain areas accomplished by sanding!

And of course what makes me smile when passing by my photo displays in the hallway are these little cutie pies and friendly faces!

Do you love scrap wood as much as I do? What are your favorite projects created out of scrap wood? Are you annoyed at the times this post contained the words "scrap wood"?

More FUN & EASY projects for your enjoyment!

 DIY Fridge Coasters  

DIY Towel Hooks  

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

  DIY Roped Candle Holders
DIY Rope Hurricane Vases (Candle Holders)

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Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

There's so much to love here...I love how you put the paint on while the stain was still wet. That made for a beautiful effect! Smart girl! I also love how you attached the frames to the wood. It really does make it more interesting, rather than just putting frames up on the wall. Great job, Selene!

Corey W. said...

I love this project Selene! I like the second one too. Love how simple it is. And the kiddos are too cute:) Hope you are having a fabulous week!

Lindze McCarter said...

Nice work! And perfect timing by the way... I just ordered a bunch of square instagram pictures and started looking into display options. This would work great! :)

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you, Lisa!! You are too kind!!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Corey! It really is so simple and such a fun way to display all those cute faces!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Lindze! I'm so glad this could be of inspiration for you!! Let me know if you give it a try!

Rachel said...

Just sent this to my fiance - totally want to do it! He's always picking up random scrap wood from people's yards :p

Lena said...

Oh, I love it! Scrap wood rocks! My husband thinks I'm a scrap wood junkie because I keep everything "just in case" :)

Madalyn McArthur said...

I'm pinning this!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Oh, I'm so glad you liked it, Rachael!!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hi Lena!! Glad you liked it and glad we are fellow scrap wood junkies!!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks for pinning, Madalyn!

Vel Criste said...

Love both ideas Selene!!!!!Thanks for sharing!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Vel!! They're so fun to make and display!!

Katie Nathey said...

I love both of these options! Pinned :)

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

So glad you liked them, Katie!! And thanks for pinning!

Betsy Finn said...

Looks like a fun project! I pinned it :)

Betsy Finn said...

Looks like a fun project! I pinned it :)

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks Betsy, it really is fun! Thanks for pinning :)

Sabine Schmidt said...

I love the simple look of this. Great that you were able to create something so beautiful from old wood.

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

So happy you liked the projects, Sabine!!