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Scrap Wood Picture Frames

Frames from scrap wood

Scrap Wood Picture Frames

Taking a break from the master bath update, I decided to make scrap wood picture frames from scrap wood left over in our garage bin.  It was a great way to get some Christmas gifts started, and have a little fun while waiting for my primer to dry in the master bathroom.

I made 4 of these scrap wood picture frames in about 2 hours.  Frames are fairly easy to make and take very little time.  Stop by Lowe’s for some great frame ideas, or jump on Pinterest and see what others are doing.

I used all the left over 1×6, 1×2 and 1/4 round I had in the bins.  The cove molding and clip I purchased from Lowe’s.

First cut all your boards to 16 1/4″.

Frames from Scrap Wood - Hello I Live Here






Then Kreg the backs of two of the planks, and join the boards together using wood glue and 1 1/4″ PH Kreg screws.  I sanded the boards front and back and filled the PH with my home made wood filler that consists of planed wood shavings and wood glue mixed.  Using this product helps the stain take better than other wood fillers because it takes the stain the same color as the wood.

Steps for making Frames from Scrap Wood - Hello I Live Here




Homemade wood filler - Hello I Live Here





Next, cut your 1×2 molding for the outside of the frame.  I stood these on their sides and cut the first 45 degree angle, and then measured for the second angle using my Ryobi angle tool.  My measurements varied due to using scrap board but were around 18″ on each side after cutting the 45 degree angles.  I joined the 1×2’s to the frame boards with wood glue and 1 1/4  inch nails using my nail gun.

1x2 added to frame - hello I Live Here






Once I had those two items complete, I carefully cut the 1/4 round molding to a 45 degree angle and glued and nailed into place.  (I like to measure off each board as I am going along.  Even though you measurements were 16 1/4″ when you are using scrap wood sometimes measurements can be more or less depending how the frame wood was cut – this is the reason why I do my measurements to the cut center wood).

1/4 round inside Frame -  Hello I Live Here








Final stage, I cut the cove molding 10″ x 10″ at  45 degree angles and placed into a square pattern in the inside of each frame.  Inside the square I screwed in a small clip to hold the picture.

Cove Molding -  Hello I Live Here







I sanded my scrap wood picture frames with my Black & Decker Mouse Sander purchased from Lowe’s.  It was a whole $29.00 and was well worth the price.  Once you use it you will know why – the finish work this tiny mouse grinds down is simply beautiful.

Mouse Sander





After sanding I cleaned the piece with a tack cloth and stained with Minwax Aged Oak Stain purchased from Lowe’s.

Final Frame Steps - Hello I Live Here





After they dried I added a picture hanger to the center, added my photos and bam, new scrap wood picture frames for our family room filled with photos of those we love.

Frames from Scrap Wood - Hello I Live Here






Thanks for stopping by and reading our post.  Hope you enjoyed this fast frame project today.  I am sure my master bathroom walls are ready for that coat of paint now!  Have a wonderful Halloween and stay safe everyone while out trick or treating tonight. 🙂

🙂 Linda


Sanders Which One Should I Use? Let’s Talk Tools

Mouse Sander

Sanders –

That’s right…you read the request…Let’s talk tools.  Many of us DIY bloggers use a wide variety of tools. Tonight our tool talk is going to be about sanders.  You heard it correctly, sanders.  There are many types of sanders on the market, and if you’re new to woodworking it is important to know which sander should be used for which project.  Don’t just buy a sander because it’s what you saw on a blog or in the Sunday sale papers.  With this post we will talk about what truly counts when you are looking to add this magnificent tool to your shop collection.

First, you need to understand just what each tool can do for your project.  For instance, a detail sander helps reach into tight corners, or helps smooth molding profiles, where a heavy belt sander, if not used properly, can bring your wood working projects to a grinding halt (no pun intended :-).  Other factors to consider with your sander include variable speed, dust collection, size and weight, choice of abrasives, and ease of changing abrasives.  Since I am a smaller woman, I personally, I look for weight/size first then narrow down the other features.  If I can’t hold the sander comfortably it will not matter what I purchase, it will never work for my project.

Currently in our garage, we have a few types of sanders.  Each is used for just a little something different.  Here is how we attempt to answer the question: which sander should I use?

Our oscillating sanders help provide detail sanding.  This sander helps to provide wood projects with those wonderful profiled edges that make people swoon.  Oscillators, in my opinion, are the workhorse of the sander.  These babies will fit into corners like no other sander, come with loads of accessories, and never let you down.  But it’s not used for everything you need to sand.

Oscillating Sanders








The  orbital sander is for finish work  like prepare new molding, or clean up between finish coats This sander helps to remove material by using a sandpaper disc that spins in a circle while moving in an oval loop.  The remarkable thing about orbital sanders is they never hit the same path twice.  This sander will give you a swirl-free finish both with and across the grain.  It works quicker than a vibrating sander, but is not aggressive in removal of material.  I think this is the most gentle sander in the shop.  The down side, if use the wrong grit for your project, it can leave those little digs in the wood surface.

Orbital Sanders





When the Orbital Sander is not right for the project, we use a belt sander.  The belt sander is best for large surface sanding.  Because this sander removes a great deal of wood material fast,  use care to prevent wood gouging.  I admit, this is not my favorite sander due to the speed, it can get away from you quickly and before you know it, bam, high/low grooves and you’re starting all over.

Belt Sanders








Our newest addition of sanders is the Mouse Sander.  This little sander is the jewel of my garage 🙂 .  So much so, I have two so we do not fight over it!  We have the Ryobi battery operated and The BLACK & DECKER plug in model.   Mouse Detail Sanders have a compact design,  weigh only 2 lb., and provides an easy, comfortable sanding experience.  As a women with small hands, this sander is ideal.  This little tool reaches into corners, and contours curved surfaces. The soft body grip and lock-on switch provide comfort while standing for long periods of time and the dust collection system helps keep the project area free of dust (can you hear the voice of Tim the Tool Man Taylor in this description? argh, argh, argh!)









