Tool School: Framing Nailer

This week on Tool School, I’m trying out the new Dewalt cordless framing nailer. It’s the most powerful cordless nailer they’ve ever built, so I’m excited to see how it works! 

Dewalt cordless framing nailer - 20-volt lithium ion battery - 21-degree
This post is sponsored by the Home Depot

You know you’re pushing the limits of what you might call “DIY” when your project requires a nail gun. For most jobs, a hammer and a bag of nails will suffice. But if you’re framing an addition, building a deck, or putting up a fence, you’ll probably want to reach for a framing nailer. Continue Reading

How To: Make Your Own Oversized Picture Frames — For Cheap!

Having artwork or photography custom framed is expensive — there’s no way around it. Having a giant piece of art framed? Well, you may just have to sell your first born. With this simple DIY framing project, though, you can save your progeny and your pennies and still have some fantastically framed artwork!      

Kim and Scott from Yellow Brick Home put together this awesome tutorial for building your own custom wood frames that will work no matter what size you need. Continue Reading

Week 6 Journal: Finally Making Some Progress

Making progress on framing in the Curbly HouseIt finally feels like we’re making some real progress on the Curbly House. After weeks of demolition (and basically just making the house worse than it already was), this was the first week where we actually started improving things. Read on to watch my weekly video journal and read about all of our framing adventures.

If you haven’t been following along, just a reminder that so far we’ve demolished all the ceilings on the first floor, as well as the ceilings in two bedrooms on the second floor. Continue Reading

Week 5 Journal: Figuring Out Framing

Week 5 Curbly House Journal
Whew. We took a bit of a breather on the Curbly House this week, stopping to evaluate how to reinforce several framing issues we discovered during demolition. Read on to watch my weekly video journal and read my latest update on our progress. 

With most of the ceilings demolished in the house, we can now get a clear look at what’s happening with the framing of the house. Unfortunately, things don’t look that great. 

The ceiling joists in the upstairs bedrooms were in terrible shape. Continue Reading

How To: Make Your Own Picture Frames for $5 a Pop!

created at: 09/20/2011

I love art, lovelovelove it.  If I could cover all my walls and even the back of my eyelids in art, I would.  Instead, I have an ever-growing stack of prints and drawings that aren't seeing the light of day.  Why??  Because framing those bad boys is EXPENSIVE.  So, when I spotted this simple DIY framing solution that brings the price to around $5 a piece, I kid you not, I could hear my stack of art rejoicing.   Continue Reading

How To: Make Scandinavian-Inspired Hanging Photo Frames!

created at: 08/05/2011

We’ve featured a few Scandinavian-inspired DIY projects here in the past (remember this gorgeous coat stand?  Or this rag rug-inspired light?), but this may be the simplest and most universally appealing of them all (no Scandinavian cabin required).  

This hanging photo frame project is the creation of brilliant blogger and DIYer Annaleena Karlsson as part of her ongoing series with Emmas Designblogg.  I love how the asymmetrical frames work together to create an unexpected (and truly unique) display.   Continue Reading

How To Cut Your Own Art Mats

A custom mat and frame job can do wonders for a mediocre piece of wall art. Unfortunately, the cost can be prohibitive unless you start matting and framing your own collection.  ApartmentTherapy posted a tutorial that will give you the confidence to at least give it a try. I’ve been thinking about preparing a mat cutting tutorial someday. Ha! Lucky for me, the work has been done.  Here’s what you need to get started:

1. Mats

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How to make reused glass frames.

Shannon Quimby was ruminating over some windowpanes leftover from a French door and came up with this slick framing project, the cost of which set her back about a dollar.

What you’ll need:

  • Two pieces of leftover glass–either from an old French door, windowpane or even from unloved picture frames.
  • 4 heavy-duty rubber bands (!)
  • Something to frame.
  • Epoxy glue.
  • An eyelet picture frame hook.

The proceedure is so simple, you can probably figure out what you’ll need to do, but a quick scan of the tutorial wouldn’t hurt. Continue Reading