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A Picture Frame

May 26, 2016

Photos are meant to be seen. The best way to enjoy gorgeous or meaningful photos is to put them in a place where they can be seen often, such as walls or shelves in your home.

 

My mother-in-law asked me to print and frame some of the photos I had taken in her barn. She even provided the picture frame - an old barn window. It came from the barn where the photos were taken, so the rough wood and uneven edges are all authentic signs of age. 

 

 

I measured the window openings to see what size prints I should order. I expected that I would have to trim the prints after ordering, or try to order odd sizes. I was surprised when the openings in the window turned out to be exactly 8 x 10 inches. I ordered four 8 x 10 prints and they fit perfectly in their frame.

 

 

The frame openings were about a quarter of an inch deep. I used some cardboard I had left over from a shelf I had ordered and cut it into 8 x 10 inch rectangles to serve as backing for the prints. The cardboard wasn't a perfect fit, especially in places where the wood was uneven from peeling paint. But it worked well enough to keep the photos resting comfortably against the front of the window openings.

 

 

Finally, I used a heavy-duty staple gun to staple a black sheet of poster board to the back of the frame, and it was ready to go.

 

Here's the finished product in my mother-in-law's living room waiting to be hung on the wall. It's going to be a great accessory for the farmhouse.

 

 

I don't usually consider myself a very "crafty" person, but it was fun to put this frame together. It's a unique way to display meaningful photos. A piece of the barn is the perfect picture frame for these barn and farmyard photos.

 

My barn photos were also featured in an earlier post, titled "Texture Stories."

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