- 3/4 inch MDF
- 3/4 inch screen molding
- wood glue
- brad nails
- spray paint
- magnetic bulldog clips
- hot glue
For many projects I prefer using solid wood, but sometimes the job calls for MDF, and this one did.
What is it? It stands for medium-density fibreboard, and is an engineered wood that is formed by binding together wood strands and fibers with adhesive to create composite materials. When using real wood, you are limited to the size of board you can buy–usually around 10 inches in width at a typical hardware store. MDF is also more consistent in strength than wood, and is less expensive. You can buy it in large sheets, and then cut it down to the size you need.
1. Cut your MDF to the desired size. Home Depot will also cut MDF, so if you go in knowing what size you want, you can have them to do it right there.
2. I could have just used the MDF as is, but the edges are also a little rough-looking, and harder to sand. Not impossible, just not the look I was going for in this room. I added a trim of screen molding around the edges of the frame, which nicely finished the edges. The molding was cut to fit the outside of the MDF frame (mitered edges) than attached using wood glue, followed by brad nails to secure it in place. Putty the nail holes, then sand for a smooth edge.
3. Spray the frame and bulldog clips with spray paint, then let dry completely.
4. Once the paint is dry, sand and distress the edges as desired. I used my power sander to take off paint from the edges and front of the frame. I decided against any other form of antiquing (glaze, stain, etc.), but you certainly could if you wished to.
5. Hot glue the bulldog clips into place.
6. I used an air stapler to attach ribbon to the back of the frame, but used regular sawtooth hangers to actually hang the picture and carry the weight of the frame.
Total cost? $20 for all the wood and paint, $5 for clips, and $5 for ribbon–only $40 for all five frames!