While choice of sander is important, technique is also important.  Here are some guidelines:

1 – Use even hand pressure – don’t bear down too hard

2 – Do not move too fast

3 -Work each surface in a consistent pattern with slight overlaps

4 – Start with course grit (80 -100) and move to fine grit (120-220) for an incredible smooth surface

With the correct sander and these techniques you can smooth uneven edges, flatten rough panels, and provide for an even painting surface.

This tiny choice of sanders only scratches the surface (no pun intended) of the sanders out there, but these are the main tools for sanding in our garage.  We have seen loads pictures in articles where sanding is taking place with the wrong sander.  With many years of working projects, I have totally come to appreciate using the right sander. Let’s face it – if you’re using the right sanding tool, the project  is done faster, looks better, and is less tiresome because you will not have to redo it again later.  Sanding is a task that has to be done; so it is best to use the right sander the first time around!

Well, that’s what I have learned about sanders and we hope we answered the question: which sander should I use.  Today’s talk from Hello I Live Here is now complete.  Happy sanding and see you next post!

🙂 Linda


Master Bathroom Storage

Hello I Live Here - Master Bath Storage

Need Master Bathroom Storage?

You guessed it – it’s all about getting the most master bathroom storage at Hello I Live Here today.  As most of you know, we have started to spruce up our master bathroom.  Last week on my face book page, we discussed paint colors.  Thank you all for your input, we went with the Valspar color, Shaken Not Stirred for the walls, and the vanity color will be unveiled next post 🙂  They are both beautiful and give our master bath that spa like feel we were looking for.

Before we painted the walls, we added some new master bathroom storage.  This storage was placed in between the wall studs and we love the outcome so much we thought we would share that piece with you today.  Keep in mind that we have not picked the hardware for the outside yet as we want everything to match when we are complete.

We all know it’s a big deal anytime you can discover master bathroom storage or any type of storage.  This project took us a weekend to complete, moderate in skill level and cost us less than $100.  I am sure we could have done it cheaper, but I am fussy about using Select Pine Wood from Home Depot when I do a build.  I love the straightness of the wood and the way it sands.

Using the plan from The Family Handyman, we got started following each step.

1. First, we went to our bathroom wall and determined the space we would use.  We then cut a small whole into the dry wall and inserted a mirror to make sure we had no plumbing or electrical behind the wall (after all a small whole to patch is way better than a whole wall)

2. When we knew all was clear we determined the size we wanted our storage and cut out the drywall. The hole for our master bathroom storage shelf spanned a stud, so that was also removed.

Master bathroom Storage -Wall before and after hole cut

3.  We went to the garage and got started by building two simple box cabinets.  To ensure a consistent gap between the two storage cabinets, we added a spacer. We then joined them together with a 1×3 center trim and attached a 1/4″ Purebond cabinet back.  This gave us the double-sided storage cabinet we desired.

Master bathroom Storage - Case and Backing

4. We used or Kreg PH jig to join the storage cabinets, our craftsman saw for cutting the plywood, and our Ryobi nail gun for attaching the cabinet back.  We also used Gorilla Glue for extra hold power.

Master bathroom Storage - tools we used

5. After building the frame we wanted, we took the frame into the bathroom space and dry fitted into the cut out.  (This way we knew if we were square on for our cuts or if we needed to enlarge the hole.)

Master bathroom Storage -Dry Fit in the wall

6.  Once we were confident the master bathroom storage cabinets fit the wall hole, we filled the Kreg holes using wood filler (which I make myself).  The next step was to cut and add the shelves.  For our needs we decided to add fixed bathroom shelves vs movable shelves.  We also wanted to assure the shelves were aligned to each other.

Master bathroom Storage -Shelving

 7.  Next, we moved onto our master bathroom storage door frames.  This was a little tricky since we have not built many door frames, but The Family Handyman did not let us down. We used a saw stop to cut door frame parts to a consistent size.  We then used Kreg to join the door frames.  Using scotch tape we attached dimes to each side and the top and bottoms of the storage case.  This provided a perfect 1/8″ per side gap we need around the door frames.   Once we completed our door frames, we dry fit them to make sure they were perfect for our master bathroom storage.

Master bathroom Storage -Door frames

Master bathroom Storage -Door contruction

8.  Moving on, we flipped the door frame over, filled the Kreg holes and routed a 1/4″ trim the depth of our Plexiglas.  This ensured the glass fit flush to the storage door frames.  We then adhered rice paper, available from Home Depot, to keep the inside private.  Finally we adhered the Plexiglas to master bathroom storage doors with clear caulking.

9. We primed and painted the entire master bathroom storage cabinets and doors with Valspar Bare Wood Primer.

10. Once the painting was complete we added the hinges as plans show, and hung our doors, inset the box and screwed the new master bathroom storage to our framed out studs in the master bath.

Master bathroom Storage -routed door frame and paint

We also did an extra step.  We took the time to add some insulation behind the piece due to the shower from the other bathroom being on that wall.  This just helps keep the noise at bay between the walls.   And we are trying to decide if we should leave the inside white or do the back grey for contrast in the piece.  (the small grey patch shown through the glass 🙂 Opinions on this would be nice!

Hello I Live Here - Master Bath Storage

Well, this was the first part of the Master bath re-do and this great master bathroom storage idea.   For our other projects checkout the vanity upgrade, master bath tile and board and batten  🙂

Share your master bathroom storage ideas below – we would love to hear them 🙂

Happy Tuesday!

Linda C.

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